Understanding the Legal Responsibility of Trucking Companies
Truck accidents account for some of the most horrific traffic accidents in Texas and throughout the country. Due to their massive size and weight, and because they have difficulty avoiding hazards, semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other commercial carriers frequently cause accidents that result in serious, and sometimes fatal, injuries. Rates of victims experiencing catastrophic injuries or wrongful death during a trucking accident are higher than those related to passenger vehicle accidents.
Trucking companies, as well as the truck drivers for whom they are responsible, have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of others on public roads. This obligation constitutes what is known as a “legal duty.” Simply put, trucking companies are responsible for ensuring that reasonable measures are taken to reduce the chances of an accident and to protect others from preventable accidents. If you have been injured in a truck accident, call the Daspit Law Firm to learn more about your rights.
Elements of a Truck Accident Personal Injury Claim
As part of the personal injury claim process, injured victims will have the opportunity to show that a trucking company failed in some way to uphold its legal duty. How this can be done will depend on the unique facts of a case.
Examples of negligence that constitute a breach of duty by trucking companies can include:
- Health and safety violations that lead to toxic exposure
- Violations of federal or state trucking regulations
- Overworking drivers, inadequate vehicle maintenance, etc.
- Negligent hiring of unqualified truck drivers
- Failure to ensure truck drivers are properly trained
By carefully reviewing all circumstances surrounding your accident, our firm can work to secure the evidence needed to prove that a breach of duty caused your accident. We leave no stone unturned when conducting truck accident investigations.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Call the Daspit Law Firm for Help.
Trucking companies are held to strict standards for ensuring public safety because truck accidents can cause devastation that forever changes the lives of victims. At the Daspit Law Firm, our Houston truck accident lawyers protect the rights of injured victims – as well as families who wish to file wrongful death claims – as we fight back against negligent trucking companies.
As truck accident cases are complex and because these powerful companies and insurance corporations do whatever they can to pay victims as little as possible, working with proven and aggressive representation is crucial. As a former insurance defense lawyer, John Daspit has the insight to help injured victims and their loved ones fight for the compensation they deserve.
To learn more about holding trucking companies liable and how a Houston personal injury attorney from the Daspit Law Firm can help, fill out a free case evaluation form today. Our team is available to discuss your case 24/7.