Tractor-trailers weigh up to 80,000 pounds, so even a slow-speed accident with an 18-wheeler is likely to cause serious injuries. Although truckers tend to have more experience behind the wheel than the average motorist, no driver is immune to accidents.
In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more fatal truck wrecks in Texas than in any other state. In 2013, 493 large trucks were involved in deadly collisions. Many of the victims who were lucky enough to survive these wrecks required months of rehabilitation, and some could never return to work.
If you were injured in a truck crash in Texas, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Bear in mind, though, that there are important differences between truck accident claims and those that involve two passenger vehicles. For instance, there are several parties who may be liable for damages after a truck crash. Depending on the cause of the wreck, you may have grounds for a claim against:
- The tractor-trailer driver;
- The person or company that owns the rig;
- The person or company that owns the cab;
- The person or company that loaded the truck;
- A mechanic, if negligent repairs contributed to the crash; or
- The company that manufactured the truck or its parts.
You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical bills, and non-economic damages. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a free consultation.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Truck Accident Claims in Texas?
Each state has a deadline, or statute of limitations, by which a claimant file a personal injury claim. Pursuant to Sec. 16.003 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the injury or from the date when the injury should have been reasonably discovered. If you attempt to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired, it is likely that your case will be dismissed.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer to File a Truck Accident Claim?
Although you do not need to hire an accident attorney to file a personal injury claim, it is highly advisable that you at least consult a legal professional. There are steps that you must take immediately after a collision to give your claim the best possible chance of success. All it takes is one mistake to reduce the amount of compensation you recover or lead to a denial of your claim. Common mistakes people make during the claims process include:
- Not requesting the data from the truck’s electronic control module, also known as a “black box;”
- Making recorded statements to insurance adjusters;
- Missing doctor’s appointments;
- Not following the doctor’s instructions;
- Accepting a low settlement;
- Accepting a settlement before the full extent of the injuries is known; and
- Posting sensitive information about the case on social media.