Commercial vehicles are a crucial part of the American and Texas economies. Trucks and other large vehicles transport goods across the country, but in addition to the important role they play, truckers and commercial drivers have a special responsibility as well. These drivers are particularly responsible for driving safely around smaller, more vulnerable vehicles.
Larger vehicles can cause significant and extensive damage when they collide with regular passenger vehicles. Mistakes and negligence committed by truckers or commercial drivers can cause serious injury, even death, but victims may seek to hold liable parties accountable through a personal injury claim. If you suffered injuries in a truck accident or commercial vehicle accident, you could have a rightful claim to financial compensation.
Proving liability can be complicated
If you were involved in a truck accident, you know how frightening it can be. You can feel completely overwhelmed by the aftermath and the complications that can follow, including medical bills and extensive property damage. You may not know where to start, but simply determining if you have a reason to move forward with a civil claim is a good place to begin.
One of the most important things to establish in your quest for financial compensation is liability. Determining who is liable is significant for the success of your injury claim. It is possible that the trucker, trucking company or other third party is liable if you are able to provide the following:
- The defendant owed you a specific duty of care, which is a duty to avoid injury by all reasonable means.
- The defendant did not meet this duty, acting in a way that led to a preventable accident.
- You suffered injuries as a direct result of the actions of the defendant and his or her failure to exercise reasonable care.
In some truck accident cases, it is possible to name multiple people or parties as potential liable parties. An evaluation of your case can reveal if this is an option available to you.
Fighting for your rights after a truck accident
Truck accidents are complex and overwhelming, and victims often struggle with knowing what to do. Before you accept a settlement offer or make any important decisions, it could be beneficial to fully understand all of the choices you have.
It could be ideal to pursue a personal injury claim against one or multiple parties in order to secure the full amount of compensation you deserve. You do not have to wonder about your options, but instead, you would be prudent to find out more as soon as possible.