Auto accident claims/gov entities

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Auto accident claims/gov entities

I was in an accident that resulted in car windshield damage as well as injury to body. The truck carrying city pipelines, made an irresponsible and or illegal action by cutting off and attempting going around the bus in a busy tight industrial street. The pipelines then hit damaged with bus in which resulted in my window shield being smashed and damaged but the bus. Do I have a claim against all involvied including the sity bus or jsut the truck carrying equipment?

Asked on August 26, 2019 under Accident Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Why would the bus (i.e. the city) be liable--they evidently did nothing wrong. Only parties "at fault" in causing the accident would be liable. Just because they were there does not make them liable.
Based on what you write, you could sue the truck driver personally and also 1) his employer, if he was not self employed; and 2) the truck owner, if it's not the driver (the truck owner may also be his employer). A careless ("negligent") driver is liable for the damage he causes; if he's driving for work, his employer is liable; and the owner of a vehicle driven by an at-fault driver is also liable.

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