What Is Logo Liability?
Commercial truck accidents are often complex because the relationships between parties is complicated. For example, a truck carrier may hire drivers as independent contractor and may lease some or all of their equipment. The cargo being transported on leased trucks may be owned by another party entirely.
If you are in a trucking accident involving this type of vehicle, in the past it may have been difficult to secure compensation for your injuries. The truck carrier may have claimed that as an independent contractor, the driver was not their responsibility and they could not be held liable for any injuries the driver caused. Similarly, they could also claim they were not responsible for leased trucks.
Seeking Compensation After a Trucking Accident
Many courts, however, have developed the theory of “logo liability.” Under this theory, trucks with a mandatory carrier logo on the truck operate with the understanding that the driver is an employee for the purposes of the transport and that the truck carrier is responsible for the cargo and the truck, regardless of the leasing and ownership status of all components. In theory, this should make it easier to seek compensation if you have been injured in a trucking accident.
In practice, of course, it is not that simple. The doctrine of logo liability has been questioned, challenged and is not used equally across all jurisdictions. Whether you can even use logo liability in your claim will depend in part on where the accident took place.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident and would like legal representation or would like to explore your legal options, contact KBG Injury Law for a consultation. The attorneys at KBG Injury Law have decades of combined experience and have already secured large settlements and trial wins on behalf of clients injured in trucking accidents.