A truck driver owes a duty of care to other motorists on the road in his or her obligation to follow traffic laws, perform safety inspections and in general, take care of himself (or herself) and the truck while transporting cargo from one place to another.
A trucking company, on the other hand, has many responsibilities to its truck drivers as well as to other motorists on the road. A trucking company may bear ultimate responsibility when one or more of the following contributes to or causes a truck accident:
- Inaccurate routing instructions given to drivers
- Incomplete or inadequate training of truck drivers
- Errors in recruitment, hiring or retention of truck drivers
- Inadequate attention given to safe truck components: brakes, tires, trailer connection
If you have been seriously injured, if a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury or if a loved one has died in a trucking accident in Texas, you are encouraged to take action as soon as possible. Contact a lawyer at the earliest opportunity. It is practically guaranteed that a trucking company will have its own defense attorneys and investigators on the scene as soon as possible after a truck crash. To level the playing field and maximize your opportunity to collect sufficient compensation for your injuries, you should have your own lawyer.
Contact an Attorney As Soon As Possible After an Accident
The first 24 to 48 hours after a truck accident can be especially critical to the development of a successful personal injury claim. It is during this window of time that it is easiest to obtain key evidence such as the following:
- Eyewitness identification and interview arrangements
- Any video images such as security camera images
- The truck driver's log
- The crashed vehicle or vehicles
Trucking Company Negligence
Experienced Houston truck accident attorney Brian Jensen understands the detailed nature of trucking company defense operations after a crash. To establish fault and negligence on the part of the truck driver or trucking company, a skilled accident attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to collect and preserve the evidence necessary to prove the case. Learn how Mr. Jensen and B. L. Jensen, L.P., can help you and your family after a trucking accident.