Trucking accidents cause more severe injuries and are more complicated than regular auto accidents. These commercial vehicles include, 18 wheelers, concrete trucks, delivery trucks, dump trucks, box trucks, etc. and can weigh almost 18,000 pounds. Due to the nature of these vehicles, more serious injuries result such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, permanent scars or injuries such as amputations and paralysis, or even wrongful death.
Commercial vehicle accidents almost always cause serious traumatic brain injuries (TBI). According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, those who suffer from TBI’s will suffer from depression with symptoms including feelings of sadness and loss of control, loss of interest in activities with family and friends previously enjoyed, and relying on controlled substances or alcohol. TBI victims experience serious physical pain and mental anguish (pain and suffering) which prevent them from living and enjoying a normal life. These brain injures can last for a few weeks or up to the entire remainder of life. Thus, if one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, whether permanent or not, due to the negligence of another, he/she is entitled to recover the maximum pain and suffering from those responsible.
Further, commercial vehicle cases become complicated when multiple parties may be involved. The victim, truck driver, truck driver’s company, and the manufacturer and/or distributor, if there were defective trucking parts, may all be contributorily negligent parties to share responsibility and blame. Further, liability may be contested between the truck driver, employer, and even the manufacturer. In addition, lawsuits become further complex if either the truck driver, victim, trucking corporation are in different states. Thus, it is imperative to always call a highly qualified personal injury attorney.
Always remember, after an accident, (1) do get medical care immediately and take pictures of all injuries, (2) get the truck driver’s contact information including his employment and vehicle insurance information, (3) do not speak to any person from commercial vehicle company or your own personal insurance company (4) never say sorry after the accident or anything that could be misunderstood as admitting liability for the accident, and (5) take pictures at the scene of the accident including both vehicles with their license plates, and (6) call your qualified auto injury attorney immediately to recover all damages you have suffered, including pain and suffering.
About the Author: Mala Sharma has been practicing family law and personal injury with her family at the Law Offices of Sharma & Associates, founded in 1997. Mala has been appointed leadership roles for the American Bar Association GP Solo and GP Solo YLD division, is Board member of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Past President of the Houston Northwest Bar Association, and prior board member of the South Asian Bar Association. She is also a member of the Houston Bar Association. Mala Sharma has been selected to the 2019 Texas Rising Stars by Super Lawyers. Mala has also been selected as 10 Best Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorney for 2018-2019, Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers for 2018-2019, and Texas Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney by Attorney and Practice Magazine for 2019.
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About the Author: Mala Sharma has been practicing family law and personal injury with her family at the Law Offices of Sharma & Associates, founded in 1997 with over 42 years of combined experience. Mala is a Board of Advocates for the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association GP Solo YLD, member of the Houston Bar Association, President Emeritus of the Houston Northwest Bar Association, and prior board member of the South Asian Bar Association.
This material is available for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. If you require advice on any particular legal question, you may contact Sharma & Associates at 281-893-8644 or by email at email@example.com to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.