Injury victims whose truck driver caused an accident and then fled the scene should maintain their composure to strengthen their case. It is recommended that, if it is secure to do so, they:
- In order for authorities to respond to the area and begin securing the collision site and investigating the accident, you should dial 911 immediately.
- If getting to the hospital isn’t an option, dial 911 for immediate assistance.
- Seek out and interview any potential eyewitnesses.
Take notes or make a recording on your phone about what happened, who was hurt, who was driving the truck, what kind of truck it was, what colour it was, and if you can, what the driver looked like. Get photos of the damage to the truck and any identifying information, such as the company name or logo, the truck’s licence plate number, the truck’s make and model, and the truck’s colour.
After taking these measures, victims should consult a lawyer about filing a lawsuit against the responsible party. A Connecticut truck accident lawyer can accomplish things that the average person can’t, such as getting video footage of the crash from traffic cameras or security systems at adjacent businesses. The corporate truck driver who fled the scene will be easier to track down with this information.
The Truck Crash: Who’s Responsible?
Accident victims may be able to pursue compensation from a variety of sources, including the trucking company, the driver, and any witnesses to the crash who may have contributed to the victim’s injuries. While it is clear that someone must be held accountable for the collision, doing so might be complicated when many factors contributed to the incident.
Following are some examples of possible defendants who could be found liable for the truck accident:
- Driver of the company truck
- Trucking company or driver’s employer
- The name of the truck’s maker
- The sender
Maintenance crew for the truck
Since the truck driver’s employer typically provides insurance for the driver, the injured party typically files a claim against the company rather than the driver. However, in order to hold the corporation accountable for the trucker’s negligent behaviour, the trucker must be an employee of the company, not an independent contractor, and must have been working at the time of the accident.