Why You Should Hire a Lawyer for a 18 Wheeler Accident in Texas

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Why You Should Hire a Lawyer for an 18 Wheeler Accident in Texas By pastrana law firm

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Professional representation is a virtual necessity for many people who wish to navigate the American legal system and achieve a positive outcome. This is especially true for people who have been injured or had their property damaged by an 18-wheeler, big rig, semi truck, or other large conveyance. The enormous forces unleashed in a collision with a semi have the potential to inflict catastrophic harm or even death to anyone caught in the accident. This is especially true for passenger cars and their occupants.

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A semi truck outweighs most other things on the road by orders of magnitude, and a collision with one can utterly demolish any ordinary vehicle. Although statistics indicate that passenger vehicles are more likely to cause an accident to a semi than the other way around, the casualty statistics are almost completely one-sided in favor of the truck. It is far more likely that the occupants of the passenger car will be hurt or even killed. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists tend to fare even more poorly. Of the approximately 2,112 people killed in two-vehicle truck-car accidents in 2016, only 56 fatalities were in the truck. The remaining 2,056 deaths occurred in the passenger car.

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Texas law uses the system of compensatory negligence. This means that any plaintiff involved in an accident, no matter how severe, could be analyzed to determine what percentage of the accident was their own fault. If their fault is judged to be greater than 50%, then the plaintiff may not collect any legal compensation whatsoever. Meanwhile, the truck is quite possibly owned and operated by a trucking company, and this company may employ an attorney to advocate their side as a matter of course. This means that almost always the only way the injured individual can be certain of adequate funds for medical bills and property replacement is to take an active legal course.

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Typically, the injuries suffered in an accident with a semi-truck or big rig are commonly much more severe and debilitating than those from an accident with a smaller vehicle. There is every reason to assume that the injured plaintiff will be too debilitated to actively pursue legal remedies. In many cases, it will be their loved ones or inheritors who see the lawsuit through after their death.  It is necessary that the attorney be trustworthy and capable of acting independently so that their plaintiffs have time to heal, grieve, and recover what they can of what they have lost.

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Determining liability in a truck accident will affect the damages available to any injured victims. An experienced truck accident attorney understands how trucking companies and their insurers handle accident investigations. Contacting an attorney after any truck-related accident can improve your ability to secure compensation. Call Pastrana Law Firm at 512-474-4487 for a free consultation and no commitment.  

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DESIGNED AND COMPILED BY: Pastrana Law Firm Raul Steven Pastrana 42 East Avenue Austin, Texas 78701 Ph: 512-474-4487 TF: 1-888-674-4487 pastranalaw@gmail.com www.pastranalaw.com

Summary: Why You Should Hire a Lawyer for a 18 Wheeler Accident in Texas By: Pastrana Law Firm

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