Big rigs, also known as tractor trailers or 18 wheelers, are among the leading causes of vehicle accidents on the roads of Texas. If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, or anywhere in Texas then you need legal representation so that you may get justice.
According to the U.S Department of Transportation, usually one out of ten fatalities involving vehicles in Texas can be attributed to these heavy vehicles. While these big rigs account for only 3% of all the vehicles on the road, they are involved in 10% or more of the accidents.
Have you been injured in a truck accident?
Injuries from truck accidents can be very debilitating and very expensive to treat. Often, these life-changing injuries leave the sufferer unable to work. If you have suffered injuries in an 18-wheeler accident, then you need expert legal representation. Get in touch with truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez Jr.
Is Suing a Truck Company by Myself an Option?
It’s an option but one that is less likely to get you justice as against hiring a lawyer to represent you. Your injuries are assuredly a drain on your financial and emotional resources. Do you have the time, experience, expertise, and physical ability at that point in time to fight a dogged business that will resist paying fair compensation at every step. Moreover, big businesses have at their disposal law firms that know how to handle such cases for the benefit of their clients. Well, so do we and we fight for what’s right.
How Does an 18-Wheeler Accident Settlement Process Work?
The best way out for both parties is an out-of-court settlement where there’s a maximum saving of time and effort for both parties, and justice is served. We negotiate for a fair and just settlement amount, and proceed at every step only after our client’s approval.
If we feel that the interests of justice are not being served in this manner, we proceed to take the matter to court. The time needed for a legal resolution may vary with each case. Litigation can be a lengthy business. Though, it is also possible that the weight of the evidence gathered and the skill of the law firm can settle the matter in your favor quickly.
How Much Should I Expect to Receive?
The settlement amount varies with each case, and in every case it has to serve the purpose of justice. A just settlement that takes into consideration the insurance covering commercial trucks is our objective. The amount may vary from a few thousand dollars to millions. The responsible parties may include the trucking company, driver, maintenance contractor, spare parts supplier, and vehicle manufacturer.
What is the Nature of Injuries Suffered with Truck Accidents?
Large trucks can weigh 80,000 pounds and more; a car weighs around 4,000 pounds. Illegally loaded trucks can weigh more. Heavy trucks cruising at a speed cannot come to an immediate halt. This is one reason why accidents occur, even when the other party may be totally blameless.
Injuries include broken bones, spinal damage, brain injuries, injuries to internal organs from blunt force or sharp objects. These can result in amputation, loss of mobility, and death. The aftermath for victims who survive such crashes is life-altering, involves extensive treatment, may include quadriplegia and paraplegia, and there is a severe curtailment in the quality of life that one would otherwise enjoy.
What Causes 18-Wheeler Accidents?
Fatigued drivers, overloaded trucks, tailgating by drivers, reckless driving, drunk driving, and improperly trained drivers are some of the causes of 18-wheeler accidents. Sometimes accidents occur because of the blind spots present along the rear and sides of a long truck.
Who Pays the Settlement Amount?
Most of the times, it is the insurance company that will foot the bill. The issue is in getting the trucking firm’s insurer to pay the right amount in a timely manner. This is where the Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez Jr. can provide valuable service in ensuring that a fair settlement amount is paid with promptness.