How Soon Should I File a Truck Accident Claim?
Written by Greg on January 9, 2020
Truck accidents are among the most common vehicle crashes. We share the road with thousands of big rigs daily. When a truck accident occurs, it is essential to take control of your case. The law limits the time you have to file a claim.
Statute of Limitations on Texas Injury Claims
In Texas, the general statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally two years from the injury. (Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code section 16.003) If you miss the deadline, your later personal injury claim filing may be fruitless. While you have up to two years to bring a claim, you should not wait until the limit is close to expiring to contact an experienced 18-wheeler accident attorney.
Gather Information About the Wreck
Truck accidents are more complex than other types of accidents. You need to gather a plethora of information and data that prove negligence in the crash. Some of this data can be difficult to retrieve because you must obtain records from the trucking company. Sometimes, you may need to file a legal request for information. The cause of the crash is not always easy to ascertain. There could be negligence by the truck driver, trucking company, maintenance provider, manufacturer, or others. This can take time, so you should allow enough time to ascertain the details you require.
Seek Legal Assistance
An experienced truck accident attorney will be essential. Your attorney knows what steps to take to obtain the information you need in your case. With the details in hand, your lawyer will negotiate with the insurance company for a settlement that adequately covers your injuries and damages. Your attorney will assemble a team of professionals to ensure the successful resolution of your case. For instance, you may need to reconstruct the accident to prove liability or you might need to hire medical professionals for witnesses regarding the extent of your injuries. Your attorney will work tirelessly to get you the money you are owed.
File a Truck Accident Claim
Before you can file a claim, you need to go through gathering data and determining fault. Once you have the information, you can move forward with a truck accident claim. You may recover economic and non-economic damages and punitive damages sometimes. Economic damages are those with a monetary value, such as medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages. Non-economic damages may include money for pain and suffering and for loss of consortium, among others.
Sometimes, the judge will order punitive damages as a punishment when the driver was grossly negligent.
Contact the Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys
At Baumgartner Law Firm, we work with truck accident cases every day, so we know how to resolve them in the best way for our clients. We work on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm today for a free initial case evaluation.
Call (281) 587-1111!