Commercial truck accidents are different from crashes that involve only passenger cars, in part because in a trucking company usually employs the truck driver involved in the wreck. As the trucker’s employer, the trucking company (also known as a carrier) may bear legal responsibility for the truck drivers’ actions, as well as for the safety of the trucks it owns.
In addition to a truck driver and the carrier, several other parties may be liable for a truck accident. They may include:
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, it is likely that it will require an independent investigation of the crash to determine who should be held responsible for your injuries and other losses. At Kraft & Associates, P.C., our legal team investigates and litigates all types of commercial trucks accidents on behalf of individuals who have been injured and families who have lost loved ones.
Contact us today about your rights after a truck accident, including your right to obtain compensation for your losses from multiple parties. Please call us at (214) 999-9999 or contact us online.
There is a variety of data that should be reviewed after a commercial truck accident to determine what happened and who all may be legally responsible for the crash. This includes evidence collected at the crash scene, reports from police, and examining the truck and other vehicles in the wreck, including downloading data from the wrecked truck’s “black box” event data recorder. In some cases, accident reconstruction specialists may be consulted for a forensic analysis and interpretation of the accident.
The trucker’s activity logs, which by law must show his or her time behind the wheel as well as at rest, and other trucking company records should also be obtained, along with statements from witnesses and certain trucking company employees.
In many cases, a court order is required to make a carrier turn over records and release the wrecked truck for examination.
A thorough investigation is necessary in most truck accidents to determine what happened and why. A full review of the evidence may indicate that one or more parties should be held accountable for the crash. Individually or together in various combinations, they may include the:
If an investigation shows that several parties may be held liable for a truck accident, victims may be able to maximize the compensation they obtain for their losses through multiple claims.
A carrier will work quickly through its insurers and legal team to close out any potential claims in a serious wreck, sometimes offering fast settlements that may seem generous. But accepting a settlement before a truck accident has been fully investigated by an experienced and independent team may mean you have accepted far less than you deserve and have unwittingly signed away your right to seek more.
Kraft & Associates’ truck accident attorneys know how to investigate truck accidents fully and how to develop solid cases against negligent truck drivers, trucking companies, manufacturers and distributors, vendors and other third parties. We work diligently and aggressively to maximize compensation from all available sources for our truck accident clients.
Never accept a settlement for injuries and other losses in a truck accident without first discussing your case with a truck accident lawyer experienced with cases in Texas. The attorneys at Kraft & Associates, P.C., in Dallas have decades of experience obtaining compensation for clients injured in all types of commercial trucking accidents.
The legal team at Kraft & Associates, P.C., has the resources necessary to fully investigate a truck accident and bring solid claims against all responsible parties. Meet with us before signing any paperwork offered by an insurance company or trucking company lawyers. Phone (214) 999-9999, email us at email@example.com, or complete our online form for a free assessment of your case today.