Tractor-trailers (also called 18-wheelers and semi trucks) require special training to operate. We expect that tractor-trailer drivers are careful drivers who take reasonable measures to avoid harming other people. If they fail to do so, it may be time to hire a tractor-trailer accident lawyer in Houston, TX from our firm.
The tractor-trailer accident lawyers from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ can protect your rights and seek financial recovery while you focus on your health and well-being. Please call (713) 850-8600 for a case evaluation with a member of our team.
Damages for a Tractor-Trailer Accident
Your damages will depend on the severity of your injuries, but they may include both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are those losses that have a financial impact and can be traced with bills and receipts. Non-economic damages are the effects the tractor-trailer accident has had on your life. Some financial recovery we can seek for you includes:
We can seek a financial recovery for all of your losses related to your medical treatment from the accident. This includes:
- Emergency room care and ambulance transportation
- Medical tests
- Prescriptions and medical devices
- Physical rehabilitation and therapy
If your car was damaged in the tractor-trailer accident, we can recover the costs of repairing or replacing it.
If you lost income because of your injuries, our firm can seek a financial recovery to compensate for this loss. An attorney from our team can also help you recover an award for your reduced ability to earn due to your injuries if they have a long-term effect on your life.
Some of the non-economic losses a lawyer from our team in Houston can recover for you include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Wrongful Death Damages
A tractor-trailer accident lawyer from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ can also help if you lost a loved one from injuries related to the accident in Houston. Please accept our condolences and know that we are here to help during this sorrowful time.
You deserve to know your legal rights, including the right to pursue damages for your medical bills, lost pay, mental anguish, and other losses. However, you may not be feeling well enough to take on this challenge alone. That is why we invite you to call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ today for a case evaluation.
Reasons to Hire a Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer
If you were hurt in a tractor-trailer accident that was not your fault, there are many benefits to hiring a truck accident lawyer. However, tractor-trailer trucking firms carry large insurance policies because injuries from these accidents are usually severe. If you know anything about insurance companies, you know that sometimes they try to downplay claims or make lowball offers.
That is why many injured people take a proactive approach and have an attorney protect their rights from the very start of the financial recovery process.
A tractor-trailer accident lawyer in Houston, TX, can:
- Gather evidence of liability and proof of damages.
- File and manage your insurance claim.
- Negotiate with the insurance adjuster for the best possible outcome.
- Prepare your case for court if negotiations break down.
D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ takes care of the many details so that you may focus on recovering from your injuries. Since 2002, our firm has helped many clients who were harmed by someone’s careless act. It would be our honor to help you and your loved ones. Call today for a case evaluation at (713) 850-8600.
When to Hire a Tractor-Trailer Accident Law Firm
Like other states, Texas imposes a deadline, or statute of limitations, for filing personal injury lawsuits. Under Texas law, you have two years from the date you were injured to take legal action.
If your loved one passed away, you also have two years to file a lawsuit in court to seek financial recovery. There are other reasons why you should contact a tractor-trailer accident lawyer as soon as you can:
- Valuable evidence, such as skid marks or road debris, can erode or be removed.
- Witnesses can move or pass away before they can be interviewed, or their original statements can be confirmed.
- You have financial losses in the form of medical bills and lost pay that must be resolved.
You should also know that, in addition to insurance adjusters, commercial trucking firms that own, operate, or lease tractor-trailers have their own lawyers and accident investigators. It may not be in your best interest to deal with these parties if you are unwell or under a doctor’s care.
Proving Liability in a Tractor-Trailer Accident
There are often several parties involved in tractor-trailer accidents. A personal injury lawyer with our firm can identify these parties who had a direct or vicarious role in your injuries.
These parties may include the:
- Trucking company
- Truck owner and operator (if different)
- Leasing company (if applicable)
- Safety inspectors
- Seller or provider of cargo
- Municipalities that allowed dangerous road conditions or hazards
- Another driver
A lawyer with D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ may obtain subject matter experts as we investigate your claim.
To prove that any of the above parties were negligent, we have to show the following:
Duty of Care
A lawyer from our team can help you prove that the negligent party had a duty of care to you. This means they should have acted in a way that kept you reasonably safe from harm.
In the case of a negligent truck driver, you must show that they had the responsibility to take precautions to keep other drivers safe.
Breach of Duty
You also need to show that the negligent party breached this duty of care. In the same truck driver example, they could have been driving while intoxicated, thereby breaking the duty they owed to you and other drivers on the road.
An attorney from our firm can help you show that the negligent party’s breach of duty caused the accident. Following the drunk driving example, we must show that if the driver weren’t under the influence, they would not have caused the accident.
The last thing we need to show is that the accident resulted in your financial, physical, and emotional damages. We can prove this through medical records and bills.
Tractor-Trailer Accident Injuries in Texas
There were 35,600 accidents in Texas in 2017 involving tractor-trailer trucks, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
These accidents cause significant injury and loss of life. Some of these injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Sprained, twisted, or torn muscle, tendon, and ligaments
- Burns or abrasions
- Internal bleeding
Tragically, these injuries and the accidents that caused them might have been prevented if the other party had been more careful.
Our Firm Accepts Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Tractor-trailer accidents can be complex because they tend to involve extensive injuries, greater damages, and multiple parties. Our lawyers at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ have a deep understanding of many types of tractor-trailer accidents, including:
- Drunk driving (Driving While Intoxicated)
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Jackknife accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Sideswipe accidents
- Accidents caused by cargo falling into the roadway
- Defective tire accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Tractor-trailer tow truck accidents
You have already suffered enough by the negligent or careless act of another party. You should be able to relax and focus on feeling better. An attorney with our firm who handles these cases may be able to help you recover damages and justice.
Hire a Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer from Our Team Today
If you or a family member was hurt in a tractor-trailer accident caused by another party, you owe it to yourself to get a case evaluation.
A tractor-trailer accident lawyer in Houston, TX, will fight for your damages while you focus on feeling better. Call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ today at (713) 850-8600.
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