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What Is Logo Liability and How Can It Impact Your Arizona Truck Accident Claim?

Posted on March 7, 2024 in

When a commercial truck is involved in an accident, the aftermath is usually a complex web of legal considerations based on federal law. Logo liability, a legal doctrine with significant implications, most often comes into play, potentially altering the legal course of your Arizona truck accident claim by increasing your ability to prove liability and access higher coverage limits. What exactly is federal trucking law (and Arizona law), and how can it impact your pursuit of justice?

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident in Arizona, understanding logo liability is often paramount for securing the compensation you deserve. At Jensen Phelan Law Firm, our experienced team is well-versed in the complexities of logo liability, and we are prepared to fight for your rights and interests after an Arizona truck accident. Our team has over 65 years of combined experience, meaning you can rest assured your case will be in the best hands.

What is Logo Liability?

Determining liability in any truck accident can be daunting, but when a commercial truck is involved, another layer of responsibility emerges – logo liability. But what exactly is it?

Logo liability refers to the legal doctrine that holds employers responsible for the actions of their employees while performing job-related duties. In the context of truck accidents, which is controlled by a network of federal regulations and statutes typically adopted by the states, such as Arizona, but enforceable regardless of state adoption, this means the trucking company may be held liable for the negligence or misconduct of its drivers regardless of the many defenses employed by the trucking company associated with the logo on the side of the truck. So, if a specific grocery store truck driver got into an accident with a truck having the grocery store logo, the grocery store itself will likely be liable for the damages. This means a larger commercial truck policy insurance coverage minimum is likely to apply.

Trucking companies must make sure that their drivers are properly trained and qualified and adhere to federal trucking safety regulations (including not speeding, proper signaling for turns,  staying alert, getting enough rest, etc.). If a truck collision occurs due to driver negligence, the company is likely to be accountable for failing to uphold these duties and responsibilities.

Logo Liability in Truck Accident Claims in Arizona

Logo liability applies if the accident occurred while the truck’s driver was acting within the scope of their employment. This includes activities such as transporting goods, making deliveries, or traveling to and from job and delivery sites.

In many cases, trucking companies attempt to classify their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees to avoid liability. This leads to disputes. Extensive knowledge ot the federal trucking regulations, statutes and reported cases is very important, because these laws create presumptions and other rules that prevent many defenses historically used by trucking companies. Courts will need to examine various factors to determine the true nature of the employment relationship and whether, for example, logo liability applies. In this type of case, you need a specialist lawyer with lots of experience in trucking cases, because car accident lawyers often do not know the details of federal trucking law (and the trucking companies very often will test the claimant’s lawyer by asserting defenses not allowed under federal law).

Proving trucking negligence and liability requires prompt and detailed gathering of evidence to establish that the truck driver was acting negligently while within the scope of his/her employment at the time of the accident. This usually includes obtaining driver logs, GPS data, dispatch records, photos of the crash scene and vehicles, and witness testimony.

Understanding trucking liability is essential for maximizing compensation in a truck accident claim. Holding the trucking company accountable can result in higher settlements or verdicts (due to, among other things, the increased insurance coverage limits of a commercial vehicle as mandated by federal law).  Confirm that you receive full and fair compensation for all your injuries, harms, damages, and losses by choosing a specialist lawyer experienced in asserting trucking case claims.

Hold a Trucking Company Responsible for Negligence After an Arizona Truck Accident

Trucking case (including logo) liability is a critical component of commercial truck accident claims. Using federal trucking law to frame the legal landscape and determine the scope of potential compensation will increase your recovery. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Arizona, it is essential to work with experienced legal professionals who understand the nuances of trucking/logo liability and how to leverage it in your favor. At Jensen Phelan Law Firm, our dedicated team is here to provide the guidance and advocacy you need to pursue justice and recover full compensation for your damages.

Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us help you navigate your Arizona truck accident claim. Call (928) 778-2660 or contact us online to begin exploring your legal options.