This is the first post in a series which will discuss the handling of commercial truck accident cases in Laredo, Texas. I felt it is necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that, for obvious reasons, many individuals do not know how to proceed after they or a loved one have been hit by a tractor trailer, or semi. Such cases can result in serious injuries or even a wrongful death. Although all cases are unique, my hope is that our upcoming articles will provide information which helps people to better understand their situation. It is also my hope that this information will assist people with the selection of a personal injury attorney. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with me, Joey Tellez.
We will be addressing a number of topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- Identifying the all of the defendants in a trucking accident/collision case
- How Texas’ comparative fault laws apply in such matters
- The importance of expeditious discovery in these types of cases
- The role of expert witnesses
- What a victim should expect at trial
There are several reasons why it is important to understand these issues. First, accidents which involve commercial vehicles can implicate numerous defendants responsible for the collision. These defendants can include the truck’s driver, the owner of the tractor-trailer (if a separate entity), and other possible parties. Failing to name a defendant can result in the victim receiving an amount less than what they deserve. Second, our state’s laws allow a victim to receive compensation even if they were partially at fault for the accident. Third, the discovery process is crucial to obtaining evidence which can establish the defendant’s fault. Fourth, expert witnesses are often necessary to prove both liability and damages. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process can help to ensure that things go smoothly.
One point we cannot stress enough is that you should retain an attorney as soon as possible if you have been involved in an accident. The insurance companies representing the defendants in an 18 wheeler accident are not there to help you, the injured. They will do whatever they need to do in order to protect their clients. Do not go it alone. It is important that your counsel immediately contact the defendant’s insurance carriers so that you may focus on the important business of getting healthy. Joey Tellez is a Laredo truck accident lawyer who prides himself on providing the highest level of service. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.