A Texas man claims that he suffered severe injuries after a Schneider truck plowed into his Ford Focus in September of 2016.
Joseph P. alleges in his lawsuit that the Schneider tractor trailer accident was caused by negligence on the part of the driver and the company. He is demanding damages for his injuries, medical expenses, lost wages and earning capacity, disfigurement, physical impairment, and loss of enjoyment of life.
The plaintiff claims he was traveling on a Texas highway when he was struck by a Schneider tractor trailer. Joseph says that the driver failed to properly control the truck while on the road. Further, alleges the lawsuit, the driver was within the scope of his employment with Schneider National, making the company liable for his driving as well.
Specifically, the lawsuit claims that the truck driver failed to keep a proper lookout while driving, failed to turn the vehicle to try and avoid the collision, failed to blow his horn, and failed to maintain a safe distance.
The plaintiff further alleges that the driver was driving in two lanes and speeding at the time of the Schneider tractor trailer accident.
“Each of these acts and/or omissions, whether taken singularly or in any combination constitutes negligence and gross negligence which proximately caused the collision and injuries and other losses as specifically set forth herein, all of which Plaintiff suffered and which Plaintiff will continue to suffer in the future, if not for the remainder of his natural life,” alleges the lawsuit.
Further, the plaintiff says Schneider National is responsible for the tractor trailer accident because the driver was working at the time of the accident. Specifically, the company was negligent when it hired the driver and trusted him with the truck, negligent with regard to the driver’s qualifications, as well as contracting, and retaining the driver. The lawsuit also alleges that the company provided unsafe equipment that caused the Schneider tractor trailer accident.
Tractor Trailer Accidents and Trucking Companies
Motorists who are victims in a tractor trailer accident can be blindsided by the fact that semi-trucks and trucking companies are subject to different rules than other vehicles on the road.. Semi-trucks are subject to various state, local, and federal rules about how long drivers can work and in what conditions.
Trucking companies are also required to have rules and policies in place to protect motorists from incidents like the Schneider tractor trailer accident. However, some companies and drivers cut corners to decrease their costs of operating. Unfortunately, cutting these corners comes at a cost to the public when unrested drivers get into unmaintained tractor trailers.
Further, when there is an accident, trucking companies often try to dodge their responsibility by intimidating motorists, delaying compensation, and by using other tricks to pay as little as possible.
Trucking companies and drivers need to be held responsible for injuries and other damages caused by accidents like the Schneider tractor trailer accident.
Motorists should be aware that they can recover damages after a tractor trailer accident; but the rules are complex and trucking companies are experts at paying as little as possible to escape liability.
The experienced McDonald Worley attorneys help those injured in trucking accidents. Set up a free consultation today!