Personal responsibility is highly valued by many Knoxville residents. When someone does something wrong, that person should be held accountable for their actions, particularly if those actions resulted in injury to another person.
The law reflects this principle as well, as individuals who injure others through intentional or negligent acts can be held legally responsible for those injuries. This means the wrongdoer may be ordered to pay compensation to the injured party, after that person is found to be liable in a personal injury lawsuit.
Unfortunately, even when a person is ordered to pay compensation, it does not necessarily mean the person will do so. Defendants often lack the financial resources to pay civil judgments entered against them, which means the injured party can be left in the dark, even after liability is found against the other party in the lawsuit.
This situation can be avoided, however, when there are multiple individuals or entities that can be held responsible for the accident. As discussed recently in this blog, the legal concept of vicarious liability holds others responsible for accidents caused by those under their direction or control. For example, employers such as truck companies may in some cases be held vicariously liable for the actions of their drivers that injure others. This mean the employer will be just as responsible for paying the damages ordered against the employee, which gives the injured person another way to obtain compensation if the negligent driver is unable to pay.
Our firm has experience in dealing with legal issues like vicarious liability. We undergo an extensive evaluation of the facts of each case to determine which parties can be pursued in the lawsuit, including those parties who may be held vicariously liable in the accident. For more information about filing a lawsuit after an auto accident, please take a look at our car accident overview.