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Houston Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawsuits - Damages Victims Can Recover

Commercial vehicles are those that are used in the transportation of goods or paying passengers. This includes school buses, garbage trucks, 18 wheelers, delivery vans, and more. If you or a loved one were recently involved in an accident with one such vehicle and are looking to pursue a Houston commercial vehicle accident lawsuit, the professionals at Carabin Shaw are here for you. Our team of expert attorneys have decades of experience representing victims injured due to the negligence of another. Even if you may be partially at fault for the collision, there are still legal options available to you to pursue damages.

The Process of Filing and Pursuing a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Commercial Vehicle Accident
  1. Take care of yourself emotionally and physically. During this time your focus should be on healing, which includes physical and mental health. Adhere to your doctor's orders and attend all follow up appointments and physical therapy sessions. In addition, consider seeing a mental health specialist or attending a support group. Emotional challenges such as post traumatic stress disorder may arise after an accident.
  2. Gather information from the truck driver and the trucking company in addition to their insurance company. Were there any witnesses to the accident? Be sure to get as many details as possible about the scene and the contact info of anyone who can reliably provide information.
  3. Keep record of any and all expenses tied to the accident. This includes photographs of the scene, the damage done to your car, your injuries, etc. Hold onto all of your bills, lost wage amounts, miles driven to and from hospital visits, etc. as well.
  4. Contact your insurance agency to report the wreck. Review your coverage and adhere to any relevant deadlines.
  5. Avoid posting about the accident on social media and refrain from admitting fault with the other driver’s insurance company. Don’t accept the first settlement offered to you.
  6. Consult with a Texas attorney about your Houston commercial vehicle accident injuries. They will be able to better advise you about your legal options and next steps. If it’s decided to pursue a lawsuit, your lawyer will begin investigating the cause of your accident.
  7. If a settlement isn’t reached through negotiations with the liable parties, your attorney will file a petition with the appropriate Texas court that outlines your legal claims. Next comes gathering evidence and pre-trial tasks.

While not all cases need legal representation, it’s strongly suggested to at least explore this option. A free case review at Carabin Shaw (call 800-862-1260 to schedule) means you lose nothing by discussing your potential case with a professional. The insurance companies involved have their own interests in mind when offering you a settlement, and without the dedication of a Texas law firm behind you, you may be losing out on damages that you qualify for and justice you deserve.

Damages Available to Injured Drivers

Commercial vehicle accident victims are eligible for economic and non-economic damages, also known as compensatory damages, as well as punitive damages. Compensatory damages are designed to compensate victims for their financial situation and well-being in an effort to restore their life to what it was before the accident. These may include costs for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.

Punitive damages are awarded to punish the at-fault person or party for their extremely reckless or malicious behavior. These are not awarded in every case and depend on the circumstances of the commercial vehicle crash.

What to Look for When Searching for a Houston Attorney
  • Look for a lawyer with a proven track record of success in handling personal injury cases. Carabin Shaw, for example, has won millions on behalf of our clients, including:
    • We won $12.3 million for a car accident client who suffered from a serious brain injury.
    • Carabin Shaw won $4.6 million for the victim of another car accident who endured orthopedic injuries.
    • Our team also won $5 million for a product defect that caused paralysis for our client.
  • An attorney backed by a team that boasts the resources to effectively represent you. A law firm, rather than an individual lawyer, has a large support staff, access to collaboration with other firm lawyers, and the professional resources to investigate your accident and build evidence for your claim. This is especially important for complex cases, like commercial vehicle accidents in Houston TX, which are complex and may require legal expertise in multiple areas.
  • Someone with a communication style that is compatible with your own, and someone around whom you feel comfortable. Your attorney should establish regular progress check ins and should be easily accessible as well.
  • Transparency around fees is also a must when selecting an attorney. The Houston personal injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw know how financially difficult this time is for victims and their families. To account for this, we offer a free initial, no obligation case review to access your legal options. If you then decide to hire us, our services are offered on a contingency-fee basis. That means that nothing is owed unless your case is won.
Don’t Wait Another Day for Justice! Call Carabin Shaw and Schedule Your Free Case Review

The qualified, caring Texas commercial vehicle accident lawyers at Carabin Shaw represent victims, never big companies or corporations, and will fight for the compensation you deserve. Read over our client reviews to see how we’ve helped individuals just like you.

Call 800-862-1260 today to speak with an English or Spanish-speaking team member 24/7 to set up your no-obligation free review.

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We are very glad we called Carabin Shaw after our accident. We now recommend them to everyone. - Griselda S.
You want Carabin Shaw on your side after an accident. They were excellent. - Valerie S.
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The attorneys and staff went out of their way to help us after our accident. Thank you Carabin Shaw. - Melinda F.
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