Truck Accident Lawyers in Tyler
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, the truck accident lawyers in Tyler at The Benton Law Firm are ready to help you. The devastation can be tremendous if a truck or other commercial vehicle crashes into your car. A machine built to haul tons of goods across the country can damage your car and cause serious or even deadly injuries to everyone inside. Trucking companies are supposed to take safety measures to keep their drivers from making the road unsafe. But all too often, a fatigued, inattentive, or just plain unfortunate trucker will lose control of their vehicle and put everyone around them at risk of serious injury. Often, these accidents would have been entirely preventable if every party involved had done their job correctly.
At The Benton Law Firm, we believe that negligent truck drivers and trucking companies should be held accountable for the injuries they cause to others on the road. Our Tyler truck accident attorneys have years of experience fighting for victims of truck accidents and their families and helping them recover larger settlements or court verdicts in personal injury lawsuits. To learn more about how we can help you after a truck accident, call us today at (214) 777-7777.
Truck accident claims our truck accident lawyers in Tyler handle
Commercial trucks are complex vehicles with a lot of moving parts. Even having a cab and trailer makes them prone to many more accidents than normal cars. Here are some of the common types of accidents involving trucks:
- Rear-end accidents: Commercial trucks, which often carry literal tons of goods, have a lot more momentum than normal cars and therefore take much longer to stop or slow down. This can often cause trucks to rear-end cars in front of them.
- Rollover accidents: Trucks’ unwieldy shape and size also put them at a greater risk of rollover accidents. Since they are so large, trucks can hit multiple cars while rolling over.
- Jackknife accidents: Sometimes, truck drivers can lose control of their trailer, causing the trailer to swing out at a 90-degree angle with the cab. This ‘jackknife’ can be especially deadly if the trailer suddenly blocks off multiple lanes, giving cars no way out of hitting it.
- Underride accidents: Trucks with especially tall trailers come with an additional accident risk. If a small car hits the back of such a truck, it can go under the back of the trailer and scrape along the underside. This type of accident has the potential to be especially deadly.
- Mechanical failure: Trucks are constantly on the move across the country. Trucks require a lot of maintenance with the mileage they’re doing and the weight they’re hauling. When trucking companies decide to cut corners, sometimes parts of their fleet don’t get every repair and checkup they need, causing mechanical failures that can result in accidents.
In addition, trucks can be involved in the same accidents as regular cars. Truck drivers may be professionals, but sometimes they are just as prone as others to distractions and risky driving behaviors. Whatever type of truck accident you have experienced, the Tyler truck accident lawyers of The Benton Law Firm can help.
Determining liability after a truck accident
Deciding who is liable for truck accidents can be more difficult than most car accidents. This is because truck drivers are employees of trucking companies, which complicates the question of who is liable for your injuries. Sometimes, the accident is entirely the driver’s fault. Other times, the company could be responsible for a mechanical failure, a failure to train its employees, or other problems adequately. Regardless, employers can generally be held liable for their employee’s actions on the job, so any legal action you take will likely be against the company. Furthermore, the trucking company holds the relevant insurance policy, and the driver is unlikely to have much money worth fighting for. Nonetheless, there may be some cases in which it makes sense to sue both the trucking company and the driver. An experienced Tyler truck accident lawyer from The Benton Law Firm can help you determine what makes sense for your particular case.
Recovering damages through a personal injury claim
Truck accidents can cause some of the most severe injuries of any vehicle collision. These injuries can result in long hospital stays and months of excruciating recovery. Sadly, some victims will never recover. All of the costs associated with truck accident injuries can be a serious drain on your finances. However, if you fight and win a personal injury claim, you could recover damages to help with a number of these costs, including:
- Medical bills
- Car repairs or replacement
- Lost wages due to time off work
- Future lost income, if you are unable to go back to work
- Other miscellaneous, recovery-related expenses
- Wrongful death, if you are the spouse, parent, or child of a deceased victim
Whatever damages you might seek, you must act quickly. The statute of limitations for any personal injury suit in Texas is two years, but you should not wait that long. Trucking companies have immense resources at their disposal, including well-funded legal teams. They could have even sent private investigators to start looking into your accident and undermining your account of what happened. You should contact a Tyler truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to have your best chance at winning.
Contact our truck accident lawyers in Tyler
Recovering from a truck accident can be extremely difficult. You may have experienced severe injuries, perhaps so severe that you cannot work and support your family. Whatever your situation, you don’t have to go it alone. The Benton Law Firm can help. Our experienced Tyler accident lawyers will help you build a strong case against the trucking company and/or driver and increase your chances of winning significant compensation, whether in or out of court. Best of all, you will only pay if we win. The trucking company could mobilize resources to fight you, so don’t hesitate. For more information on how we can help, call us now at (214) 777-7777.