Many Texas residents are victims of trucking accidents yearly. A truck crash can result in catastrophic injuries and other losses for the truck accident victims. The good news is that you can receive financial compensation from the liable parties if you suffer any losses because of a negligent truck driver's actions. However, you'll need the best Texas injury law firm. So, contact the offices of Calhoun, Meredith, & Sims, PLLC today. Read on to learn more about the different causes of truck accidents in Texas.
A trucking accident is a motor vehicle accident involving semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and other commercial vehicles. It causes personal injury or property damage. Many times, a truck crash may result in a fatality. At other times, truck accident victims escape with only severe injuries. In fact, truck wrecks are more likely to cause a fatality because of the trucks' weight and their impact on passenger cars.
Some common truck accident injuries include:
Under civil law, fatal truck accidents are known as wrongful deaths. Wrongful death means that if the commercial truck driver or any other liable parties were more careful, the accident victim might still be alive. In this instance, the deceased's estate can recover damages from the fault party, including punitive damages.
There are many causes of truck accidents in Texas. However, we will examine three factors that cause the most truck accidents. They are:
Trucking accidents can be prevented in Texas or reduced to the barest minimum. The fatality, emotional distress, and physical pain that result from a truck crash can be stopped. However, this will take the efforts of three relevant parties. These include the trucking company, truck drivers, and other drivers of private and commercial vehicles.
Below is how everyone can work to create safer highways free of trucking accidents.
Many truck accident victims want to know if the Texas trucking industry has a culture of firing their drivers after accidents. So, yes, in some cases, truck drivers may lose their jobs after truck crashes. Where a driver's actions warrant a sack, the company will most likely fire the driver for causing an accident. This often depends on the driver's contract and the nature of employment.
However, in some instances, commercial truck drivers own their trucks. They only work for trucking firms on a "Per route" basis. If this is the case, the trucking company can't "Sack" the driver. They may only discontinue requesting their services.
Below are some instances where a truck driver's actions can get them fired.
The question of liability in Texas truck accidents is a major one for injury victims. This is because it's the liable party that'll most likely pay the compensation.
The driver is the primary and most likely person to be liable for a truck accident. the driver's fault may be absolute or partial. For instance, if it's determined that the driver was distracted, using their cell phone, they will be liable. Furthermore, if they violated traffic rules or drove while tired, they may also be held liable for the crash.
As said earlier, trucking firms are responsible for their drivers' actions and the trucks they put on the road. The company will be liable if they don't train their drivers well or conduct periodic drug tests or background checks. Furthermore, where the company strictly requires drivers to drive for longer hours, they'll be liable for any crashes.
The truck maker may also be liable for the accident where they produced a defective or bad truck. They may yet be liable even if only a significant part of the truck was bad. Relevant truck parts include tires, brakes, and steering parts.
The truck loaders will be at fault where they overloaded the cargo, and it spilled over and caused an accident. Any cargo-induced accident may make the loaders liable. This includes where the shippers improperly secured the cargo too.
Finally, the government may be the liable party. This would be so if hazardous road conditions caused the accident. Identifying the responsible government agency may be challenging. However, that's where an experienced lawyer proves useful.
If you have been in a Texas truck accident, you deserve to receive compensation for the injuries that you suffered. However, personal injury law practice can be challenging. You need crucial evidence if you'll win your case. That's why it would be best to hire an accident law firm like Calhoun, Meredith, & Sims, PLLC, to represent you. If you engage our experienced truck accident lawyers, we'll work to get you the maximum compensation in record time. Schedule a free consultation with us today.