What should I do after truck accident?
Most important is seeking proper and necessary medical treatment for your injuries. Many people try to “tough it out” and only end up prolonging their injuries by not seeking prompt medical treatment. Additionally, understand that emergency rooms are designed to handle emergency situations and not ongoing diagnosis and treatment. Many people get discharged from the emergency room and mistakenly believe they are fine only to find out later they have real serious issues. Follow-up with the hospital reccomendations and referrals and follow your doctors orders. Seek treatment from quality doctors you trust.
Document the scene
If you are able, take photographs with your cell phone of the position of the vehicles and damage caused in the truck accident. Make sure you have the information on the truck driver and keep the officer’s card or other contact information. Never agree to waive an accident report if you feel you are not at fault.
Do not give a statement to the truck driver’s insurance company
After a serious truck accident one of the first things an insurance company will do is send an adjuster out to take a recorded statement from you, the victim. No good can come from giving such statement and some less than scrupulous adjusters use the opportunity to defend the case and trap and unsuspecting victim with trick questions instead of looking for impormation to fairly settle the case. Always speak with a reputable personal injury lawyer with a track record of success in Texas truck accident lawsuits before giving any statements to an insurance adjuster or lawyer for the trucking company.
If you are seriously injured
Many times the condition of the tractor-trailer is a factor in a truck accident case and sometimes it is important to preserve the truck before it is put back in service. Despite assurances that you may receive from insurance companies that they are “responsible” and will “take care of you” the simple fact of the matter is insurance companies are in the business of paying as little as it possibly can on any claim. Serious injury cases will not receive the same consideration or even market value damages without a serious lawyer involved regardless of what the insurance compnay will say. There is a reason why the insurance company does not want you to hire a lawyer.
How is the Baumgartner Law Firm paid?
We handle Texas 18-wheeler truck accident cases based on a contingency fee arrangement that provides for a percentage of a recovery to compensate us for the attorney’s time in prosecuting the case. If we do not recover money for you then no attorneys fees are due or owing from you. In other words, we only get paid if we win your case. In addition to the percentage of the recovery for the attorney’s time the law firm is reimbursed for actual out-of-pocket expenses incurred in prosecuting the case the expenses are recovered out of the clients share of the recovery.
Do Semi Truck Accident Injuries Produce Larger Settlements?
A tractor-trailer driver is a professional driver who must not only undergo specific training to obtain a CDL, but also adhere to safety regulations, which are designed to protect the public.
The number of hours that a truck driver can drive on any specific day or limited and the rules also set forth the minimum standard of safe conduct for many different circumstances. Not only must the professional drivers drive more cautiously because they are behind the wheel open up to an 80,000-pound vehicle, but they also must exercise extreme caution in adverse conditions.
After a very serious injury or a wrongful death semi truck accident, an investigation often reveals situations where the trucking company and or the truck driver did not follow the rules and therefore placed the public at risk. When a truck driver or trucking company cuts corners to increase profits at the expense of the community, the jury attitude toward the truck driver and the trucking company has generally not been good.
For this reason, commercial vehicle accidents usually involve higher numbers for injury claims with the same or similar injury than a passenger car crash. Another factor is that commercial vehicles carry commercial insurance policies, which are much greater than the $30,000 Texas minimum coverage for passenger car vehicles
What Injury damages are involved in truck wreck injury cases?
Some of the compensation available for appropriate claims from a truck accident injury include:
* Past and future medical expenses that are actually paid or incurred;
* Loss of earning capacity as result of the injuries sustained
* Human damages – pain and suffering, incapacity, disfigurement and damages on a personal emotional level.
It is simply because jury verdicts tend to be larger for truck wreck lawsuits that the settlement potential is greater than a mom-and-pop car crash. There can be many different defendants in an 18 wheeler crash case, from those who maintain the trucks to the trucking company and truck drivers. In some cases, the manufacturer of a component or the truck itself may be a defendant.
Does it matter what attorney I select?
Yes-An 18 wheeler crash law firm can make a significant difference in how a big rig collision case moves forward, because they do it all the time. Trying to reinvent a wheel by hiring an attorney who may occasionally handle a truck crash is probably not the best path forward for a tractor-trailer injury accident.
Some truck litigation firms handle truck crash cases on a daily basis and have been through the dance for decades. Selecting an experienced attorney who handles truck crash litigation as a center of their practice is a good choice for your family’s future.
You would not go to a ear nose and throat doctor to do spinal surgery, get an attorney who is a trucking accident lawyer to protect your financial interests.
If you or a family member or loved one have been involved in a serious semi-injury accident, contact us for a discussion about your rights and options. We are available 24 hours seven days a week and arrange consultations in some cases at locations most convenient for you.
Does early investigation really matter in a truck crash case?
Yes – in some instances an early investigation can be vitally important to the preservation and obtaining of important evidence concerning how the accident happened and also violation of the trucking rules and regulations. You can be assured that if the facts are adverse to the trucking company, the insurance company will seek to protect their interests in any way they can.
If you choose a real truck wreck law firm, they will have experts available to investigate a serious semi truck accident on short notice.
Do you offer free consultations?
Yes, The Baumgartner law firm offers a free no obligation consultation on a serious injury or Texas wrongful death truck accident case. We will do our best to answer your questions about your situation.
Home and hospital visits are available call us toll free 24/7 at 1-866-758-4529. We handle commercial vehicle accidents across the state of Texas.