Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney

Motor vehicle accidents happen across the U.S. every day, but the bigger the vehicle is, the bigger your problems could be. And because of the number of large trucks that drive on Texas roads every day, many of those big accidents happen here. Read on to learn more about trucking accidents in Texas, and how to contact a dedicated and experienced attorney if you fall victim to one.

Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney

Motor vehicle accidents happen across the U.S. every day, but the bigger the vehicle is, the bigger your problems could be. And because of the number of large trucks that drive on Texas roads every day, many of those big accidents happen here. Read on to learn more about trucking accidents in Texas, and how to contact a dedicated and experienced attorney if you fall victim to one.

"She helped me through the process as fast as she could (given insurance companies lag so much) and was ALWAYS responsive. Always respectful & courteous and gave her best advice with the case details she had in front of her. Thank you, Elizabeth!"

~ Tiffany S.

How is a truck accident different from a car accident?

Many of the causes of car accidents and truck accidents are the same. Causes of both types of accidents may include:

  • Speeding
  • Driver Fatigue
  • Distraction, careless driving
  • Failure to yield
  • Impairment by alcohol or drugs
  • Hazardous weather or road signs
  • Drifting lanes while driving
  • Failure to obey traffic signs, officers, etc.

But the most obvious difference between car accidents and truck accidents is the sheer size of the trucks. Texas has all kinds of trucks on its roads and highways, including:

  • 18 wheelers/semi-trucks
  • Box trucks
  • Flatbeds
  • Dump trucks
  • Water tankers
  • Heavy construction vehicles
  • Commercial passenger buses
  • Company vans and trucks

Some of these vehicles weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which can be detrimental or even deadly to a smaller passenger vehicle in an accident.

Trucking accidents are more complicated than car accidents in another way, too. These drivers are tired. Driving all day long can be exhausting and a cause for concern, so truckers are federally regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which states that:

  • Drivers may work only 70 hours each week
  • After 70 hours, they may return to driving only if they have rested for 34 continuous hours
  • Truck drivers must take a 30-minute break sometime within the first 8-hour shift

Lastly, when you’re dealing with a truck accident, proving that the truck driver (and not you) is at fault for the accident means that you have to take on the trucking company, which has plenty of resources to fight you in court.

So how can you do it?

"She truly cares about her clients. Elizabeth will walk you thru the process and explain your best options. When you need a question answered or to just talk, she will make herself available for you. I highly recommend her if you need a Lawyer."

~ James Gransberry

Filing a personal injury lawsuit against a trucking company

Because of the severity of accidents that can be caused by trucks, oftentimes the victim in the smaller vehicle is taken to the hospital. This means that the officer on-scene only hears the side of the truck driver, which may lead to the trucking company’s insurance carrier denying responsibility.

Additionally, trucking companies have teams of people who respond to crashes and begin investigating for the benefit of the commercial driver. These teams can make a determination that the injured person was at fault, and the trucking companies will make repairs immediately and get drivers back on the road the next day. But doing this destroys vital evidence for your claim.

That’s why it’s so important to hire an attorney immediately, who can start your fight for compensation by:

  • Sending a letter requiring the preservation of driver logs, vehicles and other vital evidence
  • Downloading data – including speed – off the “Black Box” of your vehicle and the 18 wheeler truck
  • Conducting a full vehicle inspection
  • Sending out well-trained private investigators to find witnesses and facts missing from the police officer’s report
  • Working with an engineer, known as an “Accident Reconstructionist,” to recreate the event through diagrams and animations
  • Extensively researching the company and driver to determine their safety history
  • Investigating the maintenance and repair history of the truck involved in the accident
  • Sending a letter requiring the preservation of driver logs, vehicles and other vital evidence
  • Downloading data – including speed – off the “Black Box” of your vehicle and the 18 wheeler truck
  • Conducting a full vehicle inspection
  • Sending out well-trained private investigators to find witnesses and facts missing from the police officer’s report
  • Working with an engineer, known as an “Accident Reconstructionist,” to recreate the event through diagrams and animations
  • Extensively researching the company and driver to determine their safety history
  • Investigating the maintenance and repair history of the truck involved in the accident

With all of this information, your attorney will know how best to proceed with your case.

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