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Who is Responsible for a Truck Accident?

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If you have been involved in a truck accident, you likely find yourself facing mounting medical bills and tremendous pain and suffering. You probably have not been able to return to work and you seriously wonder when you will be able to begin earning a living. In other words, your life has been turned upside down.

One question you may have is who really is responsible for the semi-truck accident that caused you extensive injuries and damages of different types? The answer to that question is not always self-evident. With the professional assistance of a skilled, tenacious Austin truck accident attorney, you can get to the bottom of who really is responsible for the collision, your injuries and losses. An Austin truck accident lawyer at The Doan Law Firm will work for you to identify all responsible parties, to strive for justice in your case, and to fight for the compensation to which you are entitled.

The Driver

An obvious party possibly at fault in a semi-truck accident is the driver or operator of the rig. There are many reasons why the driver can be held responsible for a collision between a semi-truck and a car. The driver could be distracted, fatigued or even intoxicated. The driver could have made an error in the operation of the semi, a mistake that was unreasonable and negligent.

Keep in mind that there are two types of semi drivers. There drivers who are employees of some other third party. There are drivers who are owner-operators. In other words, they not only drive the rig but they own the truck.

The reality is, however, that the driver very well may not be the only person responsible for injuries you sustain in a case. Additionally, there are situations in which the driver may not be responsible at all. For example, if there is a mechanical failure that occurs through no fault of the driver, and the rig operator does not own the semi, he or she will not be liable for your damages.

The Owner

If an accident is caused because of negligence, the owner of the truck will nearly always be considered a responsible party, at least initially. Again, it is possible that there is a mechanical defect that caused the accident, a problem that the owner reasonable could not have known of before the collision.

In many cases, the owner of the truck has what sometimes is called "deep pockets." The owner of the rig may be a large transport company that has not only some financial resources but decent insurance coverage to address a claim for injuries and damages.

The Leaser

There are instances when a trio of parties may be considered responsible for an accident. These include the driver, the owner and the leaser of a rig. A fairly common practice in the over-the-road transport industry is for one party to own a semi who rents it to another party who then engages a driver to transport product.

The Manufacturer

Manufacturer's defects in semi-trucks can result in a catastrophic malfunction and a major accident. In addition, the manufacturer of component parts may also be a responsible party in a claim or lawsuit arising from an accident.

The Maintenance Crew

If a third-party oversees maintenance of a semi, that entity or individual may also be considered a responsible party in the event of an accident. If maintenance was not properly performed, and that lack of attention caused or contributed to the collision, the party responsible for maintenance may be considered a responsible party.

The Party with Product on the Truck

Another possible responsible party in the case of a semi accident is the party shipping items or product in the truck. Simply put, the semi would not be on the road in the first place if not for the need to convey a shipment.

Multiple Parties

In reality, multiple parties are likely to be included in a claim or lawsuit for damages or injuries arising from a collision with a semi-truck. Other potential parties may include a governmental entity or even another driver on the roadway who contributed to the events that resulted in the collision.

Hire an Austin 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer That Will Fight for You

Determining who is at fault in an Austin truck accident case is complicated and requires the skill and experience of a committed personal injury attorney at The Doan Law Firm. An Austin personal injury lawyer from The Doan Law Firm will schedule an initial appointment with you to discuss and evaluate your case.

You can schedule an appointment by calling our offices at 512-806-0000. We are available to talk to you by phone, or through our website, any time that is convenient for you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. We will schedule an initial appointment at a time that is convenient for you, at our office, your home or even at the hospital.

We do not charge a fee for an initial consultation with you. In fact, the Doan Law Firm does not charge you a fee unless and until we obtain a favorable settlement or judgment for you.

The Doan Law Firm is conveniently located at:

100 Congress Avenue, Suite 2000

Austin, Texas 78701

(512) 806-0000

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.

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