Semi Accidents18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer
A person is hurt in a traffic accident 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 collisions with other vehicles because of their large size and weight. It is beneficial to seek guidance from a prominent truck accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident with a truck.
How Long Does a Semi Truck Accident Case Take to Settle?
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. 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 set to get the attention of the insurer. Talking with a premier truck wreck lawyer, with specific facts can clarify the timeline.
How Much Money Can I Get from an 18-Wheeler Wreck Injury?
Truck accident lawsuits can settle for big money. A personal injury or wrongful death caused by a negligent truck driver or trucking company trying to cut corners often leads to significant verdicts and, therefore, large settlements.
Texas juries have not been kind to negligent truck drivers. The law requires exclusive competence by truck drivers because they are behind the wheel of such a big vehicle. Likewise, the law requires trucking companies to be careful with the equipment they put on the road and the drivers they hire.
Personal injury from a truck accident frequently involves significant damages because of the sheer weight of the big rig. Even accidents at 30 mph can be fatal when it includes an 18-wheeler. Because the injury severity goes up with the disparity in the weight of the vehicles involved in the accident, damages are typically severe in a truck accident.
An additional factor in the size of semi-truck accident settlements is the availability of commercial insurance coverage required for commercial vehicles. Many of the larger trucking companies carry excess insurance and even several layers of access insurance coverage to protect the company against wrongful death or severe injury claims. The Baumgartner Law Firm has been obtaining record compensation in truck accident injury cases for over three decades. Our experience can make the difference for your case. We have obtained countless multi-million dollar settlements for our clients in truck crash cases.
How Much is a Truck Accident Settlement?
The average value of a semi truck wreck settlement depends. There is no magic formula for determining how much a case is worth. The insurance company for the truck driver will be looking at several factors which include:
- Ratings of the attorney you select
- Amounts of economic damages
- The venue where a lawsuit will be filed
- Human damages such as pain and suffering for mental anguish
- Factors that would make the driver or the company look bad in front of the jury
Many wonder the average value of a semi truck wreck– the real question is who can best help me maximize the value of my case? We have been helping families maximize compensation after a serious truck accident injury or loss of a loved one for over three decades. We have obtained countless multimillion-dollar results for our truck wreck clients. Our top rated truck wreck attorneys are selective in the cases we accept to provide the best possible representation for you.
Why are Commercial Vehicle Accidents so Complex?
Truck accidents are generally more complex than other types of crashes. Truck crashes can cause 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 critical injuries. The negligent party compensates 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. You do not want an inexperienced associate lawyer working on your case, if it involves severe damages. Don’t settle for less get the best truck accident lawyer in Houston!
We often retain accident reenactment experts to show a jury exactly how a crash happened and why. Also, we have a team ready to investigate your crash. Call the leading law firm for truck accidents- Baumgartner Law Firm!
What is a Truck Accident Investigation Team?
A truck accident crash team is a group of professionals with specialized 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 testify on your behalf. Often 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. Check out some of our recent truck accident settlements.
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 primary focus needs to be on your physical and emotional recovery.
Our attorney will handle 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 and until you receive a settlement.
What is the Procedure for Semi-Truck Injury Claims?
The procedure for truck accident cases is the same as the procedure for general personal injury claims. The first step involves hiring the best truck accident lawyer in Houston. Then the investigation of the crash. Investigation can include accident reenactment, investigators, and other experts. Sometimes the full picture does not come out until after a lawsuit is filed, and the defendant is forced to answer discovery. Learning how and why the accident happened is something truck accident lawyers must do.
If the truck driver injured another motorist, obtaining the medical records and testimony from the treating physicians must be done to “prove up” the medical expenses and the injuries because of the crash.
If the case involved a wrongful death, meeting with the immediate family members and learning about their relationship with the deceased should be done early after the crash.
When the attorney has sufficient information to give to the insurance carrier to evaluate the claim, settlement discussions may occur. However, sometimes we sue before we start any settlement discussions. Whether or not to file a lawsuit before suing is decided case-by-case. If a lawsuit is filed, formal discovery is conducted by the attorneys. Discovery can include written answers, production of documents, and testimony by deposition.
In Harris County, Texas, and other courts across the state, mediation is required before getting our day in court. Judges use mediation to reduce their trial dockets, often overwhelming in numbers. A good percentage of cases will settle at or after mediation. If the case cannot be resolved at mediation, the court will set a trial date. Not every case gets reached in its first trial setting.
A trial with a truck accident case can take from 2 to 3 days for a straightforward case to several weeks for one that is more complex factually or damage-wise.
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Houston Car Accident Claims:From Start To Finish
An Interactive Guide
You hear metal crumpling. Someone just hit your car. Maybe they ran a red light or lost control of their vehicle. Maybe you were rear-ended by a teenage driver on her cellphone.
Either way, you’re angry and frustrated. You have things to do. Places to go. But now, you're standing beside your damaged vehicle waiting for the police to arrive. You start to feel some neck pain.
All that to say: A single, unexpected moment changed everything.
A car accident can strike at any time. Whether you are on your way to work or headed to the store, it doesn’t matter. It’s moments like these that cause the government to require everyone to buy insurance.
A Guide For All Car Accident Victims
In this guide, you will learn:
- How To Handle Yourself When Disaster Strikes
- How To Ensure The At-Fault Insurance Company Covers Any Property Damage And Injury Expenses.
- What Injury Lawyers Do And How They Can Help You.
Get To Safety
Prevent Further Damage & Injury
If you find yourself in the middle of the intersection or on the freeway, you first priority is to move all persons (and vehicles if possible) out of the way of oncoming oncoming traffic.
Survey The Damage
Call The Police + Gather Evidence
After getting to safety, you should immediately dial 911. Make sure to alert the dispatcher if there are any serious injuries.
As you wait for help to arrive, you have 3 goals:
- Identify Extent of Injuries
- Identify Witnesses
- Identify Vehicle Damage
Pro Tip: Use your cell phone to record a statement from the other driver, as well as to store contact information for the other driver and any witnesses.
Should I Take?
Take Photos Of The
Other Driver's License
Damage On Both Vehicles
License Plate Of
Insurance Policy Of Other Driver
Get Medical Help
Your Health Is #1
After emergency help arrives, it is important to seek medical treatment. Even if you don’t feel injured, it is important to get checked out for any internal injuries.
Be sure to go in for any follow-up checkups or procedures.
Pro Tip: If you wait before seeking medical treatment, the at-fault insurance company may argue that your injury wasn’t serious and that you don’t deserve compensation for medical expenses.
- Internal Bleeding
- Broken Ribs
- Punctured Lungs
Whiplash is caused by a sudden forward or backward jerking motion of the head, which can damage the intervertabral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles and nerve roots. Symptoms of whiplash manifest in neck pain, dizziness, sleep disturbances, fatigue, headache, lower back pain and sometimes numbness in the arm or hand.
Internal bleeding is caused by blunt trauma, and varies depending on the forces involved and the individual. It cannot be seen outside of the body, and it may occur within organs, tissues and body cavities including the abdomend, chest, spinal canal and head.
It takes aproximately 4,000 Newtons (measurement of force) to break or crack a rib. The symptoms of a broken rib include pain while breathing, applying pressure to the area, and when you bend or twist your body. Ribs are often broken by the force of the seabelt during deceleration of the vehicle during a crash.
Puncturing a lung can be a serious injury. In a punctured lung, air gathers between the lungs and the chest cavity. The pressure build up makes it impossible for the lung to expand. Symptoms include coughing blood, chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness and headaches.
Hire An Injury Lawyer
Save Time. Get Compensated.
Hiring an injury lawyer after a serious accident is one of the best things you can do. Injury lawyers take care of all communication and negotiation with insurance companies. This frees up your time to focus on recovering.
At our law firm, we offer free initial consultations to all Houston residents. Just fill out our contact form — or give us a call to schedule a convenient time for you. We’ll listen to your story and offer our advice.
Pro Tip: Never accept a settlement without consulting a lawyer, especially if injury is involved. Once you accept a settlement, you can never recover anything further in the future.
Time Is Of The Essence
In most cases, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This is called the Statute of Limitations.
Certain exceptions can extend and/or shorten a limitations period.
If the victim is a minor, the limitations may be extended until they are 18 years old.
If you are in an accident caused by a governmental entity in Texas, the statute of limitations may be much shorter — ranging from a few months to six months.
File Your Claim
Notify Your Insurance Company
It is important to notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible.
Many insurance companies allow you to file your claim online. Otherwise, call the number listed on your insurance card.
Be sure to keep track of all adjuster names and contact information.
Pro Tip: There may be multiple active insurance policies that can cover you. For example, if the other driver didn’t have insurance, your own Uninsured Motorist coverage could kick in. An experienced attorney can help identify these policies & maximize your recovery.
Find Your Insurance Company
Find Your Insurance Company Contact Info
American Family Auto Insurance
Claim Reporting Number: 1-800-692-6326
Online Claim Portal: Go to site
Learn Fault Factors
How Fault Is Determined
Were you speeding? Nearly one-third of all car accidents can be attributed to speeding.
Was anything obstructing your view? Over half of all states have windshield obstructions laws.
What were the weather conditions? Slippery roads can reduce traction and cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
Who had the right of way? The law gives the right of way to no one, but it does state who must yield (give up) the right of way.
What were the Traffic Conditions? Crashes of all types are at their highest Monday through Friday between the hours of 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Were you distracted? (Radio, Phone) Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving.
Were you wearing a seatbelt? Seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.
Was a citation given out? In most instances, any driver violating traffic law will be held largely responsible for a resulting car accident.
Pro Tip: Do not give any recorded statements until you have the opportunity to consult with legal counsel.
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