Step-by-Step Guide If You’ve Been Injured in a Texas Truck Accident

If you or someone you care for has been injured in a Texas auto accident involving any kind of commercial motor vehicle, it is important that you are fully informed of your legal rights and responsibilities. The last thing you want to do is make a mistake which could jeopardize your case to recover the full and fair compensation you deserve.


What is a commercial motor vehicle?

A commercial motor vehicle is one which requires a professional commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate. Common vehicle include 18 wheelers, semi-trucks, tractor trailers, tanker trucks, flatbed trucks, interstate buses and coaches.


Common injuries in Texas truck collisions

Since large trucks typically weigh in at around 40 tons, smaller cars, pickups and motorcycles don’t stand a chance. Massive property damage and critical injuries are extremely likely. Common injuries sustained in Cleburne commercial truck wrecks include blunt force trauma, traumatic brain injury (TBI), broken bones, spinal cord injury, amputation and internal organ injuries.

Compensation you may be entitled to

Under Texas law, if you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you can make a claim against their insurance company (or their employer’s insurance company) . Depending on your particular situation you might be able to recover damages including the cost of any medical expenses, doctor fees and hospital bills (including any future medical costs), any lost wages, salary or other income, compensation for your pain, suffering and mental anguish, and compensation for any decreased earning potential as a result of the bodily injuries sustained in the accident.

What to do when the motor carrier or their insurance contact you

Shortly after the crash, you will probably be contacted by either an insurance adjustor or some other representative of the trucking company. When you are, you need to be extremely careful. You’re dealing with trained professionals whose job it is to try and deny your claim or else pay you the smallest amount of compensation possible. For example, they will try to get you to accept a quick and easy payment for “your inconvenience.” Do not take their money. Any money they’re offering up front will prove to be inconsequential once the full financial implications of your injuries are determined. But by then it will be too late, if you accepted their initial settlement offer, you will have waived your right to the full and fair compensation you actually need.
You need to hire an experienced truck wreck attorney
Making a personal injury or wrongful death claim is not the same as making a property damage claim. Medical expenses, lost wages and funeral costs are all very expensive. The motor carrier companies and their insurance providers know this, so they will do everything they can to avoid paying you the full amount of compensation you deserve. If you don’t have a board certified lawyer on your side, they will try to take advantage of you since they know you don’t have the resources and the experience necessary to win the justice you are entitled to.
For a no fee, no obligation consultation with an experienced Cleburne accident and injury lawyer today, please call the Anderson Law Firm toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.
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