Truck accidents are not as common as other motor vehicle accidents, but they can be far more severe. Because of their size and weight, trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Read on to learn more about what to do if you are injured in a truck accident in Texas.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Truck Accident?
If you are injured due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to recover compensation. The parties who may be held responsible for your accident include:
- Negligent truck drivers: When truck drivers speed, drive while fatigued, drive while intoxicated, or otherwise disobey the rules and regulations of the road, they drastically increase the chances of a serious accident occurring.
- Negligent truck company employers: If a truck company employer does not ensure that his or her drivers are certified and properly trained, they may be held partially accountable in an accident. Additionally, if a truck company employer made his or her employees drive past the legally-acceptable amount of hours and an accident occurs, the truck company employer may also be held responsible.
- Negligent truck company employees: Truck company employees are responsible for maintaining the trucks and ensuring they are in optimal condition. They are also responsible for loading the trucks, and if a truck is improperly loaded, it may become unbalanced and topple over as a result, harming others on the road.
- Faulty truck parts: At times, truck accidents are due to faulty truck parts created by negligent product designers or manufacturers. In this case, you would file a product liability lawsuit.
What Do I Do if I Am Injured in a Truck Accident?
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to provide proof that this negligence occurred. To do so, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911: the police can call an ambulance, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more.
- Document the scene: It is important to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Make sure to document any damage done to your car, the truck and any property involved.
- Obtain witness contact information: If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events later on.
- Seek medical attention: It is important to ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
If you are injured in a truck accident in Texas, contact our firm today to speak with a skilled attorney.
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