In the aftermath of most motor vehicle accidents, an investigation will reveal that one driver was to blame -- or more to blame. It might be a driver distracted by a phone, someone speeding down the highway or a motorist who turned into an intersection without making sure it was clear first.
While every driver is responsible for his or her actions behind the wheel, there could be other parties who are liable after an accident. Recently, for instance, a lawsuit named a driver's employer after the driver caused a serious accident with a motorcyclist.
Failed action by employer
According to reports, the driver of a gas company pickup truck suffered from epileptic seizures. The man did not have a license, as it was suspended in 2012. And, his doctor warned him that because of his condition, he should not drive. Despite this, and the fact that he had had a seizure at work before, the gas company continued to let him drive.
This is why the gas company was named in the lawsuit and held accountable when the driver suffered a seizure, lost control of the gas truck and crashed into a motorcyclist.
Determining fair compensation
Motorcyclists often suffer catastrophic damages in a crash, and this one was no different. The rider lost approximately 40 percent of his blood. He required numerous surgeries and remains in danger of losing his right leg to amputation indefinitely because of his injuries. He has undergone numerous surgeries, with more likely in the future.
With all this in mind, the gas company and injured motorcyclist agreed to a settlement of $46 million. And because the case is against a company, rather than an individual, it is much more likely that the motorcyclist will receive the damages agreed to in the settlement.
This case is a reminder of both the amount of damage that can be done in a motorcycle crash and the importance of investigating an accident to properly identify the liable party or parties. With legal guidance, it can be easier to do this and pursue maximum compensation.