Truck Accident Lawyer
In addition to severe injuries, many truck accident victims suffer a loss of income, emotional pain, and more.
An attorney who understands the legal complexities involved in making a claim against a large trucking company can help you recover.
The Law Firm of Roger "Rocky" Walton, P.C., in Arlington, TX, has been representing accident victims for over 30 years...
What To Do Immediately after a Truck Accident
Injured parties should not be moved until medical personnel arrives, and calling 911 will alert the authorities to the accident. An ambulance will arrive and provide medical care, and police will also come to the scene to make a report. The officer’s report will be an important piece of evidence in your case. Even if you think you are not hurt, allow a medical technician to screen for any injuries.
Get the insurance and employment information from the truck driver. You should also alert your own insurance company that you have been in an accident.
Even if the accident was not your fault, you may feel the urge to apologize out of habit. Doing so can be seen as an admission of guilt, so it is important not to say anything of that nature.
Talk to Witnesses & Take Photos
Take down the names and numbers of any witnesses, in case you need to contact them later for a statement or to give testimony. If you can, it is also advisable to take photos of the accident with your phone.
And as soon as you are able to, contact a truck accident attorney...
Schedule Your Free Consultation
Accidents involving commercial trucks are often catastrophic, all too often leading to a wrongful death case, and you might be unsure where to turn. If you have been injured in a truck accident, let a board-certified personal injury trial lawyer help.
Roger ‘Rocky’ Walton and his team in Arlington can work to help you collect full compensation for your losses. We have been helping truck and car accident victims since 1987, and initial case reviews are free of charge. To learn more, contact us online or call us at (817) 429-4299 today.
We Fight Aggressively for Truck Accident Victims
After a serious truck crash, one of our clients sustained head and neck injuries and required surgery. With our Arlington law firm's help, he was able to return to his former position at work.
In another commercial truck accident case, a big rig plowed into our client on the highway, injuring his lower back. After undergoing surgery, he was able to return to work with some restrictions.
After a tractor trailer rear-ended another truck accident victim, he sustained injuries to his hand, neck, and back. This victim had to change his line of work entirely.
"Integrity. Honesty. Respect. That's how I'd summarize the Roger Walton Law Firm. Rocky Walton's team, however, bring honor and nobility to the practice of law. I highly recommend this Arlington firm!" John L. Rothra, August 2019
I'm not sure how my injuries compare to other clients who take legal action...
Understanding What Catastrophic Injuries Are
Some victims might be unsure whether their injuries are serious enough to warrant a personal injury claim. The sheer size of tractor trailers leaves occupants in smaller vehicles in an incredibly vulnerable position so the answer in these cases, more often than not, is "yes."
Injuries that are considered "catastrophic" are life-changing. However, the full effects might not be apparent until months or even years after the incident. That is one reason why it's so important to receive medical attention even if you don't feel seriously hurt. Our Arlington truck accident lawyers often see:
Compared to other types of injuries, traumatic brain injuries can have especially extensive effects. These might be cognitive, creating memory problems, difficulty concentrating, or dramatic mood swings. Others are sensory. For example, patients might have recurring vision problems or lose their sense of smell. In other cases, severe chronic headaches might occur. Head injuries are notoriously difficult to treat and can affect victims' relationships, ability to work, and more.
Depending on the location and severity of damage to the spine, some accident victims might experience partial or complete paralysis. Spinal injuries can affect your ability to live independently or return to work. They may also require incredibly costly changes to your home.
Victims of truck accidents might suffer from serious burns to their bodies. A burn is not only one of the most painful types of injuries, but the resulting disfigurement can cause emotional effects such as withdrawal and depression.
Truck accidents such as rollovers can crush vehicles and place occupants at serious risk of broken bones. Although these injuries can often be overcome with surgery and rehabilitation, others might require amputations.
Vision or Hearing Loss
Often tied to brain injuries, these sensory effects can have some of the most damaging outcomes. A partial or total loss of your sight or ability to hear can have a substantial negative impact on your quality of life. You might not be able to return to your former line of work. Even if you are, it might be at a reduced capacity.
After you have received timely medical care, the second most important step is reaching out to an attorney. We will discuss your unique situation in order to learn more about your injuries and the effects on your life so far. Our attorneys in Arlington work carefully to not only weigh immediate consequences but also project how these will affect you and your family in the future. Using this information, we can determine what a fair settlement or jury award might be.
Learn Whether You Have a Truck Accident Case
If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt at the hands of big rig driver, trucking company, or another negligent party, our truck accident lawyers can go to work for you. Our law firm has been helping truck and car accident victims settle and win personal injury cases since 1987. We hold several prestigious distinctions and have verdicts and settlements that demonstrate our commitment to clients just like you.
Truck accidents can have catastrophic, life-changing, and often fatal effects. Although no amount of money can completely make up for your suffering, our goal is to help you return to some sense of normalcy. Schedule a free consultation at our Arlington law firm to learn more about your rights regarding a personal injury or wrongful death case. Contact our injury lawyers online or call (817) 429-4299.
"This firm came highly recommended by someone I know well who is a trusted professional and knows Rocky personally. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend Rocky Walton's firm to anyone who needs legal counsel!!!" Jessica Miller, May 2019
Why Is Pinpointing the Cause
Compared to bike, pedestrian, or even car accidents, determining the cause of truck accidents is rarely straightforward. A truck accident lawyer needs to carefully determine the exact cause of the incident in order to hold the correct party or parties responsible.
In the case of drunk driving, the commercial truck driver would obviously be at fault. If cargo had been improperly secured and ended up on a busy highway, the trucking company would likely be held responsible. In other cases, a contractor that was responsible for road upkeep might have been negligent and failed to fill dangerous potholes or other types of damage in a timely manner, resulting in a crash.
The various causes and number of parties who might potentially be responsible are just some of the reasons why you need a dedicated truck accident attorney who has handled a large number of personal injury cases of this nature. Our truck accident lawyers in Arlington work closely with specialists in the field, such as truck accident reconstruction experts, to pinpoint exactly what happened.
Contact Rocky Walton Today
If you think you can trust an insurance company to fully compensate you for your injuries, think again. They're looking out for their bottom line and will do everything in their power to minimize an accident claim involving a large truck. If you have been involved in a serious accident, it is incredibly important that you consult a truck accident attorney before signing any agreements. This is a vulnerable time and our law firm can protect your best interests while you focus on yourself and your family. Take the first step today. Schedule a free consultation at our Arlington office online or call:
To help prevent dangerous accidents involving large trucks, certain regulations have been put in place...
"I cannot Thank Rocky enough for the time he has invested in my case. His staff is amazing, they go over and beyond for their clients." Mary Narvaez, July 2016
I can't even begin to think about a lawsuit. Can't I wait?
You Generally Must File within Two Years
In Arlington and throughout the state of Texas, victims of car accidents, truck accidents, and other types of personal injuries normally have two years to settle or file a lawsuit. This rule also applies to families filing a wrongful death suit after losing a loved one. The team at our law firm understands this might sound like a generous timeline, but we advise you to take action and contact an injury lawyer as soon as possible.
There are several reasons why acting sooner is advantageous. Reaching out to our law firm will shift some of the mental burdens onto our team. Knowing our truck accident lawyers are doing everything they can to move your case forward can allow you and your family to focus on healing. Uncovering sufficient evidence also takes time, and we will never cut corners when it comes to building your argument. And in the rare event that the large truck was somehow connected with a government entity, you might have as little as 30 days to six months to give that party notice of your intent to file a claim. Don't take chances - reach out to us as soon as you can.
Begin Focusing on Your Recovery
If you have been seriously injured on the road, the mere idea of standing up to a large trucking company can add to an already heavy emotional burden. That's why it is invaluable to have a truck accident attorney in your corner. Taking the first step towards compensation can allow you to focus on what matters most–your physical and mental recovery.
Our law firm offers free consultations, so you have nothing to lose. During a case review, we can provide an honest assessment of your chances of obtaining a settlement or winning a suit. Reach our Arlington firm online or call (817) 429-4299 today to learn more.
"They were all very open and kind! They were very welcoming and I felt cared for. Consider these attributes when seeking someone to help you or your family!" Tracy Winkles, September 2019
What Does Compensation Cover?
Compensation from a settlement or verdict is intended to return the victim and their family to their previous quality of life that existed prior to the accident. This means that the money can cover physical effects and losses, such as property damage and medical bills, and intangibles such as emotional effects. More specifically, compensation may account for:
- Medical bills: From transportation in an ambulance to doctor visits, surgery, medications, and more, medical bills can mount quickly. These costs are among the most pressing to our clients and we believe our clients deserve the very highest quality treatment available for their injuries. We can provide letters of protection that guarantee medical debts will be paid back with money from a future settlement or verdict.
- Ongoing rehabilitation and therapy: Victims of truck accidents often require months or even years of therapy. This assistance might be necessary to overcome cognitive deficits or physical limitations, such as difficulty walking as a result of broken bones.
- At-home care: The effects of catastrophic injuries can place an undue burden on family members or other loved ones acting as caregivers. The best solution in these cases is often at-home care–which comes at a cost that is simply prohibitive to most of our clients.
- Modifications to your home: Certain injuries, such as amputations or paralysis, will necessitate changes to your home in order to ensure your safety. Some of our clients might also be able to maintain some level of independence by making modifications to their vehicles, such as installing hand-controlled pedals in their car.
- Loss of income: Victims of serious accidents might be out of work for an extended period while they heal. Even if they can return to work, it might be at a limited capacity. This financial burden is often exacerbated if the victim was the primary earner for their family.
- Pain and suffering: Although this area of compensation is more difficult to quantify than economic losses, it should still be a major consideration. In order to gauge how mental anguish, physical pain, and emotional distress (such as anxiety and trouble sleeping) have impacted you, an attorney will look at how your day-to-day life has changed and will continue to be affected in the future.
Taken together, the amount of compensation you may be owed for these various factors could be substantial. Rocky Walton has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for individual truck accident claims and helped victims in Arlington and throughout Texas return to a better quality of life.
Do I Really Need an Attorney?
Please remember that the insurance adjuster's job is to protect their employer's bottom line. Our job is to protect your rights, and this includes helping you avoid being shortchanged by an insurance company when it comes to the compensation you deserve.
All too often, victims are pressured to give a statement to the adjuster, when in truth you do not have to say anything. You certainly are under no obligation to have a conversation with the adjuster outside the presence of your attorney. Before you return a call to an insurance adjuster to talk about your accident, contact our Arlington law firm. We will review the facts with you and recommend a course of action to take. If Rocky Walton cannot negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf, he is not afraid to take your case to trial.
"I sought Rocky Walton for legal representation regarding a motor vehicular accident. They were diligent in making sure that the maximum and most appropriate compensation be provided. I definitely recommend Rocky Walton's staff and firm for those seeking representation with utmost professionalism and collaboration." M.grace C., February 2016
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