Demanding Full Compensation After Your Truck Accident Injuries
Obtaining the compensation you deserve for your truck accident injuries will likely be challenging. Insurance settlements in big rig accident cases are frequently complicated, and insurers work tirelessly to keep payouts low.
One reason many Dallas truck accident claims tend to be more complicated is that collisions involving large trucks, semis, and tractor-trailers can cause significantly more severe injuries and property damage. As such, the average large truck accident insurance claim is particularly expensive. This means insurance adjusters will do everything in their power to deny claims and minimize the value of cases.
Another complicating factor in 18-wheeler accident settlements is the presence of multiple parties that may be held responsible for the accident. A truck driver, his or her employer, the company that owned the truck, the company that manufactured any freight being hauled, or the loading company that packed cargo into the truck could all potentially bear some fault. Each of these parties has an interest in denying responsibility, and all of them have their own insurance providers and attorneys working against you to protect their bottom lines.
If you have medical expenses and other bills piling up, you may be eager to accept a truck accident settlement. Insurance companies know that many 18-wheeler accident victims are desperate. They use this to their advantage, presenting lowball offers in the hopes of ending negotiations quickly.
However, this kind of settlement will rarely account for all of your losses and may leave you with few options if you end up facing long-term consequences. Whether you end up accepting an insurance settlement or taking your case to trial, the help of an experienced Dallas big rig accident lawyer can help you pursue rightful compensation for losses such as:
- Current and future medical bills related to your injuries
- Past and future physical impairment
- Costs of rehabilitation, prescriptions, medical equipment, and in-home services
- Other treatment-related expenses, such as transportation to appointments
- Loss of current income and future earning potential
- Pain and suffering from your injuries
- Mental anguish, PTSD, and emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life or consortium with loved ones
How Our Dallas Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help You
The results-driven attorneys of Tate Law Offices, P.C., are passionate about helping crash victims and making highways in Dallas and across the country safer. That passion drives everything we will do on your behalf. You can count on us to:
- Help you understand all aspects of your case
- Thoroughly investigate the causes of your crash
- Identify all possible sources of compensation
- Consult with experts like accident reconstruction specialists
- Assist you with managing and organizing important documents
- Collect and preserve supporting evidence for your case
- Communicate with other parties on your behalf
- Negotiate aggressively for a full insurance settlement
- Argue for your best interests in court, if a settlement can’t be reached
Time Limit for Filing an 18-Wheeler Accident Claim
Each state in the U.S. has legal guidelines outlining how long victims have to file specific types of lawsuits. These guidelines are called statutes of limitations. In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years. This means that if you were injured in a Dallas 18-wheeler accident and cannot reach an appropriate settlement, you have two years from the date of your wreck to file a personal injury claim in court. However, in some situations the time limit can be less than two years so you should consult an attorney immediately to understand the required deadlines.
Two years may sound like a long time at first. But consider how long it will take to recover from your injuries, build a solid case, and go through one or more rounds of insurance settlement negotiations. Also note that you will need to act quickly to ensure that evidence is both available and viable, and that you have access to as many legal options as possible.
A knowledgeable Dallas truck accident lawyer from our firm can begin work on your case immediately. Contact us now to get started with a free case review.
Causes of Big Rig Accidents
In our experience, there are many reasons collisions can occur between large commercial trucks and passenger vehicles in Dallas. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truckers who engage in distracted, reckless, or intoxicated driving
- Truckers who violate traffic laws or commercial safety regulations
- Trucking companies that hire unfit or improperly licensed drivers
- Trucking companies that fail to properly train or supervise drivers
- Trucking companies or service shops that improperly maintain or repair trucks
- Cargo manufacturers that neglect to warn of hazardous materials
- Loading companies that pack cargo in a precarious or unsafe manner
- Truck parts manufacturers that sell defective components