Truck accidents are a common occurrence on our Houston area roadways. As a major hub in the state, we see more than an average share of 18-wheelers on the highways. When an accident occurs between a truck and a passenger vehicle, the injuries are likely to be serious. If you were hurt in a big-rig accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Damages in a Big Rig Accident
The purpose of a truck accident claim is to obtain a settlement or award for your damages. Damages are economic and non-economic losses due to the accident. Some of the damages that you may incur as a result of the accident include such things as:
- Medical expenses
- Costs of medication
- Ongoing medical care
- Future medical treatments
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Future lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
And if you have lost a loved one through a trucker’s negligence, wrongful death damages in Texas include:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of earning capacity of the decedent (if they provided for you)
- Loss of companionship, society, and love
- The reasonable value of household services
- Emotional damages
You may incur one, a few or many types of damages as a result of the accident. For example, you might suffer a severe injury that requires surgery. You may need to undergo physical therapy following treatment. You may also need to have future surgery or other treatment in the future. During this time, you are likely unable to work. The injury was painful and you may even have emotional trauma because of the accident. Wrongful death from a truck accident values your relationship with the deceased. All of these issues should be covered by the negligent party through a settlement or award.
Every Case is Different
Each accident case is different and has a unique set of circumstances. You cannot easily compare what another person received for a settlement because the factors are likely not the same. A knowledgeable 18-wheeler accident attorney understands these types of cases and will review the facts of your case. Your attorney will work with the insurance company to negotiate a fair settlement that includes payment for all of your economic and non-economic losses.
Quick Settlements Without an Attorney are Rarely Fair
Many times, the insurance company will offer you a settlement quickly after the crash. They do this in order to reduce their payments and resolve the case without complication. Unfortunately, the first offer from the insurance company is often too low and may not cover all of your expenses. Do not accept a check from the insurance company until your attorney reviews the offer. Once you cash a settlement check or agree to a settlement, may not be able to take further legal action to get the full money you are owed.
Wait to Discuss Settlement Until You Know Your Injuries
In most cases, you should wait until your injury is completely healed or you have documentation from your physician detailing the future medical care you will require.
Call the best 18-wheeler accident attorney you can find as soon as possible following an accident, so you can protect your rights and seek to get the money that the negligent party owes for damages. Our legal team has extensive experience working with truck accident cases. We have obtained millions of dollars for our clients and we can fight for the money you deserve for your damages. Contact attorney Greg Baumgartner today for a free initial case evaluation.