18-wheelers are some of the largest commercial trucks mingling with passenger vehicles on the roadways today. In Houston, we see outbound trucks leaving from the Port of Houston and inbound 18-wheeler serving local establishments. If you travel on Beltway 8, I-45, or any other major roadway, you likely encounter 18-wheelers on a regular basis.
At the Nielsen Law Firm, we recognize the dangers of 18-wheelers. Our firm represents those injured in 18-wheeler accidents. We fight aggressively for our clients’ rights to fair compensation in the aftermath of a serious accident.
WHY TAKE LEGAL ACTION AFTER AN 18-WHEELER ACCIDENT?
18-wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds with a fully loaded trailer. The sheer size of the vehicles combined with factors such as driver error, inattention, and poor load distribution increase the risk of injurious accidents.
After a serious accident, victims may experience severe injuries ranging from deep, disfiguring lacerations to brain and spinal cord injuries. Life comes to a standstill for those who are hurt, but the bills and daily obligations keep coming. Even if you have exceptional medical insurance and receive an offer for settlement from the driver or company responsible, you may struggle to make ends meet. Fair financial compensation should include adequate coverage for all of your current and future needs. The Nielsen Law Firm pursues damages to cover the cost of ALL medical expenses, lost wages, loss of quality of life, and pain and suffering.
In addition to financial compensation, taking legal action is a way to find closure and justice after a preventable tragedy. When you decide to move forward with a case against a large trucking company, you may also play an instrumental role in effecting change within the industry. Successful civil claims often point out shortcomings in existing operating standards and serve as an incentive for companies to alter the way they do business.
TAKE THESE STEPS AFTER AN 18-WHEELER ACCIDENT
Whether you are recovering in a hospital or reviewing legal options after the death of a loved one, understanding what to do after an accident will improve your ability to secure compensation. Take action as soon after as possible to ensure your case falls within the two-year statute of limitations and to secure the evidence needed to succeed.
If you are at the scene of the accident and can do so, take pictures of the scene and write down everything you remember as soon as possible. The longer you wait to recall the events, the more distorted they may become. Avoid speculating about fault when speaking with officers, insurers, or witnesses at the scene. Keep all medical records related to the incident. A company that knows it was at fault will work quickly to clear evidence and offer all victims a settlement. Beware these initial communications and settlement offers, as they often include unfair terms.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case. At the Nielsen Law Firm, our initial consultations are always free, and we can help you determine if moving forward with legal action makes sense. We represent all victims and the families of those who lose their loved ones in 18-wheeler accidents. Our founding partner, Eric D. Nielsen has earned multiple recognitions for his work and maintains his certification as a Texas Board of Legal Specialization personal injury trial lawyer. If we cannot obtain a successful settlement outside of court, we are not afraid to take your case to trial and fight aggressively for your right to justice and compensation.
After an 18-wheeler accident, you have the right to pursue legal action against those responsible for causing you harm. Reach out to our attorneys in Houston today to learn more about how we can help you recover physically, financially, and emotionally.