Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer: Head Injury Lawsuit Results in Large SettlementAugust 30, 2014
In March of 2014, a $22 million settlement was reached in a lawsuit regarding a woman who was left brain damaged after a hit-and-run accident. The accident occurred in 2008, when a company truck struck a woman in Brooklyn, New York. Her injuries left her brain damaged and with severely limited communication skills.
The woman and her parents filed a lawsuit against the truck’s driver, and in accordance with the doctrine of vicarious liability, against his employer as well. The case had a few minor setbacks, including a reassignment to a different Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice due to a potential conflict of interest. The negotiations between the plaintiff and defendant lasted several years before the parties reached a settlement agreement. Although the amount of the settlement is now public, no other details have been released.
When trucking accidents occur in Baltimore, Maryland or elsewhere throughout the country, there may be a number of parties at fault, such as the following:
- The truck drivers
- Truck companies
- Equipment manufacturers
- Other motorists
It’s important for an attorney to investigate all details of a crash and to help victims pursue rightful compensation from all parties who may have differing levels of fault or negligence for a particular crash. The doctrine of vicarious liability, invoked in the abovementioned case, imposes responsibility on one party for the failures of another. The party assigned liability may not have been directly responsible for the accident, but its relationship to the person who acted negligently implies a certain amount of liability.
Due to the complex nature of injury claims related to truck accidents, it’s critical to seek a skilled legal professional as soon as possible after the crash. Contact a Maryland trucking accident lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. to learn more about the next steps.