Texas is famous for its long stretches of open roads, and is a main thoroughfare and way station for America’s trucking industry. The amount of commerce passing in and out of Texas each day is huge. Unfortunately, with that amount of activity, accidents are bound to happen, which they do with some degree of regularity.
In many cases, those accidents involve trucks and passenger cars, creating a greater possibility for serious injuries and deaths to take place. Although truckers are well-trained professionals, they do make mistakes. And when you’re involved in an accident that is a result of their careless actions or negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses.
When you retain an attorney who specializes in 18-wheeler accidents, they will have two main tasks: to prove the trucker was negligent, and to determine who all the responsible parties at fault are.
As it is with all personal injury cases, to win a civil case involving an 18-wheeler, an attorney must be able to prove that the trucker was negligent – whether due to driving recklessly or while sleep deprived, or due to some other factor that created an unsafe condition.
Determining all the parties at fault
On the surface, it’s easy to point a finger at a truck driver and hold them accountable for an accident. However, in many cases, there are other parties who can be held accountable as well, thus increasing the chances for a more sizable compensation amount.
If the driver was an employee of a trucking firm, then an attorney will want to see maintenance records, driving logs and other evidence that may show negligence at the ownership level.
In some cases, other drivers on the road may have contributed to the accident by their unsafe driving actions as well. And there are other times when road conditions may be a factor in an accident. When road conditions can be proven unsafe, those responsible parties can be held accountable as well.
The Law Office of Maverick Ray serves clients in Houston, Pasadena and other nearby Texas communities.