If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a large truck, you should get help seeking compensation to cover your doctor bills and other expenses. Many tractor trailers, cargo tankers and other commercial trucks travel through South Texas every day. When they cause accidents, the drivers and trucking companies should pay for the harm they cause. Let us answer your questions and review your legal options.
The experience and knowledge of the attorney who you select after a commercial truck accident can make a big difference in the outcome of your claim. Our compassionate truck accident attorneys at Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. have handled thousands of injury cases. We have the resources to see truck crash cases through to their resolution. We are dedicated to helping families in Corpus Christi and across the Rio Grande Valley recover from serious truck accidents caused by others’ negligence. Contact us to get help now!
When Should I Call a McAllen Truck Accident Attorney?
You should contact a truck accident lawyer if you have been injured in a crash caused by a commercial truck in the Rio Grande Valley. A truck accident lawyer in our McAllen office will review your accident at no charge and discuss your legal options. If you are unable to visit our office, we can meet with you at a location convenient to you.
A collision involving a commercial vehicle requires a detailed investigation to identify all the potentially liable parties. If you call us from the scene of the tractor trailer accident, Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. will dispatch its accident investigation team to start gathering evidence right away. Our team understands the importance of moving quickly to preserve evidence.
The trucking company or its insurer may offer a quick settlement. If you have received a settlement offer, you should call a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer before accepting or signing anything presented by the trucking company. Our truck accident lawyers will review the offer and give you our perspective on whether it is a fair offer based on the specific facts of your accident.
You should contact an attorney if an at-fault party’s insurance company is disputing your claim. The collision may involve many insurance companies representing the trucking company, the truck driver, the owner of the trailer and the freight shipper. It is difficult to negotiate on your own. If we represent you, our experienced attorneys will negotiate on your behalf with the insurance companies and seek a settlement that reflects the full extent of your injuries.
Should I Settle with the Truck Company?
Some Texas trucking companies will contact you soon after an accident and offer a settlement. These quick settlement offers may sound impressive at first. But they typically represent a fraction of the actual value of the injury claim—essentially pennies on the dollar. The trucking company would like to limit its liability by settling the accident claim and getting it off the books before the full extent of the injury victim’s losses are even known.
In many cases, the accident victim is still receiving medical treatment and incurring medical expenses. If you accept a settlement from a trucking company while still undergoing treatment, you cannot ask the trucking company later for more money if your expenses exceed the amount of the settlement. You will be stuck picking up the tab for the balance of the medical care.
If you receive a call from a trucking company offering to settle your case, you should have a skilled attorney review the offer and provide guidance about whether it is a fair offer. Be careful. You should not sign a liability release or any other form presented by the trucking company or their insurance adjuster until you have talked with a personal injury lawyer.
What Do I Do If I Was Hit by a Semi-Truck?
You may be shaken and confused in the hours after a collision with a semi-truck. If you do not require emergency medical attention, you should still seek a prompt medical evaluation.
Inform the doctor that you were involved in a truck accident. A doctor’s evaluation will provide an independent description of your injuries and will be relied upon by insurance adjusters if you eventually need to file a claim.
Report the accident to the police or ask someone else to summon the police if you are unable. Do not let the truck driver talk you out of reporting the accident. Without an official police report, you will have more difficulty proving that the truck driver caused your injuries. It will be your word against that of the truck driver.
While you are waiting for a law enforcement officer to arrive, you should exchange vehicle registration and insurance information with the truck driver. If the truck driver is uncooperative, wait for the police to arrive. The police will collect the information.
Provide the facts of the accident to police, but do not discuss the specifics of the accident with the other driver. Do not try to reassure the other driver that you are unharmed. Even if you feel uninjured immediately after a crash, you may wake up the next day very stiff and sore.
If you can do so safely, use your phone camera to take photos of the accident scene showing damage to the vehicles, skid marks and debris in the road, and your injuries. Accident photos can provide evidence to support your claim.
Common Causes of Texas Trucking Accidents
Texas has a higher number of truck accidents than any other state. More than 600 people were killed and 1,600 people sustained incapacitating injuries in crashes involving commercial vehicles in Texas in 2015. The drivers and passengers in other vehicles involved in truck accidents often sustain the more severe injuries.
A number of factors involving the truck driver or the vehicle itself may contribute to a serious accident.
Among the regularly cited causes of truck accidents are:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Driver inattention
- Driving on unfamiliar road
- Following too closely or tailgating
- Improper lane change
- Aggressive driving
- Brakes out of adjustment
- Cargo shifting or falling onto road.
One truck accident may have multiple contributing factors and several potentially responsible parties. It is important to work with a knowledgeable truck accident attorney if you or your loved one has been seriously injured.
Contact a Texas 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney
Contact our truck accident attorneys in Corpus Christi for help. You want the experience of our commercial truck accident attorneys on your side. The quicker we start working on your truck case, the better able we will be to protect your rights to seek full compensation. Contact us at 844-426-3000 for a free initial consultation.
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