The early days of the car as a motor vehicle also dictated the need for large trucks, mostly to provide a method to haul the new motor vehicles across the country. From this point on, trucks have become a way of life for all of us throughout the United States. They are integral in ensuring that our grocery stores are stocked, that gas stations have enough fuel, and that utility service providers are able to get to your house to fix issues. However, trucks also are responsible for daily accidents throughout Texas and this number is only increasing as trucks continue to dominate the roadways. If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.
Truck Accidents in Texas
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, approximately 1,700 fatal accidents involved either a pickup truck or a semi-trailer truck throughout Texas in 2014. This is a number that has risen slightly over the years, but seems likely to continue to rise despite state efforts to curb the number of accidents. Truck accidents are often more severe than ordinary accidents involving passenger vehicles because the force that comes with an impact from a truck is often much greater than that which comes from a passenger car. Trucks can be several times heavier than an ordinary passenger car, and can easily cause explosions, fires, and devastating injuries.
Truck Accident Recovery
The injuries that may occur from truck accidents include:
Many of these injuries require ongoing medical care in the immediate aftermath of the accident which not only impacts your health, but also your financial situation. Victims often have to relearn how to perform the most basic tasks after devastating injuries, which can require ongoing rehabilitation and months away from their job. Many victims will often be unable to return to their job based on the extent of their injuries.
Victims may be able to seek recovery from the negligent party in a truck accident for damages which include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assist you in coming to a calculation for the full extent of your injuries and related expenses. It is important that you refrain from speaking with the responsible party’s insurance agent immediately after the truck accident occurs. While the insurance agent will try to persuade you to accept a settlement offer that appears to be high, these offers often do not take into account outside circumstances like medical care and rehabilitation.
As the victim of a tragic car accident, you should be focused on recovery, rather than on paying your bills
Malley Law Firm | Houston Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting his clients with their recovery after a devastating truck accident has left them with lifelong injuries. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.