When truck drivers fail to keep you safe on the roadway, you may be facing life-changing consequences. Fortunately, if you were not responsible for your accident, you may be eligible to recover economic and non-economic damages you have suffered.
Large trucks can include tanker trucks, semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other commercial motor vehicles. Due to the large size, weight, and power of these vehicles, many accidents result in serious repercussions for the victims. In fact, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in 2019 alone there were 34 deaths and over 700 injuries from commercial motor vehicle accidents in Collin County and Dallas County.
If you retain a Richardson truck accident lawyer, we can provide legal representation during your fight for justice. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your truck crash, you may have multiple legal options moving forward.
To better serve your unique needs, our law firm offers many legal services, including:
You do not have to go through this stressful time alone. To learn more about our legal services at Underwood Law Office, contact a member of our legal team today at (972) 535-6377 to receive your free consultation.
Texas allows for compensatory damages that are meant to address your financial, mental, and physical losses associated with your trucking accident.
These recoverable damages can include, but may not be limited to:
Further, in certain circumstances, you may be eligible for punitive damages. However, these damages are solely awarded by the court and will not be included in the estimated value of your case. Punitive damages are reserved for the most exceptional offenders, as a form of punishment.
If you decide to retain a Richardson truck accident lawyer, our attorneys will work to gather evidence about your pain and suffering so we can calculate a case value that reflects your true losses. Through research and third-party analysis, our law firm can work to assign values to both economic losses and non-economic losses, such as mental anguish.
To learn more about how Underwood Law Office can help assign a value to your truck accident case, contact a team member today at (972) 535-6377 to discuss the details of your accident.
There are a number of ways to prove liability, including using physical, scientific, and circumstantial evidence. When a truck accident attorney begins investigating your case, they can pull information from several outlets, including:
While you can file a truck accident claim without retaining an attorney, your version of events may be called into question by the accused party and their legal counsel. Insurance companies may also try to discredit your claims, in an effort to avoid paying out a settlement.
Although retaining an attorney does not guarantee that you will get a settlement and it does not ensure that the other party will be found liable for your losses, some victims take solace knowing a legal professional is in their corner fighting for their case.
There are many different parties that may ultimately be held liable for your accident, including the driver of the commercial vehicle, their insurer, the manufacturer of their vehicle, the trucking company, and other third-party entities. Accordingly, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) documented some of the most common acts of negligence that lead to serious accidents with large trucks, with many ultimately involving mental errors, vehicle failures, and environmental factors.
These acts of negligence include:
You are so much more than a victim. When a truck driver or trucking company puts your life in jeopardy, they should be held accountable for their negligence.
Here at our law office, we hope a Richardson truck accident lawyer can offer you some peace of mind during this challenging time in your life. Our accident attorneys will handle the legal side of things so you can move forward with your life, spending time with loved ones, planning for the future, and focusing on your recovery.
Moving forward, it is important to carefully examine your legal options before making any decisions. Accordingly, you should know that there is a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Texas, as detailed under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003. This time limit starts on the day of your accident and if you wait too long to file a claim, your case may be rejected by the civil court system.
To better serve your legal needs, our team would love to start learning more about your case. Contact an Underwood Law Office representative today at (972) 535-6377 to receive your free consultation.