At the Hollingsworth Law Firm, our Houston truck accident attorneys understand that when individuals and families contact our Texas personal injury law firm, they have urgent needs. After their lives have been turned upside down by an 18-wheeler accident, their injuries and time away from work often result in mounting medical bills and a lack of income that can overwhelm the entire household.
When our Harris County personal injury lawyers take a case, it is because we believe we can produce real results for the very real people in our communities who need our help. We provide the personal attention our clients need to face the truck driver, trucking company, another third party — or a combination of each — with confidence.
After that, the question becomes, “How long is my Texas truck accident case going to take to produce results?” The answer is, it depends. Here is why each 18-wheeler accident case unfolds under a potentially different timeline.
Step One: Establishing Liability After a Texas Semi-Truck Accident
One of the biggest factors that can impact the timeline of a Texas truck accident is determining how many parties are liable for the crash. If both the truck driver and the trucking company share liability, the insurance company will do all they can to point the finger at one another — especially if they are insured by two different policies.
If a third party may be liable, which may include a negligent maintenance company, cargo company, or even the truck’s manufacturer, the insurance pool deepens, which means more finger pointing.
During this stage of the process, our skilled truck accident attorneys in Houston will investigate each potentially liable party based on the facts of the crash, and our overall assessment of its cause. Once the liable parties are identified, we will begin the legal complaint process.
Step Two: Navigating the Legal Complaint Process
The legal process typically begins serving the liable party’s insurance company (or parties’ insurance companies) with a complaint.
The insurance company has a specific timeline in which it must respond before both parties move to the discovery process where they gather the evidence and information that is relevant to the case. The timeline for this process depends on the complexity of the case.
Once all the facts are available, our experienced Houston truck accident attorneys will begin negotiations with the insurance provider(s) to pursue the best potential financial settlement for our client’s unique needs.
Between 90-95% of all personal injury claims are settled without our clients stepping foot inside a courtroom.
However, if we believe the insurance company is offering a lesser settlement than our client deserves, we will go to trial to pursue the best outcome. Our law firm founder, Steve Hollingworth, has been the lead attorney in over 50 jury trials as lead counsel in over a dozen different Texas counties. Should your case go to trial, we will be ready to aggressively pursue the positive outcome you deserve in front of a judge and/or jury. We remain trial ready, so you can pursue your truck accident case with confidence.
Step Three: Establishing Realistic Expectations
This means providing each of our clients with a realistic timeline for their unique cases.
We understand your sense of urgency, and that with every passing day, your diminishing financial resources can bring an overwhelming amount of stress to your entire household. This is why we create realistic timelines, so our clients’ expectations are not only met, but exceeded by our dedication to their cases.
While it is typically not possible for any personal injury attorney to forecast how long your unique case will take down to days, weeks, or months, it is possible to provide a fair estimate that establishes a realistic timeline, backed by ongoing communication that keeps clients apprised of their case’s status with every step we take to further their recovery options. This is what we provide.
Contact Our Truck Accident Attorneys in Houston, Texas for Help With Your Injury Claim
If you or someone you love has been injured or lost their life during a truck accident caused by negligence in Texas, contact our dedicated Houston personal injury lawyers at the Hollingsworth Law Firm today by calling 713-637-4560 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.
Our skilled bilingual personal injury lawyers and support staff represent clients throughout the state of Texas on a contingency basis, so you never pay any legal fees unless we win your case.
If you are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve, so are we. Let us take the lead.