Large trucks are a common sight on Texas roads. They handle numerous tasks, including hauling freight across long distances, moving people and businesses, transporting heavy equipment, picking up garbage, and delivering packages. With so many of these trucks on the road, there are also frequent accidents involving them. When a large vehicle is involved in a collision, serious injuries are usually the result. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a truck accident, you may be able to recover damages for the harm you have suffered. To find out if you can pursue a claim for compensation, contact Jeramie Gertz. As a San Antonio attorney with a practice focused on personal injury cases, I proudly assist accident victims in Bexar County and other areas of Texas with exploring their options and asserting their rights.
Bringing a Negligence Claim after a Truck Accident
Many motor vehicle collisions are caused by someone’s carelessness. A legal claim of negligence generally arises when a defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff, the defendant breached that duty, the plaintiff was injured as a result of the breach, and the plaintiff suffered damages.
Negligence cases can arise in many contexts, since the law imputes to everyone a duty to avoid causing harm to those around them. Drivers owe a duty to other people on the road to use reasonable care in the operation of their vehicles. In the case of commercial vehicles, this not only means following speed limits and other traffic laws but also complying with a host of other special laws and regulations that are associated with trucks. The truck accident attorney at our San Antonio firm is familiar with each of these regulations.
At the state and federal levels, both commercial drivers and their vehicles must meet standards of performance and maintenance that do not apply to ordinary drivers and vehicles. For example, there are regulations that govern braking systems, mirrors, loads, tie-downs, and other features of trucks. There are also rules controlling rest periods, speed limits, maintenance checks, and other practices that apply to truckers and the companies that hire or employ them. What these special regulations mean is that the duty of care owed by truckers and trucking companies to others is very stringent. When that duty is breached and an accident results, truck drivers and the companies they work for can be held liable for any injuries that are sustained.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a truck accident, it is important that you consult an attorney expeditiously to find out if you may be entitled to damages. Although Texas law allows you to file suit against a responsible party up to two years after the accident that caused your harm, important evidence can be lost or destroyed if you delay too long before pursuing your case.
For a truck accident caused by negligence, you may be able to recover damages for past and future pain and suffering, past and future medical costs, past and future lost income and earning capacity, mental anguish, and disability or disfigurement, among other types of compensation.
Consult an Attorney in San Antonio To Review Your Truck Accident Claim
If you have been injured in a truck crash in Bexar County or elsewhere in Texas, you should discuss your situation with attorney Jeramie Gertz. Call us today at 210-807-4444 to set up a free, confidential case evaluation with a lawyer. I will not charge you any legal fees for your claim unless and until we recover damages for you. I proudly serve those injured in accidents throughout Texas, including Bexar, Medina, Guadalupe, Comal, Kendall, Bandera, and Atascosa Counties.