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Commercial truck drivers have an obligation to check their blind spots before maneuvering, to prevent accidents. While drivers should try not to ride in these hard-to-see areas for an extended time, the responsibility in preventing blind spot accidents lies primarily with the trucker.
If you suffered injuries in a blind spot accident in Austin, you may feel overwhelmed trying to juggle your physical recovery and your family’s financial health. We can help. The blind spot truck accident lawyers in Austin at Lovins Trosclair, PLLC have years of experience taking on trucking companies. We will stand up for you, protecting your rights and fighting for the full amount of compensation you deserve. Call us today at 512-535-1649 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Is the truck driver always liable in an Austin blind spot accident?
In most blind spot car crashes, a driver who fails to adequately check his blind spots is liable for the injuries sustained in the car accident. When it comes to commercial truck drivers, however, the law works a little differently. Any time a driver is at-fault in an accident, the trucking company that employs him is also liable for any injuries sustained or damages suffered.
Known as vicarious liability, this legal doctrine states that all employers are responsible for the actions of their employees while they are on the clock and engaged in work-related activities. For this reason, most blind spot truck accidents in Austin include crash victims facing off against the trucking company who employs the careless trucker.
This is one reason why you should call a blind spot truck accident attorney as soon as possible after an Austin crash. You do not want to try to take on a huge corporation like a trucking company on your own. We have the experience and skill necessary to navigate this type of complicated scenario, and give you the best shot to walk away with the compensation you deserve.
How can I recover compensation from the trucking company?
Insurance companies do not make it easy to recover compensation following a trucking accident. They immediately hire lawyers, deny claims, and attempt to blame victims for the accident. This is especially true in blind sport crashes. Because of this, you need our help. Our experience with this type of Austin truck accident means we know how to build a strong case in your favor, and we will face the trucking company and its insurer head-on.
If the trucking company fails to offer a fair settlement for your claim, we will file a truck accident lawsuit to secure the recovery you deserve. We will prepare the case from day one with the expectation that we will have to convince a judge and jury that the trucking company is responsible for your injuries and that you are deserving of fair compensation for the injuries you sustained. Gathering the necessary evidence and presenting it in a convincing manner requires extensive experience handling trucking accident cases, and we have that experience.
How can I collect the evidence I need to prove my Austin blind spot truck accident claim?
To recover the maximum compensation available in your case, we must do the following:
- Show the truck driver acted negligently
- Document all your accident-related losses
Unfortunately, proving negligence in a truck accident case is not as simple as you may think. You need to provide police reports, trucking logs, and other data that shows the trucker caused a blind spot accident while changing lanes, turning, or accelerating without first checking for passenger cars in the way. There is often plenty of evidence to prove this, but much of it is in the hands of the trucking company.
One of the first steps we take after accepting an Austin truck accident case is to send a spoliation letter to the trucking company. This is key in ensuring we can collect all possible evidence to support your claim. This letter notifies the trucking company we plan to file a claim, and requests it preserve the evidence in its possession. This evidence may include:
- Truck logs
- Data from the truck’s onboard recorder
- Drug and alcohol test results
- Personnel records
- Medical records documenting the driver’s health
- Truck maintenance records
- Documentation of the damage to the truck
We also collect any other evidence relevant to your case, including hiring experts to inspect the trucks and accident scene to make sure all possible evidence is collected. We also retain experts where necessary to help establish the damages you are entitled to, especially if the injuries result in lifelong disabilities.
What types of damages are available to me after a blind spot truck crash?
Depending on your specific accident injuries and the lasting effects of your crash, we can work to recover a wide variety of damages for you. This may include compensation to cover:
- Replacement or repair of your vehicle
- Medical care
- Ongoing nursing care, if necessary
- Future care costs
- Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or similar equipment
- Lost wages
- Future lost income due to disability
- Pain and suffering
- Other psychological damages
One of the most common questions we hear is “how much is my blind spot truck accident claim worth?” This answer is different for every client, but when you meet with you, we can analyze your case, collect the supporting information, and estimate an approximate value of your claim based on your damages.
Note: Never agree to a settlement amount with the insurance company before discussing the value of your claim with a qualified Austin truck accident attorney. Insurance companies — even your own — are not looking out for your best interests. They want to pay out the least amount possible, no matter how devastating your injuries are. Give us a call and let us help you get the compensation you deserve.
Call Lovins Trosclair, PLLC today for help.
At Lovins Trosclair, PLLC, our goal is to maximize your financial recovery. We are not afraid to take on even the largest trucking company. Call our Austin office today at 512-535-1649 to schedule a time to talk to a blind spot truck accident lawyer about your case.