Trucking companies are dividing every department into a separate company to avoid liability. There is a separate company that qualifies drivers, a separate company that monitors logs, a separate company that leases the tractors and trailers, and a separate company that leases drivers…all done to avoid liability.
It is good to know this because often there is not enough insurance to pay for all the damages a negligent trucking company causes. Take a look at some of the damage big trucks cause.
If an attorney can show the separate corporations were intended to shield the parent company from liability, then attorneys for the injured victim can pierce the corporate veil and expose the assets of the parent company to pay for the harm.
In today’s world of GPS navigation and onboard computers, trucking cases involve hours of tedious discovery to show the trucking company and its driver were negligent.
If log books and tracking device information are missing, as is often the case, a judge can allow the jury to receive spoliation instructions, to infer the evidence would have been detrimental to the defendant trucking company had it been presented to the jury.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, the most important thing you can do is to get well. The second most important thing you can do is to contact an attorney who is willing to work on a contingent fee and is experienced in trucking accidents. InjuryBoard.com has attorneys nationwide who are willing to speak to you at no charge and advise you of your rights.