Collisions between 18 wheelers and passenger vehicles are widespread.  In 2017, 4,657 fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in the United States. The U.S. Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Administration estimates over 500,000 truck accidents a year where approximately 81% occurred in multi-vehicle crash situations.  There are several common types of truck crashes causing a multitude of injury and expense. If you are involved in a truck accident, contact an experienced truck accident attorney to guide you through the insurance claims and litigation processes.

Common types of truck accidents.

Common types of truck accidents include rollover, jackknife, and underride situations.  Rollover and jackknife accidents occur when the driver brakes, causing the trailer to slide around toward the front of the cab, and in a rollover the truck will turn sideways and begin to roll.  Any of these types of accidents can cause damage to nearby vehicles due to the extreme difference in size and weight.

Post truck accident activities in McAllen Texas?

  1. If you are able, check on the condition of the people involved in the accident;
  2. Call the police or emergency responders if needed;
  3. Get a written accident report;
  4. Remain at the accident scene;
  5. Exchange driver and insurance information;
  6. Get witness contact information;
  7. Call your insurance company to set up a claim;
  8. Seek out medical treatment if necessary;
  9. Take pictures of the scene, and the vehicle damages;
  10. If the truck is a Commercial Vehicle, get State Trooper report.

Severe injuries require litigation over insurance payments.

Most truck accidents leave victims with severe, life altering injuries that can cause future loss and pain and suffering.  Even minor injuries because of a tractor trailer accident should be investigated by insurance and legal professionals who can help figure out if you still have a claim since any type of injury requiring medical professionals or hospitals may still rack up expenses you cannot cover.

Damages.

Claims can be made for medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering and future earnings.  If a death occurs due to the accident, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed.  Legal and actuarial professionals may assist with the burden of collecting and analyzing the data related to your case.  Determining the percentage of fault is a matter for those who have reviewed police reports, witness reports, car damages, roadway marks and other factors present at the time of the accident.  Determining charges based upon acts of negligence that caused the truck-involved accident is a matter for the law enforcement agencies.

Insurance responsibility.

Texas is a “fault state” which means that the party found to be responsible for the accident will have to compensate the other party involved in the accident.  Damages covered include medical bills, lost wages, property damages.  Depending on the extent of damage to property, or injuries sustained by a person in an accident, the minimum might not cover the whole recovery amount. Texas utilizes the 51% rule, whereby an injured person can be up to 50% responsible for an accident and still collect damages in a Texas personal injury claim but if you were more than 51% responsible for the accident, you are not able to recover compensation for your accident expenses.

Hire an attorney.

Contact a professional experienced accident attorney for a consultation, as they can research specific case facts and interpret the law to support your case’s best outcome toward compensation for damages and injuries caused by the truck accident.

 

Sources:

https://www.statista.com/statistics/191544/fatal-large-truck-crashes-in-the-us/

https://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/auto-insurance.html

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/TN/htm/TN.601.htm#601.051