Partial Responsibility in Large Truck Accidents
Some people assume that if they are blamed, even partially, for a vehicle accident then they have no recourse against the big rig. You really need to understand the basic concept that even if you got a citation from the officer investigating the accident saying that you caused the accident in part or were partly responsible for the accident, your family, and/or you, may well still be legally entitled to some or complete compensation from the truck operator. If the truck operator was also careless or partly caused the accident, we can help. The truck driver's percentage of liability for any accident gets determined by their fault percentage for the accident.
People who are partially at fault for an accident can still collect partial damages. If you are 50% at fault, according to a judge or jury, then you can collect for half of the damages you normally would. Half is much, much better than nothing.
We at Carabin Shaw have the experience needed to help minimize your official fault for any accident and thus maximize your recovery even if you are partly at fault for the accident. You especially need an attorney at your side when you are going to be found partly at fault for an accident. This is even more so when the investigating officer writes a report that says you had some fault but you think that you did not. When the existence of any fault on your part is an issue, you really need our help. Give us a call and we can discuss your specific case.
When we negotiate with the opposition, our veteran litigators and the truck company representative or insurance company’s adjuster will discuss each of the factors that may have contributed to causing the accident. If your claim is not settled the case can be taken to trial to let 12 jurors decide who was or was not at fault for the accident. Obviously your own lack of care will be one factor and will not help your case, but the truck driver's negligent actions will also help your case. Who is found to be more at fault will set the percentages of liability and the apportionment of the award. If there has been a death or really serious injury we can work with and help you even if the incident report states that your vehicle, your relative or you were partly at fault for the accident.
If you have suffered serious injury or you or your family had an unfortunate and devastating loss, you really need an experienced team of attorneys who have the knowledge and the resources to act immediately and who also have the team in place to conduct a thorough investigation into the causes the truck crash and to do everything that can be legally done to help you collect the compensation you deserve. The Law Firm of Carabin Shaw has the years of experience and the extensive resources needed to protect your interests.
Are you in Corpus Christi? Have you been in an accident with an 18 wheeler or other big rig?
The Carabin Shaw Offices in Corpus Christi are located two blocks south of the Nueces County Courthouse in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Our Corpus Christi telephones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 361.444.1111.