Semi trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. No car, SUV, pickup truck or any other ordinary vehicle can size up to a tractor-trailer in a collision. This is why truck accident injuries in Texas and elsewhere are often severe or fatal.
The victims of truck accidents may face a long road to recovery. The road is filled not just with physical pain, but also emotional and financial suffering. Medical bills pile up. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck crash, you understand this.
You need to know there is help out there. An attorney may be able to help you seek compensation for your suffering and your medical expenses. It may be just what you need to ensure the best recovery and move on in life.
Contact the truck accident attorneys at Pierce | Skrabanek today for a free consultation. We’ll tell you what we can do to help you at no cost or obligation to you.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Semi trucks carry unique dangers due to their size. An 18-wheeler requires more distance to come to a stop and is less maneuverable in emergency situations than a car. When combined with the fact that the truck may be carrying cargo that is flammable, toxic or otherwise dangerous, it’s easy to see why deaths and serious injuries can result.
Truck accident injuries can be caused by direct impact, whiplash, vehicle roll-overs, or trauma from striking the steering wheel, seat belt or other objects in the vehicle.
The injuries can be very serious, regardless of how they occur. Some common truck accident injuries include:
Broken bones are common in serious truck accidents. They typically require a lengthy recovery, and a person’s life and ability to work can be severely affected.
From concussions to comas, serious head trauma is no small matter. We are learning that the fallout from a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, may not occur until many years later.
While the risk of a fire due to gasoline is a cause for concern in any automobile crash, the risk may be even higher when the crash involves a tractor-trailer. The truck could be hauling fuel or other flammable materials.
The trauma of a truck accident can cause damage to internal organs or internal bleeding, which can be very serious.
Whiplash in a crash can cause serious neck and back injuries. Back injuries can persist indefinitely for some people, leading to surgeries and limited mobility. If the spine is damaged, the victim may become paralyzed, requiring a lifetime of care.
Compensation For Truck Accident Injury Victims
As attorneys, it is our job to seek the compensation our clients need to cover their expenses and put a good foot forward to move on with life.
What Compensation Can I Receive?
Our attorneys can seek compensation for:
- Hospital stays, ambulance rides, surgical procedures
- Lost wages, both past and future
- Diminished earning capacity, if your injury will affect your long-term employment prospects
- Physical rehabilitation, including any necessary assistive devices
- Pain and suffering
- Future medical care
- Physical impairment
In every case, we seek the maximum amount of compensation possible for our clients, and we don’t stop until we’ve pursued every avenue to get it.
Watch Out For Insurance Companies
Insurance companies want to close a claim as quickly as possible while paying out as little as possible. That’s why they make billions of dollars. They are not on your side. They are on the side of whatever benefits their bottom line.
After your accident, do not give a statement to an insurance company without speaking to a truck accident attorney. If you accept a lowball offer from an insurer, you may give up your right to seek the full compensation you may deserve.
This is why it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.
How Much is My Truck Accident Case Worth?
The compensation our attorneys can seek in a truck accident lawsuit varies from case to case. You may be eligible for compensation for any and all medical expenses associated with the accident, so it’s important that you retain all of your medical records, receipts and any other documentation.
We understand that not all the consequences of the accident have a dollar value. There is no number that can account for the severe physical pain you experienced and the burden this has placed on you and your family.
Substantial compensation won’t change the past, but it can affect the future. Compensation will allow you to ensure you have the best care going forward and provide you with some piece of mind.
Policy Limits Demands in Truck Accident Cases
In a truck accident case that involves severe injuries or death, our attorneys might make a demand for policy limits to the insurance company. That means we are demanding the maximum amount of the insurance policy carried by the trucking company. This will vary depending on the policy, but trucking companies carry much larger insurance policies that regular drivers.
When we take a truck accident case, our attorneys will ask the insurance company for the details of the policy carried by the trucking company. This will help us better understand the amount of compensation you may receive.
Of course, the company may refuse to pay the full amount. The truck accident attorneys at Pierce | Skrabanek have experience negotiating settlements with insurance companies, and we are prepared to take your case to trial if we think that will secure the best result for you.
Contact Our Attorneys
Serious truck accident injuries call for serious compensation. If you are hurt through no fault of your own in a Texas truck accident, you shouldn’t have to endure the pain and financial suffering that follows. Our attorneys want to help you through this process.
Call or email us today to learn how we can help. There is no cost and no obligation to speak with a lawyer about your options.