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If you were in an accident with an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle and live, you should consider yourself lucky.
An 18-wheeler weighs over 80,000 pounds. Passenger vehicles can’t withstand that much weight and at the speeds you see 18-wheelers going on I-35.
If you were in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you’ve likely sustained injuries–some serious. Your vehicle is likely totaled.
And even if you’re lucky to be alive, your impending medical debt, the missed work, and everyday bills piling up don’t feel very lucky.
If you’ve been in a commercial truck accident, a lawyer will be able to help you recover what you’ve lost.
The Waco, TX, personal injury lawyers at Biggs & Greenslade are a phone call away. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
A personal injury case hinges on you or your truck accident attorney determining and proving who or what caused the accident.
In an accident involving passenger vehicles, this is really simple. In about 95% of cases, one or the other driver is at fault.
Truck accident cases are much more complicated.
In a truck accident case, the driver may be responsible. But the trucking company and the company that loaded the cargo may also be responsible.
If you’ve been in a semi-truck accident, your attorney and their investigators will have to spend time determining just who caused the accident.
At Biggs & Greenslade, we have the manpower and the experience to help determine who is at fault so that our clients can recover the compensation they need to move on.
Drivers are the most common cause of accidents. All drivers owe the people they share the road with a duty of care.
If they caused an accident because they were driving recklessly or breaking the rules of the road, they should be responsible for ensuring accident victims have everything they need to recover.
The company that paid the driver to transport the cargo can also be held responsible for the accident. Trucking companies are responsible for:
If the trucking company didn’t do any of these things, they may be responsible for the accident, and your semi-truck accident lawyer will make them compensate you appropriately.
If your accident was caused by the cargo itself, like if a log fell off the back of a commercial logging truck, you may also be entitled to compensation from the company that loaded that cargo.
Cargo crews and vendors are responsible for safely packing and stowing cargo. If they failed to do that, your 18 wheeler accident lawyer will get the compensation you need from them.
If your accident was caused by a catastrophic failure of a part on the truck–the brakes, for instance–the manufacturer of that part may be held liable for damages to you and your vehicle.
These companies put up a fierce defense, but your 18 wheeler accident attorney will fight for you to get fair compensation for damages.
The statute of limitations in Texas is 2 years. You can file a personal injury claim in that time, but if you don’t decide to do it before then you may not be able to get compensation for your injuries, property, or lost wages.
The lawyers at Biggs & Greenslade’s primary responsibility is to represent you–in trial, when negotiating with insurance companies, or during a settlement agreement.
In pursuit of that goal they also:
While it’s simple to tell who’s at fault in an accident that involves non-commercial drivers, it’s much more difficult to determine who’s at fault in a commercial trucking accident.
If you believe that the driver or trucking company is responsible for the accident, the best thing is to schedule a free consultation with Biggs & Greenslade to provide them with the details of your case.
Most personal injury cases end in a settlement agreement. The responsible party agrees to pay an amount that your lawyer negotiates.
Only very occasionally do personal injury cases go to trial. If your lawyer advises you to take your case to trial, you should give it real consideration.
The decision to go to trial is ultimately yours, though. If you decide to go against your lawyer’s advice, they will negotiate a settlement out of court.
How much does a trucking accident lawyer cost?
You don’t pay them anything out of pocket. Personal injury lawyers work off of a contingency fee, which means that their fees are taken out of the settlement agreement that they negotiate.
If they don’t win your case, then you pay them nothing.
Kenneth Biggs is a former Smith County prosecutor and has worked on over 1000 criminal cases in his career.
There aren’t many personal injury lawyers with the amount of trial experience that Kenneth Biggs has. He’s developed a powerful courtroom presence over the years and leverages that to help secure his clients better awards and outcomes.
John Greenslade began his career working for a firm that specialized in defending insurance companies. He uses this experience to help him understand the opposition and compel them to come to the negotiating table with his clients.
Trucking companies and the insurance companies that protect them will always fight to lower the amount of compensation they owe you. John Greenslade’s experience helps prevent that.
As personal injury lawyers, Kenneth Biggs & John Greenslade have helped hundreds of Central Texans recover from the unimaginable.
If you were in an accident with a commercial vehicle, whether an 18-wheeler or something else, you need experienced personal injury lawyers to help you sift through the accident.
If you were injured, you’re going to need a little help getting back on your feet, and we’re here to do just that.
Contact the law offices of Kenneth Biggs & John Greenslade today to schedule a free consultation.