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If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in an 18-wheeler accident in or near El Paso, you could be entitled to pursue legal action against the at-fault party.
You may be able to recover compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional damages.
Building a persuasive truck accident injury case presents several substantial challenges, due to the complex legal nature of the commercial trucking industry.
An experienced El Paso truck accident lawyer from the Grossman Law Offices can help.
Our team of dedicated personal injury attorneys understands the importance of building a persuasive case and pushing to get you a fair settlement as quickly as possible.
To schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, call (855) 934-1342 or contact us now to learn more.
Quick Reference: Do You Have a Strong El Paso Truck Accident Claim?
The best way to determine the strength and viability of your claim is to talk to an experienced trucking accident lawyer in El Paso.
A knowledgeable attorney can evaluate the facts of your case and provide you with a preliminary estimate of your claim’s potential value.
These are just a few of the factors that the attorneys of the Grossman Law Offices consider when evaluating a case.
- Did another party (or parties) cause or contribute to your accident?
- Did you suffer serious injuries as a result of an 18-wheeler crash?
- Did you seek and require medical treatment for your injuries?
- Did your injuries cause you to miss work or affect your ability to perform your job?
Typically, we would also consider whether the at-fault party had insurance or another means to pay your claim.
However, virtually all commercial trucking companies, owner/operators, drivers, transportation brokers, and others who might be liable for your damages are required to carry insurance.
Our experienced attorneys are available at your convenience to review your case and explain your options for pursuing a legal claim.
Truck Accident Claims Are More Complex Than Regular Auto Accidents, and It's Essential to Hire an Experienced Attorney
The factors involved in pursuing legal action for a semi-truck accident are highly complex.
Without specific knowledge and experience of this area of the law, a personal injury attorney may not be able to help you recover the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and income losses or compensate you for the pain and suffering you endured.
However, an experienced El Paso truck accident lawyer understands these complexities and knows how to navigate them to a successful conclusion of your case.
Many law firms promote themselves as truck accident lawyers even if they aren’t qualified, because they know that these types of claims often involve extensive (and expensive) damages.
At the Grossman Law Offices, we have the experience and track record to back up our claims. Take a moment to review our past settlements and awards, and you will immediately see just a few of our commercial vehicle injury accident case results.
Over the last three decades, we have helped hundreds of clients and recovered millions of dollars on their behalf.
The Essential Role of Your El Paso Truck Accident Attorney: Investigation and Evidence
Car accidents are fairly straightforward in most cases. Truck accidents are, by comparison to almost any other type of motor vehicle collision, highly complex and technical.
To build a persuasive case on your behalf, we must go above and beyond the normal personal injury investigation and documentation process.
We begin by mobilizing our extensive network of investigators and other resources. Making a strong truck accident case requires gathering a plethora of evidence and documenting every relevant factor.
Time is of the essence for this type of investigation. If we don’t collect crucial evidence quickly, it tends to disappear.
Trucking companies have substantial resources to fight injury accident claims, but if they can prevent the victim from obtaining the necessary evidence to prove their case, the battle is over before it begins.
Although we will obtain a copy of the accident report prepared by the police, this document may play only a small role in building your case.
Depending on the details of your accident, we might seek driver logs, electronic data from the truck’s onboard computer (similar to an airplane’s “black box”), physical evidence from the scene, vehicle maintenance and service records, etc.
We often call on accident reconstruction specialists, transportation safety experts, and other subject matter experts to provide opinions and testimony to support your claim.
Catastrophic Injuries That Often Occur in 18-Wheeler Accidents
The intensity and impact of a semi-truck collision can cause life-threatening injuries to victims or even result in fatalities. Often, victims can sustain permanent damage, disfigurement, scarring, or other injuries that stick with them for the rest of their lives.
Recovering the maximum possible compensation might be the only way to ensure that you have the treatment and care you will need in the future.
Some of the most common types of injuries that occur in 18-wheeler crashes include:
- Fractures and dislocations,
- Internal injuries,
- Traumatic brain injuries,
- Nerve damage,
- Soft tissue damage,
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Back and neck injuries, and
- Lost limbs or digits.
Facial injuries are also a common result of these crashes, potentially leading to permanent scarring and the emotional trauma that can carry.
Victims can sustain disabling physical and neurological damage, preventing them from carrying out their job duties or enjoying the activities they participated in before the accident.
If you suffered any long-term damage, your attorney may include the value of those losses in your claim. This can include diminished quality of life, diminished earning capacity, ongoing emotional trauma, and pain and suffering.
An El Paso truck accident attorney from Grossman Law can provide more information about what the value of your injuries and other damages might be.
Why Do Commercial Truck Accidents Happen in El Paso?
There are countless reasons that truck crashes occur in the El Paso area. Identifying the factors that caused or contributed to your accident is the first step in building your case.
Like any type of motor vehicle collision, commercial trucking accidents often occur due to driver error. Operators may get behind the wheel of their semi-truck while fatigued or when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Distracted driving is another common cause of these crashes. If the driver looks away from the road for even a second or two, the effects can be devastating.
Distractions are especially troublesome if the driver has not completed the proper training necessary for safe operation of a large commercial vehicle.
Speeding, driving recklessly, and failing to obey traffic laws and signage can also lead to serious accidents with other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcycle riders.
Road hazards are a common problem in and around El Paso, as our streets and roadways often lack proper maintenance. Potholes, road debris, and highway construction are all common factors in trucking accidents.
If a vehicle crashes due to improper maintenance of a roadway, for example, the municipality who failed to maintain the road could carry some portion of the liability for your accident.
If a road construction crew failed to properly barricade their worksite or put up the required warning signs, cones, etc., the construction company may have some degree of fault.
Mechanical or Maintenance Defects
Commercial vehicles require regular inspections and preventive maintenance. If the trucking company or operator has neglected these critical measures, the equipment is more likely to fail on the roadway.
If the vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed when the failure occurs, serious accidents can result. Equipment failure can also occur due to defective manufacturing of the original vehicle or any of its component parts.
Overloaded/Improperly Loaded Cargo
If an 18-wheeler’s cargo is not loaded with the proper balance or if the trailer is overloaded, it can lead to rollovers and other significant incidents on the roadway.
If the truck is carrying hazardous cargo, this poses an even greater risk for anyone who shares the road with the semi-truck. These factors can typically be attributed to the shipper or shipping broker, potentially giving them full or partial liability for your damages.
The sooner you meet with a trucking accident lawyer in El Paso, the sooner your legal team can launch an investigation into the factors that led to your accident.
18-Wheeler Accident Statistics in El Paso Over the Last 5 Years
Texas is home to some of the worst commercial truck accident statistics in the country.
El Paso is a hotbed of activity, due to our location along the country’s primary interstate transportation route.
Due to the high amount of trucking activity in El Paso, there are more truck accidents here than many other parts of Texas.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, El Paso County had one of the highest number of commercial truck crashes in Texas in 2019—more than 1,000.
More than 800 people were injured or killed as a result.
Where Do 18-Wheeler Accidents Happen in El Paso?
The data indicates that more than half of truck accidents in El Paso occur on the freeway—primarily the I-10. Heavy traffic between our area and New Mexico is partially to blame.
Local worksites, warehouses, distribution centers, and other transportation hubs are also hotspots for truck crashes.
As a growing center for construction, manufacturing, and other heavy industrial activities, we anticipate El Paso will continue to pose an elevated risk of truck accidents for drivers in and around our community in the coming years.
How Long Do I Have to File A Lawsuit After A Truck Accident in El Paso?
Under the Texas statute of limitations you have only two years from the date of your truck accident to file a lawsuit.
If you don’t take action within this period, you could lose your right to recover compensation.
Contact one of our 18-wheeler accident attorneys in El Paso as soon as possible after you are involved in a collision.
Not only will this help ensure you don’t jeopardize your right to pursue a claim, but the sooner we can get to work on your case, the sooner we can achieve a resolution and get a check in your hand.
English Is My Second Language; Do Grossman's Truck Accident Attorneys Speak Spanish?
In El Paso and throughout Texas, we assist Spanish-speaking clients with all types of personal injury cases—including semi-truck and 18-wheeler injury accidents.
Communication is vital to a smooth and successful experience. Whether your first language is Spanish or English, our legal team has the knowledge and experience to make the legal process both comfortable and easily understandable for you.
We answer your questions and explain your options without using legalese or jargon, giving you all the information you need to make key decisions about your case.
Will I Be Obligated to Hire an El Paso Truck Accident Attorney If I Get a Free Case Review?
At the Grossman Law Offices, we offer a true no-cost, no-obligation consultation and case review for all El Paso commercial trucking accident victims. We want you to have the best possible outcome for your case, and to help you achieve that goal, we will provide our honest assessment.
If you have a viable claim and we believe we can help you recover the maximum possible compensation, we will outline the steps and tell you how to get started with the legal process.
If we don’t honestly believe we can improve the outcome of your case, we will tell you so. Although it’s rare that an injury accident victim can recover a fair settlement in a commercial truck or tractor-trailer accident without an attorney, nothing is impossible.
Either way, you have our word that we will not pressure you into choosing us to handle your case, and you have no obligation whatsoever to do so.
What Are the Next Steps for Contacting an El Paso Truck Accident Lawyer 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 answer your questions and to schedule your free case analysis.
Our El Paso truck accident lawyers look forward to assisting you with your case and helping you recover the compensation you deserve for your damages.