Because of their size, commercial truck accidents can be disastrous, often resulting in injuries and fatalities. Just here in Tarrant County last year, there were 2,174 crashes involving commercial vehicles that caused 852 injuries and 18 deaths.
Because traffic laws are different for truckers than for other drivers, you need representation by an experienced attorney familiar with these differences and the laws as they apply to your accident. You deserve to be fairly compensated for your truck accident injury, so working with a lawyer specializing in truck accidents is essential.
The reasons for truck accident injuries can be very different from the causes of other motor vehicle accidents. This can be due to the different laws that govern commercial trucking, the size of the trucks, and driver experience. Some causes include:
If you are involved in a truck accident and suffer injuries, call 9-1-1 to receive emergency medical treatment. If you are able, gather information. This includes information on the driver and any passengers in the truck, a description of the truck, the license number, and the trucking company that owns the vehicle.
Use your phone to take photos of the truck driver’s license and insurance policy, your injuries, vehicle damage, road conditions, and other information. If you find witnesses, get their contact information and ask them what they saw.
The next step may be the most important: call an attorney that specializes in truck accident injuries. With this expertise, your attorney will be able to start working on your case immediately.
Your attorney will get to work on gathering information to prove liability in your case, including witness statements, police reports, and any evidence that you have given to them. Your attorney may have to subpoena phone records, dashcams, surveillance cameras, and vehicle downloads, hire experts in reconstruction or investigation, and examine driver logs and historical data.
Never accept an offer from the trucking company’s insurance representative until you have conferred with an attorney who is board-certified in personal injury law. lawyer. This truck accident injury lawyer is experienced in determining the amount of a fair compensation package as it applies to your unique case.
If you are the victim of a truck accident and have been injured, you should be compensated for both your economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include
Non-economic damages include
Once your attorney has put together a demand for payment for your injuries, it will be sent to the liable party. If they agree to the settlement, your case will be finalized. If they refuse payment, your attorney will file a lawsuit. Both parties will gather information and take their evidence to mediation. Both parties have an opportunity to come to an agreement on a final compensation amount.
If no agreement is reached, the case will proceed to trial and a court will determine your recovery of money.
You need an attorney who is familiar with traffic laws that govern commercial vehicles, the types of compensation your injury requires, and is an expert in proving truck accident liability.
Bill Berenson has handled 18-wheeler and commercial truck crashes for the past 42 years and has been board-certified since 1994. Call our office for a free consultation.