The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the main causes of truck accidents include driver error, vehicular malfunction, and environmental hazards, like rain or snow. The NHTSA also reports that driver error is the leading cause of all truck accidents, accounting for 94% of all collisions.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) seconds the NHTSA’s findings, reporting that a majority of truck accidents are the result of driver inexperience, poor vehicle maintenance, improper driving maneuvers, and poor weather conditions.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a truck accident, just thinking about initiating legal action can be stressful and overwhelming. However, when you partner with a truck accident lawyer, they can work to recover compensation for your collision-related damages. They can also address any of the challenges that arise throughout the development of your case.
EXAMPLES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
The FMCSA reports that truck accidents can be deadly. Commercial trucks can weigh up to 40 tons, which can weigh 20 to 30 times more than a standard passenger vehicle. If you were injured in a collision involving a truck, the owner of the truck will determine who you can pursue for damages.
For example, if you were struck by a garbage truck, you may be able to hold the waste management entity responsible for your damages. However, if you were hit by a delivery truck, you may have a case against the overseeing corporation.
You may have suffered injuries in a:
- Rear-end collision
- Truck rollover accident
- Jackknife accident
- Underride accident
- Lost load accident
- Head-on collision
- Wide-turn accident
- Blindspot accident
- T-bone collision
When you work with a Texas truck accident lawyer, they can evaluate the evidence in your case to determine who can be held responsible for your losses. During their investigation, they may find that more than one party was responsible for your accident. They can manage all communications with the involved parties and their legal counsel so that you can focus on your personal life.
POTENTIAL AT-FAULT PARTIES FOR A TEXAS TRUCK ACCIDENT
We mentioned above that there could be multiple parties responsible for your damages. For instance, if the truck malfunctioned, causing your accident, you may be able to hold the truck’s mechanic or owner accountable for your losses. Some examples of vehicular malfunction that could have resulted in your truck accident include faulty steering systems, powertrain issues, and defective brakes.
If an individual trucker caused the accident, and they were working at the time of the crash, you may be able to pursue compensation from their employer.
A trucking company can be considered negligent if they failed to:
- Conduct regular drug testing
- Look into their employees’ driving history
- Train drivers
- Maintain their trucks
- Properly load their trucks
- Impose reasonable time constraints on delivery
- Carry out proper safety protocol
You do not have to investigate the circumstances of your own collision while recovering from your injuries. A personal injury lawyer can build a truck accident case on your behalf.
TEXAS’S PERSONAL INJURY STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
You may need to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries. If so, you must file your lawsuit within the state’s statute of limitations. You typically have two years to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003.
Most personal injury cases do not go to court. However, if yours does, you will reasonably want to take proactive measures that secure your right to compensation. For that reason alone, you should consider working with a lawyer as soon as you can. They can start building your case from the moment you retain their services.
SEEK JUSTICE FOR A TEXAS TRUCK ACCIDENT WITH LONCAR LYON JENKINS
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to pursue financial recovery. At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, a Texas truck accident lawyer can handle the entirety of your accident case while you focus on your health and wellbeing.
Loncar Lyon Jenkins can support your legal interests by exploring what options you have for pursuing compensation. As we do so, we can help you determine a fair value for your collision-related damages. We can use our calculations to determine what constitutes a fair insurance offer and then enter into negotiations with the liable insurer.
Recoverable damages in your car accident case may include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages, both current and anticipated
- Limited earning capacity
- Auto repair expenses
- Pain and suffering
The sooner you act, the sooner Loncar Lyon Jenkins can get started advocating for your legal rights and protections. We can also answer any questions that you have regarding the main causes of truck accidents. To get started, call us today at (800) 777-7777.