One of the most critical decisions a Texas car accident victim must make when pursuing a claim for compensation is which parties should be named as defendants. Naming all potentially liable parties is important for several reasons. First, plaintiffs typically only get “one bite at the apple,” meaning that an injury victim can only bring one case based on their injuries. It is the plaintiff’s responsibility to name all potentially liable parties, and if an essential party is not named a plaintiff will not likely be able to file a subsequent lawsuit against the unnamed party. Thus, a plaintiff should name all potentially liable parties because a failure to do so could result in the named defendants shifting a portion of the fault for the accident onto a non-present party.
Another important reason for naming all potentially liable parties is to increase the likelihood that a successful plaintiff will be able to collect on an award. Serious Texas personal injury cases can result in substantial monetary damages. Often, individuals may not have sufficient assets to fully compensate a successful plaintiff and, in some cases, they may not carry enough insurance coverage. By naming additional parties, a plaintiff has the ability to collect a damages award from several parties, increasing the chance that the plaintiff will be able to collect the entirety of what she is entitled to.
Texas Woman Killed When Delivery Truck Runs Red Light
Earlier this month, a three-vehicle accident claimed the life of one Texas woman and seriously injured another. According to a local news report, a pickup truck was traveling through an intersection while a water-delivery truck approached. The water-delivery truck had a red light, but ran the red light and crashed into the passenger side of the pickup truck. The truck also collided with another car.
Nearby tow-truck drivers witnessed the accident and worked to pull the delivery truck off of the pickup truck so that emergency responders could free those inside the pickup. The passenger of the pickup truck, a 79-year-old woman, was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later. The driver of the pickup truck suffered life-threatening injuries, but is expected to recover. No other injuries were reported.
Police told reporters that they are currently investigating the accident, and that the delivery truck driver has not yet been arrested and charged for his role in the fatal accident. The driver’s employer released a statement indicating that they are fully cooperating with police in their investigation.
Have You Been Injured in a Texas Truck Accident?
If you or someone you love has recently been injured in a Texas truck accident, the dedicated Texas personal injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw can help. At Carabin Shaw, we help injury victims and their family members pursue claims for compensation based on the serious injuries they have sustained. We have extensive experience handling all types of Texas motor vehicle accident claims, including those arising from serious Texas truck accidents. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated Texas personal injury attorney to discuss your case today, call 800-862-1260.