Pasadena Truck Accident Attorneys
A large truck accident can be a life-altering event. It can leave you with crippling injuries and substantial medical debt. But recovering compensation that will cover the cost of your losses after a truck accident can be complicated.
The legal team at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC is committed to helping truck accident victims seek the money they need for their recovery.
If you have injuries caused by a truck accident, contact our office for a free case evaluation. We will answer your questions and help you take the next step towards recovering the compensation you deserve.
Why Truck Accident Cases Can Be More Complex
There are a few reasons why trucking accidents tend to be significantly more complex than other types of car accident cases. For one, truck accidents cause an enormous amount of damage. Trucks’ size and weight mean an impact will cause more serious injuries to the victims involved.
Trucking companies also have insurers and legal teams ready to help them mitigate the damage of an accident. These entities will do everything in their power to protect the trucking company and its profits. It can be extremely difficult for truck accident victims to recover the compensation they deserve when they are up against multi-million-dollar trucking companies looking to prevent losses.
Multiple vehicles can be involved in large truck accidents, making it more complex to determine liability. Investigating the cause of a truck accident often takes more time as well. A large volume of evidence is typically present in truck accident crashes, which can be difficult to obtain. The trucking company often holds documents and data related to the cause of the crash. Sometimes, it can take legal intervention to gain access to this data.
One of the most crucial things you can do after being involved in a truck accident is to get an attorney on your side. As a victim, you have rights.
Give yourself the best chance at obtaining fair compensation by contacting the lawyers at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC today.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck drivers work long hours and face tight deadlines. The pressure of the job can lead some drivers to make negligent mistakes or violate federal safety protocols.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents are:
- Intoxicated driving
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to obey signs and signals
The trucking company and third parties may also bear some responsibility for truck accidents. Other common causes of serious accidents can include:
- Improper training
- Hiring inexperienced drivers
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Mechanical defects
- Defective parts
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Trucks are large, heavy-duty machines. When they get into an accident, they can do massive damage. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 71% of people killed in large truck collisions in 2019 were not the truck driver. Those fortunate enough to survive a crash can face an uphill battle.
Common types of truck accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Orthopedic injuries
- Thermal burns
- Chemical burns
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
What to Do After Being Injured in a Truck Accident
If you were involved in a truck accident, there are steps that you should immediately take to protect your rights. There are also things you need to consider in the days and weeks after an accident that could impact your ability to receive fair compensation.
If you were injured in a truck crash, protect yourself by following these steps:
- Call authorities and report the crash
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Document the accident by taking photographs
- Collect witness information
- Follow all medical advice and keep all follow-up appointments
- Keep a journal about how pain, disabilities, and trauma from the crash affect your life
- Do not post about the accident on social media platforms
- Keep records of all bills and receipts
- Call an experienced truck accident attorney
An attorney can investigate the accident, gather evidence, negotiate on your behalf, and manage all communication between you and the insurer. You don’t have to navigate the complex truck accident claim system on your own.
Wrongful Death in Truck Accident Cases
It is a heartbreaking fact that truck accidents are responsible for thousands of deaths every year. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimated that 5,006 people lost their lives in fatal collisions involving large trucks in 2019. Texas accounted for the highest number of roadway fatalities that year, recording 652 lost lives.
While money can’t bring a family member back, it can help give the victim’s loved ones much-needed financial stability. If someone is killed in a truck driving accident, family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their loved one.
Eligible family members may be able to recover money for:
- Funeral costs
- Burial costs
- Medical expenses before death
- Lost income
- Loss of benefits
- Lost services or support
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
In some cases, family members may also be able to recover punitive damages. While rare, punitive damages are awarded to the family to punish the at-fault party’s especially harmful actions.
Being involved in a large truck accident can be physically and mentally overwhelming. It may be challenging to move forward when dealing with such immense stress. However, Texas limits the amount of time that victims have to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver or trucking company. Victims only have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit.
To maximize your chances of recovering compensation, consult with an experienced Pasadena truck accident attorney as soon as possible. The earlier you talk to an attorney, the more options you will have for recovering compensation.
At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, our attorneys can help you by investigating the cause of the accident, gathering vital evidence, and negotiating on your behalf. We have experience working with insurers and preparing cases for trial.
If you have been injured in a large truck collision, contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC. We want to help you get the money you need to recover from your injuries. The initial consultation is free, and there are no upfront costs.
For more information, call our office at (713) 609-1930.
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What is negligence?
“Negligence” refers to careless, reckless, or wrongful (including unlawful) behavior. Often, this type of behavior leads to serious accidents, injuries, and even deaths. Some examples of negligence include someone who runs a red light because they were texting while driving, a shop owner who fails to put out a “wet floor” sign after an employee mops up a spill, or a dog owner who allows their dangerous dog to roam free and unleashed in a public park.
How do I know if I have a case?
You likely have a personal injury case if you were injured and suffered measurable damages—such as medical bills or pain and suffering—due to the careless, reckless, negligent, or wrongful conduct of another person or party. In other words, if someone else is to blame for your injuries, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. The best way to know whether you have a case is to contact an attorney at our firm for a free consultation. During this initial meeting, we can go over the details of your situation and provide personalized counsel tailored to your circumstances.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
The exact value of your personal injury case depends on a variety of factors. Some of these factors include the severity of your injuries, the extent of your damages, whether you had to take time off work to recover, how much time you had to take off work, whether your injuries resulted in a disability, and your degree of fault (if any) in causing the event that led to your injuries. It is not possible for any attorney to estimate the value of your claim without first reviewing the specific details involved. We encourage you to reach out to our Houston personal injury attorneys at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC to request a complimentary case review.
Will I have to go to court?
Not all personal injury cases go to court. In fact, many settle in pre-trial litigation or as a result of your attorney’s negotiations with the insurance company. However, if the liable party refuses to play fair, you want an attorney who is not only willing but also has the experience needed to aggressively represent you at trial. At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we will prepare you for what to expect with your case, including whether or not you may need to go to court.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
In most cases, there is a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in Texas (surrounding states may have different laws). This means that you typically have just two years from the date of injury to bring your claim in court. Sometimes, when an injury is not discovered right away, the statute of limitations will be deferred to two years from the date on which the injury was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered.
There are some exceptions to this two-year deadline, but they are rare. We encourage you to act quickly after an accident or injury to avoid losing your right to seek compensation for your damages. If the statute of limitations expires, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case. Even if you think it might be too late, reach out to Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC to discuss your legal options.