If you have been injured in a commercial semi truck accident, you might be wondering whether you have a valid claim against the at-fault parties and whether it might be possible to get restitution for your injuries. Here are three signs that can indicate that you have a valid claim against the at-fault parties.
1. Injuries and/or Property Damage
As any commercial semi truck accident lawyer can tell you, this is the very foundation on which your claim is built on. Under Texas law, you have the right to demand restitution from a third party only if you have suffered injuries and/or property damage as a result of their negligence.
This is why it is absolutely critical to get yourself examined by a qualified medical professional as soon as you possibly can after an accident. Based on the physician’s report – which specifies what kind of injuries you have suffered and what kind of treatment you require – your commercial semi truck accident lawyer can build a strong case against all the negligent parties.
Similarly, it is important to get a vehicle damage estimate from your mechanic so that the cost of repairing your car can be added to your claim.
2. Negligence on the Truck Driver’s Part
If the accident was caused primarily as a result of the truck driver’s negligence, you might have a valid claim against them. For example, if the truck driver in question was drunk or was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the accident, they can be held liable for your injuries.
Other scenarios under which a truck driver can be held liable for your injuries include:
- Driving over the speed limit
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Running a red light
- Making a turn without signaling
3. Negligence on the Trucking Company’s Part
Ask any commercial semi truck accident attorney and they will tell you that trucking companies – not just in Texas, but all over the country – tend to flout state and federal trucking regulations in order to increase their profit margin. This is why in many truck accident claims, the trucking company – apart from the driver who caused the accident – is also held liable for the victims’ injuries.
For example, if the truck driver in question was fatigued and was forced by the company to drive in violation of Hours of Service (HOS) regulations, the company can be held liable for your injuries.
Similarly, if the truck driver in question has a history of drug use, your commercial semi truck accident lawyer can hold the trucking company liable for your injuries, as the company clearly failed in its duty to properly screen the driver before hiring them.
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