Truck Accident Attorney San Antonio
Being injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler can take a horrendous toll. The sheer devastation a tractor-trailer can cause others on the road is enormous. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, victims of accidents involving collisions between cars and these large trucks often die as a result of their injuries, because of how vulnerable people riding in smaller vehicles are. But even when they survive, the injuries can be severe and lifelong.
When you’ve been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, you often need extensive medical care and physical rehab services. You lose time at work and/or your family misses out on your income. The emotional setbacks, including a fear of ever returning to the road, can feel overwhelming. And, then there is the cost: time off work, medical care, rehabilitation, and more. It’s all a victim can do not to end up buried under a pile of debt.
If you or someone you love has been impacted by an accident involving a tractor-trailer, the Law Offices of George Salinas may be able to help. Contact us today at (210) 225-0909, or online, for your free consultation.
Hire a San Antonio Large Truck Accident Attorney
The Law Offices of George Salinas works with clients who need help recovering their health and livelihoods after accidents involving 18-wheelers and other large trucks. On behalf of our clients, we have faced down insurance companies and gone after responsible parties who owe compensation to our clients.
We have recovered compensation on behalf of our clients for a variety of expenses, including those relating to medical care, long-term care and services, pain and suffering, and lost wages from victims being unable to return to work, or having to take time off of work to care for an injured loved one.
If you need an experienced large truck accident attorney in the San Antonio, Texas area, call on the Law Offices of George Salinas and ask if we can help.
Working With Us in Large Truck Accident Matters
We have a long track record of representing clients motor vehicle accidents, including those involving large trucks. To get an idea of what it’s like to work with us, read what our clients have to say on our Testimonials page. You will find that we are especially proud of our commitment to clear communication with our clients. We know how important it is for clients to feel “heard,” and we take the time to understand their situations and to identify legal strategies best suited to helping them recover and move on with their lives.
Common 18-Wheeler Accident Injuries
As noted above, many victims of accidents involving large trucks die as a result of their injuries. When they survive, their injuries can be devastating, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries resulting in partial or total paralysis
- Internal and soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
- Crushed or amputated limbs
- Penetrating injuries
- Long-term emotional effects
Who Bears Responsibility for 18-Wheeler Accident Injuries?
In many, if not most, cases, the driver of the 18-wheeler bears at least some of the fault for the accident and its resulting injuries. It is not uncommon for these accidents to happen when overworked truck drivers fall asleep at the wheel or make bad decisions as a result of sleep deprivation or taking substances to stay awake. Trucking companies may also bear some of the responsibility for these accidents. For example, if they push their drivers to drive longer-than-safe hours, fail to equip their trucks with proper safety equipment, or fail to train their drivers in responsible driving practices.
At the Law Offices of George Salinas, we have years of experience working with clients to identify the parties who may be responsible for compensating them. We know how to pursue those parties in a manner that best serves our clients’ best interests, whether that means negotiating settlements or taking a case all the way through trial.
What Kind of Damages Can Be Recovered After an 18-Wheeler Accident?
When a large truck accident victim survives, the victim’s medical costs may be covered by some sort of insurance, such as health insurance or auto insurance. But, our clients usually need far more covered than just medical expenses to return to living a healthy, productive life. Fortunately, victims of large truck accidents and their families may also be entitled to compensation for:
- Lost wages due to time off work to recover from the injury or to care for an injured family member
- Lost future earnings of the victim who died
- Long-term care and rehabilitation services
- The pain and suffering resulting from the accident and the difficulty of living with injury or the loss of a loved one
- Property damage
In Texas, it may also be possible to recover punitive damages from responsible parties who have acted in an especially reckless manner. These damages aim to punish those parties and make sure they don’t hurt anyone else.
Every case is different and there is never a guarantee of receiving anything. Sitting down with an experienced large truck accident, however, is often the best way to determine what damages you may be entitled to recover in your own case.
How Do Those Liable for Large Truck Accident Injuries Try to Avoid Paying?
When a truck accident devastates a victim’s life, the parties potentially responsible recognize they may have large financial exposure. Ideally, those parties will step up to the plate and pay their fair share. But, unfortunately, sometimes they do the opposite and fight tooth-and-nail to avoid paying a dime. Instead, insurance companies and responsible parties may try to blame the accident victim, which an effective—albeit unscrupulous—strategy when victims die as a result of the accident, or when truckers flee the scene of an accident.
Responsible parties who cannot blame victims may still try to claim the accident was someone else’s fault. They may also try to give victims and families the runaround, claiming to want to help them while trying to get them to sign releases or to accept tiny settlements. An attorney experienced in representing victims of large truck accidents can help you avoid these pitfalls.
Can I Afford a Lawyer?
At the Law Offices of George Salinas, we offer free initial case consultations, and in appropriate cases, we may agree to represent a client on a contingency fee basis in which we only collect fees out of money we recover on our client’s behalf. In such an arrangement, we may cover the court costs associated with pursuing a case, if appropriate. Please do not be afraid to tell us about your situation and ask us if your or your loved one’s large truck accident case may be appropriate for a contingency fee arrangement.
San Antonio, Texas, Large Truck Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, or you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a large truck, contact the Law Offices of George Salinas today at (210) 225-0909, or online, to discuss your potential legal options.