Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Abilene is a growing Texas city that serves as the home to various businesses and industries, including some of the city’s top employers like Dyess Air Force Base, Hendrick Health System, Abilene Christian University, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Claims Center, and many more.There are various industries and employment positions in Abilene that require workers to use a company vehicle to perform tasks related to their employment. For example, a delivery driver may use a company van, government workers may use government vehicles, and even corporate officials may use company vehicles to get around.Although company vehicles may be an integral part of the Abilene economy, these motor vehicles, and their drivers, are not immune to accidents. Unfortunately, these crashes can be quite complicated when it comes to determining liability and pursuing fair compensation for victims. If you’ve been hit by a company vehicle or a commercial vehicle, our experienced personal injury attorneys at Ketterman Rowland & Westlund can help.Call us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how our Abilene company vehicle accident attorneys can make a difference for you.
Why Choose Our Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyers to Handle Your Claim?
- Our Abilene commercial vehicle accident lawyers understand the complex nature of crashes that involve vehicles that are owned by companies or government entities, rather than the individuals responsible for operating the vehicles.
- Our personal injury team boasts decades’ worth of experience, and we always approach a client’s case with commitment and compassion.
- Our company vehicle accident attorneys have successfully handled cases brought against large corporations in the past. We fully understand the resources that these companies have and the tactics that they use to escape liability or push lowball settlement offers.
- When you choose our law firm to represent you in your company vehicle accident claim, you even the playing field and improve your chances of recovering the settlement you deserve.
Who Can Be Held Liable in a Company Vehicle Accident?Company vehicle accidents can be complicated, primarily because there are various causes of these accidents, as well as various parties that can be held liable. Examples of parties that might be held responsible in a company vehicle accident or commercial vehicle crash include:
The Company That Owns the VehicleAn employer may be held liable for the actions of its employee when an employee commits a wrongful act, and that wrongful act occurred within the scope of employment.For example, if a delivery truck driver causes a crash by running a red light, the company that owns the delivery truck and employs the driver may be held liable if the employee was “on the clock” at the time of the accident and was operating within the course of employment.Keep in mind that even if the company does not employ the driver ─ such as if the driver is a third-party contractor ─ the company may still be held liable for the driver’s actions under the theory of negligent entrustment. This theory holds that a vehicle owner can be held liable for the negligence of a party to whom they have entrusted their vehicle.Additionally, a company may be held liable for failing to train a driver properly, failing to maintain or service vehicles, or failing to inspect vehicles.
The Company Vehicle/Commercial Vehicle DriverThere are some cases where the driver of a vehicle may be held liable for damages resulting from a wreck that he or she caused, even if the driver is an employee of the owner of the vehicle.For example, if a delivery driver was off the clock but had permission to use the vehicle to get from company headquarters to home, and the driver was involved in a crash during this journey, the company may not be held liable, depending on the circumstances.
Another Third PartyNot all company vehicle accidents are caused by the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash. Some are the result of the negligence of other third parties.For example, a third-party driver may rear-end a company vehicle, causing the vehicle to be pushed into your own car. Or a crash may be the result of a vehicle defect, such as defective brakes, in which case the vehicle part manufacturer or distributor may be to blame.It is best to work with an experienced Abilene company vehicle accident attorney when determining liability for a company vehicle crash. Your attorney will thoroughly investigate the accident to determine what happened and who is to blame.Schedule A Free Consultation
Types of Company VehiclesOur lawyers represent clients who have been harmed in accidents involving a wide range of company and commercial vehicles, including:
- Delivery Vehicles
- Corporate Cars
- Garbage Trucks
- Postal Vehicles
- Utility/Repair Vehicles
- Fleet Vehicles
- Moving Van and Trucks
Causes of Commercial Vehicle AccidentsThe vast majority of all car accidents, including commercial vehicle accidents, are caused by a driver’s negligence. Examples of negligence that lead to crashes include:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while fatigued
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Performing illegal maneuvers
How Our Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorneys Can HelpOur lawyers handle all elements of your personal injury claim so you can focus on your recovery. This includes:
- Investigating your case
- Gathering all the evidence
- Collecting and organizing all supporting documents
- Interviewing witnesses
- Hiring experts to assess and provide testimony in your case
- Determining the value of all your damages
- Aggressively negotiating your settlement
- Litigating in court if necessary