The injuries you may suffer in a truck accident can have devastating consequences for your family, your finances, and your future. In Texas, if you have been injured in an accident with a large commercial truck, you are entitled by law to compensation for all of your medical expenses, lost wages, and related damages, but to obtain that compensation, you’ll need an attorney’s help. You’ll need to meet with Houston truck accident lawyer David McNeal.
Of course, any traffic accident is potentially disastrous, but statistics tell us that commercial truck accidents cause the most damage. In a collision, a truck’s momentum and weight can cause catastrophic injuries. A truck’s weight and size make controlling and braking a truck, especially at highway speeds, difficult and dangerous. A fully-loaded truck can weigh forty tons, while a typical automobile weighs about 3,000 pounds, so trucks do substantially more damage.
The McNeal Law Firm aggressively negotiates settlements for the injured victims of negligence in the Houston area and throughout Texas. If you are injured in a truck accident, attorney David McNeal can explain your legal rights and your options for compensation. If you file a personal injury claim, the McNeal Law Firm will negotiate for a fair and reasonable settlement on your behalf, but if no reasonable settlement offer is forthcoming, attorney David McNeal will take your case to court and ask a jury to order the payment of your compensation.
How Are Truck Accidents Handled Differently?
Car accident claims and truck accident claims are handled differently for several reasons. Trucking companies engage in interstate commerce, so trucking is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and by a number of federal and state laws and local ordinances. Under FMCSA regulations, truck drivers in the United States:
- May not drive beyond 11 hours a day or 70 hours in a week
- Must carry a commercial driver’s license
- Must understand all traffic signals and road signs
- May not drive with any trace of alcohol in the blood
- Must be 21 or older to drive a commercial truck across state lines
Driver fatigue is the leading cause of truck collisions, and a violation of the break-and-hour rules is a central element of many personal injury claims arising from truck accidents. If a truck driver or trucking company violates any of these regulations, and if that violation is the direct cause of a truck accident, an injury victim can point to the violation as strong evidence in support of his or her personal injury claim.
Who May Have Liability in a Truck Accident?
If you’ve been injured, the most important difference between car and truck accidents is that truck accident generate considerably more complicated personal injury claims that may name multiple defendants.
Truck manufacturers, contractors and subcontractors, leasing companies, and several other parties may have a share of the liability for a truck accident. Such claims are more difficult to settle out-of-court, and your attorney may have to negotiate separately with different defendants.
What Compensation Can You Receive After a Truck Accident?
Far too often, truck accidents cause wrongful death, permanent disability, and catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, soft tissue injuries, burn injuries, and limb injuries that require amputation. Some truck accident victims will need multiple surgeries, lengthy recuperation, and a lifetime of medical care. If you sustain spinal cord damage or a traumatic brain injury, Houston truck accident lawyer David McNeal will seek the maximum available compensation to pay for your long-term care and treatment costs.
When your personal injury claim prevails, you can be compensated for your “economic” damages – losses that are documentable with medical bills, receipts, and paycheck stubs – and for “non-economic” damages that include your personal physical pain and emotional suffering. Your attorney will use a standard formula relied upon by courts, lawyers, and insurance companies to calculate a fair and reasonable dollar figure for your non-economic damages.
What compensation amount can a truck accident victim expect to recover? That figure will depend on the extent of your injuries, the number of defendants, and whether the case can be settled quickly or goes to trial. There is simply no way to offer even a wild guess about a final compensation figure until a truck accident attorney can review every aspect of your truck accident case.
If You Are a Truck Accident Victim, Let Us Help
If you have been injured in an accident with a truck or a tractor-trailer, call the McNeal Law Firm today to discuss your options for compensation. Attorney David McNeal will review your injury claim, provide sound legal advice, and recommend the best way to move forward. Call our Houston office now at (832) 819-3281 to learn more or to begin the legal process.