Some of the most catastrophic types of roadway accidents across the United
States involve semi-trucks. If you have been involved in a semi-truck
accident, including one caused because of an intoxicated big-rig driver,
you need to take a proactive stance to protect your vital legal interests.
This includes retaining the professional services of a skilled, experienced
semi-truck accident lawyer from The Doan Law Firm at (800) 349-0000. Our
semi-truck accident injury hotline is staffed around the clock.
Responsible Parties in an Intoxicated Semi-Truck Driver Accident Case
A tenacious, experienced intoxicated semi-truck accident attorney from
our firm will fight tirelessly to bring all responsible parties to justice.
The reality is that it is highly likely that a drunk or otherwise intoxicated
semi driver will not be the only party responsible for your injuries.
Other potentially responsible parties in a semi accident case can include
the trucking company. There are situations in which a semi-truck has an
owner-operator. However, in a majority of cases, the rig is likely owned
by a trucking company which can be deemed responsible for the conduct
of a driver.
The possibility also exists that the business that engaged a semi-truck
to haul cargo can also be held responsible for an accident caused by an
intoxicated commercial truck operator. If other factors contributed to
accident beyond an inebriated driver, other parties may be brought into
the mix as well. This might include the manufacturer of a commercial truck
if a defect somehow contributed to an accident and your resulting injuries.
Concealing a Semi-truck Driver's History
With alarming regularity, trucking companies conceal the histories of drivers
when it comes to the use of alcohol while operating a big-rig. These companies
fail to properly document failed alcohol tests which they are required
to conduct from time-to-time. In addition, some trucking companies have
improperly overlooked a semi-truck driver's history of being charged
and convicted for driving under the influence.
In a case in which a discovery is made that a trucking company has failed
to properly police its own drivers when it comes to alcohol consumption
and intoxication, you may be in a position to seek more money in a case
involving an accident. Your attorney may be able to seek what are known
as punitive or exemplary damages on your behalf in a commercial truck
Punitive or exemplary damages represent additional compensation awarded
in a semi-truck accident lawsuit when a demonstration is made that the
conduct of a responsible party in causing or contributing to an accident
is considered particularly reckless. When a trucking company fails to
address a semi truck driver with a history of alcohol use or intoxication
while driving, a case can be made that the trucking company is acting
in a particularly reckless manner.
Punitive or exemplary damages in a semi accident case do more than just
provide you with additional money. They are also designed to punish a
party that caused or contributed to an accident for particularly egregious conduct.
Hire a Fighter from The Doan Law Firm
You can schedule an initial consultation with an experienced semi-truck
accident lawyer from The Doan Law Firm right now by calling (800) 349-0000.
Our commercial truck accident injury hotline is staffed 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, including all major holidays.
A skilled semi-truck accident lawyer from our firm can schedule an initial
consultation with you at a time and place that is convenient for you.
As a nationwide law firm, we have offices located across the United States.
Depending on your circumstances, we can schedule an appointment with you
at your home, or even at the hospital. We have the ability to arrange
a virtual consultation with you online as well.