If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you have a few options to pursue financial recovery for medical bills and other damages.
You could pay out of your own pocket, or whatever remains after your personal insurance coverage is exhausted. You could attempt to recover damages on your own, or you could ask a commercial vehicle accident lawyer serving Brownsville, TX, to help you while you focus on your health and well-being.
Before you decide on a course of action, please call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, for a free case evaluation. A member of our team can talk with you at your home, the hospital, or by telephone. There is no cost or obligation. Call (713) 850-8600 so that you may make an informed decision.
How We May Help You Recover Damages
You may be entitled to pursue recovery if there is proof that the other party is primarily responsible for the accident.
A commercial vehicle accident lawyer with D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, has a deep understanding of what is required to establish liability, which includes:
- Establishing that the other party owed you a duty of care to take reasonable measures to avoid injuring you.
- Demonstrating how the other party breached this duty of care in some manner, either through carelessness, negligence, or wrongful act.
- Proving that this breach of duty caused your physical and emotional injuries.
- Showing how these injuries created damages in the form of medical bills, lost pay, car repairs, mental anguish, and other losses.
An attorney with our firm can pursue damages so that you can spend the time you need to get well and feel better. For a free case evaluation, call the office of a commercial vehicle lawyer serving Brownsville, TX, today at (713) 850-8600.
We Understand Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases
Traffic accidents that involve commercial vehicles tend to be more complex for a few reasons, including:
- Commercial vehicle accidents may create more serious or extensive injuries.
- There may be more than one liable party, and therefore, more than one insurance policy.
- The accident could involve a governmental entity, and those cases might be handled differently than a privately owned firm.
Our legal team accepts many types of commercial vehicle accidents, including those that involve:
- 18-wheeler and semi-trucks
- Commercial vans and trucks
- Fleet cars
- Town cars
Since 2002, the lawyers at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, have helped people who are injured, disabled, or in some manner harmed by negligent actions. We will do all we can to help you and your family.
Understanding Commercial Vehicles
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines a commercial vehicle as a motor vehicle or combined motor vehicle that is used for commercial transportation purposes. While this definition includes smaller vehicles, such as town cars, the FMCSA considers true commercial vehicles to have the following characteristics:
- The vehicle has a gross combination weight of 26,001 pounds or more.
- The vehicle has a gross vehicle weight 26,001 pounds or more.
- The vehicle is designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver).
- The vehicle is of any size or weight that transports hazardous materials.
Commercial vehicles tend to be larger and heavier than standard automobiles. This increases the likelihood of catastrophic injuries. That is why you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to consider a commercial vehicle accident lawyer to help you recover damages.
Injuries Common to Commercial Vehicle Accidents
In our experience, people who are involved in commercial vehicle accidents may have injuries such as:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Torn ligaments, muscles, or tendons
- Burns, cuts, scrapes, and “road rash”
A concussion is considered a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries are a leading factor in Americans losing their lives or becoming disabled.
Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are triggered by a violent jolt, bump, or blow to the head that interrupts normal brain activity. If you or a loved one suffered this type of injury after a commercial vehicle accident, there is usually a lengthy recuperation.
How Commercial Vehicle Accidents Happen
There were more than 37,500 commercial vehicle accidents in Texas in 2018, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Tragically, most of these could have been prevented.
Many collisions occur because of reckless acts or failure to act, such as:
- Drivers who get behind the wheel despite being intoxicated or drowsy.
- Drivers who text or check email while driving or are otherwise distracted from the road.
- Drivers who are inadequately trained to operate the vehicle.
- Drivers who fail to yield the right of way when required.
Some commercial vehicle accidents occur when cargo is improperly balanced and spills onto the roadway, causing motorists to swerve around the hazard.
A commercial vehicle accident lawyer serving Brownsville, TX, can give you peace of mind by protecting your rights and pursuing recovery for a collision that was not your fault.
Damages in a Commercial Vehicle Case
While we cannot promise the outcome of your case, the legal team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, will vigorously pursue damages that may include:
- Property damage
- Medical treatment
- Lost wages due to injury
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Depending on your injuries, a commercial vehicle accident lawyer may also pursue damages for:
- Diminished earning capacity
- Life-care costs
- Diminished quality of life
If you are weighing whether you want to pursue legal action, keep in mind that you have a limited time to act. Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, you have two years from the date of your accident to file your lawsuit in court. An attorney can make sure you file your case on time.
Call Us Today for a Free Case Evaluation
You did not ask to be injured in a commercial vehicle accident, but you can ask for a free case evaluation with a member of our team. A commercial vehicle accident lawyer serving Brownsville, TX, might be able to help. Call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, today at (713) 850-8600.