Fatal Semi Truck Accidents in Wichita Falls
Wichita Falls Wrongful Death Lawyer Michael Grossman on Texas Fatal Semi Truck Accidents
After losing a family member to a Wichita Falls fatal semi truck accident, you are entitled to seek restitution from the parties liable for your loved one's death through a Texas wrongful death lawsuit. But do you know your legal options and do you require the help of a skilled lawyer?
Any semi-truck accident case is difficult and beyond the ability to handle for a young, novice attorney, let alone normal citizens seeking self-representation. When these Wichita Falls semi-truck accidents result in deaths, the law becomes even more confusing. Only the most skilled, experienced truck accident lawyers can successful handle the compensation process that comes with semi-truck wrongful death claims.
Most incorrectly assume that the only differences in trying wrongful deaths involving semi-trucks versus car-related accidents are the enormity of the damages. Obviously, the damages in semi-truck accidents are far bigger than settlements that come in car wrecks, but there are also legal differences in semi-truck accidents and car accidents. Only someone with experience can try a semi-truck accident against the business that owned the big rig and its insurance provider. You're not just taking on one negligent trucker, but you're challenging big business. The experienced Wichita Falls fatal semi truck accident attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have handled every possible situation that can emerge in fatal semi truck accidents, and we can make sure you and your family members get fair compensation. Our first goal will be to make sure you know what your legal rights are, and what challenges could await, so you can make the right choices for your family.
What Damages Are Available?
When you're talking about lawsuits involving fatal semi truck accidents, there are usually two choices available for the victim's family: wrongful death damages and survival damages. Wrongful death damages are there to help loved ones for their suffering they're enduring because of their family member's death, while survival damages give the victim's closest living relative the chance to claim damages that the victim could have obtained had they survived and just been injured.
Wrongful Death Damages
Wrongful death damages cover compensation for such things as:
- Medical and funeral costs resulting from the fatal semi truck accident
- Loss of financial support from the victim they provided before their death
- Mental and emotional trauma due to the loved one's passing
- The loss of that special relationship with that loved one.
Survival damages cover compensation for the following:
- Medical bills resulting from the fatal semi-truck accident
- Income lost while the victim was in the hospital or from long-term debilitating injuries due to the fatal semi truck accident
- Physical pain and suffering
We know that no sum of money can begin to replace your family member or act as a proper means of compensation. At the same time, your family has been unexpectedly hit with a huge financial burden along with losing that special person, and this is where our attorneys can be a huge help. We know what steps to take to make sure you get proper financial assistance so you're able to go on living without your loved one. Our lawyers will make sure your family gets justice, and that the parties liable for your family member's death are held accountable.
Since figuring out the amount of emotional trauma can be a subjective matter, the abilities of a qualified fatal semi truck accident attorney are essential to determine the overall amount of damages in a semi-truck fatality claim. Our lawyers know how to develop a comprehensive wrongful death suit to include individual claims for wrongful death and survival damages. Compounding the problem is the fact that fatal semi-truck accidents usually include more than one liable group. You need an attorney who knows how to spot every liable party if you're hoping to hold everyone responsible accountable. Sometimes it's important to establish different tactics to deal with each defendant. While figuring out the overall damages is complicated enough, then you need to think about how a case is built or efforts the insurance companies put into this situation.
Our lawyers have over two decades of experience developing comprehensive suits against those liable parties and then executing that gameplan to get the compensation our clients deserve.
Beware Commercial Insurance Adjusters
The trucking company who owned the big rig that killed your family member purchased a huge insurance policy for specific instances like those, but that doesn't mean your compensation will come easily. Commercial insurance companies are focused on making a profit, and helping your family isn't on that same level. Semi-truck insurance policies can be up to 50 times more valuable than your normal car policy. Since there's so much at stake for the insurance company, they will only turn to their most savvy adjusters to work these cases and help avoid ways to pay you more so they can eventually help the company's bottom line.
This is probably the first time you've dealt with a fatal semi truck accident, but the lead adjuster has been around this for years and knows what ways to manipulate people during their grief process and their overwhelming uncertainty amidst their mourning. They'll act as if you all are becoming close friends and promise they want to help the family get fair and complete restitution. All that's needed of you is to answer some easy questions. Don't fall for this maneuver. They will keep throwing question after question at you, waiting for that moment when you make an error and show your loved one was responsible, so they can end up not compensating you and your family members for your loved one's passing.
Some overly-aggressive insurance adjusters will even attend the funeral or go to the morgue in hopes of having the grieving family members sign away their rights to file a lawsuit so they can get an unfair settlement. Don't sign any documents until you've met with an attorney you've hired. Many family members just want to bury the pain and move on, so they'll take low-ball offers as some way of finding closure. Let us handle the insurance company. Our lawyers have plenty of experience in handling insurance adjusters' shady tactics as they do in using them. We can handle negotiations with the insurance worker while also not compromising your case's chance for success.
The Trucking Company's Defense Specialists
Usually, the trucking company was aware of your loved one's passing before you were. As soon as the truck driver reported the fatality to their business, it sent out a squad of defense attorneys whose speciality is fatal semi-truck accidents. They begin by talking to the driver, finding witnesses and scouring for evidence. These lawyers don't care about finding the truth. Their only focus is on spotting incriminating evidence that gives your family member a chance at being found responsible for their own death. That's their only option to be able to avoid liability. You can't sit there and hope the trucker is honest and ethical - he usually relies on that trucking company for his livelihood.
The only way to combat this kind of experience is with even better experience. After two decades of handling fatal semi truck accident cases, our lawyers have learned the most effective ways of how to look over an accident scene. We immediately secure all of the key vehicles, so we can protect the vehicle's integrity from the time of the accident and examine the vehicle from back to front. We search for and interview all the key witnesses, do extensive research on the truck's safety records and the driving record of the trucker. We will then discover how your loved one's fatal semi-truck accident happened, and who is at fault for his or her death. Then with all this information gathered, we'll determine a legal gameplan for showing the negligence of those involved who caused your family member's death so you can get compensation.
You Need a Wrongful Death Attorney in Wichita Falls, TX
Anyone can find out more information about the law just by doing a quick Internet search, but you can't learn the intricacies of trying a wrongful death case by Googling it. Successful litigation has just as much to do with learning procedure than simple head knowledge. You need a lawyer who is familiar and well-versed in the procedural details of a wrongful death case - how to show damages, how to submit a demand picket and how to answer a list of admissions. People who choose to self-represent usually destroy their own cases because they aren't familiar with combating the legal challenges that insurance companies throw at them. People often think that insurance companies are afraid when someone threatens to file a lawsuit, and they'll just immediately be cooperative. In reality, it just doesn't happen that way. Just because you have a shovel doesn't mean you're going to go out back and have your own Grand Canyon. Just because you're aware of legal facts doesn't equal success in being able to practice law. Insurance companies don't blink when they're dealing with people who have no legal background because they know those who self-represent have small odds at getting a fair compensation.
The Texas Wrongful Death Law Firm of Grossman Law Offices Can Help
The Wichita Falls attorneys at Grossman Law Offices know to build a great, thorough case against all of the liable parties that caused your family member's death in a fatal semi truck accident. We have two decades of experience getting successful results in wrongful death claims with trucking companies and their insurers in Wichita Falls and throughout Texas. We're comfortable with trucking companies and working with their insurance providers, and we will work tirelessly to go over the accident scene, your case's facts and develop the best means in which to get the compensation you're owed.
We have helped plenty of grieving clients here in Texas get millions from every big-time insurance company throughout America. Since those corporate giants know about our results first hand, they usually choose to give our clients rather larger settlements out of court instead of paying out much larger amounts in a costly trial. Our only objective is doing what's needed for our clients, so they can get back to normalcy as quickly as possible.
If you've lost someone in a fatal semi truck accident, and you think it's someone's fault, then you want to do whatever you can to bring those responsible to justice. Call Grossman Law Offices soon for free consultation at 1-855-339-9377 (toll free), and discover how we can assist you.