A truck accident involving a semi truck, 18-wheeler, or another type of large commercial vehicle can severely injure you or a loved one. You have a claim based on negligence if the carelessness or recklessness of the truck driver, trucking company, or other third parties caused your accident. A Carrollton truck accident lawyer can assess your situation and determine whether you have a case for financial recovery.
Reasons a Lawyer Could Help Your Truck Accident Case
You might not realize how important it can be to have an attorney when you suffer injuries in a truck accident. You likely need medical treatment, which can be lengthy and expensive. The nature and extent of your injuries might prevent you from going back to work right away or at all.
Your situation can make it difficult, if not impossible, to handle the complex legal matters that can arise from a truck accident. The insurance company for the trucking company is likely to contact you right away, and you may be in no shape to answer questions, make major decisions, or accept a quick settlement. You also run the risk of jeopardizing your case by giving the insurance company too much information.
Rely on Us in Your Truck Accident Case
Truck accident cases can involve state and federal regulations that govern commercial trucking companies and drivers. Major truck accidents may cause the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate. A Carrollton truck accident lawyer from our law firm can handle your case.
Since 2002, we have been representing injury victims in personal and commercial truck accidents. We keep up to date on the laws and regulations that apply to these cases. You can rely on us to gather the evidence necessary to build and pursue your legal case.
Negligence And Truck Accidents That Lead to Injuries
Various situations can lead to truck accidents, but the basis of a truck accident claim or lawsuit is usually negligence. As a result, we must gather evidence of negligence to support your injury claim. Negligence includes any conduct by a responsible party that falls below the standard of reasonable care that a person typically would exhibit in the same or a similar situation.
Careless or reckless driving, traffic law violations, driving while intoxicated, and driving while distracted are all types of negligent behavior that can cause truck accidents. Police reports, criminal charges stemming from truck accidents, and witness statements can all be instrumental in proving your case for damages.
Since the commercial trucking industry is subject to government regulation, truck drivers are under more scrutiny than regular passenger vehicle drivers. These heightened regulations can provide a source of evidence as to why accidents occur. As a result, we routinely will gather information from truck driver logbooks, government regulatory and safety records, and trucking company personnel records during our investigation.
Damages That You Might Recover in a Truck Accident Case
Financial recoveries in truck accident claims are different in every case. Major functional injuries, the inability to return to work, permanent impairment, and other factors can affect the amount of the damages recovered in an individual case. A truck accident case can lead to recovery of the following types of damages, depending on the case:
- Medical bills, including hospitalization and rehabilitation
- Emergency medical transport, medication, and medical assistive device costs
- Lost income due to time off work due to injuries
- Permanent loss of future earning capacity if unable to work
- Pain and suffering from the aftermath of the accident
- Loss of the ability to care for yourself or enjoy regular activities
We have worked with accident victims with varying degrees of injuries and rely on medical professionals to define the severity and permanence of injury-related limitations. Together, we can obtain clear documentation of your injuries and how those injuries have affected your life, both now and in the future.
Know Who Could Be Responsible for Paying for Your Injuries
The most obvious liable party in a truck accident may be the truck driver. However, other parties also can be at fault for causing your accident. For example, drivers of other passenger or commercial vehicles can be responsible, especially if the accident involves multiple vehicles. Government entities could be liable if a road hazard led to the accident.
Employers generally are responsible for the acts of their employees, so trucking companies that employ truck drivers also can face liability for truck accidents. Shipping companies may be liable in truck accidents if they improperly load a truck to the extent that it causes an accident. Similarly, truck part manufacturers also can face liability if a defective part leads to an accident.
Be Aware of How Long You Have to File Your Lawsuit
Texas law gives you only a limited time to file your truck accident claim in court. Generally, you must file your case in court no more than two years following the day after your accident occurred. Texas law does establish some exceptions to this general rule, but most truck accident claims are subject to this statute of limitations.
Count on Us to Help You Through Every Step of Your Truck Accident Case
Truck accidents that result in injuries and death can lead to truck accident claims and lawsuits. The goal of our Carrollton truck accident lawyers is to investigate the circumstances that led to your accident, document your injuries, and build a case for financial recovery to benefit you and your family.
Contact us today at (713) 850-8600 and learn how the attorneys and staff at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, can help you after a truck accident. We are here to answer your questions, calm your worries, and explain the personal injury case process to you. We can direct you through every stage of the legal proceedings as you work toward recovery and stability following your accident.