Large trucks play a valuable role in our society– delivering many of the goods we rely on here in Fort Worth. While many truckers in the industry drive responsibly, there are others who do not. When a truck is not driven safely, the resulting crashes can be devastating. If this has happened to you, contact us at Angel Reyes & Associates for a free consultation. We have the answers to your questions.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the local statistics on truck accidents in 2020 are alarming:
- There were 1,781 truck crashes, with 14 fatalities, in Tarrant County
- Denton County saw 761 truck accidents with 10 fatalities
- Parker County experienced 190 truck crashes with 4 fatalities
- There were 126 truck accidents in Wise County
- 146 truck accidents, including 3 fatalities, occurred in Johnson County
Some truck accident victims may emerge relatively unscathed, but many others will suffer serious or even fatal injuries. While the legal system cannot undo the events of the crash, it can provide financial compensation to help people begin rebuilding their lives. Some of the types of damages that are common in truck accident claims include the following:
- Past and future medical bills: It is relatively straightforward to calculate past medical expenses. These are documented and accessible to you. However, future medical costs are more complex because it requires sophisticated analysis and projection. An experienced Fort Worth personal injury lawyer will seek the testimony of experts who can shed light on the severity of your injuries. This testimony might also include your future prognosis and an approximate cost for future medical services that you are likely to require.
- Lost wages: Like past medical bills, lost wages are another type of damages that is relatively easy to calculate. That being said, lost wages can include more than just income or salary— it can also include benefits, vacation, and any employer retirement contributions.
- Loss of earning capacity: An experienced attorney can help you calculate and prove your loss of earning capacity. This is the difference between what you were making and what you would’ve expected to make in the future. For example, you were earning $125,000 in an executive role before the accident. However, your physical and psychological injuries have made it impossible for you to resume your former job. Your only option may be to accept a lower-paying position. If your new salary is $50,000, then there would be a $75,000 gap. In that case, you would be compensated by the defendant for that difference.
- Pain and suffering: As noted above, some of the injuries of truck accident victims have permanently changed their lives. Everyday activities become challenging or even impossible to perform, and the physical discomfort can be overwhelming.
- Loss of consortium and loss of companionship: Severe and disabling physical pain will eventually impact your closest relationships.
If you are injured in a truck accident, the defendant will not award you financial compensation without a fight. At Angel Reyes & Associates, we recommend that you consult with an experienced Fort Worth truck accident lawyer as soon as possible following your crash. We can provide a ballpark estimate of how much your claim may be worth.
For more than three decades, we have been helping injured Texans stand up for their rights and fight back. Not only have we recovered nearly $1 billion in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients, but our 98 percent client success rate speaks for itself.
If you have been injured in a truck accident here in Fort Worth, call Angel Reyes & Associates 24 hours a day to arrange your zero-cost consultation with a truck accident attorney in Fort Worth. You will never receive a legal bill from us unless you win your case because we work on a contingency fee basis.