Tens of thousands of accidents occur in Texas annually. Of these accidents, more than 30,000 involve a large commercial truck. If this statistic wasn’t staggering enough, consider the fact that Texas leads the nation in fatal truck accidents annually as well. As a result of these sobering realities, if you’ve recently been injured in a large truck accident in Texas, you are – unquestionably – not alone.
Millions of large commercial trucks crisscross the Lone Star State every day. Some remain in the state, while others cross state borders. Still others cross the nation’s border with Mexico. No matter where you were traveling when you were struck, know that your situation is (unfortunately) commonplace. The only silver lining to the fact that truck accidents are so common in Texas is that experienced Texas personal injury lawyers understand how to navigate such cases as successfully as possible under the circumstances.
Exploring Your Legal Options
As an experienced truck accident lawyer – including those who practice at Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC – can confirm, truck accident injury victims are often well-positioned to seek compensation from others who are responsible for causing their harm. Commonly named defendants in truck accident lawsuits include truck drivers, motorists, manufacturers of defective motor vehicle parts, the trucking company that employs a truck driver involved in the crash, companies responsible for loading freight, and government agencies tasked with road maintenance.
Generally speaking, if another’s negligence, intentionally dangerous conduct, or recklessness directly contributed to the cause(s) of your harm, you’re likely in a strong position to seek compensation from that party. You even retain the right to seek compensation from other partially responsible parties, even if you were also partially to blame for your crash, provided that you are not more than 50% responsible for what happened to you.
It is very important to avoid making assumptions about the relative weaknesses and strengths of your case until a Texas personal injury attorney has investigated the circumstances of your crash. You may be in a far stronger position to seek compensation than you’ve initially allowed yourself to believe.
A Note About Work-Related Accidents
It is important to note that you’ll want to speak with an attorney with particular urgency if your recent injurious truck accident occurred while you were engaging in work-related activity. Whether you drive professionally or you were running an errand for your boss at the time of the crash, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as a result of your harm.
Acting quickly is important in work-related scenarios because the workers’ compensation benefits application process is notoriously time-sensitive. You may be barred from rightful compensation even if you wait a few days to begin your benefits application. As this is not a fault-based form of compensation, you won’t want to miss out on these benefits if you’re entitled to coverage. These benefits may be the only form of compensation you’re entitled to if your accident was wholly your fault.