San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyers
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When it comes to traffic accidents, those involving 18-wheelers are often the worst. Each year across America, more than half a million trucking accidents happen, and approximately one in eight traffic deaths involve a semi-truck.
These big rigs can weigh almost 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, potentially making them a very dangerous weapon on the highway.
If you were hurt in a trucking accident, the San Antonio truck injury lawyers at Zinda Law Group are here to help. We will fight to achieve the best outcome for your case and to get the compensation you deserve. In fact, if we don’t win, you pay us nothing. Call 800-863-5312 today to receive your free attorney consultation.
You May Be Entitled To Compensation
Victims of trucking accidents may receive compensation for damages or injuries they sustained in the accident. This compensation can include damages that are both economic and non-economic losses. If it is proven that a party was negligent, the victim may be entitled to:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Vehicle repairs
- Lost income and future income
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Change in lifestyle
- Loss of enjoyment of life
To determine what compensation you may be entitled to, speak with your attorney and they can help you estimate the value of your case.
Filing a Truck Accident Lawsuit
Filing any lawsuit can be confusing and frustrating. Being the victim in a truck accident only adds on to this stress. If you find yourself in this situation there are some important steps you may want to consider:
1. Meet with your Lawyer
An experienced truck accident lawyer can walk you through all the steps you need to take to maximize the success rate of your specific claim. With Zinda Law Group, if you cannot or prefer not to come to our office, we can come to you and help you from a place of your choosing.
Your attorney will then acquire all the necessary documentation related to your claim to strengthen your chances of being successful. This means photographs, accident reports, witness statements, police statements, medical records, repair costs, etc. By having more documentation, you may find yourself in a better position to receive a higher settlement.
3. Case Settlement
Many cases settle before ever having to step foot into a courtroom. If an agreement is met before having to move to trial, then your case will be settled, and your lawyer will talk you through the next steps in receiving your compensation.
Who To Sue in a Trucking Injury Claim
If you are the victim of a truck accident, you may be wondering who is at fault and who you can sue. In this regard, there are usually three options: the truck driver, the trucking company, and/or the vehicle manufacturer.
If the truck driver is found to be an independent contractor as opposed to a full-time employee, you should consider suing the driver. Even if the truck driver is a full-time employee, you may still be able to sue the driver if they were operating the vehicle outside the scope of their employment.
if it is found that the actions of the truck driver fall under their scope of employment, then the trucking company may be held liable for the accident. If it is found that the trucking company failed to maintain safety standards, the company may be held responsible. This means you may be able to sue the owner of the vehicle for the accident caused by the driver.
if you can determine that a defect in the vehicle caused the accident, you may also be able to sue the vehicle manufacturer. For these types of claims it may become more complicated, so consider consulting an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible.
Proving Truck Driver Negligence
If you decide to move forward on a truck accident claim, it is important to understand what negligence means and what your attorney will work to prove to show that the accident was not your fault. To determine a negligence claim your lawyer will work to establish:
Duty of Care
The defendant owed you a legal duty under the circumstances. For example, on the road, the truck driver owes you a duty of care not to act recklessly and put you in danger.
Breach of Duty
The driver breached that duty by acting or failing to act in a certain way. For example, if the driver ran a red light and crashed into you. Running a red light is the breach in the duty of care.
The truck driver’s actions or inaction caused your injury.
You were injured as a result of the defendant’s actions or inaction. Your medical reports and other evidence will prove your injuries.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
If you are the victim in an accident with a truck or commercial vehicle, you may need to contact your own insurance company or the insurance company of the truck. When dealing with insurance companies, it is important to remember their top priority: making money. Anything you say to them they will have recorded and prepared to use against you when the time comes for compensation.
One of the most important things to remember when talking to insurance companies is never to admit fault. By admitting fault, you may be losing your claim before it has even begun.
Your attorney will be prepared and be experienced in dealing with truck company insurance companies. Before negotiating with them, they will work to build the most persuasive case possible and have all the necessary documentation and records you have related to the accident to bolster your claim so that you can seek what you are entitled to. This includes pictures, statements, and financial records relating to the accident.
San Antonio Legal Time Limits (Statute of Limitations)
Every state has a different determination on the time limits you have to file your personal injury lawsuit. These time limits are called the Statute of Limitations. In San Antonio, as per Texas state laws, the statute of limitations for such claims is two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit in court. If you find yourself confused on how this time limit affects your specific case, speak with your lawyer, they may be able to help you piece together a timeline of events and determine how long you have left to file your claim.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
One major reason for semi-truck accidents in San Antonio is that the driver can’t always see as well as he or she needs. With big rigs, there are often blind spots, making it difficult or impossible to tell if there are cars traveling alongside the truck.
Another reason for truck accidents is faulty equipment. Sometimes drivers and their employers do not take the best care of their vehicles. Tires can become worn causing a blow-out.
Most often, the cause of 18-wheeler accidents is driver error. Drivers simply get in a hurry and exceed the speed limits. They don’t observe the rules of the road. They are pressed by their employer to meet strict deadlines and this can result in the driver working when he should be sleeping.
Truck drivers who are fatigued and not paying attention can cause a deadly accident that can take the life of others. Occasionally, a truck driver will drive while drinking or on drugs. Some drivers are just rude or poorly trained. A reckless driver can do a lot of damage before his truck comes to a complete stop. If your accident was due to the truck driver or company’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
There are many different types of truck accident claims, so it is important to be aware of the differences involved. By speaking to an experienced attorney, you can determine how the specifics of your accident affect your claim and determine your next steps. Below are some other common types of truck accident claims:
- Truck rollovers
- Tire blowouts
- Wide turns
- Improperly loaded freight
- Jackknife accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Vehicle failures
- Improper braking
In all cases, if it can be proven that the truck driver was at fault for the accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation from them.
Get Help From a San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, contact the Texas truck accident lawyers at Zinda Law Group of San Antonio today. Our truck accident lawyers have the experience and in-depth knowledge of the law needed for these types of claims. It can take hard work and perseverance to prove the negligence of a truck driver, but our San Antonio injury attorneys are up for the task and want to ensure you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Zinda Law Group has been helping Texans for years with truck injury cases. Our San Antonio truck accident attorneys can advise you of your rights and help you understand the process of filing a claim. A skilled 18-wheeler injury lawyer from our firm is standing by to help you recover damages like lost wages, property damage, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Our firm is dedicated to giving you exceptional legal representation, and we don’t charge a dime unless we win your case.
Give us a call at 800-863-5312 to set up a free consultation with a trusted San Antonio trucking attorney today.
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