Truck Accidents

What Will You Do After A Truck Wreck?

When a commercial vehicle collides with a standard car or truck, serious injury will likely occur. In the United States alone, more than 400,000 annual accidents involve large trucks, 18-wheelers and tractor-trailer combinations. Truck accident cases often prove complicated because of issues such as causation, multiple parties and insurance disputes. On top of that, truck carriers and insurance companies will often do whatever it takes to avoid responsibility.

Fortunately, our team is here to guide you through the legal process. We utilize decades of experience and a wide network of professional resources across Texas to help you get a full evaluation of your health needs and to hold insurance companies responsible for your injuries. Your consultations are free. Just call Guerra Law Group, P.L.L.C., at 956-618-3000 in McAllen.

The Stakes Are High. We Rise To The Occasion

Trucking accidents are complicated by their nature; they involve multiple parties, have complex causes and have serious physical consequences for their victims. Pinpointing the source of a crash can be very difficult, often requiring lengthy investigation and professional forensic analysts. We use the tools at our disposal to uncover the real reason for your crash, such as:

  • Faulty tires
  • Poorly maintained trucks
  • Overworked and fatigued drivers
  • Improperly loaded cargo

Unfortunately, large trucks almost always lead to serious and debilitating injuries, like multiple fractures, internal bleeding, brain trauma and even premature death. We help ensure you get fair treatment, even if we have to go to court.

Truck Accident FAQ

How is a truck accident different from a car accident?

A truck accident differs from a car accident in several ways, including:

  • Size discrepancy:
    Commercial trucks outclass cars in size, weight and power. Any accident involving a truck is highly likely to be extremely heavy on damage to you, your vehicle, and your passengers.
  • Driver regulations:
    Trucks and truck drivers are under intense scrutiny by the federal government and must pass rigorous training and safety standards. Not meeting these standards is evidence of negligence on their part.
  • Legal challenge:
    While the insurance company challenges all car accident cases, truck accidents have significantly more sophisticated legal teams. They fight these cases aggressively and with little thought for your injuries.

However, just because a truck accident has some key differences from other types of accidents, doesn’t mean you can’t do anything.

Should I talk to the truck driver or the trucking company’s insurance provider?

In general, it is inadvisable to speak with an insurance company in any personal injury matter. The best option is to speak first with a skilled personal injury attorney about your case and then let them take on communication with the insurers.

If you cannot avoid speaking with the insurance company, we urge you to keep your conversations brief and factual. Do not speculate on anything. Do not agree to anything. The less you say, the better you are. You can even say something like, “I’m not able to talk about this until I speak with an attorney.”

What are the most common injuries after a truck accident?

Any kind of injury is possible in a truck accident. However, the most severe injuries tend to be:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Crushing injuries
  • Burns
  • Amputations

These are severe, painful, expensive injuries. However, because of the size discrepancy between cars and trucks, deaths are also common.

How much is my truck accident case worth?

The “worth” of a truck accident case is hard to calculate theoretically. Damages for a specific accident are always a combination of economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are things like:

  • Medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Funeral costs
  • Lost wages
  • Future care expenses

Economic damages are relatively straightforward and somewhat predictable. What can’t be predicted or calculated beforehand are the noneconomic damages, which can be pain and suffering, loss of a loved one and the effects of emotional trauma. Your personal, emotional pain can be a part of the damages. And it is real pain that deserves compensation.

Get An Accurate Case Evaluation At No Cost

Call our office to schedule a time to talk to an attorney. We never send you bills; our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid as a part of a verdict or settlement. Reach us at 956-618-3000 or online through our contact form.