When you watch the news, you’re used to seeing reports of truck accidents. When traffic gets backed up, it can be hard for truck drivers to avoid getting into an accident. There are other times when a truck driver makes a little mistake that ends up in a pileup. Because these trucks are so large, when they hit a car or SUV, they cause a lot of damage. They cause a lot of damage to the car and to the people inside of it. Dallas truck accident lawyers at TorkLaw understand this. That’s why we work so hard to get our clients the money they deserve.
The scary thing about a truck accident is that they are often unavoidable. They are also usually the truck driver’s fault. Most drivers tend to avoid getting behind a large truck. Most of our clients tell us that they hate getting stuck next to a truck on the highway. It can be scary because of the truck hits you, there’s a good chance you’ll get seriously injured. You could even be killed.
It wouldn’t be fair to say that the trucker is always at fault. But, in our experience, it’s often the person in the car or SUV who gets hurt – not the person driving the truck. If this happens to you or someone in your family, the first thing you should do is call and talk to one of our Dallas truck accident lawyers here at TorkLaw.
What You Should Do After a Truck Accident
If you’re involved in a truck accident, there are a few things you should do. These are the same thing you should do in any type of motor vehicle accident. The first thing you need to do is call the police. This is especially true in a truck accident. They need to come out and investigate the accident scene. But they also need to check things that they ordinarily don’t need to worry about. For example, they need to look to make sure the driver’s logs make sense. If they were working too many hours, they could be found liable. They also need to prove that their truck has been serviced in a timely fashion.
The second thing you need to do is go to the emergency room. You have no idea if you’re hurt or not. The only way to know for sure is to get checked out by a doctor. They’ll run all the necessary tests to see if you’re injured. They can check for things that you won’t notice – such as internal injuries. You could have suffered a traumatic brain injury or concussion. You may even have internal bleeding. There’s no way to know unless you go to the hospital.
The last thing you need to do is talk to one of our Dallas truck accident lawyers. They can review your case and let you know if your case has value. That’s why it’s a good idea to call TorkLaw and schedule your free initial consultation as soon as possible after your crash.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Dallas
The last thing you should worry about after getting hit by a tractor-trailer is fighting with the insurance company. They may claim that you were at fault. Or, they may argue that you weren’t injured. The good news is that our Dallas truck accident lawyers know how to deal with the insurance adjustors. They also know what it takes to prove that the truck driver was at fault. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents are:
- Drivers who are overworked
- Inexperienced drivers
- Equipment malfunction
- Too heavy a load
- Impaired driving
- distracted driving
Truck drivers make mistakes too. Given the number of hours they log on the road, there’s a better chance that they could get into a wreck.
Seeking Compensation in Texas for a Truck Accident
The reason you hire one of our lawyers is so you can get compensation for your injuries. In an ideal world, the defendant’s insurance company would pay your claim. But it doesn’t always work out that way. They may deny your claim for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the policy wasn’t valid. Or, the insurance adjuster may feel that you were at fault. If this is the case, your Dallas truck accident lawyer will try to negotiate payment of your claim. If that isn’t possible, they’ll file a lawsuit on your behalf. When they do so, they’ll demand that you receive some or all of the following:
- Medical bills and future medical treatment
- Any lost wages or lost future income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Permanent disability
Of course, there’s no way for us to know ahead of time what sort of damages you deserve. We would need to meet with you and discuss your case. That way, we can look at all of the information and make a judgment about how strong your case is. We can also give you an idea of what the case may be worth.
How Will Your Lawyer Prove Your Case?
The only way you’re going to receive compensation for your truck accident is if your lawyer can prove negligence. In order to do this, they have to show the following four (4) things:
- The truck driver owed you a duty of care
- They breached this duty
- You were injured
- Your injuries were caused by the defendant’s breach of duty
If they can prove these things, there’s a good chance that you’ll be entitled to damages. But since each case is unique, we won’t know until we review your case and evaluate your claim.
Contact Our Dallas Truck Accident Lawyers
If you’re hurt in a truck accident, you should call our office. One of our Dallas truck accident lawyers can review your case and give you an idea of what to do next. Call and schedule your free initial consultation as soon as possible after your accident. It’s absolutely free, and you don’t pay a dime until your case is resolved.