Truck Accidents in Houston
Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC represents truck accident victims in Houston, TX. Call 713-489-4410 to schedule your free consultation.
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Although a lawyer is highly advised for nearly any vehicle accident case, truck accidents are especially complicated. To ensure that your rights are protected, you need a skilled and experienced truck accident lawyer by your side every step of the way. We know what it takes to go up against big trucking companies and insurers, and how to make sure you get every dollar you deserve.
Why Do I Need a Truck Accident Attorney?
Truck accidents generally involve multiple parties, including the truck manufacturer, the driver, the trucking company, and at least one insurance company. Multiple states may be involved, depending on where the truck is licensed and whether it operates interstate or intrastate. We will need to determine whether the truck driver properly followed all guidelines set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
In addition, truck accidents are often more devastating than typical car accidents. Your claim needs to include not only your current medical bills and lost wages, but also estimates for future care and loss of earning capacity. We have the experience to break down the complex issues involved in a truck accident case.
Should I Talk to Anyone About the Accident?
Call 911 from the scene. Make sure you know how to get a copy of the police report, which should be ready in a few days. Call your own insurance company within 24 hours to report the accident, making sure to give only the facts without offering opinions. Your insurer will start a claim and open an investigation. Retain an experienced truck accident lawyer right away.
Do not talk to the trucking company, their insurer or attorney, or anyone else from the opposing side except under guidance from your attorney. Texas law is based on comparative negligence. This means that your damages will be reduced by the amount that you are found at fault in the accident, and if you are found to be 51% or more at fault, you will not be awarded any damages at all. Therefore, it is in the opposing side’s best interest to push your at-fault percentage as high as possible. Let your attorney handle these discussions.
What Happens Next?
While you focus on your recovery, both insurance companies and both lawyers will conduct investigations. We will look at the police report, gather as much forensic evidence as possible, and interview witnesses. We will then try to negotiate a settlement. If our negotiations are successful, we will let you know how much money you will receive and when to expect it. If not, then we are prepared to go to trial. We will be by your side throughout the process and will ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for your court date.
What Kinds of Compensation Are Available?
Texas law allows for different types of compensation, depending on the facts of the accident:
Economic damages: These are quantifiable expenses including medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and ongoing rehabilitation costs. To ensure fair compensation, we will work with experts to estimate your future medical and rehab costs.
General damages: These include all aspects that are difficult to quantify, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of quality of life.
Punitive damages: Punitive damages are awarded only in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct. A primary example is drunk driving.
Truck accidents can be devastating, and they often involve numerous parties across several states. Never try to pursue this type of claim alone. Choose a skilled and experienced truck accident lawyer who will protect your rights and fight for you.
If you were in a truck accident in Houston, contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC today at 713-489-4410 (English) or 713-766-0000 (Español) for a free case review and consultation.