The Trucking Company
Some companies avoid the responsibility of the driver by saying they are an independent contractor. There are also rules that can determine who would be at fault in an accident like yours. For example, if the company placard is displayed inside the vehicle, the company may be found at fault. These lines can often be blurry, so hiring an experienced 18 wheeler accident attorney to investigate the driver-employer relationship can be the difference between a win and a loss for your Houston, Texas case.
The Shipping Company
The people who loaded up the truck may be found responsible. There are regulations as to how a semi-truck should be loaded to reduce the risk of flipping or rolling in the event of inclement weather or road conditions. If the truck was over its allowed weight or the cargo wasn’t distributed evenly on the bed, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Vehicle Manufacturers or Mechanics
Because of the thousands of miles that 18 wheelers can clock per week, the trucks can be subject to many different types of mechanical issues. Some accidents may be caused by faulty brake systems, tire blowouts, or steering system failures. Those responsible for the defective product or device in the truck can be sued by those injured.
Work with a Personal Injury Attorney for Your Best Chance at Obtaining Compensation
If you’re unsure of the cause of your car accident involving a semi-truck, contact my office, Jose Orihuela, Attorney at Law, today to get started on pursuing compensation for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and more. My two offices are located off the NASA bypass near the Johnson Space Center and near Interstate 610 in the Northside Village. I have clients reach out to me from all over the Houston area, including the communities of Pasadena, Seabrook, Alvin, Dickinson, League City, and Clearlake, Texas.