Semi-trucks can easily turn into very dangerous vehicles if the driver of the truck isn't paying proper attention to the vehicle. These trucks are so large and so heavy that they can easily destroy a passenger vehicle and cause serious injuries to the people in that vehicle. When someone is injured in an accident with a truck accident, they have the right to seek compensation for their injuries. The process for seeking compensation can be complicated because of all the elements involved. Our Texas readers who have been injured in a truck accident might find these answers to common questions helpful along their journey to seek compensation.
Who should I sue after the accident?
There really isn't an easy answer to that question since it depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident. The trucking company, insurance company, trucker, contractors and vehicle manufacturer are some of the people and entities that can be sued. You can list more than one defendant in your lawsuit, as long as each defendant had a part in the accident. Because of the complexities of determining fault in the accident, you might need to seek assistance from someone knowledgeable about trucking accidents.
Do I have to go to a trial?
Some cases will go to the trial phase, but many cases are resolved without having to go that far. Settling out of court is one option for people who were in a trucking accident. This can mean negotiating a settlement. In some cases, arbitration or mediation might be used to determine what the settlement should be.
What if I was partly at fault?
It might still be possible to seek compensation in that case. Understanding the Texas laws regarding personal injuries might help you to decide if you should move forward with a case if you know you were partially at fault for the accident.
Source: FindLaw, "Should I Get a Truck Accident Lawyer?" Nov. 18, 2014