Truck accidents can create catastrophic injuries, leaving you with a mountain of medical bills and missed time at work—not to mention the tremendous pain of your injury and the emotional trauma of the accident itself.
If you experienced a truck accident that resulted in your injury, you have suffered enough. You should not have to worry about paying for medical treatment on top of your usual living expenses. If someone else’s negligence caused your truck accident, they may have to pay for your damages.
An El Paso truck accident lawyer from Ben Crump, Law, PLLC can explain your legal options for pursuing compensation for your collision-caused injuries. Call us today for a free consultation by dialing (800) 630-9229.
Causes of Truck Accidents
El Paso highways are teeming with the traffic of large commercial trucks and 18-wheelers. Some of these truck operators have been traveling on Interstate 10 for hours or even days. So many factors can add to the mix of these massive vehicles with tired drivers pressing to make delivery deadlines, and the wrong mix can cause devastating accidents.
Some of the causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Inadequate truck maintenance
- Excessive speed
- Overloaded trailer
- Defective or faulty parts
- Driving while intoxicated or while under the influence
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Road rage
- Distracted driving
- Inadequate driver training
The truck accident lawyers at Ben Crump, PLLC can investigate the cause of your truck accident. If negligence prompted the collision that caused your injury, we can fight for fair compensation from the liable parties.
For a free legal consultation with a truck accidents lawyer serving El Paso, call (800) 630-9229
Identifying the At-Fault Party in Your Accident
Truck accidents differ from other motor vehicle accidents for reasons other than the mere size of the vehicles involved. Beyond this difference, a truck accident could involve more potential parties than a collision with a single-passenger vehicle.
For example, even if the truck driver’s negligence caused your accident, the trucking company—through vicarious liability laws—may be held liable for your damages.
In some cases, those injured in truck accidents receive compensation from multiple liable parties, some of which might include:
- The truck driver
- The employer of the truck driver
- The truck manufacturer
- The manufacturer of a defective part on the truck
- The tractor owner
- Freight broker or shipper
- A truck maintenance service provider
Our legal team will identify all the liable parties connected to your truck accident, and we will hold them accountable for your damages.
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Investigating Your Accident
When you hire Ben Crump, PLLC to handle your truck accident case, we will build your case from the bottom up, using compelling evidence from a thorough investigation of what caused your accident and the losses you suffered from your injuries.
To accomplish this, we will:
- Visit the scene of your accident
- Interview witnesses
- Obtain driver logs
- Gain access to “black box” data
- Get a copy of the police accident report
- Seek out photos and videos
- Review truck maintenance records
- Study safety violations records
- Gather medical records connected with your injuries
- Obtain wage statements from your employer
This evidence will tell the story of the circumstances that led to your truck accident, as well as how your injuries have affected you—and will continue to affect you down the road.
Building Your Case in the Eyes of the Law
Tort law requires much more from a plaintiff than the claim that another person caused an accident. Rather, to present a viable personal injury case for which you can recover compensation, the law requires that you prove the following arguments to be true:
- Duty of Care: The defendant owed you a duty to meet a standard of reasonable care to keep you from harm.
- Breach of Duty: The defendant failed to fulfill their duty of care to you.
- Causation: The defendant’s breach of duty caused the truck accident.
- Damages: You suffered physical, emotional, and financial losses as a result of the accident.
Our legal team can use the evidence we gathered in our investigation of your accident to support each of the above arguments and convince a jury that the at-fault party should be held liable for your damages.
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Statute of Limitations in El Paso
In the state of Texas, as in other states, the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit must meet the statute of limitations. Specifically, you must file any lawsuit linked to your truck accident injury within two years of the accident or of your knowledge of your injury.
Although it is rare for a personal injury claim to wind up in court, you might consider getting an early start on your pursuit of compensation, just in case you do have to file a lawsuit. You do not want to miss this deadline.
You cannot look to the compensation another truck accident victim receives and expect your compensation will match that amount. The value of your case depends on the type and severity of your injuries and to what extent they have impacted your life—or will impact it in the future.
Your lawyer will review your medical records and your employment situation. They will also work with experts in the fields of medicine, economics, occupational therapy, and psychology to determine the value of your losses in these areas, both today and later in life.
That being said, the following types of damages can accompany a personal injury case and might apply to yours, too:
- Medical treatment costs
- Prescription medicines
- Lost income
- Diminished future potential earnings
- Physical therapy/rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional stress
- Diminished quality of life
If you lost a loved one who succumbed to injuries they suffered in a truck accident, you might consider pursuing a wrongful death action against the liable party. Our attorneys stand ready to assist you in this effort, and we will do so with compassion and professionalism.
In the event that the insurer refuses to agree to a fair settlement; however, your attorney can file a lawsuit against the liable party and litigate the matter in a civil court. The sooner you hire a lawyer to begin the process of recovering compensation for you, the more time you give them to build your case, try to reach a strong settlement with the insurance provider, and still meet the state deadline if a lawsuit follows.
An El Paso Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You in Your Fight for Compensation
The lawyers at Ben Crump Law, PLLC do not shy away from tough cases. We will fight to recover the losses you suffered in your truck accident.
Because we work on contingency, you pay us only when and if we win you an insurance settlement or court award.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 630-9229 for a free consultation.