Lawyer for 18-Wheeler Accident Settlements
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.
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 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 a Truck 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.
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
We have been helping families after a truck accident injury or losing a loved one for over three decades. We have obtained countless numbers of multimillion-dollar results for our clients. We are selective in the cases we agree to accept to provide the best representation for our clients.
Why Are Truck Accidents are 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.
We often retain accident reenactment experts to show a jury exactly how a crash happened and why.
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.
Your 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 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 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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If you are hurt in an accident with a semi-truck, do not delay. Call a preeminent rated truck accident attorney.
Call Baumgartner Law Firm today for a free initial case consultation.