Two metal workers hire VB Attorneys after being hit by a work truck - VB Attorneys
Written by Brian Beckcom
Two metal workers have hired our firm to represent them in a commercial vehicle case. A work truck owned and operated by Lonestar West Enterprises, LLC, hit their truck on May 8, 2019. Our clients are metal workers from Houston. They were working in Odessa, Texas, at the time of the incident. They were driving southbound on FM 1882 in Odessa when a work truck driving the opposite direction veered into their lane, crashing into the driver’s side door of our clients’ truck. The force of the impact sent our clients’ truck spinning and caused the work truck to lose its front left tire.
The police and EMTs responded to the wreck. Our clients suffered multiple injuries in the wreck. They were transported via ambulance to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa for treatment. They are still recovering from their injuries.
Driver claims broken steering wheel caused company truck to crash into oncoming traffic
A statement made by the driver of the work truck caused our clients to seek representation. The driver of the work truck reportedly said the steering wheel “broke off” as he was driving down FM 1882, causing him to lose control. Our clients want to find out why the steering wheel broke off and who was responsible for putting an unsafe truck on the road. They want to hold the responsible parties accountable for the harm they have caused our clients.
Companies are responsible for making sure their vehicles are maintained and safe
Companies have a legal duty to keep the public safe. That means, when companies own and operate vehicles, the company must maintain the vehicles and make sure they are safe. Drivers must be qualified, trained, and supervised.
In addition to investigating the crash and the company, we will determine if any part of the steering system on the truck was defective or had a recall notice on it. If the company knew about a defect but failed to correct it, the company could be held accountable. If the part manufacturer or car manufacturer knew about a defect or known issue with a part of the steering system, they could potentially be held accountable.
As the investigation continues in this case, we will provide updates.
Consult an attorney as soon as possible after being hit by a company truck
Crashes involving company vehicles are different from regular car wrecks in several ways. In addition to being held to a higher safety standard by the law, companies that own and operate vehicles are required to hold larger insurance policies. That means that when a company vehicle hits another car, the company and its insurer get to work to minimize their liability. Wrecks cost companies a lot of money.
Often, a company representative or an insurance adjuster will go to the scene of the wreck. In the past, clients have told us that the company representative arrived on the scene before the police. Other clients have said that company reps not only arrived before the police, they started picking up evidence. Bottom line – companies will already be hard at work finding ways to make your case go away. You’re at the hospital and the adjusters and company are already launching an investigation. Their investigation has one purpose: find a way to avoid being found responsible for your injuries.
If you are in need of an aggressive car crash attorney you are looking in the right place. Give us a call today at 877-724-7800 or fill out a free, confidential contact form to learn more about how we can help you.