Large trucks cause some of the most deadly accidents on the roads today. In the event of an 18-wheeler accident, it can be daunting to think about taking on large trucking companies, but our experienced attorneys know how to help you succeed.
Texas is no stranger to 18-wheelers, with trucks traveling all across the state every day. As a result, trucking accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence.
An accident involving a truck has the potential to be much more serious, given the size discrepancy between trucks and other vehicles on the road. Besides vehicle property damage, common physical injuries – such as broken bones, internal bleeding, spinal injuries, and head injuries – can occur when an 18-wheeler causes a roadway crash.
When an accident involving a commercial vehicle occurs, it is crucial to contact the legal team at J.D. Silva & Associates right away. Not only are there rules governing how long after an accident you can bring a lawsuit, but it is also critical to preserve evidence. An experienced attorney can be on the scene quickly to help investigate and preserve evidence. They can also work with the trucking company to obtain things like driving logs, maintenance schedules, and other relevant information. Also, even if no injuries immediately appear, it is recommended that a doctor examine the victims as soon as possible to determine if there are any problems—particularly internal bleeding or head injuries.
With trucking accidents, determining the cause of the incident is not always so straightforward; and neither is liability as far as who can legally be held responsible. Sometimes, a big rig driver can be blamed for driving in excess of the federally mandated hours, driving drunk or distracted, or driving in unsafe conditions. It could also be the fault of the trucking company for failing to provide the appropriate driver training, requiring truckers to drive more hours than mandated by law, or not keeping the trucks in good condition. Often, third parties can also be blamed for a trucking accident, such when the company shipping the goods loads the truck improperly or overloads it.
Unlike in an accident with another car, the trucking company – or other responsible party – has a team of lawyers fighting to protect its bottom line and avoid paying any insurance money to the victims. Depending on the severity of the accident, the injured party and/or their family members might be entitled to financial compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, and even a grossly negligent wrongful death. The team at JD Silva will work with you throughout the legal process to make sure you get every dollar you deserve.
Given the complexity of an accident involving an 18-wheeler, we never recommend you try to navigate this situation alone. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a large commercial truck, call J.D. Silva & Associates at 281-971-3200 to help you navigate your case. We will get you the maximum amount you deserve, our team will see your case through to the end, and we will make sure you can focus on healing.
Frequently Asked Questions: Truck Accidents
How long do I have to file a truck accident claim?
Under Texas law, you typically have two years to file a truck accident lawsuit; importantly however, in trucking cases truck companies do not have to preserve evidence after a certain amount of time. This means evidence in the black boxes of these trucks can get lost over time and the physical evidence at the scene which can be crucial to the investigation disappears over time. For these and other reasons, even though a victim has two years to bring a case, the sooner they get a lawyer involved, the better it is for their case.
What should I do after a truck wreck?
Your health and safety should be your first priority, so be sure to seek immediate medical help. If you are physically able to or you have someone else at the accident scene that can, obtain as much information as you can to make the police report easy to find as a critical piece of evidence in your case. If you have a camera or smartphone, take pictures of the scene, including skid marks, damage to the truck and to your vehicle, any other property damage and any visible injuries. The trucking company often has investigators on the scene within hours, so any evidence you can collect before they arrive can be valuable.
Obtain the truck driver’s name and contact information as well as the corporate name and address of the trucking company. Be careful not to make any statements about what happened. You should notify your insurance company promptly.
What should I do if the trucking company or its insurance carrier calls me?
You should not disclose any information to the trucking company, its insurance carrier, or its lawyers. Instead, you should refer them to your 18-wheeler accident attorney who will know how best to answer them while still protecting your rights.
How can an 18-wheeler accident attorney help me?
Insurance carriers and trucking companies have armies of attorneys, paralegals, and staffers to protect their bottom lines. Texas 18-wheeler accident attorneys, J.D. Silva & Associates, work for you and can offer you the best protection against these powerful forces.