Commercial Vehicle Accidents In Houston
Roberts Markland LLP represents plaintiffs in commercial vehicle accident suits in Houston, TX. Call 713-630-0900 today for a free consultation and case review.
Whether the involved vehicle is a big rig or a company car, commercial vehicle accidents are a bit more complicated than private passenger vehicle accidents. To protect your rights and manage your claim, it is extremely important to retain a skilled commercial vehicle accident attorney right away. We know how to deal with multiple parties and ensure that you get every dollar you deserve.
Why Do I Need a Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney?
Accidents involving commercial vehicles fall under the jurisdiction of both federal and state laws. Several states may be involved, depending on where the commercial vehicle is licensed and insured, and whether it regularly travels an interstate route. The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) also sets guidelines for commercial drivers, which may or may not have been properly followed. We have the knowledge and experience to investigate all aspects of a complicated commercial vehicle accident case.
Commercial vehicle accidents can involve multiple parties, including the vehicle manufacturer, the vehicle owner, the driver, and one or more insurance companies. These accidents can also be more devastating than a typical car accident, depending on the size of the vehicle that hit you. Navigating the complexities of your claim is best left to a skilled attorney.
With Whom Should I Discuss the Accident?
Report the accident to your insurance company within 24 hours, sticking solely to the facts without offering your opinions. Your insurer will open a claim and begin an investigation.
Do not speak to anyone from the opposing side without guidance from your attorney. Texas law provides for comparative negligence, which means that your award will be reduced by the percentage you are at fault for the accident. If your at-fault percentage is 51% or higher, you cannot claim damages at all. Naturally, it is in the other side’s best interest to raise your at-fault percentage as high as possible to reduce your award. Allow your attorney to represent you in these negotiations.
What Happens Next?
Your primary focus should be on your recovery. Meanwhile, both attorneys and both insurers will conduct independent investigations, including reading police reports, interviewing witnesses, and gathering forensic evidence. We will then attempt to negotiate a settlement. If we are successful, we will let you know the results. Otherwise, we will help you prepare to go to trial. Either way, we are here for you through every step of the process.
What Kinds of Compensation Are Available?
You may be eligible for different types of compensation, depending on the details of the accident. These include:
Economic damages: These are expenses that can be quantified, such as lost wages, loss of earning capacity, medical bills, and ongoing rehabilitation costs. The ability to accurately gauge future medical and rehab expenses is essential to ensuring proper compensation.
General damages: Although they are difficult to quantify, general damages are very real and important. They include mental anguish, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life.
Punitive damages: Texas allows for punitive damages only in cases of intentional misconduct or gross negligence, such as drunk driving.
Commercial vehicle accident claims can be difficult to untangle, and they often involve several parties and multiple states. Do not attempt to pursue such a claim alone. Instead, ensure your rights are protected by choosing a skilled and experienced commercial vehicle accident attorney.
If you were hit by a commercial vehicle in Houston, contact Roberts Markland LLP today at 713-630-0900 for a free case review and consultation.