Any motor vehicle accident in Texas can be devastating, especially those in which a large truck is involved. At Grimes & Fertitta, P.C., we understand the significant damage that results from a negligent truck driver, trucking company or defective vehicle. It is important to know whom you may hold liable following such an incident.
Because each case is different, there may be a number of defendants to list on your lawsuit, including the following:
- The truck driver
- The manufacturer of a defective part on the truck
- The company that leased the truck
- The truck company
- The people who loaded the truck
For example, if your accident was the result of cargo shifting and tipping the vehicle, you may be able to hold the shipping company responsible for improperly loading the truck. If the driver were texting at the time of the crash, you may be able to sue not only the driver, but also the driver's employer. In some cases, employers may not substantially punish operators who have a history of accidents, which leaves the company vulnerable to lawsuits.
Determining liability can be complicated and requires a thorough investigation. Further, you will need to assess your damages. The Texas Department of Transportation notes that across the state, there were more than 29,000 accidents involving commercial motor vehicles in 2013. Those incidents resulted in 531 fatalities and 5,798 serious injuries. A serious crash will lead to significant medical bills, property damage and potentially lifelong physical and emotional consequences for which you may be compensated.
For more information on what to do following such an incident, please visit our page on truck accidents.