Truck accidents constitute road accidents involving large commercial trucks often used to transport items or property, such as big rigs, oil and gas trucks, and 18-wheelers. At the Omar Ochoa Law Firm, our McAllen truck accident lawyers represent individuals who have been injured or harmed by an 18-wheeler accident, and we will fight for you all the way to compensation for damages you’ve suffered.
Unfortunately, Texas has consistently ranked first in the country with the most trucks involved in fatal crashes according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is perhaps a factor of the state housing many large factories and its larger size requiring extensive roadway transportation.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
Be aware that due to their larger size, commercial trucks require considerably more time to brake than regular vehicles.
Due to the sheer size difference between an 18-wheeler and a standard car, any accident between the two can result in terrible injuries. If you've suffered any of the following common injuries from a truck accident, it's important you reach out to a McAllen truck accident attorney as soon as possible:
Texas personal injury law follows the modified comparative fault rules, which means that you may recover damages based on your degree of fault. (For instance, if you’ve been found 20% at fault for failing to obey a traffic rule that led to the accident, you will only be able to receive 80% of the damages award). If you’re more than 50% at fault, you will be unable to recover any damages.
Potential at-fault parties you may file a lawsuit for damages against could be:
In some situations, the trucking company may be held liable for the negligence of the truck driver according to the legal theory of “respondeat superior,” which holds when the truck driver is an employee and was acting within the scope of their employment during the accident.
Recall that the statute of limitations in Texas to file a civil lawsuit for an 18-wheeler accident is 2 years from the date the accident occurred. If the government was an at-fault party, the statute of limitations is much shorter. The court will be unlikely to hear your case if the statute of limitations expires, so it is imperative that you consult an attorney to get started on your case soon after it happens.
Eighteen-wheeler accidents could result in minor bruises to major injuries, such as catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. Texas awards economic and non-economic damages in truck accidents, where economic damages refer to quantifiable losses (e.g., medical expenses, lost wages), and non-economic damages refer to more intangible losses like pain and suffering. Texas also awards punitive damages in cases where the defendant acted with malice or gross negligence, such as if they drove while intoxicated.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an 18-wheeler accident in McAllen, Texas, contact an experienced truck accident attorney immediately to take legal action for damages. It is critical that you reach out to a legal professional immediately after the incident so you may collect all the available evidence as soon as possible – and within the statute of limitations.
The McAllen truck accident lawyers at Omar Ochoa Law Firm know how to handle 18-wheeler accident claims and will prioritize your case as we fight for your right to damages. While you focus on your physical and mental recovery, let us handle the legal side on your behalf.
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