Injury Lawyers For Truck Drivers In Texas
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Every day, highly skilled truck drivers transport products across roadways all across the nation. However, driving for such extended periods of time can cause extreme stress on the body. Truck drivers, like employees in any other profession, are prone to workplace injuries. On top of this, injuries that truck drivers sustain in the scope of their employment may be due to the negligence of many parties. If you are a truck driver who has been injured while on the job, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our truck driver injury attorneys.
Workers’ Compensation Claims
Workers’ compensation, otherwise known as workers’ comp, is a form of insurance paid for by employers. It covers any injuries sustained by employees while on the job. If you were injured while on the job or somehow acquired a work related illness, workers’ compensation may pay for your medical expenses, and if you are unable to work, it may also cover lost wages.
Just like employees in other industries, if truckers are injured on the job, they may be entitled to compensation. Injuries can include accidents on the road or injuries sustained performing other duties such as truck maintenance. Workers’ compensation can provide financial compensation to cover various expenses including medical expenses, lost wages, or disability payments.
One important thing to remember when considering a workers’ compensation claim is whether or not you are actually an employee. Many trucking companies use drivers as owner-operators or independent contractors instead of employees. As an owner-operator or independent contractor, you would not be considered an employee of the trucking company. This means that the trucking company would not be required to make a workers’ compensation payout.
If you find yourself to be confused on whether or not you are able to file a workers’ compensation claim consider contacting an experienced truck driver injury attorney. An attorney can help you better comprehend where you stand and what options may be available to you. The filing process may appear complicated, but working with an attorney can make the process significantly easier.
Common Injuries for Truck Drivers
Injuries across the entire trucking industry are very common. In fact, the trucking industry has perhaps one of the highest workers’ compensation claim rates across all professions. Injuries for truck drivers can not only occur because of accidents but for a variety of other reasons as well. Common injuries for truck drivers include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Muscle strain
- Back and shoulder pain
- Injuries caused by accidents including bruises, fractures, lacerations, traumatic injuries, and internal bleeding
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Accidents involving trucks can be much more severe than accidents involving simple passenger automobiles. For this reason it is important to be aware of some of the most common causes of trucking accidents. Although every trucking accident is different, there are some causes that are seen at higher frequencies. Examples of common causes of trucking accidents include:
Although truck drivers require special licenses and increased responsibility, driver error still happens. Driver error can come from truck drivers or other drivers on the road. For example, truck drivers can drive for extended periods of time and fatigue can set in dulling their reaction time and awareness. Alternatively, other drivers on the road can drive in unsafe ways causing accidents with commercial trucks. For example, passenger vehicles can abruptly stop, tailgate, or drive recklessly around trucks on the roadways.
In accidents caused by driver error, whichever party was negligent will likely be deemed the at-fault party and will, therefore, be responsible for any damage caused.
Commercial trucks drive thousands of miles every day and are therefore extremely susceptible to equipment malfunction. Equipment malfunction can be caused from a variety of reasons which may affect who is deemed liable in the specific situation. Malfunction can occur because of a problem at the manufacturing level or it can be caused due to installation or poor maintenance.
Parties that may be held liable for equipment malfunction may include the parts manufacturer, the truck manufacturer, the trucking company, and the mechanic. These situations can be quite complex so consider consulting an attorney if your accident was caused by equipment malfunction.
Poor Vehicle Maintenance
With commercial trucks, it is incredibly important that all of the vehicles are properly maintained. Trucking companies, truck drivers, and any maintenance crews must work diligently to make sure that the fleet of vehicles is road ready. Poor vehicle maintenance can lead to extremely dangerous situations that can lead to severe injuries.
Parties that may be held liable for poor vehicle maintenance may include the truck driver and the trucking company. Again, these situations can prove to be quite difficult to comprehend so if you were in an accident caused by poor truck maintenance consider contacting an attorney.
What to Do If You’re in an Accident That’s Not Your Fault
Car accidents are all too common on roadways all across the country. Accidents can range in severity but can be magnified by the presence of a large commercial truck. If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault there are some important steps you should consider taking. Below are just a few steps that may benefit you when it comes time to decide whether or not you want to file a claim.
1. Seek Medical Attention
If you have been involved in an accident your top priority should always be your own health and safety. If you sustained any injuries, no matter how minor they may appear, you should contact a medical professional as soon as possible. Although the injuries may seem minor at the scene, you may be missing something that a doctor would not. Seeking medical attention fast may also affect the compensation you may be able to seek further down the line.
2. Call the Police
Once all injured parties have received the medical attention they need, you should then call the police. For many claims, police reports are incredibly valuable. Police reports are prepared by officers at the scene and provide an objective description of what happened and may even go into the responsibility of the parties involved. Having a police report available will be invaluable if you decide to seek compensation for any injuries you sustained.
3. Gather Evidence
Acquiring evidence at the scene of the accident is a great way to strengthen your claim. When it comes to gathering evidence there are some important pieces you should certainly consider getting. You should take pictures of the scene of the accident, any damage sustained, and any injuries caused by the accident. You should also get statements from any witnesses to the accident.
4. Exchange Information
You should also exchange information with all parties involved in the accident, including both drivers and passengers. You should exchange personal information such as name, address, and telephone number of all parties involved. You should also exchange insurance information. If any of the parties involved were on the job at the time of the accident, you should also acquire their employment information.
5. Hire an Attorney
Accidents involving commercial trucks can be complex. When it comes to the parties involved and who is liable for the accident all of this information can truly be overwhelming to those without experience. For this reason, consulting an experienced truck accident injury attorney may be in your best interest. An experienced truck accident injury attorney can help you seek the compensation you may be entitled to so that your potential financial insecurity can be overcome.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
While it may be impossible to say whether every single case requires a lawyer, hiring a lawyer may be in your best interest a vast majority of the time. Truck accident claims can be incredibly complex and difficult to understand. This is very apparent when it comes time to determine who was at fault for the accident when liable parties may include manufacturers, the trucking company, or drivers on the road.
If at any point in time after the accident you feel confused or overwhelmed by the process, you should certainly consider contacting an experienced truck accident injury attorney. An experienced attorney can walk you through the steps you need to take to seek fair compensation for any injuries you sustained and help you better understand potential outcomes. You shouldn’t hesitate to contact an attorney: they are there to help you and advance your interests.
OUR EXPERIENCED TEXAS TRUCK DRIVER INJURY ATTORNEYS CAN HELP!
As increasing amounts of cargo are transported in trucks all across the United States, as well as mass package delivery, there will continue to be an increasing need for truck drivers.
Truck drivers perform an incredibly important but potentially dangerous job, spending a lot of time driving on the roadways and lifting heavy cargo. If you have been injured as a truck driver, you may be entitled to significant monetary compensation.
Our experienced truck driver injury attorneys can advocate on your behalf in order to both ease the difficulty experienced in the aftermath of an accident.
Call Zinda Law Group today for a free consultation with an experienced Texas truck driver accident attorney at (800)-863-5312.
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