Large trucks and buses are everywhere on the roads of Texas and the US at large, and they cause a great many accidents and fatalities each year. When you have been in an accident with a commercial truck or bus that was caused by someone or something else, you are entitled to compensation for the costs and damages associated with your injuries. If you have lost a loved one to a truck accident, you may be able to collect damages on their behalf through a wrongful death lawsuit. Our Laredo truck accident lawyers can help.
In this article, we’ll explore common causes of truck accidents, the injuries that might result, and how a Laredo truck accident lawyer by your side as soon as possible will help you recover the full amount you are entitled to. The unique facts and circumstances of your truck accident will determine whether you are entitled to compensation for your damages, and if so, how much your damages are worth, and your experienced attorney knows how to leverage the best outcome in your claim.
A dedicated and experienced Laredo personal injury lawyer from Hill Law Firm is available now to provide a risk-free, cost-free assessment of your truck accident.
Large Trucks and Buses are Dangerous to a Car’s Occupants
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration notes that in 2019 alone some 5,237 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents. Additionally, in 2019 alone there were 121,000 accidents involving large trucks and buses that led to injury, and over 400,000 accidents with large trucks and buses that caused property damage alone.
When a traditional passenger motor vehicle like an SUV, car, or minivan has a crash with a large truck or bus, the occupants of the passenger vehicle are at greater risk or injury or death. Trucks weigh more than passenger vehicles, and operate at a greater height, increasing the risk of the truck riding over the passenger vehicle in accidents and likelihood of severe injury or death to the occupants of the passenger vehicle.
If you have been injured in an accident with a truck or bus, and the truck driver, trucking company, or trucking manufacturer caused the accident, you are entitled to compensation for your damages. To collect damages you must prove that another party was responsible for the accident, and then collect evidence to prove the damages you are seeking. This can be a difficult process, and your Laredo truck accident attorney provides help every step of the way.
Truck and Bus Drivers Must be Well-Rested and Attentive While Driving
One of the leading causes of accidents involving large trucks and buses is drowsy or fatigued driving. A driver is drowsy or fatigued when they make the decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle when they have not had adequate rest between shifts. Drowsy driving deceases the ability of the driver to react to changes in road conditions, demands of traffic, and other potential hazards that might arise.
Truck drivers must personally make the decision to only drive when they are well-rested. However, truck drivers are workers just like you, and sometimes their employers might require that they work more than they should to meet requirements. When a trucking company does not give its employees enough time off between shifts, leading to drowsy driving, the trucking company will be responsible for any damages in accidents their drowsy drivers cause.
When a truck or bus driver causes an accident that injures you, you are entitled to compensation from them. You’ll generally be collecting your damages from the insurance company of the truck driver or their employer. As we’ll discuss below, the insurance company of the party that caused your injuries does not work for you, and they will try and deny your claim if they can, or pay you as little as possible if they cannot deny it.
Vehicle Malfunctions Can Result in Compensation
Even when truck drivers are well rested and taking the time to drive attentively, vehicle and equipment malfunctions can still cause truck accidents. When manufacturing defects lead to issues with equipment that lead to accidents, the manufacturer can be liable for the damages associated with the accident. For example, if a defectively designed brake-line burst while the truck was operating, causing an accident that injured you, the manufacturer of the brake-line would be responsible for your damages.
How do you know when another party is liable for an accident? Evidence.
What Evidence Will a Truck Accident Attorney in Laredo Collect?
Damages are only available when an accident that injured you was caused by someone or something else. You can only collect damages that you can prove. The way to determine who is at fault and how much your damages are is the same: by collecting evidence. Your Laredo truck accident lawyer from Hill Law Firm will collect evidence concerning the cause of the accident by using a variety of legal instruments, including requests for production, interrogatories, and depositions.
By collecting evidence on your behalf, your Laredo truck accident lawyer is able to put together the fullest and most complete case on your behalf possible. This is then drafted into a claim with the insurance company of the party responsible for the accident. When the insurance company will not agree to a fair settlement, your attorney will take them to court on your behalf to force them into compensating you the full amount you are entitled to.
Get a Laredo Truck Accident Attorney on Your Claim Now
The sooner you have an experienced Laredo motor vehicle accident lawyer on your case, the sooner you can step back and focus on recovering from your injuries while your lawyer focuses on recovering the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.
For a risk-free, cost-free assessment on your truck accident, schedule a consultation with the Hill Law Firm to discuss what options might be available for us to help on your case. We only take cases we believe in and can get behind, and if we take your case, you only pay if we win.