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Truck Accident Liability | Corpus Christi 18 Wheeler Accident Attorney

Each year, commercial trucks are involved in an estimated 500,000 wrecks nationwide, injuring and killing thousands of Americans. If you’ve been hurt in a commercial trucking wreck in Corpus Christi, you may be wondering who can be held liable after a trucking crash in Texas. You may also be wondering how to find the best 18 wheeler accident lawyers serving Corpus Christi. Fortunately, our experts are here to help.

The Basics of Personal Injury Claims Following an 18 Wheeler Crash

In order to file a successful personal injury claim, you must first prove that the accident was mostly the fault of another party. The 51% bar means that you cannot receive compensation if the wreck was at least 51% your fault. However, if the accident was mostly caused by the other driver or another party, you may have grounds for a successful claim.

To win a claim, your attorney must be able to prove that the crash was caused by another party’s negligence, and this person’s negligence resulted in damages (financial or otherwise).

Who Can Be Held Legally Liable After a Trucking Accident?

In the majority of commercial trucking accident claims, the defendant is the other driver or the trucking company (depending on whether or not the driver was an independent contractor). However, in some cases, additional parties may be held liable.

This is because trucking accidents aren’t always caused by truck driver negligence. In some cases, 18 wheelers crash because the trucks were improperly maintained, improperly loaded with cargo, or had defective parts.

Some examples of other potentially liable parties include:
  • Truck manufacturers
  • Parts manufacturers (if defective parts contributed to or caused the crash)
  • The owner of the truck (which is not always the trucking company)
  • The cargo loaders

To find out which party or parties should be held liable after your wreck, you will need to consult an attorney in Texas who specializes in Corpus Christi 18 wheeler accidents.

Determining Liability After a Trucking Crash

Many people mistakenly believe that liability is determined by police reports alone, but this is far from the truth. In reality, fault in trucking accidents is determined by a combination of factors. These may include—but are not limited to—the following:

  • The accident report
  • Insurers
  • Statements from each driver
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Dashcam footage
  • Accident reconstructionists
  • And more

Once you’ve hired an attorney, it will be their job to conduct an investigation into the circumstances of your unique case and determine who or what caused your wreck and to determine how to proceed with your claim.

Ready to Receive a Free Consultation With a Lawyer? Call Us Today!

If you’re looking for an attorney, you should know that Carabin Shaw offers all new clients a free initial consultation with a lawyer—meaning you have nothing to lose by calling us to discover how we can help you. Our attorneys have more than 200 years of combined legal experience and have been successfully handling trucking accidents in Texas for more than two decades. We’re passionate about fighting for the legal rights of victims, and we want to help you however we can. And because we operate on a contingency fee basis, you don’t pay us unless we win your case.

To schedule your free consultation with one of our 18 wheeler accident lawyers serving Corpus Christi, call our Corpus Christi office today at (361) 444-1111. Don’t wait—find out how a compassionate Corpus Christi 18 wheeler accident attorney can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve after your wreck.

Visits with the Attorney are by appointment only. Main office San Antonio, Texas.

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.


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