West Texas Truck Accident Attorneys
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Truck accidents are some of the most devastating and deadly accidents on the road. When a truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the results can be catastrophic. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses.
At Potts Law Firm, our West Texas truck accident lawyers have the experience and resources to handle even the most complex truck accident cases. We know how to investigate these accidents and determine who is liable. We also know how to fight back against the trucking companies and their insurance providers to help you recover the full, fair compensation you are owed.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. In many cases, truck accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver, trucking company, or another third party. When this is the case, the injured victim can file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver Error: Truck drivers are often under a lot of pressure to meet tight deadlines. This can lead to driver fatigue, speeding, aggressive driving, and other forms of driver error.
- Impaired Driving: Truck drivers are not allowed to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, some truck drivers do not follow these rules and drive while impaired.
- Improper Loading: When a truck is not loaded properly, it can become unbalanced and difficult to control. This can cause the truck to jackknife or roll over.
- Equipment Failure: Truck accidents can also be caused by equipment failure. This can include brake failure, tire blowouts, and other mechanical issues.
- Blind Spots: Trucks have large blind spots on all sides. If a truck driver does not check their blind spots before changing lanes or making a turn, they can collide with another vehicle.
- Wide Turns: Trucks need a lot of space to make a turn. If a truck driver does not have enough space, they can collide with another vehicle.
- Inclement Weather: Truck accidents can also be caused by inclement weather. When the roads are wet or icy, it can be difficult for a truck driver to stop or slow down in time to avoid a collision.
Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?
Truck accident cases can be much more complex than other types of motor vehicle accident cases. This is because there are often multiple parties that can be held liable for the accident.
Some of the parties that can be held liable for a truck accident include:
- Truck Driver: If the truck driver was negligent and caused the accident, they can be held liable for the victim’s injuries and losses.
- Trucking Company: Trucking companies can be held liable for a truck accident if they were negligent in hiring, training, or supervising the truck driver. Trucking companies can also be held liable if they failed to properly maintain the truck.
- Truck Manufacturer: If a truck accident was caused by a defective truck part, the manufacturer of the truck or truck part can be held liable for the victim’s injuries and losses.
- Shipper or Loader: If a truck accident was caused by an unbalanced load, the shipper or loader of the truck can be held liable for the victim’s injuries and losses.
- Government Entity: If a truck accident was caused by a dangerous road condition, the government entity responsible for maintaining the road can be held liable for the victim’s injuries and losses.
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After a truck accident, it is important to take the right steps to protect your health and your legal rights. If you are physically able to do so, you should try to take the following steps after a truck accident:
- Call 911: After a truck accident, you should call 911 and report the accident to the police. The police will come to the scene of the accident and write a police report. You should ask the police officer for a copy of the police report or how you can obtain a copy of the report at a later date.
- Seek Medical Attention: After a truck accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you do not think you were injured, you should still see a doctor. Some injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries and internal organ damage, can take days or even weeks to appear. A doctor can evaluate you for any hidden injuries and create a record of your injuries.
- Collect Evidence: After a truck accident, you should try to collect as much evidence as possible. This can include taking pictures of the accident scene, the damage to your vehicle, and your injuries. You should also try to get the contact information for the truck driver, the trucking company, and any eyewitnesses to the accident.
- Do Not Give a Statement: After a truck accident, you should not give a statement to the truck driver’s insurance company. The insurance company will try to get you to say something that can be used against you later. You should also not post anything about the accident on social media.
- Call a Truck Accident Lawyer: After a truck accident, you should call a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. A truck accident lawyer can help you file a personal injury lawsuit and fight for the compensation you deserve.
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