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Any accident involving a truck has the potential to be catastrophic. Without cargo attached, the average semi-truck weighs between 10 and 25 thousand pounds. By comparison, the average passenger car weighs just over four thousand pounds.
When a semi-truck is loaded, it can weigh as much as 80 thousand pounds — that’s twenty times the weight of a car.
Knowing this, it’s not hard to see why truck accidents are so dangerous. It’s why a truck accident can result in life-changing — if not fatal — injuries, often leaving victims with disabilities or permanent health conditions.
Aside from the physical impact, truck accident victims also face a huge financial burden. Many are left with substantial medical bills, sometimes for the rest of their lives, and are unable to work again.
You likely know that if you were in an accident, you could be entitled to compensation. But truck accidents are complex — far more than any other type of claim — and you might not know how you should go about making a truck accident claim, what evidence you need, or what you can expect.
This guide explains everything you need to know about filing a truck accident claim.
Each section explores a key element of a truck accident, from the common causes — which can help determine who’s at fault — to why you should hire a truck accident lawyer, what questions you should ask before choosing an attorney, and what compensation you can expect to receive.
Dealing with the aftermath of a truck accident and navigating the complexities of filing a claim is not easy, but this guide, and the resources throughout, will help you understand what to expect throughout the process.
The Complete Guide to Truck Accident Claims
What Are the Top Causes of Truck Accidents?
There are many types of truck accidents, ranging from rear-end collisions and jackknife incidents to blind-spot crashes. These accidents can be caused by anything from driver error to an auto defect.
The cause of a truck accident is a significant factor in determining who is responsible for your accident. Was a driver intoxicated when they crashed into you, or did a tire failure cause them to lose control? Whatever the cause, it can have a huge impact on your claim. In this blog, we look at the top causes of truck accidents.
Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer
Do you even need a truck accident lawyer? You might wonder if you can file a truck accident claim on your own, or you may have heard horror stories about stubborn insurance companies unwilling to negotiate and long, drawn-out court trials. It might even make you wonder if it’s worth claiming compensation at all.
The truth is, very few truck accident claims — or personal injury cases in general — go to court. The parties at fault are usually keen to settle to avoid a potentially eye-watering payout, but that doesn’t mean you have to worry about receiving less than your claim is worth. The right attorney will fight to get you a settlement that fairly compensates you for your injuries, pain, and suffering and any future bills you might have to pay.
Here, we cover the long list of responsibilities your commercial truck lawyer has and how they can help you with your claim.
11 Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer before Hiring Them for Your Case
Now you know you need an attorney, but how do you find the right one for your case? Choosing a personal injury lawyer is about more than doing a quick Google search and signing on the dotted line. First, you need to do your research.
This means finding out what types of cases they’ve taken on — and won, reading reviews and testimonials, and asking how much they charge. At Patino Law Firm, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means you’ll only ever pay fees when we win your case, but not all other personal injury firms do the same.
Ask a personal injury lawyer these questions before making a decision, and you’ll know your case is in good hands and you won’t get stung with any nasty, unforeseen bills.
How Long Does a Truck Accident Claim Take?
As truck accidents can cause severe injuries and leave you facing uncertainty for months or years, you likely want to resolve your claim as soon as possible — or at least have an idea of how long it might be before you get your settlement.
The reality is that no two accidents are the same, and how long a truck accident claim takes depends on many factors, from how cooperative the other party is and the evidence available to whether you’re willing to settle early.
This post looks at all the factors that influence how long your truck accident lawsuit might take.
How Much Compensation Can You Get After a Truck Accident?
Time for the big question — how much compensation can you expect from a truck accident claim?
Unfortunately, there is no “average” amount of compensation you might receive, as every claim is different. If your injuries are more severe and life-limiting, you can expect a much higher settlement.
In this resource, we talk you through the three types of “damages” — or compensation — and how the specific details of your crash affect how much truck accident compensation you’re entitled to.
What Are the Different Types of Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents are responsible for thousands of injuries every year, but there is no such thing as a “typical” truck accident. A truck accident might involve multiple vehicles or happen without any direct collision with another vehicle.
Head-on collisions, jackknife accidents, and rollovers are just some of the different types of truck accidents.
Find out more about them all in this resource.
4 Types of Dangerous Trucking Company Negligence
It’s easy to automatically assume that a truck driver is responsible for your accident, but it’s not uncommon for multiple parties to be liable. One such party is the trucking company that owns the truck or employs the truck driver involved in your crash.
Find out the different ways a trucking company can be responsible and what to do if you’re in an accident caused by trucking company negligence.
What Evidence Do You Need for a Truck Accident Claim?
Truck accident claims are complex, but if we can boil success down to one factor, it’s this:
You need evidence of your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages to receive maximum compensation.
However, you also need substantial evidence showing that someone else was at fault. Evidence for your truck accident claim might come from crash reports and photographs taken by the police at the scene, witnesses to your accident, and an independent investigation.
An investigation can discover whether the driver responsible for your accident was unqualified or acting recklessly, but time is of the essence. Sadly, it’s not uncommon for evidence to mysteriously disappear — especially if there’s little doubt another party was responsible — and it can seriously impact your truck accident claim.
Here, we detail why an investigation is vital and what types of truck accident evidence your lawyer will seek to recover.
Recovering from a truck accident is difficult. You might be worried about how you can afford your medical bills and provide for your family if you can’t work. But you don’t have to go it alone.
Truck accident claims are complicated, but our experienced and compassionate truck accident lawyers in San Antonio and McAllen are on your side. They will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. We understand the intricacies of Texas trucking laws and know how to navigate negotiations with the party — or parties — responsible for your accident.
If you’re looking for a Texas personal injury lawyer to fight your corner, get in touch with our attorneys today for a free, no-obligation case review. We’ll ask you some questions about your accident and give you an idea of how much you could receive in compensation and how long it might take, so you can decide if Patino Law Firm is right for you. Get started today by filling in the contact form or calling 855-LAW-NINJA.