Time is not on your side. Trucking companies and their insurance adjusters are trained to minimize your claim. If you’ve given a recorded statement or signed any paperwork, you should consult an experienced truck accident attorney right away.
From helping you get the medical care you need to holding the trucking company and truck driver accountable for violating safety laws and getting you the compensation you are owed for your injuries, our law firm gets results you can count on. We dedicate our experience, our time, and our resources to getting you the best outcome possible in the shortest amount of time.
In our experience as truck accident attorneys helping hundreds of accident victims get the compensation they deserve, you need the right information right now. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a truck or large commercial vehicle, then you need to know some things right up front.
Trucking companies often choose to prioritize profits over the safety of their employees and over the safety of everyone else on the road. That can mean the truck accident you were just in may have been caused by the trucking company’s negligence or safety failures in addition to those of the truck driver. If you have been injured or if you’ve lost a loved one because of a reckless trucker, you need to know what the truck driver was doing at the time of the wreck, if the trucking company had violated any safety rules, and if the trucking company knew of and condoned their employee’s dangerous behavior.
First, it is important to know that cases involving accidents with trucks, 18-wheelers, delivery trucks and commercial vehicles are different than car accident cases. The laws and regulations that apply to these vehicles are different than the laws for regular cars.
Truck drivers and trucking companies must follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) safety regulations. These trucking regulations are designed so that if every rule is followed by every company, your chances of getting hurt or killed are very low. Every company is expected to incorporate their own safety rules on top of the industry and state rules. Trucking companies are encouraged to exceed these trucking safety rules to make sure that we are safe when we share the road with their vehicles.
These truck safety regulations are extensive because they address a number of important issues, including:
Recent changes to the federal trucking regulations have included additional restrictions on the use of smartphones and cellphones behind the wheel. Drivers cannot hold or reach for a mobile device while driving, although the use of hands-free devices is still allowed.
While safety rules are designed to keep us safe, truckers and trucking companies don’t necessarily follow them. Our investigations into 18-wheeler wrecks have shown that when truckers break safety rules, they do so because the trucking company turns a blind eye or even encourages the truckers to break the rules. This is not uncommon. These trucking companies falsely believe that violating the safety rules is less expensive than following the rules.
The truth is that studies have shown that companies that follow safety regulations actually save money because lawsuits cost them more in the long run. Our experiences reflect this fact.
Trucking companies tend to hire lawyers with significantly more experience defending trucking cases. These lawyers are familiar with the special laws and regulations that cover truck drivers and trucking companies, giving them yet another advantage in the legal process.
Many lawyers accept car accident cases. However, not many lawyers have experience handling truck accident cases, especially those involving significant injuries. Unlike most lawyers, our Houston law firm has the experience, resources, and reputation to take on the largest, most sophisticated trucking companies in the world. At our firm, we have handled hundreds of accidents involving 18-wheelers, commercial trucks, and company vehicles.
Hiring the right firm for your claim can make all the difference in the world. Very few firms know how to prevent you from getting tricked into a lowball settlement. Even fewer firms have the expertise and the experience to properly investigate your case and find out exactly who broke what regulations as well as find out when, where, why, and how they were broken.
We know how to examine the truck driver’s cellphone records and confirm that they were indeed using their phone at the time of the accident instead of paying attention to the road. We know how to find out if a truck driver is actually qualified and has a safe driving record. We understand what evidence from the crash investigation helps prove your claim. We know all the trucking companies’ tricks and traps and how to protect you from them. We know what to look for in our investigations and how to prove whether or not the trucking companies also violated the safety rules. We know how to hold both the driver and the company accountable in court.
The bottom line is that the right firm can make or break your case. When you hire our firm, we will ensure the company and driver are held accountable for their dangerous behavior. We will get you the help you need to move forward past this traumatic event and get you the compensation you deserve.
Trucking companies don’t play fair when you file an injury or wrongful death claim. After a wreck, the only job of the trucking company, its insurance company, and its lawyers is to protect their bottom line. They get to work immediately to minimize your claim. Paying you the compensation you are legally owed is the last thing they want to do.
In case after case, we see trucking companies, their insurers, and their lawyers use these same five tricks over and over again to try to avoid paying you a dime:
Each state has minimum limits for the amount of insurance that must be carried by drivers of personal vehicles. Commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers also have mandatory minimum insurance limits. However, the minimum amount of insurance for 18-wheelers and commercial vehicles is typically much higher than the insurance limits for personal vehicles. In Texas, for instance, the minimum insurance limit for personal vehicles is only $25,000, while commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers may be required to have at least $500,000 or even $1,000,000 in insurance.
Because commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers are required to have higher insurance limits, the insurance adjusters and lawyers working on these claims tend to be more sophisticated. For example, when a crash happens involving an 18-wheeler truck, often the insurance adjusters and/or lawyers will go to the scene of the accident within hours to start their investigation. This gives them a huge head start in the legal process.
The deadline to file your truck accident claim varies from state to state. In Texas, accident victims have two years to file a truck accident lawsuit. We recommend that accident victims and their loved ones contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after a truck accident for several reasons. The first reason is that the trucking company will get to work immediately to make your claim go away. They are counting on you not knowing your legal rights as well as having to focus on recovering from the wreck. They know they have a head start and use it.
The sooner you consult with an attorney, the sooner you can protect your legal rights as well as the value of your claim. Your attorney will be able to force the trucking company to save every piece of evidence and bring in experts to conduct an independent investigation. The longer you wait, the more opportunities the trucking company has to make the truck, the truck driver, and all the evidence disappear.
When you hire our firm, the trucking company’s insurance adjusters and lawyers will know that you are serious about protecting your legal rights. The insurance companies keep careful records of law firms that they go up against. They know which law firms they should fear and which law firms they do not need to fear. Our law firm has a long, well-deserved reputation of winning these types of cases, and when you hire our law firm, you are getting our decades of experience on your side.
Another benefit to you is the settlement amount offered from the insurance company. When they evaluate how much money to pay in a settlement, one of the things they look for is whether the law firm has a history of winning large settlements. When you hire our law firm, the insurance companies know from the very beginning that they aren’t going to be able to “low ball” you or offer you a small settlement. With some other law firms, the insurance companies may believe that they can offer you a smaller settlement than you deserve.
By hiring our law firm immediately, you can level the playing field. When you hire our law firm, we get to work immediately. We obtain the police report, we take witness statements, and we recreate the accident using scientific and engineering experts. We get to work before evidence is lost or witnesses disappear or forget what happened. By gathering evidence immediately, we are able to put your case on the fast track to a fair settlement. A settlement that is controlled and dictated by you, not by the insurance company.
If you are ready to get started, give us a call toll free at 877.724.7800. The consultation is free and confidential. We will walk you through the entire legal process, answer every single question, and help you make the best decision for your future. You can also use the contact forms on our website to send us a confidential email, and we will schedule an immediate appointment for you to learn your rights. Our Board Certified attorneys know time is not on your side. Don’t wait another second to get the maritime injury settlement you deserve.