If you suffered injuries in a truck accident, our firm can file a claim and pursue damages to cover your accident-related losses. The personal injury team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ can identify the liable parties, secure all available evidence, and build a case on your behalf. We also offer free case evaluations to all prospective clients. Our truck accident lawyers serving Katy are here to serve you.
What Types of Damages Are Available from A Truck Accident Case?
Upon filing your claim, we will request a settlement based on the value of your economic losses and other facts of your situation. Compensable losses in your case could include:
- Past and future healthcare expenses
- Lost income
- Lost tips, bonuses, and employee benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage expenses
- Physical therapy
- Mental health counseling
- Funeral expenses (if you lost a loved one)
Once we collect the documentation necessary to prove your losses, we can better understand what a fair settlement would look like in your case. We encourage you to connect with our team before signing anything from the insurer.
How Our Truck Accident Lawyers Serving Katy Can Help You
You don’t want to navigate the complexities of a truck accident claim on your own. The trucking company will likely have an entire team of corporate lawyers fighting to minimize your losses––or deny your claim altogether.
Here are some of the ways in which we can support your case:
We Can Gather Information To Support Your Right To Damages
When you contact us about your truck accident case, we will collect and preserve all possible evidence, including:
- The driver’s rest logs
- Data from the truck’s onboard computer
- Post-accident drug and alcohol test results
- Maintenance records
- The driver’s personnel file
- Contracts related to the truck’s rental
If any evidence exists, it is imperative we gain access to it. This requires sending a spoliation letter informing the trucking company or other party of our intention to file a claim. This letter prevents the liable party from destroying any evidence. A trucking company could face serious sanctions from the court if it fails to preserve certain pieces of information.
We Can Establish Fault
We can request the police report, interview eyewitnesses, and call an accident reconstruction specialist to help us understand exactly how the accident happened.
However, there is often much more evidence available in a truck accident than in your typical car accident. Truck drivers have to keep logs and collect a variety of data for state and federal agencies who oversee interstate safety. We will fully investigate your accident and build a case before approaching the liable party’s insurance company to file a third-party claim.
We Can Determine Liability for Your Losses
If the driver of the truck caused the accident, we can help you determine who is liable for your injuries. It may surprise you that the negligent driver may not be the only liable party in these cases.
Thanks to a legal doctrine known as “vicarious liability,” the driver’s employer or the owner of the truck may be liable as well. While this makes filing a claim more difficult, since an employer likely has a team of corporate lawyers, it also could mean higher policy limits.
We Can Address Your Case’s Complexities
Truck accident cases are often more complex than typical car accident claims. Much of this complexity stems from the fact that most truckers are not private individuals simply going to the grocery store or running routine errands. Most box trucks, 18-wheelers, and even work vans are company vehicles. That means large corporations own these vehicles while employees operate them.
Some cases involve drivers operating rented vehicles that may not have the proper liability insurance to cover your injuries.
You don’t have to worry about these challenges with our truck accident team on your side. We can address all of your case’s complications.
We Can File Your Claim Or Lawsuit in Katy, Texas
Usually, our preparation and the strength of our claims allow us to negotiate with insurance companies. We settle most successful cases without ever going to court. If the insurance company refuses a fair settlement, we are not afraid to litigate your case. We will file a lawsuit on your behalf and take the case before a judge.
We Encourage You To Act Quickly Following Your Truck Accident in Katy
Texas law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. You generally have two years from the date of your collision to litigate your case. Failing to do so could:
- Forfeit your right to damages
- Jeopardize your right to hold the other party accountable
- Force you to pay for your losses out of pocket
Don’t let these things happen to you. Our truck accident firm can protect your right to damages and manage all aspects of your potential lawsuit.
The Insurance Company May Not Have Your Best Interests At Heart
Insurance companies generally look out for their best interests––not yours. We encourage you to consider the following:
Don’t Sign Anything From The Insurer Without Our Firm
The claims adjuster might ask you to sign a liability waiver without explaining what it really is. Basically, by signing this document, you waive the right to seek damages. This could mean bad things for your case. We can review your insurance-related documents to support your right to damages.
Think Twice About The First Settlement Offer
Sometimes, the insurance company will offer a settlement within days of your accident. While this seems convenient, it’s actually anything but. The insurer’s first offer may not:
- Account for your future injury-related expenses
- Fully reflect the scope of your damages
- Pay for all of your losses
We can determine a fair value for your case and determine whether the insurer’s initial offer meets your needs.
Talk To Our Truck Accident Team About Your Case
At D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, we pursue losses for each and every client. If you suffered injuries in a truck accident, call us today at (713) 850-8600. Your first case evaluation is waiting.