When a victim is injured in a car crash, depending on the extent of their injuries, they often face financial and other losses caused by those injuries. In many cases, those losses are temporary, but in some cases, those losses can be permanent.
Determining liability in the majority of crashes is not difficult because the evidence shows that the crash was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of one of the drivers and that driver is deemed liable for the financial compensation to the victim for their losses. These losses usually include medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and more.
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However, there are also many situations where there is the third party who is also liable for the victim’s losses because they are the ones who own the vehicle that negligent driver was driving or have some other type of responsibility for that driver’s actions.
At Shapiro & Appleton, we have successfully represented clients in many third-party liability claims and lawsuits and understand the complexities that can be involved in these cases, as well as the solid evidence needed to prove the case.
Some of the more common possibilities of third parties that can be held responsible in these types of cases include:
- Trucking Companies: Although commercial truck drivers are required to obtain their commercial driver’s license (CDL) and adhere to stringent rules and regulations set forth by federal and state governments, it is ultimately a trucking company’s responsibility to ensure that the truck drivers they are hiring are qualified, trained, and have good driving records. If a truck driver hires an unsafe driver who causes a crash, Virginia law holds that company responsible for losses victims of these accidents suffer.
- Employers: It is not just trucking companies who are responsible for the actions of their employees when that employee is engaged in work activities. Some examples of these types of third-party cases include movers, delivery drivers, personal assistants, utility workers, and more.
- Vehicle Owners: The legal doctrine of negligent entrustment can leave a vehicle owner liable for the losses of a victim if they owned the vehicle that the at-fault driver was operating at the time of the crash. If a Virginia car accident attorney can show that the owner knew that the driver was reckless, inexperienced, under the influence, or other situation then the owner can be deemed liable for the victim’s damages.
- Parents: In the state of Virginia, a teen who is 16 years and 3 months can obtain their driver’s license after passing the required written and road tests. Once a teen does have their license, it is not uncommon for parents to let the teen use their vehicles or even purchase the teen driver their own car. It is the parents’ responsibility to make sure their teen is supervised and to ensure they are safe drivers. Failure to do so could leave the parents liable should the teen cause a car accident that results in victim injuries.
Contact a Virginia Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver, contact a Virginia car accident attorney to discuss what type of damages you may be entitled to. At Shapiro & Appleton, we have successfully obtained compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses our clients have suffered. Call us today to find out how we can help you.
After graduating cum laude from law school at the University of Richmond, Seth practiced personal injury law out of Roanoke, Virginia and in Hampton, Virginia before joining Shapiro & Appleton where he represents personal injury clients in both state and federal courts. In 2016, he was named as a Virginia “Rising Star” lawyer by Super Lawyer’s magazine, an honor bestowed upon only 2.5% of attorneys in the state.