How Long Does it Take to Settle a Truck Accident Claim?
Written by Greg on May 18, 2020
When you travel on our Houston roads, you know that you share the lanes with many large commercial trucks. These 18-wheelers are essential to our economy, yet they can cause dangers on the highways. In Texas, there is a reportable crash about every minute. And a person is hurt in a traffic accident about every two minutes, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Many of these injuries are due to crashes with big trucks. Truck accidents are more severe than accidents with other vehicles because of their large size and weight. It is beneficial to seek guidance from an experienced big truck accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident with a truck.
How Long it Takes to Settle a Truck Wreck Case
Three months to 2 years or longer is the general timeline for a trucking accident settlement. The three months starts from the time you are released from medical care. As a rule, the more severe the damages, the longer the case will take to get fair compensation.
Many factors go into how long a case may take. The insurance company ultimately paying the money will have a lot of control over the timing of a settlement. Often, it takes a trial setting to get the attention of the insurer. Talking with a premier truck wreck lawyer, with specific facts can clarify the timeline.
Why Truck Accidents are Complex
Truck accidents are generally more complex than other types of crashes. Truck crashes can result in more severe and life-threatening injuries. When a truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the truck driver often escapes with only minor scrapes and bruises, while the other victims might face extremely critical injuries. The negligent party is responsible for compensating you for your damages caused by accident, such as your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Various factors can cause or contribute to truck accidents. The crash can be caused by human error, mechanical failure, or outside issues. Human error means that the driver made a mistake or was negligent behind the wheel. The most common mechanical failures are brake problems and tire blowouts. Outside issues might include weather and road debris. Sometimes truck accidents may consist of several or more factors, which may mean that more than one party is responsible.
We often retain accident reenactment experts to show a jury exactly how a crash happened and why.
Truck Accident Crash Team
A truck accident crash team is a group of professionals who have special training and experience working on various aspects of truck accident claims. The team might include an accident reconstruction specialist, medical experts, and others who will evaluate the data and provide testimony on your behalf. Many times the black box or computer data from the big rig contains vital evidence. At Baumgartner Law Firm, we have a truck crash team with professionals we can count on to gather and assess the information about your accident and injuries. You can be sure that the trucking company has a team in place to immediately try to resolve the case with as little exposure as possible. You should have support on your side, as well. Check out some of our recent truck accident settlements.
For that reason, you need to have your team who you can count on to work on your behalf. Because of the complexity of truck accidents, they can take some time to resolve. Each case is different, but sometimes it can take months or years to negotiate a resolution. Your main focus needs to be on your physical and emotional recovery.
Your attorney will handle all of the legal issues of your case and work to obtain a settlement that meets your needs. If we accept your case it will be on a contingency fee basis, so you will not need to pay for our services unless you receive a settlement.
If you are hurt in a semi-truck accident, do not delay. Call Baumgartner Law Firm today for a free initial case consultation. (281) 587-1111