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18 Wheeler Accidents · Truck Accidents · Commercial Truck Accidents
18 wheeler trucks and other commercial vehicles cause some of the most serious injuries on our highways today. As our economy has grown over the years and highways improved, the number of trucks on the road has also increased. The trucking lawyers at the Havins Law Firm have been helping individuals and their family members seriously injured by 18 wheeler trucks and other commercial vehicles recover for their injuries and restore the family’s financial security. Trucking accidents can result for many reasons, but the most common causes generally originate from an overloaded truck, faulty brakes, failure to obey the speed limit, improperly secured load, driver fatigue, defective tires or other faulty equipment, or the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or driving long hours. When there has been an accident involving a 18 wheeler truck or other commercial vehicle, determining responsibility of the driver is imperative. A thorough investigation of all the possible causes for the accident must be conducted to determine liability. This investigation will include:
Preserving evidence and sending spoliation letters
- Reviewing safety inspection reports
- Maintenance logs/records
- Certifications for state and federal regulations
- Driver logbook
- Analyzing the truck’s on-board data recorder
- Analysis of the truck, including the brakes and other safety equipment that could be defective
- Review of the company’s safety policies and guidelines
- Review of the trucking company’s records, including hiring practices, training, and testing
- Investigating the driving record of the operator for prior accidents and citations
A company can be held liable for the actions of its drivers if the company negligently entrusts their vehicle to another individual who is not qualified to operate it. Under a theory of negligent entrustment, the owner of the 18 wheeler is accountable for hiring incompetent drivers.
We will conduct an exhaustive investigation of your case which will include acquiring all medical and billing records, employing experienced investigators, employing experts to analyze skid marks and reconstruct the accident, and researching the responsible parties who should be held liable for your accident.
Checklist of Things You Must Do After your Truck Accident:
1. Preserve Evidence
- Preserve any evidence that will demonstrate how the accident occurred
- If you have a camera on your person at the time the accident occurs, then take several pictures from varying distances and angles to capture the damage to your car, the truck, and any other vehicles involved, including the scene of the accident, as well as the road and weather conditions at the time.
- Call the police to the scene of the accident. Insurance adjusters view the police report as one of the most significant if not most significant factors in determining the party at fault for the auto accident. Make sure you give a statement to the police officer that clearly describes how the accident occurred.
- Locate any witnesses to the accident, request that the police officer interview them and have it recorded on the police report. Get their name and telephone numbers.
2. Seek Professional Medical Attention
- The most important thing you can do following a truck accident is to seek professional medical attention for your injuries. By seeking immediate medical treatment, you will better understand the extent and nature of your injuries as well as heal from them more quickly. Seeking immediate medical attention is also important for your claim against the insurance company. Insurance companies view delays in seeking medical treatment as a measure of the severity of your injuries. The longer medical treatment is delayed, the more the insurance company will attempt to devalue your claim.
3. Don’t Talk with Any Insurance Company
- After your truck accident, it is imperative that you DO NOT SPEAK WITH INSURANCE AGENTS OR ADJUSTERS, INCLUDING YOUR OWN INSRUANCE COMPANY. TALK TO AN ATTORNEY FIRST! The insurance adjuster will attempt to get a recorded statement from you before you seek legal advice and will try to offer you money to settle your claim before you understand the extent of your injuries. The insurance company is trying to avoid compensating you fully for all your injuries by paying you up front. Don’t let an insurance company pay you less than they should, call our office and receive your free consultation so you can get the maximum value from your personal injury claim.
4. Find Legal Representation Quickly
- It is important that you seek legal representation quickly after a trucking accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations allows trucking companies to destroy the driver’s log books and maintenance reports after only six months following a trucking accident. When you hire the personal injury lawyers at the Havins Law Firm, we prevent any evidence from being destroyed and begin to immediately conduct an investigation of the accident while the evidence is still fresh and the witnesses can still clearly account for the details of how the accident occurred.
At the Havins Law Firm, you will receive the personal service you deserve as a victim of a trucking accident and a client of our firm. We will get to work right away working on your case to preserve all the evidence, recover the losses from your trucking accident and help restore your financial security.
CALL OUR OFFICE FOR FREE CONSULTATION! IT DOES’NT HURT. We will make sure you are fully compensated for all your medical injuries, loss wages, car repair, and anyone else that was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the trucking accident. Do not let the insurance companies pay you anything less than what you deserve. Contact the personal injury lawyers of The Havins Law Firm at (713)484-5514 or toll free at (713) 9-LAWYER so we can start working for you today. We are conveniently located near the intersection of Highway 59 and the 610 Loop, at the Bellaire exit on 610 in the Frost Bank building. Cases are taken on a contingent fee basis meaning that you pay nothing for your legal representation until you win your case.