Accidents involving 18-wheelers and semi trucks often leave victims struggling to pay medical bills and everyday expenses. If a truck driver acted negligently and caused your accident, you can hold them financially accountable for your damages.
An 18-wheeler and semi truck accident lawyer serving Katy from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ can help you file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. We can identify the liable parties, build a case on your behalf, and negotiate a fair recovery.
We Can Calculate Your Losses After An 18-wheeler Or Semi Truck Accident
An insurance claim or lawsuit may allow you to recoup various losses after your accident. Financial recovery can include your current and future medical expenses and lost wages, as well as non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering.
We need to collect all possible evidence to document your accident-related expenses, out-of-pocket costs, and pain and suffering. Without collecting this documentation, there is a chance you might not recover your accident-related losses.
The documentation we need to collect usually includes:
- Medical bills
- Receipts for out-of-pocket expenses
- Estimates from experts about your ongoing care costs
- Documentation of property damage losses
- Journals or other documentation of your pain and suffering
You Can Seek These Damages If You Lost A Loved One
Losing a loved one unexpectedly can devastate a family. If that happened to you, our accident attorneys serving Katy can file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. You can recover certain losses, including:
- Your family member’s medical bills from their injuries
- Your family member’s pain and suffering before their passing
- Burial or cremation costs
- Funeral costs
- Loss of inheritance for the income your family member provided
- Loss of consortium for the services your family member provided
You can grieve in peace while we handle everything else.
Who Is Liable For Your Injuries From A Semi Truck Accident?
In a typical car accident, we file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. Semi truck accidents work somewhat differently. Because of a legal doctrine called “vicarious liability,” the truck driver may not be the only liable party.
Employers are responsible for the actions of employees while they are on the clock, including negligent acts that cause truck accidents. We may have to file our insurance claim with the trucking company or corporation that employs the truck driver.
While taking on a large corporation—and their legal team—is a much bigger challenge than filing a claim with an individual policy, we know how to help. We can handle all of the communications with the driver, their employer, and the insurance carrier. This way, you do not have to worry about giving a statement that may undermine your rights.
How Can We Prove Negligence
Proving liability in a truck accident relies on much of the same evidence we need to collect in a typical car accident case. We can launch an investigation into your accident and collect:
- The police report
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Pictures of the accident scene and the vehicles involved
- Video of the accident, when available
In addition, there is a wealth of other evidence unique to truck accidents. This evidence may include:
- The trucker’s logs
- Data from the onboard computer
- Traffic camera footage
- Drug and alcohol testing results
- Maintenance records for the truck
While this evidence can be key in winning our case, it is usually in the hands of the trucking company. To gain access, we need to send a spoliation letter to the trucking company and demand that it preserves evidence. This request needs to happen as soon as possible after the accident to ensure we recover all the evidence in your case.
How Our Truck Accident Lawyers Serving Katy Can Help
There are several services we offer that can take the weight of the legal process off of your shoulders. When we handle your case, we give it the attention it deserves from start to finish, keeping you updated along the way.
Here are a few ways we can help:
Negotiate With Insurers
We could secure financial recovery without going to court. If the insurer disagrees with the cost of your expenses, we can negotiate a fair offer. This involves presenting evidence, proving negligence, and calculating your expenses.
Represent You in A Trial
Occasionally, we cannot reach an agreement without taking legal action. We may have to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver or their employer. We will take on any corporation, no matter the size. We will represent you in trial and argue your case before a judge or jury.
When we go to court, we handle all of the paperwork so you do not have to hassle with the legal process. You deserve to focus on your health and spend time with your family. We can take care of the rest.
Keep An Eye on The State-imposed Deadlines
There are many moving parts involved in the legal process, and the statute of limitations is an important one. This Texas law sets the deadline by which you must file your lawsuit or risk seeing it dismissed in court. Generally, you only have a two-year window to pursue legal action.
While we are investigating your case and negotiating with insurers, we will keep a close eye on your deadline. If granted ample time, we can file your case within the appropriate deadline.
Work With Our 18-wheeler And Semi Truck Accident Lawyers Serving Katy
The attorneys from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, can help you recover after your accident. We can provide advice and guidance to help you navigate the claims process or take legal action.
Call us today at (713) 850-8600 to learn about working with an 18-wheeler and semi truck accident attorney serving Katy.