Accidents involving large commercial trucks can result in serious injuries or even death. Commercial trucks are significantly heavier than passenger cars and SUVs. These commercial trucks often carry hazardous or flammable materials which can be significant contributors to the damage resulting from an accident. Individuals that have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck frequently have questions and don’t always know where to get reliable answers. This is the second part of this series of articles that will not only provide a list of some of those frequently asked questions but will also provide answers you can trust.
A truck’s "No-Zone" refers to the areas behind and beside a commercial truck, where the truck driver has limited or zero visibility. The areas of primary concern are the left rear quarter, the right rear quarter, and directly behind the truck at a short distance.
The trucking company’s liability depends on whether an employment relationship is established between the truck driver and the trucking company. If such a relationship is shown, the company can be held legally liable for the driver's negligence under a legal theory known as "respondeat superior." Establishing the liability of a company can become problematic when a truck driver is an independent contractor of the company.
The fact that a truck jackknifes is not in itself proof of operator negligence, because many accident situations present difficulties in which there is no practical way to avoid jackknifing without risking some other catastrophe. The truck driver may be held to be non-negligent where the jackknifing was due to unforeseeable slipperiness of the road, or to an abrupt turn undertaken to avoid a motorist or stalled truck.
Under the legal doctrine known as "comparative negligence," the amount of another party's liability for the accident is determined by comparing his or her carelessness with your own. That party's portion of liability determines the percentage of the resulting damages he or she must pay. Depending on the state, you may not be able to recover anything if your carelessness was 51% or more responsible for the accident.
If you've been injured and you believe that someone else is responsible for your injuries, you might want to contact a local Amarillo TX personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options. In order to make sure you don't exceed the time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit, it's important to contact an attorney soon after being injured.
When the unexpected happens and you need an experienced professional Amarillo personal injury lawyer you know you can count on Bill Cornett. For well over 47 years, Amarillo attorney William (Bill) Cornett has been there to help in an uncertain time. If you need him, Bill is there. Car accidents often result in serious physical injury and property damage. If you are involved in a car accident where the other driver was at fault, you may be entitled to damages -- financial compensation for physical, emotional, and/or financial losses resulting from the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a car accident, you should consider having an attorney evaluate your claim. There is no obligation, and the consultation could make all the difference in whether you collect on your claim.
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Bill Cornett grew up on a farm in Knox City, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law School. Bill was licensed to practice law in the State of Texas in 1973.