10/16/2014 (press release: EWTruckWreck) // Eberstein Witherite LLP
Eberstein & Witherite truck accident lawyers discuss liability in a truck wreck claim?
Truck accidents seriously injure or claim the lives of thousands of people every year.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “Large Trucks”
“In 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds) (Table 1). In the United States, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes during 2012.”
To read more visit www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811868.pdf.
When one is injured in this type of accident due to the negligence or misconduct of another, they have the option of taking civil legal action to recover damages that have been lost. However, filing a truck wreck claim for damages can be fraught with challenges. One of the most significant challenges injured accident victims face is in obtaining an accurate assessment of liability when a truck driver or trucking company is at fault.
A number of truck drivers work as independent contractors, which leads some to question who is responsible if a driver’s negligence or bad actions while they are in the process of making a pickup or delivery result in harm to others.
Source: Wise Geek Article “What Is an Independent Truck Driver?”
“An independent truck driver is a self-employed contractor who offers shipping and delivery services. Most drivers own their own trucks, such as tractor-trailers, dump trucks, or cargo vans.”
To read more visit http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-an-independent-truck-driver.htm.
There are several things to consider when it comes to understanding who is liable for a driver’s conduct in the eyes of the law. If a driver is an employee of a particular company, then wrongful acts committed during the course of their employment attributed to them may leave a trucking company on the hook for related damages. If one is an independent contractor; however, they may bear responsibility for any damages their actions have caused.
It is typically helpful, and in a number of cases even necessary, to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney about these matters when one has been involved in a truck wreck caused by the wrongful actions of someone else as soon as possible. An attorney who specializes in this area of personal injury law has the knowledge needed to assess what type of investigation is required in a case and make accurate assessments regarding liability.
The Texas based truck accident injury lawyers of Eberstein & Witherite can help those who have questions about filing a truck accident claim after they have been injured. Individuals who need help can contact the law firm by calling 1-800-CAR-WRECK today, and speak to someone directly about their case.
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