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Commercial vehicle accidents often result in severe injuries and fatalities.

Despite your best efforts to drive safely, there may be no way to avoid an accident when you cross paths with a negligent commercial truck driver.

Contact the qualified personal injury attorneys at Zimmerman Law Firm to discuss your legal options if you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a Texas commercial vehicle accident. 

What Is the Statute of Limitations? 

After a Texas commercial vehicle accident, you may wonder how long you have to file a lawsuit.

The statute of limitations on a car accident with a commercial vehicle falls under the statute of limitations for personal injury cases, which is two years from the date of the accident. 

Two years may feel like plenty of time.

However, it’s crucial to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. While exceptions exist to the statute of limitations, courts rarely grant them.

Once the statute of limitations period passes, your legal right to sue the other party expires. 

Exceptions to the statute of limitations include the following: 

  • When the car accident victim is a minor, the statute of limitations does not begin running until they turn 18. 
  • The statute of limitations may extend beyond the two-year mark if the defendant leaves the state before legal proceedings begin. 
  • If the injured victim suffers a mental or physical impairment that prevents them from filing the lawsuit within the two years, the limitations period can be extended. 
  • If the liable party committed fraud, the limitations period is paused.

An experienced personal injury attorney may assist you in determining whether an exception to the statute of limitations may exist for your potential case. 

How Is Liability Determined? 

Liability is a legal term describing the party responsible for an accident.

Determining liability impacts your ability to recover all the compensation you deserve.

Texas law permits injured victims to recover financial compensation from the liable party. However, you need the legal expertise of an attorney to establish that liability. 

For example, if a truck driver caused your accident, your attorney may pursue a lawsuit against that person or the company that employed the driver.

Therefore, there may be multiple potential parties responsible for your accident, including:

  • The truck driver, 
  • The trucking company employing the driver,
  • The truck manufacturer, 
  • The company that loaded the truck, and 
  • Truck parts manufacturers. 

So many potentially liable parties create a complex lawsuit that likely requires the guidance of a personal injury attorney.

Your attorney negotiates with the various insurance companies involved in the case. 

Contact a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Suppose you sustained injuries in a truck accident that wasn’t your fault.

In that case, the attorneys at the Zimmerman Law Firm, P.C. serve as the compassionate advocate you need to pursue the compensation you deserve.

We assist clients in all types of accidents in Waco, Texas, and the surrounding communities.

After a car accident, we understand you may feel pain, anger, fear, and anxiety about what to do next.

We will be there every step of the way, handling all aspects of your case so you can focus on your recovery.

We offer no-cost consultations and never collect fees until we recover compensation on your behalf.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you. 

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Michael Zimmerman

Michael was born in Houston, Texas. His education at Baylor and Texas State Universities earned him a Bachelor of Science degree in 1987. His major was in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry. He finished his legal education at Texas Southern University in 1990, earning a Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1990.

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