A head-on collision occurs when a truck driver loses control of their vehicle and veers into oncoming traffic. They are uncommon, but they can be fatal, especially when trucks collide with smaller vehicles. They can happen when drivers lose control of their trucks due to driver weariness, distracted driving, or driving under the influence. Avoiding distractions and driving in the correct lane can assist in reducing crashes.
Head-on collisions require an experienced truck accident attorney. Typically, damages are extensive, and by contacting an attorney, you avoid compromising your family’s compensation, which can cover the following:
- Related medical bills – hospital visits, physician care, ambulance expenses, prescription drug costs, physical therapy, and prosthetics if an amputation occurred
- Mental and physical suffering
- Loss of wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Funeral costs and loss of companionship in the event of wrongful death
- Repair or replacement of your car
- Rental car costs
Negligence in Houston Head-on Truck Accidents
The truck attorneys at Anthony Muharib have the experience to assess your case and determine who was negligent accurately.
According to the Department of Transportation, one in six 18-wheeler drivers is fatigued. This is typically due to employer pressure to meet unrealistic deadlines. Fatigue leads to poor decision-making.
The Department of Transportation also found 30 percent of trucks involved in collisions have improperly adjusted brakes. When the driver, trucking company, or maintenance company is negligent in their responsibility to adequately maintain tractor-trailers, they may be held accountable.
Insurance companies are not always concerned with your best interests. Insurance firms for the driver, truck owner, and other potentially at-fault parties will contact you shortly after your head-on collision with a truck. They will almost certainly offer you a speedy settlement. They are aware that you are unemployed and in need of funds. The insurance company representative will not tell you that the money they are offering you is insufficient to pay your future expenses.
This lowball offer may force you to pay for medical expenditures out of pocket. This horrible situation could bankrupt you, all because of an accident you did not cause. Working with an experienced truck accident lawyer can give you an advantage in this case. You are not required to accept the lowball settlement offer. A truck accident attorney can assist you in calculating an accurate estimate of your future medical bills, rehabilitation, and in-home care requirements. This exercise provides us with an accurate cost of what your claim is worth.
Why You Need a Truck Accident Attorney
In the hectic aftermath of a tragic truck accident, a victim’s judgment may be affected due to the shock of the accident. They may not know what to do after a truck accident, and the shock of the event may cause them to blame themselves wrongly. They may:
- Give a written or verbal statement to an insurance company or truck company agent
- Refuse onsite medical treatment even though they are hurt
- Not cooperating with the police