35,000 pounds. 17.5 tons. This is how much the average semi-truck weighs with an empty trailer.
There are thousands of 18-wheeler accidents in Texas each year. If you or a loved one is suffering the aftermath of a semi-truck accident – one which was caused because of the negligence of someone else – you need an advocate who will fight tooth and nail to achieve the largest possible monetary settlement.
At Grossman Law, we are among the most experienced truck accident law firms in the state of Texas. We've represented hundreds of victims of 18-wheeler wrecks and have recovered millions in truck accident settlements. If you're here because you need a lawyer, we hope you'll reach out to our firm for a free case evaluation.
If you're not ready to speak with a lawyer, but you want to understand how much you will get paid if an 18-wheeler hit you in Texas, keep reading.
This article contains examples of actual truck accident settlement amounts we've achieved for our clients. It also examines the factors that have the most significant impact on the potential payout for an 18-wheeler accident in Texas.
What are Some Examples of Actual Truck Accident Settlements in Texas?
Not all personal injury law firms have the experience and resources required to win large settlements in cases involving semi-truck accidents.
At Grossman Law, we have a 30-year track record of winning cases against massive trucking companies. Here are just a few examples:
- $7,500,000.00 Settlement for the family of a woman who died as the result of negligence on the part of two different truck drivers.
- $5,450,000.00 Settlement for the family of a man who died as the result of an 18-wheeler collision in West Texas.
- $5,000,000.00 Settlement for the wife of a man who lost his life due to the carelessness of a truck driver.
Click here to see more examples of our Texas semi-truck settlements.
Is There An Average 18-Wheeler Accident Settlement Amount in Texas?
There is no “average” settlement amount in an 18-wheeler accident case. This is because the facts and circumstances will vary widely from case to case, making each settlement unique.
However, there are still ways to determine what your potential 18-wheeler lawsuit settlement could be. Two primary factors that will be taken into consideration in an 18-wheeler accident settlement include fault and damages.
Determining Fault in an 18-Wheeler Accident
Fault is crucial in determining what your settlement might be worth. In Texas, you can generally receive compensation for your damages if the other party was at fault in causing the collision.
However, it is important to note that Texas also follows what is called a “modified comparative fault” rule. This means that you will not be able to recover any damages if you were more than 50 percent responsible for causing the accident.
Additionally, even if you were not more than 50 percent at fault, the amount of your damages will be reduced in proportion to your percentage of responsibility in the accident. Thus, fault and the proportion of fault of each party involved in the accident will be critical in determining what your ultimate settlement could be.
Of course, in some scenarios, there may be nothing you could have done to prevent the collision. Examples of instances where it is more likely that the semi-truck driver was solely at fault include:
- The 18-wheeler rear-ended you;
- The truck driver was intoxicated or distracted while driving; or
- You were at a stop sign or stop light when the 18-wheeler struck you.
In these types of cases, your damages are less likely to be reduced. However, this will often come down to whether you have evidence to prove that you were not at fault.
This is where having an experienced truck accident attorney in your corner will be a great benefit for your settlement. A lawyer can help you gather the necessary evidence to help you prove that you were not at fault—or at least that you were less at fault than the other party. Ultimately, this will help you to maximize your potential recovery.
Calculating Damages in My 18-Wheeler Lawsuit Settlement
In addition to fault, damages are another important factor in determining the amount of your 18-wheeler accident settlement. “Damages” is a legal term that refers to the monetary compensation an injured party receives to remedy harm resulting from another’s actions.
Your settlement will generally be comprised of economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages will help compensate you for any expenses related to your accident and resulting injuries. In an 18-wheeler accident settlement, your economic damages might include costs for:
- Past and future medical expenses,
- Lost wages,
- Lost earning potential, and
- Property damages.
Economic damages are theoretically simpler than non-economic damages to identify and calculate. However, make sure that you work with an attorney to better ensure that you do not miss any recoverable economic expenses.
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are less quantifiable than economic damages. However, they are also important in that they help compensate accident victims for their emotional injuries. Non-economic damages in an 18-wheeler lawsuit settlement might include compensation for:
- Pain and suffering,
- Mental or emotional pain and anguish,
- Loss of enjoyment of life,
- Disfigurement, and
- Loss of consortium.
Although non-economic damages are more subjective than economic damages, they will frequently make up a large portion of your total recoverable compensation. Thus, you should always seek assistance in assessing your non-economic damages before accepting any settlement offer.
It is important to understand the extent of your damages so that you can adequately recover. A