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If you or a loved one was involved in a trucking collision in Corpus Christi, you need an experienced commercial truck accident attorney on your side.
Your injuries may require extensive treatment and care, keeping you from working and earning a living. You deserve compensation for all your damages, including your medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma, and more.
At the Grossman Law Offices, our team of knowledgeable personal injury attorneys will fight to get you the justice you deserve. We work to protect your legal rights and hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence.
We offer a free case analysis, and we never collect any legal fees until we recover compensation for your damages.
Call (855) 934-1342 or contact us to learn more, or to speak with an 18-wheeler accident lawyer in Corpus Christi.
Commercial Truck Accident Statistics in Corpus Christi: Crashes, Injuries, and Fatalities Over the Past 5 Years
At the Grossman Law Offices, our truck accident attorneys in Corpus Christi see first hand how common this type of injury is in our area.
Data from the Texas Department of Transportation indicates that, in 2019, Nueces County had more than 400 accidents involving large commercial vehicles.
20% of these resulted in injuries and fatalities.
Approximately one-quarter of these accidents occurred due to a distracted driver.
These are not the only causes of truck accidents in Corpus Christi, TX.
Accidents happen for a variety of reasons and are not limited to this list.
Why Do I Need to Hire an Attorney to Make Sure the Trucking Company Behaves Fairly?
Trucking companies are notorious for trying to prevent injury accident victims from collecting fair compensation for their damages.
Although they carry substantial insurance policies—as required by law—they pay high premiums due to the amount of financial and legal liability associated with their industries.
To keep their insurance costs down and avoid penalties or government sanctions, they will go to great lengths to prevent you from collecting a settlement.
Their insurance companies are even less eager to pay settlements to injury victims, even when the policyholder clearly had fault for an accident. Rest assured that the insurer will do whatever they can to limit your potential payout.
Our experienced attorneys know all the tricks that the big trucking companies and their insurers might pull—and they know we know. We hold them accountable for their obligations, even if that means filing a lawsuit and taking them to court.
If you were injured in a truck accident, do not talk to any insurance company or provide any statement until you talk to an experienced attorney. The insurers will use anything you say to minimize your claim’s value or to deny a settlement.
I Already Know a Lawyer in Corpus Christi; Should I Just Hire Them?
Unless your friend has a depth of knowledge and experience handling commercial trucking cases, you should seriously consider choosing another attorney to handle your claim.
Many lawyers know a bit about personal injury law, but that usually doesn’t go much beyond simple car accident claims. Many others have never handled any personal injury cases, let alone one as complex as yours could potentially be.
If you needed open heart surgery, would you go to a dentist for the procedure or would you look for a cardiac specialist?
Hiring anyone other than a seasoned truck injury attorney just doesn’t make sense when you have this much at stake.
What Are Some of the Most Serious Injuries That Are Commonly Caused by 18-Wheeler Wrecks?
The nature of 18-wheeler crashes is sudden and violent, potentially leaving victims with extreme or life-threatening injuries. The more serious your injuries—and the more your injuries will negatively affect your life in the future—the higher your case value may be.
If you require ongoing medical treatment or care (in-home or residential), or if your ability to perform your job or enjoy life activities is impaired, you might also have a higher claim value.
These are some of the most common types of injuries that we help clients with after a Corpus Christi commercial trucking crash:
- Bone fractures (including compound fractures),
- Joint dislocation,
- Head injuries (including concussions),
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs),
- Soft tissue injuries,
- Back injuries,
- Nerve injuries,
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Internal organ damage,
- Lost digits,
- Lost limbs, and
- Emotional trauma.
The most fortunate victims will sustain injuries that quickly and fully heal with proper treatment. They may require physical therapy or rehab to regain full functionality, but ultimately, they regain most or all of their pre-accident condition and abilities.
Other victims are less lucky. Spine and nerve injuries are common after a serious accident, frequently leaving the victim to a lifetime of pain and suffering.
Scarring is also common, particularly on the face, which can cause significant emotional trauma. Lost fingers, toes, arms, or legs can render the victim unable to perform their job or enjoy the activities they participated in before their accident.
Whatever type of injuries you or your loved one suffered, talking to an 18-wheeler accident lawyer in Corpus Christi can give you the information you need to get started on the legal process.
What Kinds of Negligent Behavior Commonly Leads to Trucking Accidents in Corpus Christi?
Many trucking accidents occur due to negligent or wrongful actions on the part of the vehicle’s operator (driver). These include:
- Impaired driving,
- Excessive speed,
- Distracted driving,
- Reckless driving, and
- Following too closely,
A surprising number of collisions occur when commercial truck drivers back up without noticing another motorist, pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcycle rider is behind them. Drivers also may not yield to oncoming traffic, turning out in front of you or striking your vehicle broadside.
In other cases, vehicle owners may neglect to repair their equipment in a timely manner or neglect necessary maintenance. Equipment failure is another common cause of truck crashes, including faulty brakes and tires.
This may result in the trucking company or manufacturer having full or partial liability for your damages. Trucking companies may not require drivers to obtain the necessary training to safely operate a semi-truck or tractor trailer.
A Corpus Christi truck accident attorney from Grossman Law will identify any and all parties that caused or contributed to your injuries, so we can hold them accountable for their wrongful actions.
What Can I Do If I Lost a Loved One in a Commercial Truck Accident?
The sad fact is that commercial trucking crashes often result in the loss of life.
If you lost a loved one in a Corpus Christi semi-truck crash, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.
No matter how large the settlement may be, it won’t undo the damage that was done or bring your family member back. However, holding the at-fault party responsible for their negligent or wrongful actions sends a powerful message and potentially helps prevent future accidents from occurring.
You may be entitled to recover compensation for the victim’s burial and funeral expenses, lost financial and household support, loss of companionship and care, loss of inheritance, emotional trauma, and more.
What Does a "Fair" Truck Accident Settlement in Corpus Look Like?
A fair settlement in any personal injury claim is one that compensates you adequately for the actual economic and non-economic damages you sustained.
The amount of your claim will depend on several factors, including the nature and extent of your injuries and how they will affect you in the future. You may be able to pursue a settlement that includes some or all of the following:
- Emergency transport and treatment,
- Hospital stays and surgery,
- Physician and surgeon services,
- Medical testing and imaging,
- Prescription medications,
- Medical and assistive devices,
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy,
- Lost income and benefits, and
- Pain and suffering.
You may also be able to recover compensation for personal property damage, such as the repair or replacement of your car. You can typically pursue compensation for any medical care or treatment you might need in the future.
If you suffered any disability, scarring, disfigurement, or other long-term or permanent damages, your attorney will include the value of those losses in your claim. Loss of earning capacity and diminished quality of life can also affect the value of your claim.
What Types of Vehicles Qualify as Commercial Trucks?
When you think about a trucking accident, the chances are good that semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and tractor-trailer rigs come to mind. In truth, a variety of different vehicle types, sizes, and body styles qualify as commercial trucks.
The type of vehicle that caused your accident can affect your settlement as well as how your attorney will build your case.
Some other examples of commercial trucks include:
- Cement mixers,
- Dump trucks,
- Flatbed trucks,
- Utility trucks,
- Cherry pickers (bucket trucks),
- Trash/recycle trucks,
- Farm vehicles,
- Tow trucks,
- USPS mail trucks,
- FedEx/UPS trucks,
- Street sweepers,
- Moving vans,
- Tanker trucks,
- Crane trucks, and
- Panel, cargo, and delivery vans.
You might also have a valid claim if you were involved in a crash with a farm vehicle, RV, or company work truck.
As you can imagine, pursuing a claim against any one of these types of vehicles can become quite complex. In addition to the driver or operator of the vehicle, we must consider who owns the vehicle and what laws govern its operation.
A trash or recycling truck, for example, may be owned by the city of Corpus Christi or a private contractor. The laws for bringing legal action against a municipality are different than those for filing suit against a private company.
The Texas Tort Claims Act limits the amount of compensation you can recover from the city or any government entity. There are no limits, however, on what you can recover from a private entity.
This is yet another reason why it’s important to choose a Corpus Christi truck accident attorney who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in pursuing claims like yours.
If I Hire a Corpus Christi Truck Accident Attorney, Will I Need to Help with My Case?
The experienced personal injury lawyers of Grossman Law are committed to handling every aspect of your case, from beginning to end. We handle all the details so that you can focus on your recovery.
That said, there are some important ways that you can contribute to the success of your case.
The most important thing you can contribute is information. By providing us with every detail you remember, you will help us build the strongest possible case. Collect any receipts you may have for out-of-pocket expenses (such as having your car towed, etc.) and provide those to us as well.
If you went to the emergency room or saw a doctor after your accident, we simply need the provider’s contact information so we can obtain those medical records.
We will also need a copy of the police report, but we can obtain that on your behalf as well. If you took any photos at the accident scene or collected contact information from any witnesses, providing that information to us will be invaluable for establishing fault and liability for your damages.
Finally, we will need to review any potential settlement offers with you when they come in. We will never accept a settlement offer without your knowledge and approval.
If we can’t negotiate an acceptable settlement offer from the at-fault party’s insurance company, we will discuss our options for taking your case to court and pursuing compensation for our damages at trial.
Will I Have to Pay a Large Amount to Hire a Good 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney?
When you choose a Corpus Christi truck accident lawyer from the Grossman Law Offices to handle your case, you won’t have to pay a penny out of pocket.
We start by providing you with a free case evaluation. During this consultation, we will listen to your story and learn the details of your case. We will go through each of your options with you and answer any questions you might have.
If we believe we can help you recover the compensation you deserve—and if you feel that we’re a good fit for you—we will begin the legal process immediately.
Because we take commercial trucking accident cases on a contingency basis, you won’t have to pay any legal fees until we settle your claim or win an award in court.
If we don’t recover any compensation for you, you won’t owe us any legal fees. When we do get a settlement for you, we simply deduct our agreed-upon percentage and expenses and hand you a check for the rest.
What Are the Next Steps to Speak with a Corpus Christi Trucking Accident Attorney at Grossman Law?
The first step to getting started with the legal process is simple. Call us now at (855) 934-1342 or use our online contact form to provide your contact information. A friendly, helpful member of our team will contact you to learn more and to schedule your free case analysis.
We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer any questions you have or assist you in any way. We have almost three decades of experience, during which time we have helped hundreds of clients and recovered millions of dollars on their behalf.
We understand what a difficult time this can be, but you don’t have to face this challenge alone. Our friendly, compassionate legal team is standing by to assist you. We can also assist you in Spanish.
Our Corpus Christi truck accident lawyers look forward to helping you with your case and working to recover the compensation you deserve for your damages.