Have you Been in an Accident With a Drunken 18-Wheeler Driver?
You May be Entitled to Recover Damages
Many times, in the event that an intoxicated big rig driver is involved in an accident with you, multiple defendants could be the target of a civil suit: the driver, the company that driver was working for at the time of the accident, and the bar or restaurant that created this dangerous menace.
Because of this one fact, your DUI trucker wreck can be incredibly complex due to the large amounts of money involved when dealing with all of these possible defendants.
The trucking company could carry some liability for your damages because they are responsible for the actions of their18 wheeler driver. Of course, the truck driver carries a large share of the liability. And because of Texas Dram Shop Laws, which state that the establishment that served the intoxicated person the alcohol might be partially liable for some of the legal responsibility when that intoxicated person injures someone else. For instance, if a restaurant served an already-intoxicated truck driver more alcohol and then the truck driver was in an accident, the accident victim could file a claim against the restaurant as well as the driver.
These cases are further complicated by a possible gross negligence charge against any of the three parties. When a driver of a commercial vehicle knowingly operates that vehicle while intoxicated, the driver is considered grossly negligent. The same thing holds true if the bar or restaurant willfully continued serving the drunk truck driver. And if the driver’s employer was aware of the driver’s penchant for driving drunk, even outside of his job, a case can be made that the trucking employer was willfully negligent in turning a blind eye to this behavior. All of these elements may help your case, but only if you have an experienced attorney who knows how to use them. The attorneys employed by these multiple defendants’ commercial insurance carriers will do whatever they can to dispute any claims of gross negligence that you and your lawyer will make.
There are even technicalities in place that can make this exceedingly simple for them. For instance, some insurance policies are considered null if the holder of the policy commits an intentional tort. This means that you may not be eligible for any money if the defense attorneys succeed in presenting your case in a particular way.
To summarize, you must have a team of experienced personal injury attorneys to make sure your case is seen for what it is. The Texas trucking and dram shop attorneys at our Texas Law Firm have decades of experience with cases just like yours. An experienced intoxicated truck driver accident attorney can help you win the compensation you deserve and bring all negligent parties responsible for your injuries to full and complete justice.
If you or someone in your family is suffering as a victim of a big rig drunk driving accident, or if you have lost a cherished loved one due to such negligence, don’t leave money on the table that is rightfully yours. Contact our Texas drunk driving and 18 wheeler accident attorneys now at 1(800) 862-1260 (toll-free) for a free consultation. Our Law Firm can help you win the fullest and fairest compensation that you need to resume your life and give you justice, and the peace of mind, you deserve after a drunk driver, and the dram shop that over-served them, has injured you.