Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents
Answers you can trust from experienced Houston attorneys
Truck accidents caused by commercial truck drivers often raise a lot of questions. You might wonder what you should do next. Or who will investigate your accident. Or whether you should accept a settlement offer. All these questions and many more are important. That’s why it’s critical that you get accurate information so you can make smart legal decisions.
Our experienced Houston truck accident lawyers at Smith & Hassler can answer all your questions and help you in many ways. That’s because our attorneys have more than 30 years of experience getting results for injury victims and their families in Houston and throughout Texas. You can count on us when it matters most.
What is your truck accident question?
Below, you’ll find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about truck accidents in Texas. If you don’t see your specific question, don’t worry. Even if you do, we strongly advise you to contact our law firm and schedule a free case evaluation. That’s because every accident is different. So is our approach to every legal case. We’re not like other law firms. We think outside the box.
- Should I call the police after my truck accident?
- Who determines who caused my truck accident?
- Who investigates truck accidents in Texas?
- Are the laws different for truck accidents in Texas?
- Should I see a doctor after my truck accident?
- Should I talk to the truck driver after my truck accident?
- What should I do if the trucking company contacts me after my accident?
- What should I do if the truck driver’s insurance company contacts me after my truck accident?
- Should I accept a settlement for my truck accident?
- How much is my Texas truck accident worth?
- What truck accident expenses can I be compensated for?
- Can I file a lawsuit for my truck accident?
- How long do I have to file a lawsuit after my Texas truck accident?
- How can a Texas truck accident lawyer help me?
Yes. The first thing you should do after your truck accident is call the police and ask them to respond to your accident. This way, you’ll have an official police record of exactly what happened. Otherwise, you could face problems in the future, especially with insurance companies responsible for compensating you.
Often, the police officer investigating your accident is the one who will determine who was at fault. Sometimes, other state, local or federal agencies may be involved in investigating your accident and determining who was at fault.
Commercial truck accidents are different than car accidents. That’s because other agencies besides local or state police (including the Texas Highway Patrol) might investigate your truck accident. One is the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). They’re often involved in investigations involving large commercial trucks.
Yes. Truck accidents are governed by many different state and federal laws which often only apply to large commercial truck accidents.
Yes. Your health and well-being should be your top priority after your truck accident, so have a doctor examine you right away. You could have a life-threatening internal injury and not even realize it. Also, by having an official record of your injury, you may have an easier time getting the financial compensation you deserve for your accident-related expenses.
Yes. If you are healthy to do so, get the truck driver’s name, address, phone number, insurance information and the name of the trucking company the truck driver works for. Beyond that, don’t say anything else to the truck driver. It’s important to understand that anything you say about your accident could be used later to deny your accident claim.
Do not talk to them. Even if their questions sound simple or straightforward, they’re just contacting you to try to get information their insurance company can use to deny your claim.
Again, you do not have to talk to the truck driver’s insurance company. We strongly advise you not to do so. Anything you say to insurance companies can be used by them to reduce or deny your accident claim. Leave them to us. We know how to deal with insurance companies and can negotiate with them on your behalf.
We realize it’s tempting to accept a settlement offer soon after your truck accident. You have a lot of medical bills and other expenses adding up after your crash. The reality is many of the settlement offers made by insurance companies don’t even come close to covering all your accident-related expenses. Once you agree to accept a settlement offer, you often cannot go back and ask for additional money in the future. That’s why it’s critical that you carefully consider this offer before agreeing to accept it. We can help you review their offer and advise you on what to do.
Every truck accident is different. Some are worth a few thousand dollars. Others can be worth millions. We can review the details of your case and discuss how much we think your accident could be worth.
All your truck accident-related expenses can and should be covered by the truck driver’s insurance company. These expenses can cover a wide range. That’s because they’re not simply confined to your expenses immediately after your accident. They can include all future expenses related to your truck accident, such as:
- Medical care, including:
- Emergency care
- Physical therapy
- Surgical procedures
- Follow-up medical care
- In-home medical care
- Lost income during your recovery
- Lost future income if you cannot return to work
- Pain and suffering, in certain circumstances
Yes. You have the right to sue the truck driver, the trucking company, their insurance company, and anyone else who may be responsible for your accident and who refuses to fairly compensate you for your crash. Filing a truck accident lawsuit may be the best way for you to get the money you deserve. That’s why we want to meet with you. We know how the legal system works. We know what strategies often work best. We can discuss your options with you and help you decide if you want to file a lawsuit. It’s your choice. We’re just here to help.
In most cases, you have two years from the date of your truck accident in Texas to file a lawsuit. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. Two years might seem like a long time. The sooner we can start investigating your crash, the better. That’s because the evidence needed to build a strong, truck accident case can disappear over time. This is especially true when it comes to the so-called “black box” data in trucks which documents exactly how fast the truck was traveling at the time of the crash, as well as the last time the truck driver took a break.
There are so many ways our Texas truck accident attorneys can help you after your accident. First, we will work hard to make sure your truck accident gets the attention you rightfully deserve. This includes making sure your accident report is accurate. It also often includes investigating your crash and consulting with accident-reconstruction experts, if necessary. We can also deal directly with insurance companies and trucking companies on your behalf. If they refuse to cooperate, we will not hesitate to file a truck accident lawsuit on your behalf.
Get Smith & Hassler. We think outside the box.
Don’t underestimate the complexity of your truck accident. Get the help you need to get your life back on track. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation with a Houston truck accident lawyer who will fight for your rights. Contact Smith & Hassler. We think outside the box.