Dallas Pickup Truck Accident Injuries
- May 8, 2013
- Car Accidents
One of the most popular vehicles on Dallas-Fort Worth roads is the humble pickup truck. Many pickup drivers use their vehicles for business purposes (working in construction, etc.) but just as many people drive pickups simply because they choose to – regardless of the price of gas. As a Dallas personal injury lawyer, I know that the number of Dallas pickup truck accident injuries is extremely high. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Dallas-area traffic wreck involving a pickup truck it is important that you are fully aware of your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation.
Injured in a Car Crash Involving a Negligent Pickup Driver
Since pickup trucks are generally a lot bigger and heavier than the average passenger vehicle, they can cause significant property damage and bodily injuries. It is a good idea to consult with an experienced attorney before attempting to handle your insurance claim on your own because insurance companies are notorious for only paying accident victims the minimum amount of compensation possible.
Additionally, if the at-fault pickup truck driver was technically “on the job” or driving within the purview of their employment then you might be able to hold their employer vicariously liable. Texas law makes employers liable for their employees actions, including negligence behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. It is important that you discuss the specifics of your accident with an experienced Dallas injury attorney in order to determine exactly what insurance policies might be liable in your case.
Injured as a Passenger in a Dallas Pickup Accident
Like SUVs and vans, pickup trucks tend to have a higher center of gravity which makes them incredibly likely to flip upside-down if they are involved in a collision with another vehicle. Typically, rollover wrecks are most common when the pickup is struck broadside by another vehicle which has run a stop sign or light at an intersection, although this is by no means exclusive. Occupants of rollover vehicles typically suffer extremely serious injuries including but not limited to vertebrae fracture, blunt force trauma, loss of limbs, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Passengers riding in the bed of a pickup are also liable to suffer catastrophic injuries in the event of a serious accident. Although it is legal in Texas for people older than 18 to ride in the back of a pickup truck, injuries are very common both in minor and more serious traffic incidents. Seriously wounded passengers have a right to recover compensation for their injuries even in situations where a collision did not occur. This is made possible by claiming against the insurance policy of the person driving the pickup in which they were riding. Talk to a Dallas personal injury attorney for more information.
Free Consultation with a Dallas Pickup Truck Accident Attorney
Call the experienced Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks for a free initial consultation on your potential claim.