This is the first post in a series of articles in which I will discuss common issues that arise in trucking accidents in Laredo, Texas. Our roadways often seem dominated by large commercial vehicles, including tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, delivery vans, and more. When an accident occurs involving such vehicles, the injuries may be catastrophic and can result in paralysis, brain damage, spinal injuries, or death. If a third party’s negligence is the cause of such an accident, victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for economic and non-economic damages. I have previously written a series about truck accident cases in general. This series will focus on other specific issues that impact such cases. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help preserve your legal rights. Contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
This series will discuss the following key topics:
- 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
Individuals who have been hurt in a truck accident should understand these issues for several reasons. First, there are multiple reasons why reaching the final resolution of such a case may take a long period of time. Particularly when the victim’s injuries are severe, their long-term medical prognosis may not be ascertainable for months or sometimes years after the crash. The existence of multiple defendants or other complicating factors may also impact the timing of a settlement or litigation. Second, given the complex nature of truck accident cases, lawsuits can be expensive. The law firm handling the case for the victim will typically not get paid until their client is awarded damages. The firm must, therefore, have the resources to incur up-front expenses and manage the case through to its conclusion. Third, defense attorneys commonly request bifurcation of a trial when a victim’s injuries are severe. Plaintiffs should understand how this tactic may impact their case. Fourth, calculating and proving damages in a truck crash case can be challenging. Multiple expert witnesses may be required to accurately estimate the damages to which one may be entitled. This information is essential for settlement negotiations and litigation.
The consequences of a commercial truck accident can be disastrous for injured victims and their families. It is important to select a law firm with experience in personal injury cases and who understands how to protect your interests. My office will take all of the steps needed to preserve your legal rights. 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.