Too often, truck accidents have tragic consequences. The size and weight of a truck means that collisions tend to be severe. If you or a loved one suffers harm in a Virginia truck accident, you may be able to hold the responsible party liable for your injuries. A recent crash in Virginia illustrates the devastating harm that may result from a truck accident.
According to a recent news article, four people lost their lives in an accident involving two tractor-trailers and four cars in Montgomery County, Virginia. The accident occurred along as a family was traveling north on Interstate 81 in the rain when their U-Haul trailer lost control and spun around. The family members were then struck by a northbound tractor-trailer. Sadly, four of them died at the scene.
Can You Sue Employers for Employees’ Negligent Driving?
Virginia law allows plaintiffs to sue an employer for an employee’s negligent conduct under the theory of respondeat superior, which is also known as vicarious liability. To hold an employer liable for an employee’s negligence, a Virginia plaintiff must prove that the employee was acting within the scope of employment when the accident occurred. Employees act within the scope of their employment when they work at their designated time and workspace and perform a task that furthers the employer’s business. For example, truck drivers would act within the scope of employment if they injured someone while completing a delivery for the employer. However, if an accident occurred when the truck driver was using the employer’s truck for personal errands, that driver would not be acting within the scope of employment.