Being involved in an accident with a semi truck or tractor-trailer is undoubtedly a harrowing experience. Many of these accidents result in serious injuries or fatalities, due to the sheer size and volume of the truck involved. 18-wheelers are the largest transporters of goods in the United States, and Texas highways are some of the most traveled for these vehicles. Over the last several years, we have seen a steep rise in the number of accidents involving semi trucks. According to Texas DOT, there were more than 34,000 accidents involving commercial trucks in 2016. 6,100 people were injured and there were nearly 600 fatalities as a result of a tractor-trailer accident.
Due to the high number of semi trucks on Texas highways, it has become more important than ever for drivers to learn to share the road. Drivers are encouraged to keep their distance from big rigs, stay out of their blind spots, obey the rules of the road, and steer clear of any distractions that could contribute to a fatal accident. If you do happen to be involved in an accident with a semi truck, you should know your rights and what you can expect from a lawsuit.
What Type of Settlement Will I Receive?
The actual value or settlement amount of a semi truck accident will depend on the circumstances surrounding that specific accident. If you are looking for an estimate on what damages you may see, a good place to start is by doing your research and looking into another truck accident case in Texas and what type of settlement was agreed upon. This will give you a general idea of what to expect. However, your best bet for figuring out the possible settlement value of your case is to contact a knowledgeable Dallas trucking accident lawyer. At Rad Law Firm, our attorneys have extensive experience representing victims of big rig accidents. We have helped countless individuals seek damages and a settlement that will help cover any medical expenses, emotional suffering, and more. That being said, there are a few key points to keep in mind when calculating the average truck accident settlement.
Insurance companies usually prefer to offer settlements to truck accident victims to avoid an expensive trial, as well as bad publicity. They will take the following factors into consideration when calculating the settlement they will offer you:
● The extent of your injuries
● Any economic losses you suffered as a result of the accident (including medical bills and change in job)
● Were you at fault in any way for the accident? If so, how much?
● Do you have legal representation?
In many cases, insurance companies won’t take you seriously unless you show that you have legal representation and mean business. This is why it is so important to contact an experienced Dallas trucking accident lawyer if you’ve been involved in a collision with a big rig. Please give Rad Law Firm a call today to schedule a free consultation where we will discuss your case and how to proceed from here.