This is the last post in a series of articles discussing common issues that arise in trucking accidents in Laredo, Texas. Tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, and delivery vans are more and more prevalent on today’s roadways. Unfortunately, they are often involved in causing accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities. Victims of truck crashes and their families may be entitled to compensation for damages suffered as a result of the negligence of the truck driver, truck owner, leasing company, or others who are proven to bear responsibility. The objective of this series has been to focus on issues that commonly arise in truck accident cases that may impact the outcome of such matters. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a trucking accident, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have discussed the following key topics in this series:
- Why a trucking accident case can take a significant amount of time to resolve
- The need to hire a law firm with significant resources to handle a trucking accident case
- The possibility of facing a bifurcated trial
- Calculating and proving damages after a trucking accident injury
I felt it was important to discuss these subjects for several reasons. First, clients often wonder why trucking accident settlement negotiations and litigation are not resolved quickly. When injuries are catastrophic and multiple defendants are potentially responsible, the process of investigating the crash and understanding the medical prognosis of the victim can be lengthy. Once the information can be quantified, settlement negotiations can involve multiple parties and competing positions. Should the matter proceed to trial, some cases continue for years. Second, in light of the previously made points, trucking crash cases can be expensive. Any firm handling such matters must have the resources required to incur up-front expenses and manage the case through to its conclusion. Third, plaintiffs should understand how a bifurcated trial may impact their case and be prepared to discuss the matter with their legal counsel. Fourth, understanding and calculating one’s potential damages can require various expert witnesses and considerable time. This information, while not always immediately ascertainable, is essential for evaluating settlement negotiations and recovering the damages to which you may be entitled.
The consequences of a commercial truck accident can be disastrous for injured victims and their families. My office has experience representing personal injury victims in such cases and is ready to assist you. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact us as soon as possible to speak with an attorney. I serve clients in Laredo and other areas of south Texas.