Personal Injury

FAQ About Houston Truck Accidents

Get answers about 18-wheeler collisions

If you've been injured in a truck accident in Houston, you may not know what to do next. The lawyers at Tracey Fox & Walters know you have questions and we can help answer them. If another party’s negligence caused your truck accident, you deserve to be financial compensated for your collision.

These are just some of the questions we get asked about truck accidents. We'd be happy to answer any other questions you have. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Houston truck accident attorneys.

What kind of compensation am I eligible to receive for my truck accident?

If you or someone you love was hurt in a traffic accident involving a commercial truck or another large commercial vehicle, you could be compensated for:

  • Medical expenses (current and future)
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Loss of income and ability to earn income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Each case is different, and the amount of compensation you are owed depends on many factors. One of our attorneys can review your case and give you more information.

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How long do I have to file a lawsuit?

There is a two-year statute of limitations in Texas for filing lawsuits after an accident. However, if you were hurt in a Houston truck accident, it's important to contact an attorney from our firm as soon as possible. Quick action must be taken to preserve evidence. It can also take time to build a strong case that establishes negligence. The longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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Should I accept a settlement offer from an insurance company?

Not until you've spoken to an experienced truck accident attorney. The insurance company-whether it represents the truck driver, trucking company or another party-is not looking out for your best interests. They are not considering all of the ways in which you have been affected by your accident, or the future expenses you will have because of it. They only want to make your claim go away quickly and cheaply. A Houston truck accident attorney can help you determine how much compensation you are owed and help you get it.

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What special rules and regulations apply to truck drivers?

Every truck driver must follow the traffic safety laws in each state. But they must also follow rules and regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Among other things, the FMCSA limits the number of hours drivers can be on the road each day and each week. Every driver is required to keep a log to keep track of their working hours. They must also take mandatory breaks. Drivers are also held to a tougher standard for alcohol and drug use, and are subject to mandatory testing at certain times.

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What kind of evidence can help my truck accident claim?

An experienced Houston truck accident attorney will examine all documents related to your case. These include medical records, police reports, logbooks, delivery records and driving records. Another source of important information is the truck's data recorder, or "black box." Some trucks may also have a camera in the cab. An attorney will also interview people who witnessed the accident and those who can provide background information. Experts can reconstruct the accident and determine the most likely cause. At Tracey Fox & Walters, we leave no stone unturned. Our truck accident attorneys know what evidence to look for and where to find the facts for your case.

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