Trucking Accident Lawyers in Austin, TX
The Kelly Legal Group represents plaintiffs in trucking accident suits throughout Texas. Call (512) 505-0053 today for a free consultation and case review.
Trucking accidents are not the same as car accidents. To protect your rights, you need an experienced attorney who knows how to negotiate with business owners and commercial insurance companies.
Why Do I Need a Trucking Accident Lawyer?
Both state and federal law come into play in commercial vehicle accidents. Factors that affect your case include whether the trucking route is intrastate or interstate and whether the driver properly followed all FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) guidelines. You need an attorney who is skilled in making these evaluations.
Trucking accidents are often more devastating than car accidents. You need an attorney who understands how to properly assess such costs as loss of earning capacity and ongoing medical bills. In addition, multiple parties are often involved, such as trucking companies, insurance companies, and even truck manufacturers. An experienced trucking accident lawyer knows how to cut through red tape, negotiate with everyone involved, and take your case to trial if needed.
Should I Talk to Insurance Companies?
Report the accident to your own insurer within 24 hours. Stick to the facts rather than providing opinions. Your insurer will open a claim and begin the process of investigation.
Never provide a statement to the opposing insurance company or your own insurance company without guidance from your attorney. Texas comparative negligence laws reduce your award by the percentage you are found at fault for the accident. If you are 51% at fault or more, you will not receive any damages. Therefore, the trucking company’s insurer will try to raise your at-fault percentage. Let your attorney deal with these negotiations.
What Happens Next?
Your focus should be on your physical and emotional recovery. Both attorneys and the insurance companies will perform independent investigations, which may include reading the police report, interviewing witnesses, and gathering evidence. We will then attempt to negotiate a settlement. If we are successful, we will let you know when to expect your check. If not, we will let you know that we are proceeding to trial and support you throughout the process.
Please note that you may be contacted by someone from the other side. It is very important to call us right away. Never give a statement or sign any documentation without our professional assistance.
What Kinds of Compensation Will I Receive?
Texas law generally allows for three different types of compensation, depending on the specifics of your case:
- Economic damages: These are costs that can be quantified, such as lost wages, medical and rehab expenses, and loss of future earning capacity. Because trucking accidents often result in lifelong injuries, the ability to determine future medical and rehab costs is essential.
- Non-economic damages: These damages are quite real, but they are more difficult to quantify than economic damages. They include but are not limited to emotional distress, mental anguish, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life.
- Punitive damages: Punitive damages are awarded only in cases of intentional misconduct or gross negligence, such as drunk driving.
Never try to pursue a trucking accident claim on your own. These cases are complicated and involve multiple parties, and only a skilled trucking accident attorney can ensure that you receive every dollar you deserve.
Ready to Get Started?
If you need a passionate and experienced personal injury attorney in the Austin area, contact The Kelly Legal Group today at (512) 505-0053 to schedule your free consultation.