Negligence frequently occurs in a variety of accidents that lead to injuries. Most of the time, traffic accidents prove avoidable if both parties act reasonably and take prudent measures to avoid causing harm to the other person.
Unfortunately, you may face both injuries and medical bills because of a negligent commercial driver. Our lawyers with D. Miller & Associates, PLLC offer free case evaluations to see if you qualify for a financial award.
Commercial Vehicle Accidents May Cause Lifelong Medical Conditions
There are many factors that can increase your risk of sustaining significant injuries that may have lifelong consequences following a car accident.
Some risk factors include:
- The speed at which both vehicles were traveling at the time of impact.
- The size and weight disparity between the vehicles.
- The location of impact (for example, head-on or side swipe).
Commercial vehicles range from small fleet cars to 18-wheeler and semi-trucks. In 2018, there were more than 35,000 accidents involving commercial vehicles throughout the state, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
Potential Injuries from a Commercial Vehicle Accident
Injuries following collisions with commercial vehicles may include:
- Broken, crushed, or fractured bones.
- Deep lacerations on the face and other parts of the body.
- Internal bleeding that leads to organ loss or damage.
- Traumatic brain injuries that can be life-threatening.
- Spinal cord injuries that potentially cause paralysis.
- Severe injuries to soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, and tendons).
Sometimes, emergency surgery is needed after an accident. The extent and complexity of your injuries determine how long the recovery process will take. You deserve to know and understand your legal rights, including your right to potential financial recovery.
We Identify Parties Responsible for Your Injuries and Damages
Experiencing a car accident disrupts your life enough, but the added nuances of laws that come along with commercial vehicle accidents, such as vicarious liability, as defined by 86(R) HB 3557, complicate the legal process even more.
A lawyer with our firm can determine the following factors that imply liability and may enable you to pursue damages by proving:
- The other party owed you a duty of care to take reasonable measures to prevent you from bodily injury.
- The other party breached this duty in some fashion, either by reckless act or omission.
- This negligence caused your injuries.
- Your injuries resulted in damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, lost pay, and other types of losses.
A commercial vehicle accident lawyer serving Brookshire, TX can also determine if there are other parties who can be held accountable, such as the employer of the driver or the manufacturer of the commercial vehicle if the accident resulted from a mechanical defect, for example.
We Collect Evidence to Establish Liability
Our lawyers at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC may take on the time-consuming task of collecting the necessary evidence and documentation to build you a strong case. This gives you the time you need to feel better and rest.
- Acquire evidence such as police reports, witness statements, on-board digital information, photos, videos, and other documentation
- Identify all liable parties
- Obtain expert testimony regarding your injuries, damages, and prognosis
- Collect medical bills and other proof of expenses
We may provide the help you deserve after an accident, so call us at (713) 850-8600 for a free case evaluation.
We May Recover Damages without a Lawsuit
Often a client will ask if we need to go to trial to pursue recovery. Many accidents are successfully resolved without the need to go to trial.
A lawyer with D. Miller & Associates, PLLC can send a detailed claim to the other party’s insurance carrier. We may negotiate an acceptable settlement on your behalf. If it becomes clear that the other side will not negotiate in good faith, we may take your case to court.
Statute of Limitations May Apply in Your Case
The statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit in Texas is generally two years from the date of the accident. This means you have two years from the exact date of the accident to take legal action against liable parties. Few exceptions, such as for minors, may extend this deadline. A commercial vehicle accident lawyer serving Brookshire, TX may help identify exactly how much time you have to file a lawsuit.
If you wait longer than the two years allotted by the statute of limitations, you risk forfeiting your rights to take any legal action at all against the liable parties for damages. The sooner you call our legal team, the sooner we may begin building a personal injury claim or lawsuit in order to hold the responsible parties accountable for the injuries they caused you.
Recoverable Damages for Injuries
The recoverable damages you may be entitled to receive may include:
- Medical treatment (past and ongoing)
- Property damage
- Therapy and rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
If you have extensive injuries or a prolonged recovery period, a lawyer with D. Miller & Associates, PLLC may also seek damages for:
- Lost income
- Diminished earning ability
- Loss of consortium and companionship
You have limited chances to seek financial recovery, so make sure to get help with your case.
Receive Help from a Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer Serving Brookshire, TX
If you or a loved one was injured in a commercial vehicle accident that was not your fault, you may have a case to recover damages. You deserve to have a legal advocate to guide you through the complex process of collecting damages.
Reach out to D. Miller & Associates, PLLC for a free case evaluation by calling us at (713) 850-8600.