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What Damages Are Recoverable after a Truck Accident in Texas?

By Luke Dow on December 28, 2016

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, commercial trucks weigh up to 30 times more than passenger vehicles, so a slow-speed impact is all it takes to cause severe injuries. An 18-wheeler wreck can damage any part of the body, and many victims face overwhelming medical bills and cannot return to work.

If you were injured by a drunk, drowsy or negligent truck driver, you can make a claim against the at-fault driver or, in some cases, against an affiliated party. Depending on the cause of your crash, one or more of the following parties could be liable for your health-care expenses, lost income and other damages:

  • The person or company that owned the rig;
  • The truck driver;
  • The person or company that owned the tractor-trailer cab;
  • A mechanic if negligent repairs caused the crash; or
  • The company that manufactured the truck or its parts.
Recovering fair compensation in a truck accident injury lawsuit is a legally complicated process. Identifying the liable party is just the first step. You or your personal-injury attorney will also have to gather evidence to prove liability, negligence and the value of your damages. Your lawyer may use one or more of the following as evidence to support your claim:
  • Data from the truck’s electronic data recorder;
  • Eyewitness testimonies;
  • Medical and financial expert testimonies;
  • Medical bills and other doctors’ records;
  • Paystubs;
  • Illustrations and timelines; and
  • Photographs of the crash scene, injuries and property damage.
If the crash happened in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Attorney Luke Dow will help you fight for the highest possible settlement, and if your case goes to trial, Mr. Dow has the litigation experience and resources to represent your interests in court. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer in Austin.

Damages You May Be Able to Recover after a Truck Crash in Texas

The type of damages you recover and the value of your damages will depend on several factors such as the type of injuries you sustained, the severity of your injuries, the permanence of your injuries, and your financial losses. Specifically, you may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Lost income;
  • Loss of future earning capacity;
  • Loss of household services;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Mental anguish;
  • Physical impairment;
  • Disfigurement; and
  • Loss of consortium.
You also may be entitled to exemplary damages, also known as “punitive damages,” if the truck driver who caused your injuries was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Luke Dow is a board-certified personal-injury attorney in Austin who will calculate your damages so you recover the compensation that you deserve. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer in Texas.



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