Sealy Truck Accident Attorney
Texas has some of the most dangerous roads in the country. In fact, more fatal truck accidents happen in Texas than in any other state. This may come as alarming news to anyone who spends a significant amount of time on the road, especially when you consider the fact that collisions between commercial vehicles and passenger cars almost always have more severe consequences for the occupants of the smaller vehicle. Fortunately, it is possible to recover compensation from the negligent truck drivers and trucking companies that cause these collisions, although doing so without the aid of an experienced Sealy truck accident attorney can be difficult. To learn more about your own recovery options, please call our office today.
Truck Accident Liability
Commercial trucks have become a much more common sight on today’s roads, a trend that can largely be attributed to increasing trade across state lines. Unfortunately, with this increase in trucks comes a heightened risk of being involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle. Tragically, most of these collisions are the result of negligence, whether on the part of the driver, his or her employer, a supplier, or a vehicle part manufacturer, and so could have been avoided. When it comes to truck drivers, many collisions in which they are involved can be attributed to:
- Driver fatigue
- Driving while under the influence;
- Speeding or driving aggressively;
- Violating a traffic law; or
- Driving while distracted.
Often, this type of recklessness can also be linked to a truck driver’s employer, with trucking companies notoriously pushing their drivers to meet unrealistic deadlines, engaging in negligent hiring practices, and failing to provide drivers with proper training. In these cases, the at-fault driver, as well as his or her employer could be held liable for the damages resulting from a negligence-based collision.
Similarly, other truck accidents, which are often attributable to improper cargo loading procedures and weight violations, improper vehicle maintenance, and in some cases, a mechanical defect, could require trucking companies to compensate injured victims for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. In the event that another driver contributed to the accident, he or she could also bear some responsibility for a plaintiff’s injuries, as could a negligent vehicle part manufacturer, government entity, or third party contractor.
Fortunately, even when a car accident victim contributed in some way to a collision, that individual could still be entitled to recovery for some of his or her losses. This is because Texas adheres to the legal theory of modified comparative negligence, under which plaintiffs can still collect compensation for accident-related losses, as long as they are less than 51 percent at fault for the crash. Plaintiffs who find themselves in this situation, however, can expect their total award to be reduced in proportion to their degree of faulting in causing or contributing to the accident.
Call Today to Schedule an Initial Consultation
If you need help seeking compensation from the at-fault parties who caused your accident, please contact our experienced Sealy truck accident legal team at The West Law Office, PLLC by calling 281-347-3247 today.