18 Wheeler Accident Attorney in Houston Texas
Most tractor-trailers are commonly referred to as 18-wheelers, and these types of vehicles are usually the largest on the road. As a result, most accidents involving an 18-wheeler also involve serious injuries.
A crash involving a commercial vehicle is more complex than a traditional car accident case. In addition to the difficulty in determining the actual causes of the crash, it is also possible that multiple parties may bear liability.
18 Wheeler Accident? What can you do?
The first thing you should do after an 18-wheeler accident is promptly seek medical attention. This is important even if you do not think you were hurt because some injuries do not always have immediate symptoms.
If you are able, you should try to take as many pictures of the crash scene as possible and also collect the names and phone numbers of all potential witnesses. If you cannot do this because of the need for medical care, try to have friends or family members do this for you.
You will very likely be contacted by an insurance company for one of the negligent parties and you should not speak to any of these representatives until you have legal representation. No matter how friendly or concerned these agents might seem, they all have the same goal of trying to get victims to make recorded statements that ultimately hurt their cases.
Hiring a good Houston 18-wheeler injury lawyer is the best approach when you or your loved one has been injured in a commercial trucking accident. Your attorney will be able to assist you and advise you, and your legal rights will be protected.
Contact the Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C. before saying anything to an insurer. Call (800) 734-5612 or fill out an online contact form to have our personal injury lawyer conduct a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.
Why should you hire a law firm?
You will want to retain legal counsel as soon as possible after your crash because these types of accidents can be incredibly complex. The Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C. can conduct a thorough independent investigation of your crash scene to collect important evidence and identify all possible liable parties.
After a tractor-trailer accident, it is important to determine if the crash involved such common causes as:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
- Failure to maintain the vehicle or equipment
- Defective parts
After the cause of a crash has been determined, it may be revealed that multiple parties bear liability. A truck driver is often at fault for an accident, but he or she usually does not have the personal automobile insurance policy limits or assets to justify filing a civil action against him or her personally.
Other parties that could be liable in these cases may include:
- 18 Wheeler owner
- Truck part manufacturers
- Maintenance companies
- Shipping agencies
- Cargo loading companies
- Governmental entities
- Other motorists
After the negligent parties have been identified, your lawyer can file claims against those parties on your behalf and begin exploring the possibility of a settlement. If the insurance company is unwilling to extend a satisfactory settlement offer, the Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C. will file a lawsuit.
Can you be compensated?
In the event you or a loved one were involved in an 18-wheeler accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for your damages.
Compensatory damages may include a combination of economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are calculable losses, such as medical expenses, property damage, lost income, loss of earning capacity and out-of-pocket expenses. Noneconomic damages are more subjective, and may include pain and suffering, emotional distress and/or aggravation of a pre-existing condition.
In a limited number of cases, punitive damages or exemplary damages may be awarded. These types of awards are only reserved for cases in which a plaintiff proves by clear and convincing evidence that the harm he or she sustained was the result of fraud, malice or gross negligence.
Contact a Houston 18-Wheeler Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of an 18-wheeler wreck in Texas, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. The Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C. has represented individuals in and around the Houston area for over 35 years.
Our firm will aggressively pursue the course of legal action that will best provide you with the compensation you deserve. An attorney will review your case, answer all your questions, and help you understand your legal rights, when you call (800) 734-5612 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with the truck accident attorney Texas knows and trusts.