Negligent entrustment is a theory of law that holds the owner of a vehicle liable for entrusting a vehicle to an individual whom the owner knows or should know poses a risk of harm. After suffering injuries in a tractor-trailer accident, victims may assert the legal theory of negligent entrustment against the trucking company if the facts indicate that the truck was entrusted to the driver despite the company’s knowledge of the driver’s reckless or careless habits concerning the operation of the vehicle. Raleigh truck accident attorney Carl Nagle has extensive experience fighting for the rights of truck accident victims.
By investigating the circumstances surrounding a crash, Mr. Nagle and the team of professionals at Nagle & Associates can set forth a strong case for recovery, helping victims secure the highest possible tax-free settlement or trial verdict from the truck driver, the trucking company and their insurance carriers. Before founding the firm, Mr. Nagle worked as an insurance defense attorney and an insurance claims adjuster. Based on this professional experience, he is capable of advancing strong arguments for compensation that counter any potential defenses by the insurance company for the trucking company or truck driver. Mr. Nagle’s success is evident in the fact that he has recovered hundreds of millions on behalf of people throughout the state, including victims in Asheville, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem.Hold a Truck Company Liable for Negligent Entrustment
In a truck accident caused by a commercial driver, multiple parties may be at fault. As a direct theory of liability, a trucking company may be liable for granting the truck driver permission to use the truck. A claim of negligent entrustment would assert that the trucking company knew or should have known that the driver was unfit or incompetent to drive the vehicle but nevertheless allowed them to operate the truck. If the driver is involved in an accident that causes injuries, the victim may file a personal injury claim to try to hold the trucking company liable.
To demonstrate negligent entrustment, the victim may show that a trucking company failed to conduct a thorough background check on a driver, who may be found to have a history of drug abuse or alcohol-related issues. A truck driver may be unfit to operate a vehicle because they are reckless and are likely to cause injuries to others. In other cases, a truck driver may be inexperienced, and the trucking company should have known that they were unprepared to operate the commercial truck.
Establishing negligent entrustment may require investigating and setting forth the trucking company's practices and history regarding hiring and training drivers. Companies that do not abide by state and federal guidelines to ensure that drivers are qualified and capable may be directly at fault for the resulting damages in a truck accident. Employers that are on notice or that should be on notice of a driver’s incapacity to operate a truck may be deemed to have violated their legal duty by entrusting their vehicle to the driver.
Truck accident injuries are among the most devastating injuries that may occur, sometimes even resulting in a tragic death. By pursuing a claim for compensation based on negligent entrustment, accident victims may recover damages for their medical costs, wages from missed work due to accident-related injuries, and emotional pain and suffering. A firm with access to resources and professionals may help accomplish the objective of proving the full extent of their harm.Protect Your Legal Rights by Contacting a Truck Accident Attorney Following a Big Rig Crash
Trucking companies and their drivers may attempt to avoid liability for catastrophic collisions. At Nagle & Associates, truck accident lawyer Carl Nagle has successfully secured substantial damages awards on behalf of clients hurt by the negligence of a trucking company or truck driver. Our firm’s lower legal fees, when compared to other personal injury law firms, reflect our commitment to maximizing compensation for victims. We also maintain seven offices throughout North Carolina. Contact our firm by calling (800) 411-1584 or using our online form to set up a free consultation with a skilled tractor-trailer crash attorney. Carl Nagle has advanced the rights of victims in Raleigh, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Hickory, Charlotte, Wilmington, and Greensboro, as well as other areas of Mecklenburg, Durham, Guilford, Forsyth, Wake, Catawba, Cumberland, and New Hanover Counties.