Is the Truck Driver Liable for Damages?

A close up of a man's hands on the steering wheel of a big rigA collision involving a large tractor-trailer or semi-truck easily demolishes other vehicles. The occupants inside these smaller vehicles may be catastrophically injured in ways that change their lives forever. Tragically, many people die in crashes caused by large trucks.

If you were injured in this type of crash and are fairly certain it was caused by the truck driver, then you should contact the attorneys at Shaw Cowart. We have a lot of experience with trucking companies and the insurance companies that represent them, and we will describe all of your options for pursuing the compensation you deserve.

How Truck Drivers Can Cause Collisions

Here are some of the ways a truck driver can be the cause of a crash:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Violating the hours of service rules (how many continuous hours a driver can be on duty without a break)
  • Reckless driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Failing to use the runaway truck ramp when necessary
  • Unsafe lane change
  • Driving in unsafe or hazardous conditions

Sometimes the fallout of such an accident involves only damage to the truck. In many other cases, smaller vehicles on the road are swept up in the crash.

Legitimate trucking operations carry commercial liability insurance. If the driver or trucking company is found to be at fault, compensation for those injured is typically drawn from the insurance coverage, not the individual driver themselves.

Recovering this injury compensation is rarely straightforward. The insurance company is paid to protect the trucking company and their interests. Oftentimes this means an injured victim’s claim is denied, delayed, or valued incorrectly. Our experienced attorneys know how to review the details of your case and your injury to determine what would constitute a fair amount for your medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Pursuing Justice on Your Behalf

If you or a family member were injured in an accident caused by a truck driver in Austin or elsewhere in Texas, we hope you will contact the law firm of Shaw Cowart for a case review at 512-499-8900. We know just how life-altering these injuries can be, and we are here to help you decide what to do next.