Who May Be Liable for a Car Crash in Texas?
A car crash can have a significant impact on a person’s life. Individuals may suffer from physical injuries, emotional trauma and the prospect of trying to provide for their families when they cannot work. In some cases, there may be more than one party liable for a car accident. For instance, if a commercial truck driver causes a crash, both the driver of the truck and his or her employer may be liable to pay damages. Passengers in a vehicle may file a claim against the driver of a vehicle involved in a wreck even if the passenger was riding with the person at fault for causing the collision.
In the event that poorly maintained roads played a role in a crash, the government agency responsible for maintaining it could be a defendant in your case. The same is true of the manufacturer of a defective product that caused an accident or otherwise didn’t work as designed. For example, a manufacturer could be liable if the brakes failed to stop the car or if an airbag failed to deploy.
What Types of Compensation Are Available?
If you have been hurt in a car crash, you may be entitled to reimbursement for both current and future medical bills that you incur. It may also be possible to recoup lost wages or lost future earnings if you cannot work after an accident. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, punitive damages may also be available on top of actual damages incurred.