Commercial Vehicle Accidents in Houston
Commercial vehicle accident claims are often highly complex, and they may involve numerous parties across several states. It would be nearly impossible to pursue this type of claim alone. Protect your rights by retaining an experienced commercial vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Commercial vehicle accidents are governed by both state and federal laws. Multiple parties may be involved, including the driver, the vehicle owner, the manufacturer, and one or more insurance companies. You may also face more devastating consequences than in a typical car accident.
What Happens Next?
Call your insurance company within 24 hours to report the accident. Stick to facts rather than opinions when making your report. Your insurer will open a claim and start an investigation.
Refer any communications from the opposing side to your attorney. Since Texas law provides for comparative negligence, your damages will be reduced by the percentage you are determined to be at fault for the accident. Let your attorney handle all these negotiations.
Can I Discuss the Accident?
Why Do I Need a Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney?
There are an unlimited amount of factors that can cause a car collision. Some of these factors can result in the victim being qualified to claim compensation for damages. In these cases, hiring a Houston car accident attorney to represent you can be a beneficial decision when claiming compensation for your injuries.
Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC represents commercial vehicle accident victims in Houston, TX.
What is a Commercial Vehicle?
A commercial vehicle is on the road for business purposes, from company cars to semi-trucks. Our attorneys also handle cases involving delivery van accidents, company pickup truck accidents and more.
difference between commercial vehicle accident and car accidents
Although car accidents and trucking accidents often happen in the same manner, they are not the same. There are a host of laws and regulations that trucking companies must comply with that affect how a trucking accident should be addressed.
A fully loaded semi truck can often weigh nearly 20 times greater than a full size pick up truck and 40 times greater than a compact passenger car. These differences in size can present a very dangerous condition that often result in serious injuries to car drivers.
When a commercial vehicle is involved, you may need to pursue a claim against the driver’s employer, if he or she was driving while doing business for his or her employer, or you may have to pursue a claim against the company that owns the vehicle if that entity is different than the driver’s employer.
Economic Damages: These are such quantifiable expenses as medical and rehab bills, lost wages, and loss of future earning capacity. To accurately gauge your economic damages, we may consult with experts regarding your projected future medical and rehab costs.
If you were hit by a commercial vehicle in Houston, contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC today for a free case review and consultation.
There are several types of compensation. Which you receive depends on the specifics of your accident. These include:
General Damages: General damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, and loss of quality of life. They are more difficult to quantify than economic damages, but they are no less important.
Punitive Damages: Punitive damages are available in Texas only for gross negligence or intentional misconduct. A common example is drunk driving.
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