A collision with a commercial truck can leave you with traumatized on several levels. A standard car, truck, or even SUV is no match for a commercial 18-wheeler, which means that the damages from commercial trucking accidents are often extensive.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, accidents involving large trucks and buses accounted for about 12 percent of all fatal crashes in 2011, which means that these deadly collisions aren’t as uncommon as we’d all hoped.
A Complicated Situation
The additional commercial entity involved makes a personal injury claim or lawsuit involving a trucking accident a different and more complicated process compared to a typical auto accident. A victim who is wrongfully injured in a trucking accident might be inclined to blame the driver of the truck, and may be right if the driver was engaging in reckless or negligent behavior. But the vehicle’s manufacturer could be at fault if the vehicle had a defect that played a role in the crash. Another party that might bear responsibility could be the commercial driver’s employer.
In some situations, the driver’s employer may bear most of the responsibility for a trucking accident. Perhaps they forced the driver to work illegal overtime that led to fatigue or failed to maintain the commercial vehicle properly. In these cases, the victims can find themselves at a serious disadvantage: on the one side you have a confused and hurt victim or victims; on the other, you have a commercial entity that’s prepared to mobilize and defend itself against liability claims at a moment’s notice.
Unfortunately, most attorneys who specialize in trucking accidents have dozens of firsthand stories that play out just like this. Within hours of a commercial vehicle crash, representatives from the trucking company and its insurer are on the scene to manage the situation. That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced attorney as quickly as possible after a trucking accident, as the attorney may be able to help gather and preserve evidence immediately following the crash.
Pursuing Your Claim
A personal injury claim from a commercial trucking accident can involve wrongful behavior on the part of the commercial driver, the driver’s employer, and the vehicle’s manufacturer — sometimes all at once. Because these cases are usually more complex, all of the direct and indirect causes and factors surrounding the accident need to be carefully evaluated by an experienced attorney. And because you might be up against a company experienced in defending itself against legitimate claims such as your own, time is of the essence.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle and are seeking just compensation for their negligence, please give Hossley & Embry a call at (866) 522-9265 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch promptly. We offer free consultations, and we have the resources available (including charter aircraft) to travel throughout Texas and the United States on short notice to investigate your potential claim.