Texas Truck Accident Lawyer
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Accidents caused by 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other commercial vehicles are unfortunately an all too common occurrence in Texas. These types of accidents often leave victims with not only physical injuries but also financial and emotional burdens that can take months or even years to overcome.
At Zinda Law Group, our 18-wheeler accident lawyers have the skills and resources necessary to help you build the strongest case possible and seek the compensation you deserve. We can help you pursue recovery for medical bills, property damage, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and all the other ways your injuries have cost you. And as one of our clients, you will pay nothing unless we win. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
Why You Need a Texas Truck Accident Attorney
If you were hurt in a trucking accident, Zinda Law Group can help. Our 18-wheeler injury lawyers have a wealth of experience when it comes to trucking accidents, and we strive to provide our Texas clients with the best representation possible.
Don’t make the mistake of waiting to contact a Texas truck injury attorney. Information important to your case can be forgotten or lost if you wait too long. To learn more about how Zinda Law Group responds to a truck accident to ensure no evidence is lost, view our article about the Trucking Rapid Response Team.
In addition, the insurance company for the truck driver will likely call you soon to get a statement. Their interests lie with the trucking company, not with you.
Protect your rights and make sure to have a knowledgeable Texas trucking accident attorney on your side before speaking with the insurance companies.
We Represent Clients Across Texas
Zinda Law Group has convenient locations across the state, with offices in:
Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a Texas semi-truck accident attorney at Zinda Law Group today. Our injury attorneys will provide you with a 100% free consultation to discuss the details of your case.
Common Truck Types
There are many types of trucks on the road, some of the more common types of trucks on Texas roads that our clients have been hit by or involved in an accident with are:
• 18 Wheelers
• Dump Trucks
• Commercial Vehicles
• Concrete transport trucks
• Garbage trucks
• Log Carriers
• Tractor Trailers
In all cases, speaking with an attorney may be the best step forward in seeking compensation.
Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
Trucking accidents can be caused by many factors. Sometimes the truck driver may be speeding or driving dangerously. If the truck has a loaded trailer, it can take 20 to 40 percent longer to stop than a passenger vehicle. These percentages are only increased if the roads are wet or icy.
In order to protect against truck driver error and fatigue, truckers are federally regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The rules passed to decrease fatigue associated with truck wrecks include the following:
- Drivers may work only 70 hours a week.
- After 70 hours, they may return to driving only if they have rested for 34 continuous hours
- Truck drivers must take a 30-minute break sometime within the first 8-hour shift.
Despite these increased safety regulations, a truck driver may still become fatigued on the roadways and cause an accident. Trucking wrecks can also be caused by an impaired driver, improper truck loading and weight balance, or poor vehicle maintenance. No matter the circumstances surrounding your accident, call the Texas truck accident lawyers at Zinda Law Group today to determine if you may have a case.
Other common causes of accidents include:
- Truck driver negligence
- Failing to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front
- Failing to take turns in a proper manner
- Improperly loaded freight
- Faulty vehicles
It is essential to establish the cause and person at fault for the accident when filing a personal injury claim. You may not be in a position to seek compensation if it cannot be shown that the truck driver was a fault for the accident. Speaking with an attorney may help you determine how best to investigate the accident.
What to Do After a Truck Accident?
Following an accident involving a truck, following these steps may help you protect your rights while ensuring you remain healthy:
1. Seek Medical Attention
Your number one concern should be your health and the health of others involved in the accident. Take a second to check yourself and others involved for any injuries. Even if you don’t feel injured the time, it is a good idea to seek medical attention as adrenaline could be masking the pain from your injury.
Seeking medical attention is also important for your injury claim. If you do not have medical records documenting the injury you sustained, it may prevent you from claiming compensation.
2. Report the Accident
Unless an ambulance has taken you to an emergency room, it is important to remain at the scene and report the accident to the police. Police will arrive and assess the situation, fill out an accident report and should advise you of your next steps. This accident report is also important for your personal injury case as it provides proof of the accident.
It is important to not admit fault for the accident, at the scene or after the accident. If an insurance adjuster contacts you for a statement choose your words carefully as anything you say may be used in the other party’s defense. It is advisable to speak with a lawyer before giving a statement to an insurance company.
3. Document the Accident
Documenting the following aspects of your accident may be helpful to your case:
- Details of the other party involved
- Details of any witnesses to the accident
- Is there any security camera footage in operation nearby that may have captured the accident?
- Photos of the scene of the accident, your injuries, damage to your vehicle and any other important details of the accident.
4. Contact a Lawyer
You might be entitled to compensation for your injuries if the accident was not your fault. In this case, speaking with an attorney may help figure out your next steps, allowing you to focus on your recovery instead of navigating the legal world when seeking compensation – you can leave that to the lawyers!
Who to Sue in a Truck Crash Claim?
Determining who to sue will differ from case to case. Some of the most common entities to be sued are:
If you are hit by an 18-wheeler who is working for a trucking company and the accident is caused by the truck driver, the company may be held liable for the accident.
If a freight company improperly loaded the truck and this caused the truck to cause an accident, the freight company may be liable for the accident.
Manufacturer of the Truck Parts
If a malfunction of a faulty part causes the accident, you may be entitled to sue the manufacturer of the part. If the piece was obviously faulty and was not noticed at routine truck inspections or maintenance by the truck company, then the truck company may be held liable for the accident.
Filing a Trucking Accident Lawsuit
Making a claim for compensation following a truck crash can be broken down into a 3-step process:
1. Call a Lawyer
For accidents that happened in Texas, it is best to contact an attorney in Texas. An attorney will have the knowledge and experience needed to guide you through the claims process. It will allow you to focus on recovery while your lawyer navigates the legal world for you. At Zinda Law Group we offer 100% free consultations to help you understand your position better, without having to worry about consultation fees in the process.
Your attorney will proceed to investigate your case and in doing so will gather all necessary documents needed to file your claim.
3. Case Settlement
Once all information has been gathered your attorney will proceed to seek a settlement for you. One of the most common worries clients face when filing a lawsuit is that they will have to attend a trial – this is generally not the case. The majority of cases are settled without having to set foot into a courtroom.
Once your case is settled, your attorney will walk you through the process of receiving your compensation.
Legal Time Limits in Texas (Statute of Limitations)
Accident claims involving injuries are subject to a legal time limit in which you may seek compensation. This time limit is called the ‘Statute of Limitations. This means that if you attempt to file a lawsuit after the time limit runs out, you may not be entitled to pursue your claim.
The statute of limitations for personal injury in Texas is 2-years after the date of the accident. Therefore, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney if you have questions about how long you have to make your claim.
Trucking Accidents Can Be Costly
A semi-truck accident can leave you in a financial bind. Your injury could leave you unable to work and result in lost wages. Medical bills or rehabilitation costs can add up. If the accident results in the death of a passenger or family member, such as a mother or child, psychological distress can be devastating. The stress of dealing with all of these problems can take a toll.
Our Texas truck injury lawyers can investigate your accident and determine if it was due to disregard of regulations, truck driver error, or if the trucking company is at fault. If you were harmed due to some else’s negligence, we will fight aggressively to help get you the compensation you deserve.
If you have been hurt in an 18-wheeler accident in Texas, consult with a truck injury attorney at Zinda Law Group today. Our team of experienced truck accident lawyers can advise and handle the legal work for you so you can focus on what is most important: your recovery. Call (800) 863-5312 or chat us today to set up your free attorney consultation.
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