In the trucking industry, understanding liability in the event of an accident is crucial for every company. Trucking companies must be aware of the various scenarios that could lead to them being held responsible for accidents involving their vehicles. Factors such as driver behavior, adherence to vehicle maintenance protocols, and compliance with safety regulations are pivotal in determining liability. However, Texas has laws in place that can help shield your company from liability in the event of an accident.
If your company is facing a legal dispute due to a truck accident in Texas, it is critical to have an experienced attorney on your side. At Fahl & Donaldson, our attorneys have extensive experience defending truck accident cases and can help you safeguard your company’s interests. We have an established history of success and are ready to apply our extensive experience and skills to your unique case. When you choose our firm, you can trust us to prioritize your business goals as we fight for you.
How House Bill 19 Protects Trucking Companies From Liability
In September 2021, House Bill 19 was passed, providing relief to trucking companies across Texas. This new bill helps protect trucking companies from liability while still ensuring victims of truck accidents can recover compensation for their injuries and other losses. Under HB 19, the truck driver must first be proven negligent in court before a lawsuit can be pursued against the trucking company. In other words, the jury would not learn which trucking company employs the driver until the second phase of the trial, where damages are assessed.
This change is designed to keep liability insurance costs low and safeguard companies from being forced to pay excessive damages. Additionally, this bill can help shield companies from negative press and other impacts on their reputation in the first phase of the trial.
Reasons a Trucking Company May Be Held Liable for an Accident
While HB 19 offers many protections, there are still several situations where a trucking company may be held liable for an accident, including the following:
- Failure to maintain vehicles
- Failure to train drivers
- Service hours violations
- Failure to penalize drivers for traffic violations
- Lack of adequate safety policies
- Improper loading
In truck accident cases, the burden of proof lies with the plaintiff. This means the victim and their attorney must provide sufficient evidence of your company’s negligence to have a valid claim against you. At Fahl & Donaldson, our attorneys are well-versed in various defense strategies and are ready to help you defend your company’s interests. We understand what is at stake in these cases and will work tirelessly to protect your business’ reputation, finances, and future. We meticulously investigate every case and will fight to shield your company from liability and costly litigation.
Discuss Your Case With an Experienced Trucking Accident Defense Attorney at Fahl & Donaldson
If you’re grappling with the aftermath of a truck accident claim, having experienced legal support can make all the difference. At Fahl & Donaldson, we’re not just lawyers; we’re your strategic partners in navigating these complex cases. Our team excels in crafting defense strategies that are as unique as your business. We’re committed to guiding you through each step of the legal journey, ensuring your interests are safeguarded and your perspective is heard. With a track record of favorable outcomes for our clients, we’re prepared to stand firmly in your corner.