When you are injured in a car accident the identity of the defendant/opposing party is usually immediately clear — the driver of the other vehicle and, perhaps, your own insurer if an underinsured/uninsured motorist claim will be filed.
In truck accidents, though, the process for identifying defendants can be much more complex. A partial list of possible defendants in truck accidents cases includes:
- The trucking company
- The truck driver
- The owner of the trailer
- The freight broker
- Any repair and maintenance shop or company that worked on the truck
- The manufacturer of the truck
- The truck loader
- The shipper
Each potential defendant may bring another source of insurance coverage. If the accident resulted in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death, it is crucial for your attorney to successfully identify all potential defendants and pursue monetary compensation from them.
How Can You Get Compensation from a Party When It Hasn't Even Been Identified as a Defendant?
- A record-breaking $20 million
- $1.3 million
Trucking firms are required to carry insurance ranging from $750,000 to $5 million and more. Yet insurance coverage can come from parties involved in the freight at many points in the freight- moving process, from the care of the truck to the owner of the shipment materials. Pursuing your claim can hinge both on properly identifying defendants and on correctly interpreting complex insurance policies. For a no-charge consultation with a highly skilled Chicago truck accident lawyer, contact our firm.
We will talk to you about our commitment to identifying any and all responsible parties. The consultation is free and your case will be handled on a contingency basis. To contact our firm, call 312-386-7011 or 866-920-6021.