Some critical steps must be taken to file a lawsuit.
1.Call a truck accident lawyer
First of all, talk to an experienced Houston truck accident lawyer. As mentioned before, the legal process has many twists and turns, as well as unexpected complications. A lawyer with experience in the area will be able to guide you in the best possible way.
Once you have contacted a lawyer, they can begin the investigation process for the accident to prepare for negotiations that will lead to an agreement. This includes conducting interviews, reading reports, and collecting information from the trucking company and driver.
After having all the necessary information, your lawyer can begin the process of negotiating the agreement. Any party who could have sued may want to pay you the minimum amount possible. So it is essential to have an experienced lawyer on your side who represents your interests and makes sure you are treated fairly.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
It’s easy to target the driver in an accident claim, but other parties can share the blame.
If the truck driver was driving outside the federally approved time limits or was simply driving irresponsibly, he is likely to blame for the accident.
18-wheelers are large machines that have many parts, and if one of these parts fails and produces a collision, the manufacturer is likely to be partly to blame.
The freight companies
The companies that load the trucks prefer to fill the units to their maximum capacity to get more money. However, there are limits that trucks can tolerate. If overloading a truck was the cause of the collision, then the company that loaded it may be partly to blame.
DEMONSTRATING THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE TRUCK DRIVER
For a person to be compensated in any personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff or the person filing the lawsuit must establish negligence. If your car was struck by a truck and you believe it was the truck driver’s responsibility.it must be established that the driver negligence was the cause of your injuries.
Negligence can be proven. For example, by showing that the driver was drunk at the time of the accident, that he was driving for a period longer than the day allowed, did not have the proper license, etc. Your lawyer will work to establish liability if the truck driver was at fault.
Then your lawyer will need to find the link between this negligence and the injuries you sustained. If the driver involved in the accident was numb while driving, but it was the recklessness of another driver who caused the accident, the driver’s condition would not be the cause of the accident. Establishing this link of causation is crucial in any personal injury lawsuit.
WHAT COMPENSATION CAN I REQUEST?
One of the main questions on the minds of those who make personal injury claims is “How much is my case worth?” The compensation you can receive will depend on your damages. Damage is the loss you had due to the accident, and it can be grouped into the following categories.
Damage in this category includes property damage, medical bills, and loss of future earnings from being unable to work. Damage in this category can typically be established with a fairly high degree of certainty.
This category includes the pain and suffering caused by an accident. While setting an exact number in this category may be a bit uncertain. The pain you feel after an accident is very real, and it can certainly be compensated.
TALK TO ZEHL & ASSOCIATES
When seeking compensation, your lawyer will thoroughly evaluate your case and find a fair and complete settlement. If such an agreement cannot be reached, we will aggressively represent you in a lawsuit and fight to help you get the compensation you deserve.
You can work with us on a contingent fee basis, which means you won’t pay a dime unless we win your case. That’s our guarantee with no advance payments.