If You’ve Been Injured in an Accident With an 18-Wheeler
There are many forms of commercial vehicles you’ll find on all the major roads. On any given day, you’ll see rock haulers, dump trucks, construction vehicles, buses, tankers, moving vans, and several other kinds of such vehicles on the road.
While these vehicles perform a variety of critical roles, transporting goods throughout Texas and the United States, but they can also wreak havoc on fellow motorists when they collide with a car. The larger a vehicle, the more damage it can cause – and some of these commercial vehicles are obviously huge.
While there is a wide range of commercial vehicles, personal injury and/or wrongful death claims that emanate from accidents involving them share a few similarities:
As stated previously, they are larger, so they cause more damage than a typical passenger car.
They are subject to different laws than typical cars. Many of them are owned by large corporations with the deep pockets necessary to present a formidable defense and deny just restitution to plaintiffs.
A lot of truck accident lawyers can say they’ll handle your truck accident litigation, but precious few have tangible experience dealing with cases involving 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles. Our truck accident attorneys have litigated these kinds of cases for two decades, and have won hundreds of them.
Our attorneys know how to fight just as hard as the opposition, and we have the resources, reputation, knowledge, and experience to either defeat that opposition outright in a trial or to compel them into offering a just out-of-court settlement. Many times, a trucking company or insurance provider will choose to give our client a fair settlement rather than risk losing a great deal more money by losing a case in court.
The truck accident attorneys of our Law Office will bring you many advantages should you decide to use us for legal representation. We not only have 20 of experience handling this type of litigation, but we have also won hundreds of them, as well as thousands of personal injury cases in general.
In this article, you will find information on how a commercial vehicle accident typically flows, and some of the hurdles you will have to overcome in successfully pursuing litigation in this kind of case. This information, however, is intended only to provide a general idea of how commercial vehicle accident litigation works. It is in no way intended to replace the advice of an attorney. Only an experienced attorney can listen to all the details of your case and provide a strategy for successful litigation.
The Process of Litigating 18-Wheeler Accident Cases
There are few motor vehicle accidents that can cause the devastating kind of damage an 18-wheeler accident can inflict. These behemoths can weigh up to 40 tons (80,000 pounds), so when they are involved in a collision with almost any other kind of vehicle you can find on the road, they’ll usually win. And truck drivers are usually paid by the hour, so in order to make as much money as they can, they will often drive for an extensive period of time without taking a break. This often leads to drivers experiencing concentration lapses, and even a momentary loss of consciousness. It’s only natural, then, that accidents, property damage, injuries, and deaths will often be the result of these drivers pushing the limits – and often exceeding the boundaries – of their endurance.
The truck accident lawyers at our Law Office have handled personal injury cases resulting from 18-wheeler accidents for two decades, so we are well aware of the many legal and medical questions people will have after they’ve suffered an injury – or a loved one who has died. The most important thing you need to realize, obviously, is that you must be evaluated by a medical practitioner after the wreck. You need to do so not only for your health, but to also get any injuries you may have suffered documented. Don’t hesitate to get medical attention because you don’t have insurance or are under-insured. We can help you find a doctor who will take your financial means into consideration and come up with a payment plan that fits into your budget. Don’t let a lack of money keep you from getting the medical help you need.
After you handle Priority One, which is getting medical attention, then you can start to focus on getting fair restitution for the harm that has befallen you. In the State of Texas, those whose negligence resulted in the accident that caused your injury are not required to pay for your injuries and accompanying financial losses. Rather, the victim, known as the plaintiff in legal terms, bears the burden of proving he or she should be compensated for losses resulting from the accident. The only chance you have of getting the compensation you deserve is through the help of an experienced truck accident lawyer. We would like to tell you what legal avenues you may be able to pursue so that you can get the compensation you deserve.