This is the next article in our series on handling Rochester, Minnesota pedestrian accident * cases. Our last article discussed how comparative fault impacts a pedestrian accident. A victim can still receive compensation even if he or she is partially at fault for an incident. In this article we will discuss the handling of claims involving pedestrians and commercial vehicles, such as delivery cars, semi trucks, and taxi cabs. If you require assistance, contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
Employers are generally responsible for the acts of their employees. This includes employees who hit a pedestrian while operating a vehicle as part of their job duties. In addition to being responsible for the employee’s negligence, the employer itself can be found liable for negligent hiring, negligent supervision, or for other failures in training or oversight of its negligent employee. An injury case involving a commercial vehicle usually includes multiple defendants. Identifying all of the defendants in such cases is crucial.
Determining who the defendants are in a pedestrian accident case involving a semi tractor trailer or company car depends on the specifics of the situation. No two cases are the same. When someone is hit by a commercial delivery vehicle, for example, the defendants may include the driver, the owner of the delivery vehicle, and the entities who contracted with the delivery service. It may be possible to identify some of the defendants through public records, such as those available through the Secretary of State’s office. It is not uncommon in these types of cases for additional defendants to be identified after a lawsuit is filed. Those parties typically can be added to a lawsuit.
There are numerous intricacies in cases involving commercial defendants, which set them aside from those involving privately owned vehicle claims. More than the usual number of expert witnesses may need to be retained to establish that a company was not following the standards of its industry. Your counsel will be dealing with a separate attorney for each of the defendants. These are just some of the reasons why it is crucial to retain a Rochester pedestrian accident lawyer experienced in handling such matters.
Our firm has recovered more than $125 million on behalf of victims and we are ready to assist you.
Besides Rochester, we serve the following major southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, and all outlying communities, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.
*A note about language:
Federal agencies involved in traffic safety have banned use of the word “accident” for more than 20 years, and with good reason. However, we use the word “accident” on our website, even though we know it has implications that run contrary to our professional thinking and training, because we recognize that “accident” is the word most commonly used in online searches when people are looking for help after being injured in a crash. If you’d like more information about this topic, please see our blog, “Car Accident or Car Crash?”