Proving fault in a traffic accident usually requires showing that the other party was negligent. In a Texas truck accident case, lawyers use evidence demonstrating that the truck driver or the company that employs them did not follow traffic laws or safety-related industry rules or regulations. Further, this breach of duty was the cause of the accident.
Truck accidents have additional levels of complexity because of the specialized rules that trucking companies and drivers must follow. When choosing representation, look for an experienced Dallas truck accident lawyer who understands the complex analysis that this type of accident requires.
Who is at fault for a truck accident?
An individual or business might be legally responsible for an accident and its resulting injuries if they were negligent. Negligence usually means that the parties were careless or failed to do something that they were legally required to do. Potential defendants in a truck crash include:
- Thetruck driver
- The company that owns the truck or employs the driver
- The manufacturer of the truck or components if a defective part caused the accident
- The company responsible for the truck’s maintenance
- The company or individual who loaded the truck
- The drivers of passenger cars or other vehicles involved in the crash
- Local government employees or contractors who were responsible for hazardous road conditions
Negligence may be shown by presenting evidence that a defendant failed to follow a safety-related traffic rule or regulation and the failure led to the accident. When it comes to truck drivers and the companies that are legally responsible for their actions, there are many industry-specific regulations, over and above standard traffic laws, that may be implicated in a crash.
What evidence should I gather after a truck accident?
If you are involved in a serious accident, it may be difficult to gather much evidence personally. When feasible, it is helpful to have someone else retrieve the following:
- Photos of the scene and the vehicles involved
- Contact information for others involved and witnesses
- A detailed police report
- Medical reports and bills
In addition, your personal injury lawyer will gather other helpful evidence such as:
- Footage from traffic cameras or nearby businesses
- Documentation of truck ownership and the driver’s employment
- Truck driving and maintenance logs
- Black box or GPS logs
Sometimes basic evidence is all you need to establish fault. In other cases, you may need the testimony of a professional accident reconstruction expert. They can analyze the evidence and determine how fast the vehicles were traveling and the sequence of events leading up to the crash. Your attorney will review the details of your case to determine what will best prove your case.
Speak with a Dallas truck accident lawyer
Aggressive lawyers and insurance companies support trucking industry defendants. If you are looking to sue the driver or the trucking company, choose a successful law firm to advocate for your rights.
At Angel Reyes & Associates, we hold trucking companies and their insurers accountable for victims of 18-wheeler accidents and their families. We have over three decades of experience and a 98% success rate in personal injury cases. Call today to schedule a free consultation and see how our team can help you.