Lubbock, TX asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Wrongful Death for Texas

Q: My son was killed by a semitruck driver who was on the job when he ran a stoplight. Do I sue the driver, the truck's

owner, or the truck company the driver worked for? Can I sue all three?

9 Lawyer Answers

Gregory S Baumgartner

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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Proper defendants usually are the truck driver and the trucking company. Others can be a potential defendant, depending on the facts, like the maintenance company (if the truck is improperly maintained) or the leasing company in some circumstances. I am sorry for your loss.

A: You need to hire a lawyer immediately to answer these questions. Semi-truck accidents are particularly time-sensitive, given that companies will automatically destroy driver logs and other important evidence as part of their normal business cycle. This destruction may occur before you're able to send a letter requiring the company to preserve evidence. For a brief overview as to how truck accident cases differ from other motor vehicle accident cases, please visit this link: https://www.robertslawfirm.com/recalls-consumer-tips/qa-library/auto-accident-questions-videos/truck-wrecks-car-wrecks/

Bradford Kvinta

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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Victoria, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Contact an attorney as soon as possible. There may be multiple defendants involved depending on the facts of the case, including those you mentioned.

Daniel John Christensen

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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Yes, you can sue all three. Often times, when an 18-wheeler is involved, there are different people and/or entities that own the rig, own the trailer, operate the rig, and drive the rig. All of these people/entities are potential defendants depending on the facts. Additionally, depending on the facts of your case, there may be a potential product liability case against the manufacturer of the vehicle your son was in. All of these cases are extremely complex and expensive to prosecute, so it is essential that you contact an experienced personal injury trial lawyer immediately. Sensitive and valuable evidence can be lost if you delay. If you would like our help, feel free to contact us at 512-888-9999, info@texasjustice.com, and www.texasjustice.com. We specialize in personal injury and have handled hundreds of 18-wheeler cases. Dan Christensen

Tammy Lyn Wincott

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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: I'm very sorry for the loss of your son.

I suggest you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss options you may have. You may be able to hold many parties responsible; however, the facts need to be discussed privately.

Rahlita D. Thornton

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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: First of all the loss of a child is certainly an awful heartbreaking experience. I'm sorry for your loss. But, however sorry we may be we can not let the responsible parties get away with "murder" per se. Although not a criminal charge on its face it is still conduct that should be dealt with. As an attorney not only must we consider the driver, his or her employer, and the trucking company we must also consider all insurance policies applicable and available for your damages. We would request that information early on and obtain witness statements to secure the liability in the case. Don't attempt to handle this matter on your own. If you call our office you would be able to speak directly to me as I am very hands on when it come to taking care of my clients. Feel free to do so at 888-343-4LAW. We look forward to your call.

Rahlita D. Thornton

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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: We hope that you have began to pursue this with an attorney. We would certainly ascertain all potential parties to be sued in your case. The facts and case need to be evaluated and investigated ASAP. We hope that you are not handling this matter alone. Taking the burden off your shoulders is what we do. We are sorry for your loss and contact us if you still are in need 888-343-4529.

Stephen Arnold Black

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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Texas

A: yes they all have exposure..Discuss with counsel asap

Stephen Black, licensed in Tx and Fl.

Stephen Arnold Black

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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Texas

A: You can sue all three. Discuss with counsel asap.

Stephen Black, Licensed in Texas and Florida.

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