For most commercial vehicles who are found to be at fault in accidents, their insurance will cover them for up to $1,000,000. However, the driver and the shippers might not be the only ones liable for damages. In the past few months, more and more people are suing freight brokers. The freight brokers are even signing contracts f that will wave the shipper of all responsibility. If anything should happen, its the broker’s problem. So, if you or a loved one was hit by an 18 wheeler, the driver and the shipper might not be the people you should be suing. The freight broker is basically the person in charge of transporting items from place to place. So, they are responsible for your pain and suffering.
How exactly is the Freight Broker Responsible?
In most situations, your attorney can simply argue that the accident wouldn’t have happened if the broker did their due diligence. If the broker was not negligent, they would have hired a better shipper. The negligent selection happens when you pick a carrier that didn’t meet the qualifications that have been developed. The broker presumably had poor qualifications, and clearly needs to take liability. The broker took a risk hiring a subpar shipper and now has to pay. What makes the broker more liable is the fact that they have all the information on what the driver is doing. Though devices called Electronic logging devices (ELD), brokers can see the hours their drivers are working, how fast they are going and so on. It is their responsibility to make sure their driver is driving safely.
Hit by an 18 Wheeler?
At Villarreal and Begum, we know dealing with the aftermath of an 18 wheeler accident can be stressful. That’s why were here to help you figure out what to do next. You need an experienced attorney to fight the liable party. Villarreal and Begum know exactly how to find whos liable, and how to get you the money you deserve. If you have been in this situation, contact us today. Your consultation is always free. Call us here or send us a message online. The Texas Law Guns will fight for you.