Negligent Hiring, Training and Supervision of Truck Drivers in Austin
If you are in an accident with a truck, you need to contact an attorney with experience in this type of case. In general, you need to contact an attorney for any type of accident with your car, because you have rights that only an attorney can help you understand. An attorney will work hard to protect and assert your rights against other drivers, insurance companies, and their lawyers. However, there are special circumstances involving a trucking company and their drivers that are not found in a common traffic accident involving two cars.
If you have been in an accident with a truck, the trucking company may try to intimidate you into settling for a small amount or even nothing at all. They may try to get you to believe that the accident was your fault. Sometimes it is the fault of the company itself and not the truck driver. A trucking company may not have provided the training the driver needed to operate the truck safely. In some cases, the trucking company may have hired someone who was unsuitable for the job of driving a truck. It was only a matter of time before the driver had a problem behind the wheel. In other cases, it may involve a lack of supervision for the truck driver. A trucking company may not have checked on a driver’s performance by following up on complaints that were received. It may have been a situation of negligence on the part of management. The accident you were involved in may have been prevented by proper intervention by the trucking company.
Another good reason to have an attorney is to help stop you from accepting a bad offer to settle the case. Often, after an accident, there will be an attempt to settle the case quickly. This is especially true if the other party is at fault and if the other party is a truck driver working for a private firm. They will try to settle as fast as possible. The problem for the victim of a traffic accident is that the damage to the car may be small compared to the personal injury aspect of the accident. The medical expenses may seem inconsequential today but can add up to a large medical bill over time. You may feel fine today, but the injuries to your body may be more severe than you may think, and health problems will begin to manifest themselves in the future. At that point, it will be too late to go back and get more money from the company that insured the driver because by cashing the settlement check, you have agreed to give up any future claims against the driver or the driver’s truck company.
The key point to remember is that by using an Austin personal injury attorney with a background in traffic accidents involving truck drivers and trucking companies, you will have a better chance of having your interests protected and getting the fair compensation that you are entitled to.