semi truck on roadThis is the second post in our series on trucking accident cases in Rochester, Minnesota. Our last article provided an overview of topics this series will address and stressed the need to contact a personal injury attorney if you or a loved one have been injured. It is crucial that you contact counsel immediately to help ensure your rights remain fully protected. In this article, we will discuss another important topic – identifying defendants in a commercial truck accident case.* If you require assistance, call our office today to speak with a lawyer.

Minnesota commercial truck accidents can involve multiple defendants

Minnesota trucking accidents differ from typical car accidents because they may involve multiple defendants. This is because semis are commercial vehicles usually are driven by someone other than their owner. Employers can be held legally responsible for the negligent acts of their employees. Additional parties can be named in a lawsuit if they had reason to know their conduct would place others in danger. Trucking accident cases, therefore, involve litigation against the driver who operated the vehicle in a negligent fashion, against the owner of the truck since employers are responsible for the acts of their employees, and possibly against those who hired the trucking company.

No two cases are the same. The number of parties in this type of case depends on the facts of the situation. It is important to understand that you have only a limited amount of time to sue a defendant. This means that your attorney must begin identifying defendants as quickly as possible.

Rochester or Owatonna trucking accidents can involve different theories of liability against each of the defendants

Trucking crash cases can involve different theories of liability against each of the defendants. By this we mean that you may bring a cause of action against Defendant “A” and a different cause of action against Defendant “B.” For example, the driver and owner of the vehicle would likely each be sued for negligence. If it is shown, however, that the owner also failed to take reasonable steps to train and/or supervise the driver, an additional claim may be brought against the owner. By hiring experienced lawyers you help ensure that all possible theories of liability are pursued.

Our Rochester truck accident lawyers are dedicated to serving our clients and have been doing so since our firm was founded in 1988. We pride ourselves on providing quality service and are ready to assist you. We serve, and have tried cases, in the following SE Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, 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?”