Who to Sue After a Semi-Truck Accident
Sept. 23, 2022
Semi-trucks, more commonly called big rigs, 18-wheelers, or tractor trailers, make up one of the nation's largest organizations. The commercial trucking industry serves the American economy by transporting a massive variety of products and raw materials. Every day millions of these heavy haulers occupy roadways across America to move products from one place to another. Although semi-truck drivers are required to undergo extensive driver training that helps to ensure safety, accidents are bound to happen, and the statistics are alarming.
The average big rig carrying cargo weighs about 80,000 pounds and requires at least 40% more breaking distance that the average car, truck, or SUV. That weight is the equivalent of nearly ten adult elephants on a collision course with your minuscule vehicle. Sadly, accidents involving semi-trucks account for more than double the number of fatalities when compared to other types of motor vehicle accidents.
Experiencing the loss of a loved one or the personal injuries that result from a semi-truck accident is devastating. In addition to dealing with pain and suffering or the loss of a loved one, there are also many questions about medical bills, compensation, and how to file a claim. This is why it is vital to reach out to a seasoned personal injury attorney at The Torres Law Firm in Corpus Christi, Texas, for clear and compassionate legal guidance. Our team has the tools necessary to assist your specific situation in order for you to pursue fair compensation. We also serve clients in Dallas, and Fort Worth, Texas.
Semi-truck accidents are notoriously complex, and when it comes to determining fault, things get even more difficult to navigate. That being said, there is some general information that can provide some comfort and direction when initiating the process. It is essential to know that navigating any lawsuit alone in the midst of grief or injury is highly discouraged. Focusing on your family and your personal well-being should always be your top priority. When partnering with The Torres Law Firm, we can carry the legal load so you can focus on your recovery and wellness.
That being said, here are a few individuals that may be liable in a semi-truck accident:
The truck driver
The truck company
The truck or parts manufacturer
The person who loaded the cargo
Maintenance personal or mechanic
The driver of the other motor vehicle
Remember, large trucking companies often have insurance attorneys at their disposal who work hard to dismiss lawsuits and compensation claims. As knowledgeable semi-truck attorneys, we understand this and will work hard to ensure the playing field is even.
Factors in Determining Liability
As we previously mentioned, the trucking industry is governed by strict laws that drivers must adhere to. These laws are designed to help reduce human error and uphold the highest standards for safe driving and delivery. More often than not, accidents happen when truck drivers violate trucking laws and safety standards. These can include, but are not limited to:
Inexperience or lack of driver training
Unknown route or unfamiliar area
Aggressive driving or speeding
Driving while intoxicated or under the influence
Vehicle defect or malfunction
Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo
The bottom line is trucking companies want to defer liability and pin the fault on you. As your truck accident attorney, we work hard to ensure the facts and evidence are carefully evaluated, and that the correct party is deemed liable.
What Steps Should I Take Next?
If you have been the victim of a recent truck accident, there are a few critical steps to take early on.
First, seek medical attention and maintain ongoing appointments with your primary doctor or the medical professionals overseeing your recovery. Health professionals maintain excellent documentation that will be required to serve as evidence of your injuries that you will need later on.
Second, write everything down and keep good records. This includes medical bills, insurance statements, pay stubs, and any other information you think might be important. Maintaining up-to-date records serves as a rabbit trail to illustrate how the injury is affecting your life.
Third, consult with a semi-truck accident attorney. Even if the insurance company is quick to offer a settlement, it may be significantly less than what you deserve. The only way to ensure your rights are protected and you maximize compensation is by seeking experienced legal representation.
Finally, if a semi-truck accident has caused the death of a loved one, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. The Torres Law Firm understands how difficult it is to mourn and simultaneously engage the legal system. As your attorney, we will investigate and negotiate on your behalf and walk you through the entire process with empathetic and accurate advice.
Truck Accidents Attorneys
Serving Corpus Christi & Dallas, Texas
A semi-truck accident can have a devastating impact on your life. If you have been impacted by a trucking accident in Corpus Christi or Dallas, Texas, our team at The Torres Law Firm is ready to help answer questions, serve you with excellence and empathy and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our team today to learn more about the ways we can help.