COMMERCIAL TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Commercial Truck Accident Lawyers Who Get Results
When you’ve been injured in an accident, you need someone to fight for your rights. You deserve a top-notch truck wreck attorney on your side to stand up to the trucking company. You deserve Chad Jones Law, P.C. We have extensive experience handling high-stakes cases involving 18-wheelers, and the trucking companies don’t intimidate us.
Big rig trucks are a common sight on Highway 6, Highway 30, I-35 and other highways in the Bryan, College Station, Midland, Waco, and Odessa areas. Most motorists don’t mind sharing the road with those commercial trucks, but that changes in a hurry when they’re involved in wrecks. A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, leading to devastating injuries. Even smaller commercial vehicles like delivery trucks and dump trucks can cause serious injuries as well, and recovering from those injuries can take months or years.
And if you’re recovering from injuries sustained in a truck accident, your legal battle may just be beginning. The commercial trucking company – and their insurance companies – won’t just roll over and pay you what you’re owed. They have teams of investigators, attorneys, and adjusters on their side, and their priority is to reduce or deny your claim.
TYPES OF TRUCK WRECKS WE HANDLE
Commercial truck drivers are held to...
Commercial truck drivers are held to higher legal standards than motorists because their vehicles are so difficult to handle – and potentially dangerous. We’ve handled cases involving the following circumstances:
- Truck Rollover
- Wide Turn
- Tire Blowout
- Cargo Fell Off Truck
- Blind Spot/No-Zone
- Texting Truckers
- Drunk/Drugged Truck Drivers
- Speeding Trucks
- Asleep-At-The-Wheel Truckers
- Poorly Maintained Trucks
Our legal team knows how to investigate commercial truck accidents and the trucking companies, finding the evidence needed to hold them accountable.
Remember that the commercial trucking companies often move quickly to protect their own interests after a wreck. That’s why it’s so critical that you contact us right away.
If you retain our firm to handle your truck accident case, we can contact the trucking company and their insurance carrier to tell them to direct further inquiries to our office. We can help you demand the best possible medical care and arrange for your doctors to be paid with an attorney’s lien if necessary.
We’ll do everything we can to try to build a strong case, often including hiring outside experts, interviewing witnesses and combing through the trucking company’s records to find critical evidence. In most cases, we’re able to negotiate a fair settlement that may pay for the full cost of your wreck. But if the trucking company won’t back down, an experienced truck accident lawyer from our law firm can fight for your best interests in court.
Our Expert Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions
What Should I Do after a commercial truck wreck?
As with any crash, your health and safety should be your first priority. Seek medical help and make sure the scene is safe. Call the police and ask for the investigating officer’s name and badge number; the report he or she fills out can be a critical piece of evidence in your case.
Ask the truck driver for his or her name and contact information as well as the corporate name and address of the trucking company. You should also obtain contact information from any witnesses to the wreck. Keep your comments to anyone else at the scene brief, and stick to the facts of what happened. Take note if the trucker or any other motorist says something admitting fault – and don’t make any such statements yourself.
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.
You should notify your insurance company promptly. However, before you speak to anyone from an insurance company or the trucking company, contact us. The sooner you get an attorney on your side, the better your outcome can often be.
CAN I SUE THE TRUCKING COMPANY FOR COMPENSATION FOR MY INJURIES?
In general, yes, but it depends on the circumstances of the wreck. There is a legal doctrine called respondeat superior that makes an employer responsible for the negligent actions of an employee while on the job. If the truck driver is a direct employee of the trucking company, this doctrine makes the company vicariously liable. However, if the trucker is an independent contractor, respondeat superior may or may not apply, depending on the specifics of the relationship between the trucker and the trucking company.
We may also be able to show that the trucking company’s own actions make them directly liable for the wreck, even if the truck driver wasn’t an employee. For instance, the company may have pressured the driver to work through mandatory breaks or violate hours-of-service regulations, which may have caused the trucker to fall asleep at the wheel due to being exhausted. Or the company may have negligently hired a driver with a history of drunk driving after failing to conduct a background check. That’s why you deserve an experienced truck accident attorney from our firm to thoroughly investigate your crash.
THE TRUCKING COMPANY IS OUT OF STATE AND WON’T RETURN MY CALLS. CAN YOU HELP?
It’s quite common for a trucking company that does business in Texas to be headquartered in another state – or, in some cases, in another country. These companies may think they can hide across state lines until you simply go away, but they’re mistaken. We’re familiar with the laws governing out-of-state trucking companies and we’ll work tirelessly to try to track them down.
In some circumstances, we may need to retain a local lawyer in the trucking company’s home state to help with your case. If we do that, we will split the attorney’s fee with the other lawyer, so you won’t end up paying more.
SHOULD I ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE TRUCKING COMPANY OR THEIR INSURANCE CARRIER?
Absolutely not. They’re not on your side, no matter how friendly they may seem. Any information you give to the trucking company or their insurance company can be used to reduce or deny your claim.
Instead, contact our law firm as soon as possible after your wreck. After you retain us, we can contact the trucking company and their insurance carrier to notify them that you have hired a lawyer. From that point forward, they should direct their questions to us, not you. If they try to call you anyway, politely decline to answer and remind them that they can contact your attorney.
CAN AN ATTORNEY HELP ME GET MY MEDICAL BILLS PAID?
Yes. If you have medical payments coverage or personal injury protection on your car insurance policy, we can work with your insurance and demand that your bills are paid. If you don’t have that coverage, we can work with your health insurance and demand that you get the treatment you deserve.
If you don’t have any applicable insurance, we may be able to get you treatment on an attorney’s lien basis. This is an agreement we make with a medical provider to treat you now at no up-front cost and pay those bills later if your case settles or if we secure a verdict in your favor.
SHOULD I ACCEPT A SETTLEMENT OFFER?
Not without talking to us first. Remember that in truck wreck cases, there are usually multiple insurance companies involved. Depending on the circumstances, accepting a settlement offer from one insurer may settle liability with other insurance companies, leaving you with no source of additional compensation. And once you’ve taken an insurance company’s money, there’s usually nothing an attorney can do.
Meet with us for a free consultation before you accept any offer from an insurance company. In many cases, that offer won’t even come close to paying for the full cost of your accident. We can demand that they return to the negotiating table and fight for an offer that fully covers your truck accident-related expenses.
HOW LONG WILL MY CASE TAKE TO RESOLVE? DO I HAVE TO GO TO COURT?
As a rule, we can’t start negotiating with the trucking company until you’ve finished your medical treatment for the injuries you sustained in the wreck. From that point forward, negotiations typically take between three and nine months. If the case goes to trial, it may take one to two years before the trial date, although we can still negotiate a settlement during that time.
Most cases do settle out of court, but there is a chance your case could go to trial – usually because the trucking company asks for one. If that happens, though, you’ll be working with a tenacious legal team who will fight for your rights every step of the way in court.
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