Getting hit by an 18-wheeler or another massive commercial vehicle can be terrifying.
Semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, and even a minor collision with an 18-wheel tractor trailer can cause significant property damage and bodily harm.
If you have been in an accident with a commercial truck in Austin, you can file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries, including damage to your car and medical bills. You may also be able to receive money for lost wages, unemployment and ongoing healthcare costs like physical and mental therapy.
When you file a lawsuit in civil court, you are called the plaintiff. The person or company you are suing is known as the defendant.
In many cases, there are several people or companies who are legally responsible for your injuries and property damage. They can all be defendants. It is possible to sue more than one defendant in a lawsuit.
Other people or companies connected to the truck (or driver) that caused your accident are sometimes legally responsible. For example, the trucking company that employs the truck driver who hit you may also be at fault.
That is why in Texas, trucking companies and truck drivers are required to have large insurance policies to pay for the damage they cause.
If the commercial vehicle driver caused the auto accident, the following might be defendants:
An experienced Austin truck accident attorney can help identify all the possible defendants that are responsible in your case. Your lawyer will build a case to explain to a judge or jury why each of those defendants is legally at fault.