How do you recover from a collision with a semi-truck? What steps can you take to address your injuries and property damage, let alone the bills that come with your long-term recovery? How are you supposed to cope with the emotional stress of a loved one’s injury or, in some of the worst cases, death?
No amount of money can make your life look exactly like it did prior to a truck accident. That said, truck accident lawyers in Houston want to help you secure the means to address your losses. That’s why Zinda Law Group offers to represent truck crash survivors like you. We can bring your losses to a judge’s attention and help you secure post-crash financial support.
What to Do After a Houston Truck Accident
Truck crashes can prove physically and financially devastating to those who endure them. The first thing you need to do after an accident is address your physical health and work with emergency responders. Your health should be your first priority.
After you address your and your passengers’ health concerns, you can contact an insurance provider and discuss how your coverage may help you address your most immediate bills. You should also work with police officers to discuss the nature of your accident and begin collecting evidence of another party’s negligence.
You can call a Texas personal injury attorney at any point during this process. If you get an attorney on the scene within hours of the initial collision, you can count on our team to manage conversations with bystanders, police officers, and a liable party.
Act Quickly to Fight for Accident Damages
Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code section 16.003 gives you two years to act on the information you have regarding your truck accident and subsequent liability. You must take action within that two-year period if you want to fight for financial compensation in civil court. You cannot file your claim after the statute of limitations on your truck accident case expires.
The good news is that a truck accident attorney can help you get ahead of that filing deadline, even if you’re recovering from severe injuries. You can work with a general practitioner and therapist to restore your health while we return to your accident scene, bring forward evidence of negligence, and analyze the data we find.
The sooner you contact our office for input on your case, the more time we may have to investigate your losses. That said, you can contact us at any point prior to your case’s expiration date to request legal guidance.
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What to Expect When Filing a Truck Accident Claim
If you choose to move forward with a truck accident case, you and our Houston truck accident lawyers can:
Defend Your Assertion of Liability
The question of liability tends to hang over most truck accident cases. While evidence plays a significant role in the distribution of fault in these accidents, contracts also have a say when it comes time to name a particular party liable for your losses.
If a truck driver causes your accident while on duty, and that driver serves as an employee under a corporation’s umbrella, who do you hold liable for your losses? The answer may be the driver’s employer. Corporations can take on fault for an on-duty employee’s behavior. As such, you can bring a business and its legal team to court if you want to demand damages.
That said, most corporations make an effort to distance themselves from the financial responsibility they may take for employees’ bad behavior. As such, most truck drivers operate as independent contractors. Independent contractors subsequently take on responsibility for their own behavior on the road.
You can work out the specific influence a truck driver’s contract has on your right to compensation with a Houston, TX, truck accident lawyer.
Use Evidence to Establish Your Case’s Value
You must defend your claim to certain forms of compensation if you want to secure damages after a truck accident. You can bring forward black box data, video footage of an accident, bystander input, and additional data to fight for damages covering:
- Truck crash medical bills
- Long-term care, including pain medication and physical therapy
- Accident-related surgeries
- Wages lost throughout your recovery
- Property damage and restoration
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
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How to React to Truck Accident Settlement Offers
Many trucking agencies try to avoid spending time in court if it appears that you can hold them liable for a driver’s misconduct. Trucking agencies and their insurance providers may subsequently choose to make you a settlement offer, sometimes even before you’ve investigated your losses or reached out to an attorney.
Truck accident settlement offers do tend to put money in your hands faster than a traditional truck crash trial. However, a trucking company’s insurance provider can undervalue your losses in an effort to preserve their client’s bottom line. You need to compare an offer against your own estimate of your losses’ value before you accept.
You can request that a truck accident attorney in Houston go over a settlement offer with you when one hits the table. You do not have to accept the offer right away. If it appears that the settlement offer won’t cover your losses, we can negotiate with the liable party for the settlement you deserve.
Zinda Law Group Stands With Truck Crash Survivors
Zinda Law Group offers you big law resources to help you start recovering from a dangerous truck crash. You can work with two attorneys as well as our investigative and medical teams, to build up a comprehensive claim against the party liable for your losses. When the time comes, our Houston, TX, truck crash lawyers can negotiate for a settlement or take your case to court.
You can learn more about our experience with trucking agencies, independent contractors, and Texas’s civil court system during an initial case evaluation. Schedule yours by calling our office or reaching out to our truck collision attorneys online. Let’s get your claim to a civil judge before your statute of limitations expires.