Serious Injury or Wrongful Death After an 18 Wheeler Accident
Accidents between 18 wheelers and passenger cars are some of the most deadly types of accidents on our highways. The Texas Department of Transportation reported that there were 284 fatal truck accidents and 2,339 accidents that resulted in serious injuries that involved 18 wheelers in 2010. With IH-10 running right through El Paso, 18 wheelers are a common sight, and although most truckers and trucking companies abide by the rules and regulations set for them, there will always be a few who cut corners and act recklessly.
If you or a loved one has experienced a serious injury or wrongful death after an 18 wheeler accident, you need someone in your corner. Our team at Carabin Shaw has been fighting for our clients for over 25 years and we have handled countless 18 wheeler accident cases. Let our experienced team of El Paso 18 wheeler accident lawyers represent you and help you get the money you deserve.What Makes 18 Wheeler Accident Cases Different?
No wrongful death or serious injury case in El Paso is simple, but 18 wheeler accident cases are especially complex compared to car accident cases because 18 wheelers are commercial entities with many people involved, including the driver, the trucking company, the insurance company, the company whose goods are being transported, and even the truck manufacturer. Because of the involvement of so many parties, these can become complex quickly for you and your attorney.
18 wheelers also carry a minimum of $1 million in liability insurance and will often carry insurance up to $5 million which makes the amounts of money awarded in these cases much higher than in standard car accident cases. With this much at stake, make sure you hire reputable and experienced El Paso truck accident lawyers.Negotiating with the Insurance Companies & Potential Damages
After a wrongful death or serious injury caused by an 18 wheeler accident, you and your lawyer should file a claim with the insurance company. Because there is so much money on the line in these cases, insurance companies will often seek to offer a less than adequate settlement if you present a weak case. It is extremely important that you and your lawyer come up with the strongest case possible when negotiating with the insurance company to get a reasonable settlement. These types of cases can often settle without a trial, but sometimes a trial will be necessary.
If you decide not to settle with the insurance company, you will file a civil lawsuit or in the case of a wrongful death, a wrongful death lawsuit. El Paso injury attorneys can help guide you in this process and make sure you have your best chance at compensation.
The types of damages that El Paso injury attorneys can seek in these cases are often not tied directly to economic value since it requires some speculation. The damages awarded can be some of or all of the following:
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future income
- Pain and suffering (including mental anguish)
- Medical expenses (both past and future)
- Funeral expenses
El Paso 18 wheeler accident lawyers will fight for you in a wrongful death case and pursue the maximum compensation.How to Win Your Case
To have your best chance at winning your case or claim, you need strong evidence that the defendant or defendants acted negligently and this negligence caused your accident. Having a team of El Paso truck accident lawyers to fight for you also could increase your chances of winning.
Suffering a serious injury or wrongful death after an 18 wheeler accident is something nobody should have to go through alone. At Carabin Shaw, we’ve recovered over $1 billion for our clients, and we will fight for you. To speak to an attorney, call us today for a free, no obligation consultation at 915-779-2301.