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December 14, 2019

Houston Truck Accident Lawyer

Collisions involving semi-trucks are known to lead to life-altering injuries for the victims. Hold the negligent party accountable by winning an injury claim with help from a Houston 18-wheeler collision attorney.

The commercial trucking industry is governed by many safety rules and regulations; nevertheless, injuries are still common. When a trucker has collided with you and caused you to suffer, you can go after them by submitting a truck crash claim. Proving your claim can be difficult, and the trucker has a company to back them up.

The insurer will try to minimize your claim’s value because commercial trucking wrecks are expensive. Your injuries could be life-changing, and you will need a fair settlement to pay for all the negative effects of your accident. Get help with your claim by partnering with a Houston truck accident lawyer at our firm.

How to Determine the Cause of Your Houston Big Rig Wreck

Many accident victims automatically believe that the truck driver was responsible for the crash that hurt them. Yes, the trucker could have made negligent errors that led to the collision, but there are other people who could be responsible for causing a tractor-trailer wreck.

For example, if a load came loose while the trucker was driving, causing the collision, would the truck driver be to blame? Most likely a loading company would be held responsible for the accident.

Figuring out what caused your accident is imperative to winning an injury settlement, and you can’t just guess. You will have to gather evidence that proves what happened and who is to blame.

Your Houston semi-truck wreck lawyer has experience investigating accidents and deciphering the cause of a crash. In addition, we are partners with crash scene investigators who we can hire in order to get to the bottom of what happened.

Many different things could have played a role in your 18-wheeler wreck. Here are just a few common causes:

  • Drowsy driving
  • Improper loading
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Faulty truck parts
  • Reckless driving and speeding
  • Poor truck service work
  • Dangerous road conditions

How Your Serious Injuries Can Affect Your Life

If you’ve recently been in a crash involving a semi, then you probably already have an idea of how your injuries can affect your life. If your injuries are minor, your life will likely only be temporarily impacted, and you should be able to recover and move on with your life fairly easily.

However, not all injuries are minor. Unlike a typical car accident, the sheer size of a semi-truck often causes catastrophic injuries and even fatalities.

When your injuries are serious, your entire life will be affected. You could lose the ability to make a living; you could require full-time caregiving assistance; your family will be impacted; all the goals and plans you had for your life could change.

No one deserves to have their life shattered because of another person’s poor decisions. Unfortunately, it happens all too often. Your injuries can change everything, and you deserve full compensation for how your life has been impacted. For some, a settlement must account for their future, especially if they will no longer be able to work due to their injuries.

A Houston tractor-trailer collision attorney will do everything possible to see that you are adequately compensated for all of the damages your injuries have brought to your life. The following are some examples of serious injuries that could affect your claim’s value:

Dealing with the Trucker’s Insurance Company

Once your Houston big rig crash lawyer has figured out the cause of your wreck, they must file your claim paperwork with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If the trucker or trucking company was to blame, you will file the claim with their insurer. If negligent manufacturing was to blame, your claim would be submitted with the manufacturer’s insurer.

The insurer is the one that will, ultimately, be paying you the settlement for your damages. First, your attorney will have to negotiate with them. It’s necessary to convince the insurer of their insured’s fault in the accident, and then show them the extent of your damages.

The insurance provider will try to lower your claim’s value by any means possible, or even try to get out of paying you a settlement entirely. Insurance companies don’t like payouts because they lose a large chunk of money when they have to settle with an accident victim.

Because insurers’ priority is keeping money in their bank accounts, and not in yours, they will do whatever they can to reduce your settlement. The following are some of the insurance negotiating tactics you should watch out for:

  • Insurers will try to contact you, circumventing your legal representative, in hopes of getting you to say something that will compromise the value of your claim.
  • Insurers will offer a lowball settlement figure, which is much less than the true worth of your claim. They hope you will jump at the first offer because they know that accident victims just want to put the whole situation behind them.
  • Insurers will try to bully you into dropping your claim or accepting a low settlement.
  • Insurers might threaten to take you to court, as a form of intimidation.
  • Insurers will often ask to record your phone conversation with them to use the things you say against you, at a later time, during negotiations.

You don’t have to deal with insurance adjusters. Your attorney can handle communications with them, ensuring you receive fair payment. If not, we are more than willing to represent you in civil court.

Obtaining the Insurance Payout You Deserve for a Houston Tractor-Trailer Wreck

Your losses could be extensive if you were in a wreck with an 18-wheeler. You could be dealing with a debilitating injury; you might be receiving medical bills on a daily basis; you’re likely missing out on work; and your injury could be permanent.

You deserve to receive a settlement that will pay for all your financial damages, and also pay for all the negative effects this accident has caused you to endure. Some truck crash victims attest that the non-financial losses can be the worst of all. You must be compensated for your physical pain, emotional and mental suffering, and loss of quality of life.

Below are some damages that your Houston semi-truck collision lawyer will work to secure for you:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical treatment expenses
  • Emotional and mental trauma
  • Lost wages and lost future wages
  • Permanent injury, scarring, and disfigurement
  • Loss of life happiness
  • Property damage
  • Caregiving expenses
  • Physical therapy
  • Mental health treatment

Reach Out to a Houston Semi-Truck Crash Attorney

It’s likely that the semi-truck wreck you’ve been involved in has left you with injuries and losses. You deserve to receive justice for your experience, as well as compensation to provide for the suffering and monetary losses you’ve faced. When you are dealing with serious injuries, filing a claim could be a little too much for you to handle on your own.

Luckily, you never have to go it alone. Your Houston truck accident lawyer at our firm is more than ready to go up against the trucker, the trucking company, and the trucker’s insurance company. To receive a free claim evaluation, contact Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP. Call 214-522-9404 or complete the online submission form down below.