You were involved in an accident with a commercial truck. You may assume that you know what to do because you’ve been in a fender-bender before and were able to work it out with the other person. What you may not realize is that accidents that involve a commercial truck are significantly more complicated than regular car accidents.
The many parties involved
With commercial trucks, there are many more parties involved in dealing with an accident than when it’s two individuals in passenger vehicles. As the driver of the passenger vehicle, you’ll possibly be dealing with:
- Your insurance company
- The trucker’s/trucking company’s insurance company
- The trucking company
- Vehicle manufacturers
- Government entities
- The cargo loading company
- Medical companies
How an attorney can help
With so many complications in a trucking accident, it’s a good idea to look into legal professionals who can help you. An attorney who is experienced in dealing with trucking accidents will assist you in dealing with the many parties involved. Working with an attorney means you don’t have to be the one dealing with insurance, trucking companies or other people who want you to settle.
They will also go over the situation and help you determine fault and the best legal strategy to benefit you. Texas uses proportionate responsibility, which means that partial fault in an accident can be assigned to more than one party depending on the circumstances of the accident. Even if you are partially at fault for the accident, there is the potential that you could sue for compensation to cover physical injuries, car damages and time lost at work.