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Texas allows you to recover financially from the injuries and pain you suffer in a truck accident. Naturally, you want to file a personal injury lawsuit for justice. But the legal process looks complex so you might wonder when to consult a lawyer for a truck accident.

Truck accidents carry many complications and overlapping issues. Hiring an attorney helps to maximize the potential for financial recovery.

Contact The Zimmerman Law Firm, P.C. if you or your family were involved in a truck accident. We will review your case to determine your legal options.

What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer for a Texas Truck Accident Case?

Pursuing a Texas truck accident claim can seem like a maze of complicated rules and deadlines. Don’t try to understand it alone. Hire an experienced attorney to help you through the convoluted legal process.

Our assistance can be vital to the success of your case. At The Zimmerman Law Firm, P.C., we offer the following to our clients:

  • Legal expertise. We have operated in Texas for over 60 years. We understand the legal process and the most effective strategies to use.
  • Advocacy skills. We will represent your case zealously and confidently whether we are negotiating with insurance companies or representing you at trial.
  • Knowledge. Our attorneys have expertise in Texas personal injury laws, which we have developed over years of experience.
  • Paperwork. There’s a lot of paperwork involved in a truck accident claim. We will help to ensure all filings are done correctly and on time.

Our lawyers can also help you with case management. Evidence preservation is imperative for a successful claim. We will help you collect any evidence, including photos and videos of the accident, police reports, black box data, and witness statements.

In What Situations Should You Hire a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer?

Sometimes, if the facts are straightforward and nothing is in question, you might be able to handle the case without an attorney. However, truck accident cases are rarely simple. The following are examples of when to consult a lawyer for a truck accident. 

Serious Truck Accident Injuries or Fatalities 

Injuries from truck accidents tend to be more serious than other vehicle crashes. The more severe an injury, the greater the impact it can have on your life, including pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of independence.

Medical bills will also be more extensive as more significant injuries require more doctor visits, surgeries, and diagnostic tests. Damage calculation can be more complicated in these situations, especially if the truck accident caused the death of your loved one.

Having a lawyer on your side will help ensure accurate damage calculation.

Accident Liability or Fault Disputes

Sometimes, liability and fault are easy to determine. You break your leg and arm in a truck accident. Video surveillance shows a truck running a red light and hitting your car at the intersection. The truck driver is an employee of the trucking company. With these facts, the liability of the driver and the company may be quickly established.

However, most cases are more complex. Having an attorney on your side is essential when liability or fault is in dispute. 

Legal or Insurance Issues

You sue the defendant parties in a truck accident claim. However, it’s their insurance company who pays the claim. Insurance companies’ goal is profit maximization. They will want to settle the case with you quickly and for the least amount of money.

They will try to entice you to settle. Never accept an offer without speaking to an attorney. The insurance company’s first offer will most likely undervalue your case. At The Zimmerman Law Firm, P.C., we won’t let these cold-hearted insurance companies take advantage of you.

Multiple Defendant Parties 

When you think of a roadway accident, you typically picture two parties: two cars, a car and a pedestrian, or a car and a cyclist, for example. Truck accidents sometimes have two parties as well. However, many times, there will be multiple defendant parties, such as:

  • Truck driver,
  • Trucking company,
  • Truck servicing company,
  • Cargo loader, and 
  • Truck manufacturing company.

Government entities may also share responsibility for negligence, such as failing to maintain roads or traffic lights.

A lawyer is crucial in these situations because they can examine the case from all angles to identify the appropriate defendants. You don’t want to miss compensation because you failed to include relevant defendant parties in the claim.

Challenges in Obtaining Fair Compensation

In a truck accident claim, you can recover various expenses and losses caused by the accident, including:

  • Medical expenses,
  • Lost income,
  • Loss of earning capacity,
  • Property damages,
  • Pain and suffering,
  • Loss of consortium,
  • Emotional distress, and
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.

If your loved one was killed in the accident, you might be able to file a wrongful death claim.

Sometimes, you may have difficulty obtaining fair compensation. Insurance companies will try to trick you into accepting less than your case is worth. Or they will deny liability.

Our lawyers will fight for fair compensation and won’t let insurance companies exploit your suffering.

Potential Legal Defenses Raised by Defendants 

Lawyers can also help counteract any defenses raised by defendants. For example, defendants will try to exploit Texas’s modified comparative negligence law. If they can prove you were over 50% responsible for the accident, you won’t be able to recover anything.

Our attorneys will aggressively defend your case to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

What Is the Cost of Hiring a Truck Accident Attorney?

At The Zimmerman Law Firm, P.C., you won’t pay us anything up-front for our services. We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning we take our fee as a percentage of the compensation we secure for you. If you don’t get anything, we don’t get anything.

Contact The Zimmerman Law Firm, P.C. for a Free Consultation

Our seasoned attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience and have secured millions of dollars for our clients. We will:

  • Collect evidence,
  • Analyze the facts,
  • Interview witnesses,
  • Calculate your damages,
  • Negotiate with insurance companies, and
  • Represent you at trial, if necessary.

Don’t be discouraged by the legal process. Contact our office and speak to an experienced attorney today.

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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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