Truck Accident Attorneys in Pearland
Were you injured in a truck accident? If so, you may be suffering from painful injuries, struggling financially, and wondering how you’ll get back on your feet.
At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we can help you seek fair compensation for your losses so you can hold the negligent parties accountable and move forward. Our goal is to provide attentive customer service and assertive representation while you heal from your injuries. When you have a tough case, you need a tough lawyer.
Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights in a free initial consultation.
What Makes Truck Accidents More Complex?
Semi-truck accident claims tend to be significantly more complicated than the average claim involving only passenger vehicles.
Here are just a few of the factors that make truck accidents especially challenging:
- Truck accidents are more likely to result in severe injuries. Due to their massive size and weight, commercial trucks carry a lot of momentum, commonly resulting in severe or fatal injuries. More serious injuries complicate a truck accident claim for two reasons. First, they tend to take longer to heal, which makes it more difficult to calculate the full extent of losses from a crash. Second, the injuries usually require extensive and costly medical care, which raises the value of the claim and makes it more contentious.
- Truck drivers and companies are subject to unique regulations. The commercial trucking industry is subject to various state and federal laws that do not apply to other motorists. For example, strict rules govern the amount of time truck drivers can spend on the road, how frequently trucks must be inspected, and the types of records that must be kept. Demonstrating truck driver or trucking company fault requires familiarity with these trucking laws and the ability to identify and prove violations.
- Commercial insurance policies have higher coverage limits. Most commercial trucks have insurance policies with substantially higher coverage limits than standard auto insurance policies — usually $1 million or more. As a result, more compensation is typically available to truck accident victims. Since truck accident victims usually deserve more compensation due to the severe injuries they endure, insurance companies put up more of a fight when more money is on the line.
- Truck accidents commonly involve multiple vehicles. When a large truck collides with one vehicle, it has a much higher chance of causing a multi-vehicle pile-up. If multiple vehicles are involved in the same truck accident, it can be much harder to identify traffic violations and determine who is at fault. Dealing with numerous insurance companies also tends to complicate matters.
- There are often multiple parties that may be liable. Multiple parties are involved in the operations of a commercial truck, including the truck driver, the trucking company, cargo loading teams, shipping companies, and more. Depending on the circumstances, any of these parties could be liable in a truck accident case. Multiple liable parties mean multiple insurance providers and attorneys, further complicating the claims process.
How a Pearland Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You
When you have a seasoned truck accident attorney in your corner, you are far more likely to recover the compensation you deserve. Truck accident lawyers are deeply familiar with relevant statutory and case law. They are also skilled negotiators who know the value of your case and won’t rest until you receive fair compensation.
At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, our full-service law firm is committed to helping victims of truck accidents pursue the compensation and closure they need. We can guide you every step of the way as you seek to hold negligent parties accountable and demand reimbursement for your losses.
Most Common Injuries Suffered in a Truck Accident
In 2020, 147,000 people were injured and 4,965 died in traffic accidents involving large commercial trucks, according to the National Safety Council. Although commercial trucks account for only about 4% of all registered vehicles in the U.S., they are disproportionately represented in traffic collision rates, accounting for nearly one in 10 fatal wrecks.
Passenger vehicle occupants can incur devastating and life-threatening injuries when a semi-truck collides with a smaller vehicle. Common types of truck accident injuries include:
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Facial injuries and dental trauma
- Scarring and permanent disfigurement
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
- Partial or total paralysis
- Shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, and hand injuries
- Dislocated or broken bones
- Traumatic amputation and loss of limb
- Bruises, burns, lacerations, and puncture wounds
- Abdominal injuries and internal bleeding
- Hip, leg, knee, ankle, and foot injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Other psychological and emotional injuries
- Wrongful death
Causes of Truck Accidents
Many of the most common causes of truck accidents are the same as the causes of car accidents, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Driver fatigue
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Following too closely or tailgating
- Failure to check blind spots
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Improper turning or merging
- Driver inexperience
- Poor road conditions
However, there are also certain contributing factors that only or primarily appear in truck accident cases, including:
- Unbalanced or unsecured cargo
- Turning or slowing down too quickly
- Underride and override accidents
- Defective truck components
- Poorly maintained truck parts
Potential Compensation in a Truck Accident Claim
With a successful truck accident injury claim, you could be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future crash-related medical expenses
- Lost wages from missed time at work
- Projected losses in your lifetime earning potential
- Pain, suffering, and lost quality of life
- Vehicle damage
Time Limit for Filing a Truck Accident Lawsuit
You have just two years from the date of the truck accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in Texas. If you wait to file your lawsuit until after the deadline has passed, the court will most likely dismiss your case. The best way to ensure your case remains on track is to contact a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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.