These days people share the roads with thousands of semi-trucks and eighteen-wheelers hauling cargo from one place to another. They get paid by the load or the mile, so they are always in a hurry. Many companies place unfair demands on their drivers in an effort to keep profits high. Unfortunately, the more of these trucks on these roadways, the more accidents occur.
Accidents involving large cargo trucks and eighteen-wheelers can be devastating, especially when a small car or motorcycle is involved. You need an experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney fighting for you following a truck accident. I will help your family through the process in search of justice and compensation.
There are over half a million accidents, annually, involving large commercial trucks and eighteen-wheelers. It is estimated that one in every eight fatalities on the roadways involves a large commercial truck or eighteen-wheeler. Thousands of people are severely, or even fatally injured every day due to the negligence of truck drivers or the trucking companies.
Some truck drivers, and the companies they work for, cut corners to meet deadlines and increase profits. I have observed many forms of negligence over the years, including:
Failure to adjust speed in hazardous conditions
Driving under the influence of dangerous drugs to stay awake
Driving while distracted
Reckless disregard for the laws of the road
Lack of inspections
Poor vehicle maintenance
Failure to repair defective parts/equipment
Placing unreasonable demands on drivers
You can file a claim as soon as you are injured, and the sooner the better. Over time, information can become construed and details may be forgotten or witnesses may move. The truck driver may be difficult to locate. Evidence may be lost or degrade. If you start the process right away, it is more likely that you will have access to all of the information, evidence, and testimony that you need to pursue your case.
If you choose to wait it’s important to note that, the state of Texas does impose a two-year statute of limitations. This means that you have two years from the date of your accident to file a civil suit. Sometimes there are exceptions to this rule. This is most common with neck and back injuries which tend to take time to discover and can get significantly worse as time goes by. In this case, you would have two years from the date of reasonable discovery of your injury to file a suit.
Anyone who has been injured in an accident involving a large or commercial truck can file a truck accident claim. The driver of the truck must be the at-fault party in the accident. If the injured party is a minor child, then a parent or guardian must file on behalf of said child.
First, and foremost, you should file a lawsuit to seek justice and restitution. You deserve to be financially compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, mental anguish, and pain and suffering through your recovery. It’s only right.
Accidents like this affect the entire family and every aspect of your life. When you file a trucking accident lawsuit, you deter other truck drivers and trucking companies from acting with willful disregard for human life. When they choose to act with gross negligence and disregard for the laws and regulations that are put in place to protect drivers, I believe that they should pay the price.
Commercial trucking companies and their insurance companies are none too happy when a lawsuit arises. An unfavorable claim can not only tarnish their reputation in the industry, but it will also hit them where it hurts by eating into their profits. They will fight hard to delay legal proceedings and avoid liability in a civil suit.
If you are serious about pursuing a trucking accident lawsuit, it is extremely important that you do not sign anything or give any statements without your attorney present. Nothing that needs signing is on such a deadline that your attorney can’t review it first and any statement that needs to be made should only be done in the presence of our Houston truck accident lawyer.
Some companies can resort to dishonest tactics to avoid being held legally liable for an accident. You need to even the playing field with an experienced and aggressive attorney who can stand up to these big companies. I have over three decades of experience as an accident attorney and been fighting for victims of truck accidents, securing financial settlements to help compensate victims for their losses.
There is no general rule of thumb for these types of cases. Lawsuits involving large commercial trucks and eighteen-wheelers typically involve a large amount of money. In addition, the company is facing a tarnished reputation and higher insurance premiums which eat into their profits. They use many tactics to try and drag the process out as long as they can, hoping that the victim will mess something up. It can take anywhere from several months to a year or more to settle one of these cases. I have thirty years of expertise navigating the legal system.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a commercial truck or an eighteen-wheeler, level the playing field and contact me today. Call (713) 903-8339 or contact online to schedule an initial consultation.
I represent clients in Houston, Texas, and the surrounding areas. If you need help from a dedicated and experienced Houston trucking accident attorney, I invite you to call me for a free case evaluation at (713) 903-8339.