After individuals are injured by another person’s negligent behavior, the victim often reaches the logical conclusion that the party that caused the injury should be held accountable. However, many times plaintiffs in these cases do not comprehend the reach of liability, as well as the fact that there may be additional parties responsible for the actual injury. In a negligence analysis, even a party that did not actually physically cause the injury may be considered to be proximately responsible for the accident and held liable accordingly.
This reach of liability sometimes occurs in cases in which a person who is injured by a truck driver sues the trucking company for their negligence in failing to hire or train the employee. It may also occur when an individual is hurt because of a defect in a product, and the injured plaintiff sues the manufacturer or distributor of the faulty product. In these cases, plaintiffs must prove each of the necessary prongs of a negligence lawsuit for each named defendant.
One interesting area of the law that is still developing is third-party liability for the sellers of dangerous weapons and ammunition. Sadly, individuals are injured by gun violence with some regularity. As a result, the surviving loved ones want justice and occasionally attempt to bring a case against the seller of the gun or ammunition.