Richmond Truck Accident Attorney
Large semi-trucks and commercial trucks are one of the most common methods of transporting goods in the United States, and there are thousands of these vehicles on the roads in Texas every single day. Eighteen wheelers are much larger and heavier than the typical passenger vehicle, so when an accident occurs the results are usually catastrophic for victims. At The West Law Office, our team of highly qualified Richmond truck accident attorneys is here to zealously advocate on behalf of injury victims hurt in truck accidents on our roadways. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are caused by many different circumstances. The most common reason is driver error, which can be caused by speeding, failure to obey traffic signs and signals, driving distracted, driving drowsy, failing to check for other vehicles on the road, or driving under the influence. Another common cause is equipment failure, where a piece of machinery breaks on the semi-truck that causes it to crash with other vehicles on the road. Commercial truck rollovers also cause many accidents every year, which can be caused by the improper loading of cargo or unequal weight distribution.
Whatever the cause, an experienced truck accident attorney will hold those responsible accountable for the harm caused by the crash.
Who Is Liable in a Truck Accident?
There are many parties who may be at fault for a truck accident. The truck driver is often liable in full or in part for a crash. If the accident was caused by their negligence behind the wheel the driver is liable for injuries, and depending on the circumstances that led to the crash the driver’s employer may be liable, as well.
The trucking company may also be liable in an accident if the crash was caused due to their failure to provide proper maintenance for the truck or if they are responsible for improperly loading cargo that causes an accident. If the trucking company places impossible deadlines on their drivers that causes them to drive recklessly or under the influence of substances the company may also be liable for any accidents that result.
Finally, the manufacturer or retailer of truck equipment may be liable for an accident if the crash was caused by a product defect. Brake failures or a tire blowout that was caused by a design or manufacturing defect falls under strict product liability, and therefore the manufacturer of the part or retailer may be responsible for damages.
Truck Accident Injury Compensation
Compensation for truck accident victims is critical due to the often devastating nature of their injuries. Damages for this type of accident include compensation for all medical bills, lost wages, future care, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and the loss of enjoyment of life. In fatal accidents, the family of the victim may also seek compensation for wrongful death.
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If you would like to speak with a truck accident attorney in the Richmond area, call the office or contact us today at The West Law Office to schedule a free case consultation.