Given the mass and size of a large truck, truck accident injuries are frequently catastrophic or fatal. Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage are common after a truck crash. Injured victims—or their family in fatal cases—may be able to file an insurance claim and recoup their losses after the crash. However, truck accidents cases are complex. Insurers often dispute liability and there is usually an intensive investigation. When you are up against a commercial trucking company, the process of gathering evidence, proving fault, and calculating future damages becomes even trickier.
The lawyers at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, can help. We can help you explore your legal options, navigate the entire personal injury claims process, and negotiate for the restitution you deserve. Contact us today at 713-850-8600 for a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Houston.
Who Is Liable for My Truck Accident Injuries?
The party responsible for the accident is liable for victims’ damages. The first step of filing a truck accident claim and collecting compensation is to determine who was at fault for the accident. There are a number of parties that may be liable for your truck accident injuries, including:
- The carrier;
- The truck driver;
- The truck owner;
- The truck manufacturer;
- A truck part manufacturer, such as the tire or brake manufacturer;
- A third-party shipping company; or
- The inspection service provider.
At D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, we have been helping truck accident victims in Houston for over 15 years. We understand the nuances of these types of claims and can conduct a thorough investigation to identify liability. Before speaking to an insurance adjuster or filing a claim, run your case by one of our team members to clarify your options.
How Can D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, Help With My Truck Accident Case?
Our team of qualified truck accident lawyers can help with all aspects of your case, from investigating and collecting evidence to negotiating with the insurance company or representing you in court. In the chaotic aftermath of a serious crash, it helps to have an attorney advocating for your best interests and managing the confusing legal matters. You certainly do not want to inadvertently mishandle your claim and miss out on compensation that you deserve.
We can explain your options so you can make informed decisions about your case. Our lawyers can facilitate all types of claims pertaining to truck accidents, including standard negligence claims, product liability claims, and wrongful death claims. We will assess liability, calculate the value of your claim, and work with the truck company’s insurer to obtain fair compensation for you.
If you and the insurer cannot agree on the terms of a settlement, a Houston 18-wheeler accident lawyer can prepare your case for court. We will continue pursuing the funds you need to be whole again and to accommodate your future medical needs.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover?
You may qualify to collect compensation for both financial and emotional losses. When we value your claim, we will include current and future damages associated with your injuries, such as:
- Medical bills, including emergency care, hospitalization, specialized care, surgeries, prescriptions, prosthetics, and follow-ups;
- Loss of wages, loss of work benefits, or the loss of a promotion;
- Reduced capacity to work and disability;
- Disfigurement and scarring;
- Emotional harms, such as pain and suffering; and
- Punitive damages.
Damages for truck accident cases may range from thousands to millions of dollars. To ensure the insurance company or courts factor in the totality of your losses, start collecting all your receipts, medical documents, and information about your injuries. Store these documents in a folder for safekeeping and share them with your lawyer.
What Steps Do I Take After a Truck Accident?
It can be difficult to know where to turn after the shock of a truck crash. Here are the steps you should take after any motor vehicle accident to protect your safety and your legal rights.
Address Your Immediate Medical Needs.
Get yourself and your car to safety, seek medical attention, and give the police your information for the accident report.
Call Your Insurance Company.
Report the accident, but only provide basic information. Do not agree to questioning from any accident investigators—even those from your own insurer—without an attorney’s counsel.
Speak to one of our truck accident lawyers, free of charge, and brief us on your circumstances. We understand the immediacy of the situation and can quickly explain your options and how we can help.
Begin Collecting Information.
Gather all documents and evidence that pertain to your accident and injuries. To validate your claim, we need proof of fault, medical records, and financial records like medical bills and proof of lost wages. We will help you gather evidence as well. We can speak to witnesses, investigate the truck driver’s driving history and driving logs, and compile a comprehensive list of your monetary and non-monetary losses.
Continue With Your Medical Care.
To protect your health and preserve your truck accident claim, follow your doctor’s orders and stick to your treatment plan. Failing to follow through with medical care can invalidate your claim.
You should also keep a daily journal that documents your pain levels, treatments, response to treatments, and thoughts about how your injuries are affecting your life. We can use this information to better illustrate the impact of the accident to the insurance company or court.
Why Is It Important to Act Quickly After a Truck Accident?
Truck accidents are complex and urgent cases. We need to document serious injuries from the get-go, collect vital information from the trucking company before they lose or destroy evidence, and begin compiling all the evidence to substantiate your claim. We also need time to obtain a complete damage assessment so you receive a fair settlement. Plus, the statute of limitations restricts how long we have to file your claim before you lose your right to seek compensation.
We Can Help You Recover After a Truck Accident in Houston.
Contact D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, today at 713-850-8600 to request a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Houston.
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