Austin Rollover Truck Accident Lawyers
A truck can roll over in an instant, crashing into or crushing any vehicles in its path. These are serious accidents that often result in severe injury and death. If you have been injured in a truck rollover accident, you are probably suffering from painful injuries, and facing lost wages, loss of future earnings, and a growing stack of medical bills.
You don’t have to tackle these challenges alone. The truck rollover accident attorneys at Gibson Hill Personal Injury are here to help you recover the compensation you need from the trucking company. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, vehicle damage, pain and suffering, and more. If your loved one tragically died as a result of a truck rollover accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Our attorneys are highly experienced in truck accident cases. We’ve helped guide numerous clients to a successful resolution of their case, and we can help you, too. To schedule your 100% free consultation, call us today at (737) 249-6300.
Why Do I Need a Truck Rollover Accident Attorney?
Since trucks are commercially operated, they are subject to many federal and state rules and regulations. Since trucks are more dangerous than passenger vehicles due to their size and weight, these regulations are, in part, designed to ensure that trucks can be operated as safely as possible.
If a truck driver or company failed to follow any of these regulations, they could be held responsible for the accident. For example, truck companies are required to conduct regular brake inspections to ensure that all components of a truck’s braking mechanism are working. If the company fails to conduct a safety inspection and the truck’s brakes subsequently fail, the trucking company can be held responsible for the accident.
An experienced truck accident attorney will have detailed knowledge of the regulations that govern the trucking industry, and will be able to investigate if any rules were broken.
Trucking companies are often large, well-resourced companies that hire teams of attorneys to protect them against insurance claims and lawsuits. Making a successful claim against such a company requires the help of a highly skilled, knowledgeable truck accident lawyer.
Why Should I Choose Gibson Hill Personal Injury?
At Gibson Hill Personal Injury, we understand the devastating impact a rollover truck accident can have on your life. Many victims of these accidents suffer from severe injuries and long-lasting pain, including mental distress such as PTSD. With Gibson Hill Personal Injury, you can have the peace of mind that your case is in good hands. We are passionate about advocating for truck accident victims, and we will fight tirelessly for you.
Many people worry that hiring a lawyer will be too expensive. At Gibson Hill Personal Injury, we work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we only get paid if you win your case. We don’t charge hourly or weekly, but rather we take a percentage of your overall settlement or verdict at the very end of your case. If you don’t win, then you don’t owe us any money. This allows you to use our legal services with no financial risk to you. We also offer a 100% free consultation, which you can schedule by calling (737) 249-6300.
What Is a Truck Rollover Accident?
Trucks are especially vulnerable to rollover accidents due to their size and shape. Truck rollover accidents usually happen when a truck takes a turn too fast or sharply changes direction. Rollover accidents are frequent on freeway entry and exit ramps due to their abrupt change in speed and direction.
Although truck rollover accidents are not intentional, they are rarely truly accidental. All vehicle accidents, including truck rollovers, are usually caused by some level of human error. While road conditions may make it more likely that a truck will have a rollover accident, it is the truck driver’s responsibility to mitigate these risks by driving more cautiously. Similarly, it is the trucking company’s responsibility to ensure that the truck can be safely operated.
These are some examples of factors that can lead to a rollover truck accident:
- Making turns or changing lanes too quickly
- Braking or accelerating too fast, especially if the road is wet or icy
- Cargo that is improperly loaded, which can cause the truck to become top-heavy and unbalanced
- Mechanical failures such as malfunctioning brakes, low tire pressure, or worn tires
- Driving under the influence
- Fatigued driving: Truck companies sometimes incentivize truck drivers to drive long hours without stopping to take adequate rest breaks
- Distracted driving
What Are Common Injuries From a Truck Rollover Accident?
Truck accidents often cause severe injury, and even death. Some of these injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Back and neck injuries, such as dislocated discs and whiplash
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal injuries, such as damage to the liver, kidneys, and spleen
It’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible following your accident. Some injuries, especially traumatic brain injuries, may not be immediately apparent. Having a doctor examine you is in the best interest of your health.
Additionally, getting prompt medical attention is an important part of establishing that you deserve compensation for your injuries. If you delay medical attention, the opposing party may argue that you exacerbated your injuries by not getting medical care, or that your injuries aren’t as severe as you claim.
How Much Money Is My Case Worth?
Your ultimate amount of compensation will depend on the unique circumstances of your accident. The severity of your injuries and the cost of your medical bills will greatly affect your amount of compensation. If you successfully prove that the truck driver or trucking company was at fault for the accident, then the trucking company’s insurance provider should cover the cost of your medical bills, property damage, and lost wages if your injuries have made you unable to work.
You may also be able to recover compensation for non-economic damages, which are any pain, suffering, and mental distress caused by the accident. Calculating non-economic damages is less precise than reimbursing your medical bills. There are a few methods used to calculate the amount of the non-economic damages. One is by calculating the total amount of your economic damages (medical bills, property damage, etc.) by a number from 1-5, with higher numbers reflecting more serious injury.
- For example, if you incur $10,000 in medical bills as the result of multiple broken bones, and that was multiplied by 4, you would have $40,000 in non-economic damages of pain and suffering.
This method of calculation is not always reflective of an individual’s situation, and lawyers, insurance companies, and judges may choose a different metric to assign a dollar amount on pain and suffering. However, it can give you a ballpark idea of the amount of non-economic damage compensation for which you could be eligible.
Should I File an Insurance Claim or a Lawsuit?
Most truck accident victims begin by filing an insurance claim with the trucking company’s insurance provider. Insurance companies often begin by offering you a low-value settlement. When you accept a settlement from an insurance company, you will have to sign an agreement releasing the trucking company from any further liability. Even if you discover new evidence or require further medical care, you will be unable to take any further action.
Most individuals aren’t familiar with the intricacies of truck accident insurance claims, and may have no idea that they are being offered a settlement that is far lower than they deserve. It’s crucial to consult with an attorney before accepting any money from an insurance company. Settlements often go through multiple rounds of negotiation before both parties come to an agreement.
If the trucking company’s insurance provider denies your claim or refuses to offer you an adequate settlement, we may explore the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver or trucking company. Insurance claims and lawsuits are different in important ways. Insurance claims are handled by a representative from an insurance company called a claims adjustor, who investigates the accident and makes a recommendation about how the company should proceed with the claim.
Lawsuits, on the other hand, are adjudicated in a trial by a judge or jury. Both sides call witnesses and present evidence, and then the judge or jury makes a final decision about damages and compensation. Even if a trucking company refuses to offer you a good insurance claim settlement, they may offer a settlement if you take your case to trial. Juries can be unpredictable, and trucking companies often prefer to avoid taking the gamble of bringing a case to trial.
If your loved one has tragically died as the result of a truck rollover accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the trucking company. Usually, the immediate family (spouse, parent, child) of the deceased is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In such a lawsuit, you are eligible to seek compensation for damages, including:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Your loved one’s medical bills
- Your loved one’s lost wages/lost future income, especially if you relied on them for financial support
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium (loss of benefits of a familial relationship)
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a rollover truck accident, you may be eligible for compensation. We understand how devastating these accidents can be, and we are passionate about helping accident victims heal and recover. To get started on your case, you can schedule a 100% free consultation with our truck accident attorneys by calling (737) 249-6300. Tell us about what happened, ask any questions, and we’ll get started on your case.