Getting Maximum Money For Your Texas Truck Wreck Claim
- October 9, 2012
- Truck Accidents
If you or a member of your family has been injured in a Dallas-Fort Worth auto accident involving a commercial truck, it is important that you hire a Dallas personal injury lawyer who is experienced in handling claims against commercial trucking companies and their drivers. Injuries sustained in collisions involving semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, tractor trailers and similar vehicles are typically catastrophic in nature and often result not just in tens of thousands of dollars in immediate medical expenses, but often hundreds of thousands of dollars in follow-up treatment and care in the years to come. It is critical, therefore, that the attorney you choose to fight your case has a considerable background in handling such claims.
How Much Compensation is Available?
In addition to the extent of injuries common to crashes involving heavy goods vehicles, the amount of liability insurance available is also considerable. For the motor carrier and their insurance company, this means that the stakes are very high. They would prefer not to pay you the full and fair amount of compensation you deserve, which is why it is essential that you hire an experienced Dallas truck accident attorney who knows how to negotiate in their clients’ best interest and who has a proven track record of case results won for truck wreck victims.
As with any traffic collision injury claim, the amount of compensation you can expect to recover is generally determined by the amount of insurance available. Depending on the specific circumstances of your wreck, there might be multiple liable insurance policies in existence against which you can make a claim. Talk to a lawyer in order to determine your full range of legal options.
Under Texas and Federal law, there are certain minimum limits regarding the amount of liability insurance that each shipping company and/or truck driver must carry. In some cases, there might be additional insurance in excess of these figures. Most commercial trucks and other heavy vehicles (such as motor coaches) must have a minimum of $750,000 in insurance. This figure is increased to $1,000,000 for trucks with gross weight ratings in excess of 10,000 lbs and/or which transport oil or other hazardous materials. Trucks transporting portable tanks, cargo or hopper-type vehicles with more than 3,500 gallon capacities must be insured to at least $5,000,000.
Make Sure You Get What You’re Owed – Hire a Lawyer Today
Your best chance of recovering the full and fair compensation you deserve is by hiring an experienced lawyer who is experienced in handling claims against negligent truck drivers and their employers. Call the Dallas truck accident lawyers at Guajardo & Marks today for a free consultation on your claim. Call 972-774-9800 immediately.