Commercial Vehicle Accidents in Houston
Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC represents commercial vehicle accident victims in Houston, TX. Call 713-489-4410 to schedule your free consultation.
Whether you are hit by an 18-wheeler or someone driving a company car, commercial vehicle accidents can be complex. It is extremely important to hire a skilled commercial vehicle attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. We understand how to work with multiple parties and get you every dollar you are entitled to.
Why Do I Need a Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney?
Commercial vehicle accidents are governed by both state and federal laws. Depending on where the vehicle is licensed and its regular route, multiple states may be involved. In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates commercial drivers, and all of its guidelines may or may not have been followed. We know how to investigate all factors in a complicated commercial vehicle accident case.
Multiple parties may be involved, including the driver, the vehicle owner, the manufacturer, and one or more insurance companies. You may also face more devastating consequences than in a typical car accident, depending on the size of the vehicle you were hit by. With so many complexities, a skilled attorney is vital to manage your case.
Can I Discuss the Accident?
Call your insurance company within 24 hours to report the accident. Stick to facts rather than opinions when making your report. Your insurer will open a claim and start an investigation.
Refer any communications from the opposing side to your attorney. Since Texas law provides for comparative negligence, your damages will be reduced by the percentage you are determined to be at fault for the accident. If you are 51% or more at fault, you will not be entitled to any damages at all. Therefore, the other side may use your statements against you to raise your at-fault percentage. Let your attorney handle all these negotiations.
What Happens Next?
While you focus on your recovery, both insurance companies and both attorneys will conduct independent investigations. This may include interviewing witnesses, gathering forensic evidence, and consulting police reports. We will then try to negotiate a settlement. If we settle, we will let you know. Otherwise, we will file a lawsuit and prepare you for the trial process. Either way, we will guide you through your entire claim.
What Kinds of Compensation Are Available?
There are several types of compensation. Which you receive depends on the specifics of your accident. These include:
Economic damages: These are such quantifiable expenses as medical and rehab bills, lost wages, and loss of future earning capacity. To accurately gauge your economic damages, we may consult with experts regarding your projected future medical and rehab costs.
General damages: General damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, and loss of quality of life. They are more difficult to quantify than economic damages, but they are no less important.
Punitive damages: Punitive damages are available in Texas only for gross negligence or intentional misconduct. A common example is drunk driving.
Commercial vehicle accident claims are often highly complex, and they may involve numerous parties across several states. It would be nearly impossible to pursue this type of claim alone. Protect your rights by retaining an experienced commercial vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
If you were hit by a commercial vehicle in Houston, contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC today at 713-489-4410 (English) or 713-766-0000 (Español) for a free case review and consultation.