If I choose to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for my injuries sustained in a trucking accident, do I ask for compensation from the trucking company or the trucker?

Depending on the circumstances of the accident, your lawsuit may seek compensation from both parties — the trucker and the trucking company. You would need to discuss the case with an attorney and provide complete details and the cause of the accident in order for the attorney to determine whether or not to sue the trucker and his or her employer.

For example, if the truck that hit your vehicle had poorly maintained brakes that failed prior to the collision, the trucking company might be held liable for the accident. However, if a truck turned in front of you illegally, the driver would most likely be considered at fault. There is an important law involved here as well, referred to as the respondeat superior doctrine, which holds trucking companies liable for the actions of their drivers.

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