Fort Worth Truck Accident Lawyer
Fort Worth Truck Accident Lawyer Doug Goyen has represented people injured in 18 wheeler, truck accident injury, and other commercial vehicle collisions since 1997. We have settled thousands of auto accident injury cases, including a number of trucking companies to pay for injuries caused by truck accidents. For our clients, the Law Office of Doug Goyen’s accident attorneys provides experienced, aggressive, and powerful representation.
You have no control over what other drivers do. You can, however, reclaim control of your life after a truck accident. The first step on the road to recovery is to contact a truck accident attorney who will protect your rights, seek the compensation you deserve, and ultimately help guide you through your case with the experience, expertise, and desire for justice that your case deserves.Why Get a Fort Worth Truck Accident Lawyer
The Texas Department of Transportation reports there were 39,193 commercial vehicle accidents in Texas in 2019. It reports that 11,076 of these accidents involved injuries and that there were 613 fatalities in those accidents.
According to studies, when truck accident victims are represented by an attorney rather than attempting to deal with a truck insurance company on their own, they recover more in damages. Following a truck accident, a Fort Worth truck accident lawyer can offer a variety of services aimed at recovering the most money for you and your family. These are some of the services available:
- We help our clients recover the costs of their ambulance ride, hospital stay, emergency room doctors, and other medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
- Conduct a thorough investigation into your accident.
- Examining all insurance policies pertaining to your case.
- If our clients are unsure where to go for treatment, we help them find a medical facility that can treat their injury.
- If our clients are unable to afford the treatment they require for their injury, we will assist them in locating a medical facility that will defer billing the client while they receive treatment.
- Assuring that all documents are filed on time.
- Assuring that our clients’ lost income is recovered from their auto insurance company if they were unable to work due to their injury.
- Helping clients obtain payment for vehicle damage, towing bills, storage fees, and rental car expenses.
- Assisting our clients in recouping their accident-related out-of-pocket expenses.
- Negotiating with the auto insurance company aggressively.
- Making a compelling case for you in court.
- We help our clients obtain the maximum settlement amount for their pain and suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement, and other accident-related damages.
To maximize your recovery, you need a lawyer who will aggressively pursue all of the evidence, witnesses, reports, video, records, and other documents in your case. We have recovered millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. You will not be charged unless and until we win. To contact us, please call (972) 599 4100 or fill out our website contact form.
Texas law allows you to recover compensation in a personal injury claim or case. Our Fort Worth truck accident lawyer will know what evidence you need to obtain for compensation in your case. The insurance company may act as if they don’t believe your claims or may try to make it difficult for you to present your claims, but Texas law allows you to recover for the following areas listed below if necessary.
Personal injury attorneys use the term “damages” to describe how you were harmed or lost money in your personal injury or wrongful death case. To describe damages, most knowledgeable personal injury attorneys have begun to use the phrase “harms and losses.” In other words, if you have one or more of the following types of injuries, Texas (and most other states) law allows you to recover money to compensate you for the harm caused by the negligent conduct (or the damage that was caused, or harm that was caused, or loss that was caused). If you have proof of the claimed damage or injury, the person or company responsible for the accident or injury may be forced to pay for the following injuries or damages.
The following are common types of damages recoverable in auto accident personal injury cases:
- Past and future medical bills: The amount of medical bills required to treat your injury in the past and in the future.
- Earning capacity lost in the past and in the future: The amount of money you could have earned if you had not been injured.
- Past and future lost income: The amount of money you have lost and will lose as a result of the injury.
- Physical impairment in the past and future: How you have been physically impaired in the past as a result of your injury, and how you will be physically impaired in the future.
- Disfigurement in the past and in the future: How the injury physically disfigured you in the past and how it will disfigure you in the future.
- Past and future mental anguish: How your physical injury has caused significant mental anguish, to the point where it is more than disappointment, resentment, embarrassment, or anger, and how it will continue to do so in the future.
- Compensation is allowed for past and future pain and suffering based on a jury’s common sense, knowledge, and sense of justice. In terms of settling a claim, determining the value of pain and suffering is done by imagining what a jury – who does not know anyone involved – will think the value is.
- Property damage: Property damage, such as damage to your car, computer, phone, or glasses, is recoverable in an accident case.
- Rental car bills, or if you used your property or vehicle in your business and lost some of your income while the vehicle was unable to be driven, are recoverable in a truck wreck or accident case.
- Storage: If your vehicle was towed from the scene and stored in a storage yard, you will be charged for that time. This is recoverable in the event of a truck accident or a motor vehicle wreck.
- Total loss of property: If your vehicle was destroyed and cannot be repaired, you are entitled to the value of the vehicle immediately prior to the accident.
- Diminished value of property: If your vehicle has been repaired but is now worth less money as a result of the accident, you are entitled to compensation for the diminished value of your vehicle.
- Loss of a body member or mental function: If you have lost an arm, leg, or mental function or capacity as a result of the accident or injury, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses.
- Loss of consortium (spouse, parent, child/filial): If the injury was severe enough that you no longer enjoyed the companionship of your family members, you are entitled to compensation for the harm done to your family relationships.
- Loss of services: If a husband or wife is unable to perform their normal household duties as a result of the injury, they are entitled to compensation.
- Emotional/mental trauma (bystander injury): If a closely related person witnesses the event in some way, such as seeing a loved one seriously injured or killed, they have the right to recover as a bystander for the emotional or mental trauma caused by witnessing such an event.
- Punitive Damages: Are allowed to “punish” the person who caused the injury for extremely bad or illegal behavior, with the goal of discouraging such behavior in the future. Tort reform in Texas has weakened the bite of this measure of damages, but it is still available in exceptional circumstances or cases – but it is limited by caps enacted by the Texas Legislature in response to the tort reform movement.
The following is a list of what to do if you are involved in an accident with a large truck and there are injuries at the scene, as well as what to do after you leave the accident scene.
What to do at an accident scene:
Inspect for injuries. The shock and trauma of a large truck accident frequently cause people to initially underestimate the severity of their injuries. Check yourself for any injuries. Examine your passengers for any injuries. Check on the occupants of any other vehicles involved in the collision if their injuries are minor and do not require immediate medical attention. Others may have been injured and require assistance. If anyone is injured, seek medical attention immediately.
Call 911 if anyone is injured. If there are any injuries, call 911 and inform the operator. Police and paramedics will be called to the scene to help.
Gather contact information from witnesses. As soon as possible, obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses to the truck accident. Witnesses who are not involved in the accident may stop to help, but they may not stay long because they are not involved. Obtain the contact information for any witnesses, including their name, phone number, and any other information they are willing to provide in the event that you require their statement about what happened in the future.
Communicate with all other drivers. In Texas, drivers involved in accidents, including truck accidents, must exchange identification and auto liability insurance information. This includes everyone involved, whether or not they are at fault. With your cellphone, take photos of the truck driver’s ID and insurance information, as well as the drivers of any other vehicles involved.
Obtain all identifying information about the truck’s license plate number for the tractor (the part of the truck where the driver is) as well as the trailer’s license plate. Put any identifying numbers on the sides of the tractor and trailer. Take photographs of this information using your phone.
Take photos of the vehicles’ damage and impact points. If you are unable to photograph the scene, have a friend or family member accompany you. Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle. Photograph the truck’s point of impact. Photograph any other vehicles that have been damaged.
Take photographs of the accident scene. Take photos of the roadway where the accident occurred, showing the lanes, the intersection (if there was one), and the traffic flow at the time. Take pictures of any skid marks or road debris. Take pictures of the path you were taking – both the way you were going and the way you were coming from. Take photographs of where the truck came from and where it was going.
Be cooperative with the police when they arrive. They will conduct separate interviews with each driver to obtain their version of what happened. You should make certain that your account of how the accident occurred is included in the police report. If you are injured or in pain as a result of the accident, notify the police officer so that it is noted on the police report.
If paramedics arrive and advise you to go to the hospital, follow their advice. Paramedics who respond to car and truck accidents have experience and training in identifying symptoms that may indicate a serious, potentially fatal injury. It is better to be safe than sorry. If the paramedics tell you to go to the Emergency Room, do so.
Call the Law Office of Doug Goyen today to speak to our Fort Worth truck accident lawyer regarding your case at (972) 599 4100.
If you have been injured in your auto accident, the first thing you need to do is hire an attorney. Before hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your truck accident case, do your research. Inquire of the lawyers and express your concerns to them. Do not use a law firm if you are unable to speak with the actual lawyer. You should consult with the lawyer who will be handling your case so that you know who you are dealing with and feel comfortable with them.
Seek medical attention if you have been injured. We can help you if you don’t know where to go for treatment or how to pay for any treatment for your injury.
The Law Office of Doug Goyen can help you find a medical facility that will treat any injuries you sustained in your accident. We maintain a list of local medical facilities that can defer payment for medical bills until we receive payment from the truck company’s insurance carrier.
Do not speak with the insurance adjusters for the trucking company or any of the other vehicles. If you are hurt, the trucking company’s insurance adjusters and investigators will look for any way to avoid liability for the accident. They will be looking for anything you say that will help them avoid paying your claim by denying responsibility.
Inform anyone from the trucking company, their driver, their insurance company, or any private investigators that they need to speak with your lawyer – if you have not yet hired one, inform them that you are hiring one and that you will gladly take their contact information so that your lawyer can call them once you have.
Take pictures of any visible injuries you may have. You must photograph any bruising, cuts, scrapes, or other visible evidence of your injury for proof.
Use extreme caution when posting on social media. Assume that insurance adjusters, investigators, and lawyers will all see your posts, whether they are private or not. If a lawsuit is required to compel the trucking company’s insurance company to pay, the trucking company’s attorneys will subpoena your social media information and examine what you have posted. They will use photographs of you enjoying a night out with your family or friends, or engaging in other activities that make you appear to be in good health if you are injured.
Before hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your truck accident case, do your research. Inquire of the lawyers and express your concerns to them. Do not use a law firm if you are unable to speak with the actual lawyer. You should consult with the lawyer who will be handling your case so that you know who you are dealing with and feel comfortable with them.
Contact the Law Office of Doug Goyen and speak to a Fort Worth truck accident lawyer, call (972) 599 4100. We are confident that after speaking with us and other attorneys, you will feel at ease allowing us to represent you. Our Fort Worth accident lawyer fights for our client’s damages for their entire injury claim as well as property damage issues relating to their vehicles.