Lawsuit Filed after U-Turn Causes Truck Accident in Austin County, Texas.
The Southeast Texas Record reports that a man from Brookshire, Texas has filed a lawsuit against a California transportation company over an accident that occurred in Austin County, TX in 2012.
The car-vs-truck accident occurred on FM 3013 when the drivers of the vehicle were making a U-turn, according to the report. The conditions were foggy, according to the lawsuit, and that led to the accident.
The driver who filed the lawsuit alleges that he suffered multiple injuries, is required to have continuing medical treatment and also suffered damage to his vehicle. The trucking company is being sued for negligence in several different regards in this case.
In areas where sites are located that semi trucks use, it’s particularly important to exercise caution in case a driver happens to be making a maneuver in the middle of the road.
When to sue.
At the heart of most lawsuits is the question of negligence. In a civil court, a jury makes a determination as to how much responsibility somebody who was negligent has to someone who is suing them over the results of that negligence. In instances where an 18-wheeler accident is concerned, it’s sometimes more complex than just trying to determine whether or not the driver was negligent.
In some cases, seeking out help from a lawyer may result in an investigation that conclusively reveals that the trucking company itself was vicariously liable for the collision. While the trucking company may not have been at the scene of the accident, they may have negligently entrusted a driver who was not trained properly or who proved to be a risk in one way or another. Attorneys may decide to sue the driver and the transportation company if it’s shown that they share responsibility in the accident.
It’s important to be wary of slow-moving trucks in industrial areas, near oilfields, and in other locations were those trucks may be making deliveries or picking up cargo. While semi trucks are outfitted with lights to make them as easy to see as possible, even these huge vehicles can be difficult to see if there is fog, rain, blowing dust or some other weather condition that obscures vision.
While it may be found later in court that a driver was negligent for not taking this decreased visibility into account, the best thing to do is to avoid the hazard altogether and that starts with defensive driving.