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Truck Accident FAQs

Of all the accidents on the road, crashes involving trucks are perhaps the scariest. Trucks are massive and weigh much more than the average passenger vehicle, particularly when they are carrying a fully loaded trailer. When a truck accident occurs, those in smaller vehicles typically suffer the worst injuries. 

Although truck accident victims can claim compensation to help them recover after a crash, they often have many questions about the legal process and what to expect. At The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, we are here to answer your questions and review the details of your case in a free consultation. Contact a Houston truck accident lawyer now to get started.

What Should I Do If I’m Involved in a Truck Accident?

The moments following a truck accident can be chaotic. You may be seriously hurt but don’t know what to do next. Here are some steps you should take to protect yourself:

● Stop and report the crash to the police.

● Seek medical treatment.

● Exchange information with all other parties involved in the accident.

● Obtain names and contact information of witnesses.

● Take photos of the accident scene and your injuries.

● Do not accept blame or say you’re sorry for anything. 

● Contact a Houston truck accident lawyer.

Your actions now can make a big difference when it comes time to file your personal injury claim for compensation. We encourage you to call us to learn more. 

How Is Fault Determined in a Truck Accident?

To claim compensation for your injuries after a truck accident, you must first prove that someone else was at fault. Proving fault means proving that someone else was negligent, or that they were careless or reckless and those actions caused the accident that resulted in your injuries. To prove that someone else was negligent, you need evidence. This may include: 

• Police reports can be used to prove negligence to the insurance companies. If your case goes to court, the officer who filed the report may be called to testify about what happened. 

• Trucks have what are known as black boxes that contain a lot of information about the truck at the time of the accident, such as the speed the truck was traveling and how long the truck driver had been on the road. This black box data can be used as evidence.

• Evidence that the truck driver violated traffic law, such as running a red light, can also be very helpful to your case. 

• Using pictures from the accident scene, video surveillance footage, and computer software, accident reconstruction specialists can also prove negligence by showing how the accident happened.

Who Is Responsible in a Trucking Accident ─ the Driver or the Trucking Company?

Many people automatically assume after a truck accident that the truck driver was to blame for the wreck. This is often the case. If the truck driver violated a traffic law, failed to check blind spots, was driving while distracted, or acted negligently in any other way, the driver can be held responsible for the crash. However, in many cases, the trucking company is also to blame. 

If the trucking company failed to meet any of its obligations, it can be found at fault for the accident. Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring they only hire skilled and trained drivers, check the driver’s criminal background and driving history before hiring them, and continue to provide training. Trucking companies are also responsible for ensuring their trucks are properly maintained and safe to be out on the road. When they fail to do any of these things, they can be found responsible for a crash. 

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Can I Sue the Truck Driver’s Company for My Injuries?

In many cases, our firm can prove that the trucking company should also be held liable for your injuries. Because trucking companies have large insurance policies and skilled lawyers working on their behalf, though, it is important that you have the help of a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer from the beginning on your case. 

How Much Is My Truck Accident Case Worth?

Unfortunately, no one can determine how much your case is worth without fully examining the facts of your case. However, some of the types of damages you may be entitled to receive include:

• Compensation for past and future medical expenses

• Payment for lost wages

• Compensation for a reduction in earning capacity

• Damage to your vehicle

• Payment for the pain and suffering you have endured

Our skilled truck accident lawyers can assess your claim for free and explain what full compensation should account for in your specific case.

Why Are Commercial Trucks More Dangerous Than Other Vehicles?

The biggest reasons commercial trucks are more dangerous than other vehicles include:

● Trucks weigh more, which means that when they crash into a smaller vehicle, it will result in much more severe injuries.

● Trucks make wider turns than smaller cars, sometimes sweeping other vehicles off the road or crushing vehicles located alongside them.

● Trucks have more tire blowouts, which causes the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle. The debris from tire blowouts is also dangerous to other drivers.

● Trucks take longer to stop, and when drivers are not careful while stopping, they may crash into vehicles in front of them. 

These are just a few of the reasons trucks are more dangerous than other vehicles on the road.

How Long Do I Have File a Lawsuit or Insurance Claim?

The statute of limitations, or time limit, you have to file your claim in Texas is two years from the date of the accident. However, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that all the evidence is preserved and that your claim is properly documented from the beginning.

What Kind of Damages Can Be Recovered from My Truck Accident/Injury?

There are a number of damages recoverable after a truck accident. These include:

● Past and future medical expenses

● Past and future lost income

● Loss of earning capacity

● Past and future pain and suffering

● Disfigurement

● Loss of consortium

● Loss of household services

Why Not Just Accept the Insurance Settlement?

Insurance companies are not on the side of accident victims. They are more interested in keeping their payouts low and profits high. To do this, they offer lowball settlements that will not fully cover the cost of your injuries. If you simply accept the settlement, you are barred from going back to the insurer to claim more compensation and will likely end up paying for much of the cost yourself.

Our skilled truck accident lawyer can evaluate any settlement offer you receive and explain what a fair offer should cover.  

When Should I Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?

Due to the fact that the insurance company will contact you soon after the accident, and the fact that the clock on the statute of limitations starts ticking immediately after the accident, you should hire a truck accident lawyer right away. 

How Much Does a Truck Accident Injury Lawyer Cost?

Our truck accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you only pay us if we are successful in your case. Then, our payment comes as a percentage of your settlement or award. If we do not recover money in your case, you owe us nothing.

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Call a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer Today

If you’ve been hurt in a wreck, it’s important that you speak to a Houston truck accident lawyer today. At The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, we are dedicated to helping accident victims claim the compensation they need to help them recover from their injuries. We can help you, too.

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation so we can discuss your claim.

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