When you have been involved in a semi truck accident, you may still be recovering physically and emotionally from the trauma you have been through. Getting back to your day-to-day may feel almost impossible. You don’t have to go through all this alone; Todd Durham Law Firm is on your side to assist you in the process of moving forward and getting the compensation you deserve. Here are the top three things you need to know about semi truck accidents.
Trucking Companies and Vicarious Liability
When you are hit by a commercial semi truck, there may be some confusion about who you can sue. When an employee acts negligently during the course of their business, their employer is also responsible through a legal concept called vicarious liability. You can also show that the trucking company was negligent in a few different ways: either by hiring a bad driver or not putting in place the right safety regulations. Depending on the facts of your case, your attorney may recommend naming other companies or individuals in your suit.
State and Federal Laws
The trucking industry is highly regulated by many federal and state provisions that must be followed during operation. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) create regulations and laws having to do with commercial semi trucks. If the truck driver broke any of these statutes, you could receive compensation.
Statute of Limitations
It is important that you talk to an attorney as soon as possible after your semi truck accident, as there is a limit on the time you can bring in your case. In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years. While this sounds like a long time, your attorney needs adequate time to investigate, determine the important facts in your case, and file your lawsuit.