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Villarreal & Begum February 6, 2020

Determining Fault in a Truck Crash

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Every year, almost half a million crashes involving large trucks take place. Of that, 350,000 of those crashes involve injuries, and 4,000 are fatal. More times than not, the occupants of the passenger vehicles are the ones killed or injured in these crashes. This comes as no surprise when comparing the weight difference between passenger cars, and commercial vehicles. Most passenger cars only way about 3,000 pounds. Some 18-wheelers can weigh more than 80,000 pounds when carrying a full load. If you were involved in a crash with a commercial vehicle, it’s imported you understand how fault is determined in these accidents.

Proving Your Case

The first step is compiling all the evidence, and then proving which parties are responsible for your claimed damage. Many times in these commercial cases, more than one party may be responsible. This could be the drivers involved, the employer of the truck driver, and others. Most of the time, the company could be held responsible because of their hiring practices. Many of these companies hire unlicensed drivers, that are unqualified to drive these large vehicles. Perhaps they have poor training practices. However, many times it’s as simple as their driver not following the rules of the road.

Another party at fault you might not think of is the truck manufacturer. These large trucks are extremely complicated pieces of machinery. Even a minor misfunction can have devastating impacts. If a malfunction that was caused because of the manufacturer’s negligence caused your accident, you might want to pursue a case against the manufacturer of the truck.

Whoever’s at fault for the accident, remember to be prepared. Try to document everything possible. This will help with evidence gathering and could make all the difference in your case. When the police come to ask you questions about the accident for their report, be very careful about what you say. Anything that can be misconstrued as you taking fault for the accident can ruin your whole case. Simply saying “sorry” can be used to make it seem like you took responsibility for the accident.

Hit by an 18 Wheeler?

At Villarreal and Begum, we know dealing with the aftermath of an 18 wheeler accident can be stressful. That’s why were here to help you figure out what to do next. You need an experienced attorney to fight the liable party. Villarreal and Begum know exactly how to find whos liable, and how to get you the money you deserve. If you have been in this situation, contact us today. Your consultation is always free.  Call us here or send us a message online. The Texas Law Guns will fight for you.