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How a third-party may be responsible for a personal injury

When an accident occurs it is oftentimes expected that one of the parties acted negligently and that the other party suffered harm as a result of that negligence. This can be the most general structure of a motor vehicle accident lawsuit or practically any other negligence-based personal injury case, such as a slip-and-fall lawsuit or a pedestrian collision. However, victims of personal injury accidents in New Haven should know that, in some cases, liability may lie with parties other than those directly involved in the injury-causing incidents.

Take, for example, an accident between a semi-truck and a small passenger vehicle. The big rig may be owned and operated by a company that uses the rig to deliver its goods all across the country. The company may employ a driver to operate the truck and to follow the schedule set by the company for getting its products into stores in a timely way.

When the truck driver loses control of the rig and collides with the back of the small passenger vehicle, for example, the vehicle's driver might suffer serious injuries and be unable to immediately return to work. The victim may choose to sue the driver of the truck for the recovery of their damages, but they may also choose to sue the company as well, because it was the fault of the company that the driver and their rig were on the road.

In this scenario, the company that employed the driver would be the third party and it may be liable for the wrongdoing of its employee. This is just one example of how third parties may become relevant to personal injury cases. Getting the right information about personal injury law may help victims identify and include third parties in their planned litigation.

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