Massachusetts, like many states in the Northeast is a hub of importing, exporting and transporting goods to businesses throughout New England and beyond. On a daily basis we deal with more trucks and sadly, more commercial truck accidents. If you’re ever involved in an accident with an eighteen-wheeler or any other commercial vehicle, it’s important to determine who is legally liable for your injuries. 

When is a Company Liable for Its Driver’s Conduct?

Respondeat superior is the primary theory of liability that holds a company responsible for a traffic accident caused by a truck driver employee. Respondeat superior is a Latin phrase that means “let the superior make answer.”

Under this principle, an employer is liable for the wrongful acts committed by its employees or agents, provided the acts were unintentional and were committed within the scope of employment. Essentially, respondeat superior imputes the employee’s liability to the employer, making the employer liable as if it had committed the wrongful act itself.

Have you been in a Truck Accident in Massachusetts or Rhode Island?

If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver, do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced attorneys to discuss your options and learn what your case is worth.


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*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.

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