We live in West Texas. West Texas is dissected by two rivers of pavement known as Interstate 20 and Interstate 10. I-20 runs through the north portion of Abilene and is one of the most commercially traversed interstates in the State. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 18 wheeler accidents account for about one out of every nine highways deaths. When a passenger vehicle weighing less than 3,000 pounds collides with a semi tractor trailer weighing over 80,000 pounds, the passenger vehicle and its occupants often pay the price for the truck driver or owner’s negligence. Every year 18 wheeler accidents leave thousands of people dead and seriously injured.
Browning Law Firm has successfully litigated multiple 18-wheeler accidents, including to jury verdict. If you have been involved in a semi tractor trailer accident, or if a member of your family suffered a wrongful death in a collision with an 18-wheeler, please contact an attorney at Browning Law Firm for a free consultation and case evaluation. You need a lawyer with the experience and financial capabilities to fully litigate you case.
Our 18-wheeler accident attorneys represent people who have been injured in wrecks involving semi tractor trailers, flat bed trucks, tanker trucks, and other heavy commercial vehicles. We aggressively pursue financial compensation for our clients’ injuries, medical and rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and property damage. If the truck driver was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, we may also pursue punitive damages for our client.
A truck accident claim is very different from a typical car accident. Our attorneys understand that 18 wheelers must comply with state and federal regulations, including the provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding how long a trucker can drive each day.
We will investigate and determine what caused the accident. Possibilities include:
- Driver fatigue
- Improper truck maintenance
- Improper loading
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Drunk driving
- Tire tread separation
- Bad brakes
- Improper training
- Lack of a commercial drivers’ license (CDL)
- Violation of FMCSA standards
We will examine the scene of the accident, obtain the driver’s log books, review the police report, talk to the investigating officer, and obtain the driver’s driving record. We will gather data from the truck’s satellite tracking system and “black box” control module, if the truck is so equipped. In many cases, we will hire an expert accident reconstructionist to determine what happened and who is at fault.
These special traffic laws and regulations are designed to minimizethe risk posed to the public. We know how to expose violations of regulations related to truckers in order to help victims prevail in their case.
Furthermore, large trucks are sophisticated vehicles that require high-level, systematic maintenance in order to function in a safe manner. For example, trucks are supposed to be tested to ensure the functionality of all parts including brakes, brake lights, steering, reflectors, fluid levels, and of course, the engine. Failure to perform the requisite maintenance or keep detailed records of such inspections can result in fatal traffic accidents.
Trucking companies as well as their insurers often conduct their own “analysis” of the accident that is designed to put victims at a disadvantage. It is imperative to retain an attorney who can perform their own thorough investigation that will demonstrate the liability of the trucker who caused the accident.
Do not speak with or accept a settlement offer from insurance companies representing truckers. Insurance companies try to maximize their own profits by attempting to pay accident victims a settlement that is lower than what they may be entitled to. You may be entitled to a financial settlement to compensate you for the cost of your medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our 18-wheeler accident lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to effectively represent clients injured by negligent truck drivers. Contact our truck accident lawyers today for a case evaluation.
A motor vehicle accident is a serious matter, particularly when it involves a commercial truck. If you or a family member was involved in a truck accident, you may be wondering what you should do next.
Your first priority should be taking care of any injuries you sustained. The next thing you should do, as soon as possible after the accident, is contact an attorney. An experienced attorney can advise you about what to do and the steps you need to take in order to preserve evidence and bring a claim. Contact the attorneys at Browning Law Firm when you need help and advice.