Also known as box trucks, delivery trucks travel millions of miles per day helping companies deliver packages to people throughout the United States. However, these trucks can be challenging to drive and delivery companies often have a high turnover rate. This creates a situation where innocent Texas residents can be put at risk of serious injury and permanent disability.
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a delivery truck, you need to hire an attorney as soon as possible. Texas has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, but valuable evidence can be lost if you don’t act quickly.
When it Comes to Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer, Experience Matters
Truck accidents are different than car crashes, but delivery truck accidents are different than large truck wrecks. It’s not enough to hire a general personal injury lawyer or even a personal injury lawyer with experience in handling commercial truck accidents. You need a lawyer who has successfully resolved delivery truck accident cases and understands the unique issues that these claims can involve.
A lawyer with experience in delivery truck accidents knows to look for causes that aren’t often a factor in other types of auto accidents. For example, the driver may have made a sudden stop or hopped out of the vehicle to deliver a package and neglected to engage the parking brake. It’s also possible that the driver of the delivery truck isn’t liable for the accident or shares liability with another potential defendant. The owner of the truck, the manufacturer, or those responsible for loading the truck might be liable—and it takes a skilled lawyer to determine how to best approach your claim for compensation.
One excellent way to learn more about a lawyer’s experience is to review testimonials from past clients and case results from accidents that are similar to yours. While no personal injury lawyer can guarantee a positive outcome, testimonials and case results help you better evaluate if the lawyer you’re considering has a strong track record.
Questions to Ask
When you’re meeting with a lawyer to discuss your case, don’t be afraid to speak up. You may not have attended law school, but your future is at stake, and you deserve to feel confident in the skills and abilities of the person you choose to represent you. Some questions you can ask to determine if the lawyer might be a good fit include:
- What is your experience facing corporate legal teams? The delivery truck company will likely have a team of aggressive lawyers on their side, so you need someone who knows how to handle their tactics.
- What potential weaknesses do you see in my case? An ethical lawyer will tell you if you don’t have a winnable case.
- In your opinion, what is the approximate value of my case? A lawyer can’t guarantee a specific result, but they can estimate the value of your case based on the strength of the evidence and the extent of your damages.
- If I’m not happy with the insurance company’s offer, are you willing to take my case to court? You want to work with a lawyer who isn’t afraid to fight for your right to fair compensation. Most claims are settled out of court, but sometimes litigation is in the client’s best interest.
- Will you personally manage my case? At very large firms, cases are often passed down to more inexperienced attorneys. You want to be sure a person you trust is handling your case.
- How often will I receive case updates? Good communication is an essential part of the process of resolving your personal injury claim. You want to work with someone who keeps you informed.
- What do you charge? Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, but you may be liable for certain miscellaneous costs associated with preparing your case. It’s smart to clarify expectations upfront.
Schedule an Initial Consultation With The Button Law Firm
An initial consultation provides you with an opportunity to determine if the lawyer you’re considering is a good fit to handle your case. The Button Law Firm invites you to contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your delivery truck accident and how we can be of assistance.