A commercial or company vehicle is a car, van, truck, or bus that is owned and operated by a company to be used by employees or agents of that company. Company vehicles are used by employees to carry out their jobs, to carry work equipment, haul goods or transport passengers, but may also be used for work-related employee transportation. Like any other car on the road, they can be involved in collisions that cause injury and even fatalities. Were you hit by a company car or truck?
An accident with a commercial vehicle is not just another car accident. Company vehicles may be driven by professional drivers and are insured by commercial policies. Once a crash occurs, representatives from the company and the insurance carrier usually begin investigating the accident within hours, in an effort to clean up their mess. They will work to pay you as little as they can under the insurance policy.
With so many drivers relying on highways to get to work every day, it takes just one overworked truck driver for your life to change in an instant. After all, trucks weigh 20-30 times more than a typical car, which can seriously amplify the impact and consequences of an accident.
Commercial insurance carriers have teams of adjusters and attorneys to protect the company from risk and expense. Who is left to look out for your best interests? The answer is a Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney.
If you were hit by a company car or truck, you may be entitled to compensation. A commercial vehicle accident attorney from The Carlson Law Firm can help you to recover physically, emotionally and financially.
Were you Hit by a commercial vehicle? You may be entitled to compensation
If you’ve been hit by a large truck, 18-wheeler or commercial vehicle, initiating a lawsuit may be necessary to protect yourself and your family. There’s a very good chance the collision was due to truck driver negligence, the most common form of personal injury lawsuit our Texas truck accident lawyers handle.
We cannot undo the collision or an injury from a truck accident. But we can fight to make victims what the law calls “whole” again. Our experienced truck accident lawyers need to hear your story. Our truck accident law firm handles injury cases for those involved with nearly every kind of commercial vehicle accident including:
Delivery Trucks / Vans
UPS / FedEx Trucks
Construction Company Vehicles
Mail Carrier Trucks (USPS)
City / School Buses
Garbage / Dump Trucks / Street Cleaners
Utility and Repair Company Trucks / Vans
Semis / 18-Wheelers / Large Trucks
Oil / Tanker Trucks
Amazon Delivery Trucks / Vans
Concrete / Cement Mixer Trucks
Moving Trucks / Vans
Why The Carlson Law Firm is the Right Choice for you
We identify all lines of insurance coverage
Truck accidents are inherently complicated as there are multiple lines of insurance coverage. For example, the truck and the trailer are often owned by two separate corporations and therefore, are typically insured by different insurance carriers. Because of this, we are able to hold responsible and pursue both parties for their part in the negligence that caused your injuries.
We have the financial resources to handle truck accident cases
Trucking accident cases require the help of experts since it is often necessary to prove complicated subject matters. For example, proving that a specific part failed, or that a specific hiring practice resulted in an injury, will require the expert knowledge of a hired witness. As a result, truck accident cases are very expensive to handle for a law firm. Since we have handled many different commercial truck cases in the past, we already have a network of witnesses and investigators ready to prove your case.
Who is Liable for company vehicle accidents?
Companies are generally responsible for the actions of their employees when their employees are acting as agents for the company. This means that when a company vehicle is involved in an accident, the driver and the company may be liable for damages. The driver may be responsible if negligence played a role in the accident. In addition, employers may be liable for:
- Negligent supervision
- Negligent hiring practices
- Failure to verify proper licensing / certification
- Failure to properly train drivers
- Failure to maintain vehicle
What if the employee is driving a company car, but is using it for personal business at the time of the accident? The company owner of the car can still be found liable in this situation. A car owner is required to use due care when allowing someone to drive the vehicle. If the company failed to check the employee’s driving record or should have known that the employee had medical or other conditions that impacted the operation of the vehicle, it can be found liable for negligent entrustment of the vehicle.
Hit By a company car or truck?
There are steps you should take to protect your legal rights if you are hit by a company car or truck:
- Your Health Comes First: Seek appropriate medical attention for your injuries. Always call 9-1-1 after an accident, they will make sure you receive proper medical attention and will file incident reports.
- Document the Scene: If you’re able to, document the scene of the crash. Take photographs of everything you see, no detail is too small. Depending on the severity of the crash, companies may send someone out to the scene to start cleaning up the mess, in an attempt to hide evidence. If you’re unable to document the scene yourself, contact an attorney. An attorney will dispatch an investigator to the scene immediately.
- Do Not Talk to Anyone: You may also be contacted by the company’s claims adjuster, who began to protect the trucking company’s interests right after your accident. The designated investigator collects evidence to defend or minimize the claim.
- Contact a Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney: A commercial adjuster may attempt to steer you away from hiring a Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney because they know that if you have an attorney, you are more likely to receive a larger settlement. An attorney will protect your rights and will ensure that you receive proper compensation for your injuries and losses.
Financial compensation for your injuries and losses
Your involvement in a company vehicle accident can turn your life upside-down. Suffering an injury or even the death of a loved one can cause you physical and emotional distress. The costs of medical treatment, loss of wages and vehicle repair can pile up and cause you to find yourself in financial trouble. You have a right to seek compensation for a company car accident that you were involved in. If you or a loved one has been injured in a company vehicle accident, you need an accident attorney that will provide you with representation backed by the financial and legal resources necessary to win your case.
Why a commercial vehicle accident attorney is the Right Choice
If you were hit by a company car or truck, we are the firm for you. We know all too well that accidents can add a whole lot of stress to your life. This stress is not limited to physical pain, but it also takes the form of outstanding medical bills, financial distress, and emotional suffering. Fortunately for innocent truck accident victims, there is help out there for you that can lift a significant amount of strain off of an overwhelmed victim of negligence. Make sure you’ve got an experienced commercial vehicle accident attorney on your side.
We have been protecting the rights of injured victims across the nation for over 40 years. At The Carlson Law Firm, our first priority is your health and well-being. First, we will ensure you are receiving proper medical treatment for any injuries you may be sustained. While that is taking place, behind the scenes we will be investigating the incident. We maintain a staff that includes private investigators that will go out into the field and investigate on your behalf. Once we have all the evidence and documentation we feel necessary, a commercial vehicle accident attorney will begin the process of pursuing your claim.
At The Carlson Law Firm, a personal injury lawyer from our team will help you to file a claim to recover compensation for:
There's a Carlson Law Firm near you
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