No accidents on Texas roads are as consistently devastating as those involving large semi-trucks. Even without cargo, large 18-wheelers dwarf all other vehicles around them in both size and weight. When they hit you, they hit you hard.
Fatalities and severe injuries skyrocket when large semi-trucks are involved. If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to the negligence of a truck operator or their company, you need a lawyer in your corner who will passionately fight for the compensation you deserve.
The team of legal professionals at Grubbs Law Firm has fought on behalf of Texas drivers injured in truck accidents for nearly two decades. Truck accidents contain a lot of moving parts, and hiring inexperienced representation might cause your compensation to be woefully insufficient. Attorney Doug Grubbs has held negligent drivers and trucking companies accountable and wants to help you, too. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your options. Remember, you don’t owe us a dime unless we win.
Intricacies of Truck Accidents in Texas
Truck accidents are a significant concern on Texas roads, as the sheer size and weight of these vehicles can turn a typical afternoon into a grizzly scene.
In Texas, the frequency of truck accidents is alarmingly high – even more frightening when you take into account the fatality rates of truck crashes. Recent data from the Texas Department of Transportation shows that accidents involving large semi-trucks had a fatality rate nearly 4x greater than passenger vehicle crashes alone. When so much is at stake, and when many parties have a vested interest in limiting their liability after an accident, it’s worth understanding the differences between car accidents and truck accidents in Texas. Here are four key differences:
- Severity of Injuries and Damages: Truck accidents typically result in more severe injuries and damages than car accidents. The massive size and weight of semi-trucks can lead to life-altering injuries requiring full-time care or even death. If a loved one passed away due to injuries sustained in a truck accident, you should discuss filing a wrongful death lawsuit with an experienced local attorney.
- Number of Involved Parties: Unlike car accidents, where usually only the drivers are involved, truck accidents often include multiple parties who may be at fault, such as the driver, trucking company, manufacturer, and maintenance provider.
- Regulations and Compliance: Commercial trucks are subject to specific federal and state regulations, including hours-of-service rules and maintenance requirements. Finding areas of non-compliance with these regulations can be critical in proving negligence in court or gaining an edge in negotiations.
- Evidence Gathering and Investigation: Gathering evidence in truck accidents is more involved and often requires specialized knowledge. From black boxes to logbooks, the evidence must be meticulously collected and analyzed, making any previous hands-on experience of a truck accident attorney even more valuable.
A Texas accident attorney will always be beneficial in helping you navigate the complex waters of insurance negotiations, even for minor car accidents. For truck accidents, however, this fact cannot be stressed enough. To ensure large corporations don’t steamroll over you in litigation and negotiation, reach out to the team at Grubbs Law Firm today.
Injuries And Compensation from Truck Accidents
If you are involved in a crash with a large truck at high speeds, the risk of injuries is high, and you deserve just compensation for these injuries.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries leading to permanent cognitive impairment
- Spinal Cord Damage resulting in paralysis or chronic pain
- Severe Burns requiring extensive treatment and possibly leaving lasting scars or disfigurement
- Broken Bones causing unbearable pain and lack of mobility
- Internal Injuries causing damage to organs that may not be immediately apparent
- Whiplash leading to chronic neck pain and mobility issues
- Amputations involving loss of limbs, either during the accident or as a medical necessity afterward
- Psychological Trauma/PTSD causing emotional scars that may require long-term therapy
As we mentioned, injuries resulting from truck accidents are often more severe and devastating compared to those from standard car accidents. The most common compensation you can receive after truck accidents to help you recover includes:
- Medical expenses covering current and future healthcare costs
- Lost wages for missed work and future earning potential
- Pain and suffering for significant emotional distress
- Property damage for repair or replacement of vehicles and belongings
- Funeral expenses in cases of wrongful death
- Loss of consortium for loss of companionship or family support
- Punitive damages as additional compensation to punish liable parties for egregious conduct
Medical expenses and rehabilitation costs, in conjunction with a significant and unexpected loss of income, can quickly add up, creating a financial crisis in addition to physical and emotional pain. Attorneys should understand that now is not the time to add even more stress to your life. At Grubbs Law Firm, we only get paid at the end of a case if we secure compensation, leaving you with no financial risk. Contact us today for a free consultation.
First Steps After a Truck Accident
Due to the risk of severe injuries, looming medical bills, and immediate danger following a semi-truck accident, it pays to have a plan in place for what to do in the event of an accident. Your safety and well-being should always come first, but a strong case can start being built in the hours and days after an accident. Here are five steps to take following a truck accident:
- Prioritize Safety: Your immediate safety and that of others involved is paramount. Move to a secure location away from the flow of traffic and dial 911 to report the accident and request emergency assistance. Help others if you can do so without putting yourself or them at further risk.
- Seek Medical Attention: Injuries from any accident, no matter how they seem, can be life-threatening or lead to long-term disabilities. Even if you feel fine initially, always seek a medical evaluation as soon as possible. Prompt medical attention serves dual purposes: it addresses your health needs and provides vital documentation for future legal claims.
- Contact Law Enforcement: Ensure a police report is properly filed for the accident. This report will serve as an invaluable official record, giving your attorney more options when finding evidence for your case.
- Gather Evidence and Information: Collect details from other drivers, witnesses, and law enforcement officers. Take relevant photos of the accident scene, such as ones highlighting the positions of the vehicles, skid marks on the road, road surface conditions, as well as your visible injuries. The more comprehensive your evidence, the stronger your legal case will be.
- Consult an Attorney: Given the complexities of truck accidents, including multiple liable parties and convoluted regulations, having an experienced attorney is invaluable. Immediately getting in touch with an attorney will allow them to further help you collect evidence and talk to authorities about your case. With an experienced attorney by your side from the outset, you can focus entirely on rest and recovery.
Experienced attorneys understand truck accidents’ unique challenges and can efficiently gather evidence and build a strong case. Let Doug Grubbs handle all the legal complexities and fight for the compensation you’re entitled to. Contact our team today to get started.
Contact A Texas Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you were injured in a truck accident due to someone else’s negligence, you want someone by your side whom Texans have trusted for nearly two decades – Doug Grubbs is that attorney. Grubbs Law Firm has vast experience negotiating with insurers in truck accident cases and is committed to helping you secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your options and take the first step toward recovery.