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dallas truck accident lawyersBig trucks cause big injuries. These large monsters go by a variety of names: Tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, big rigs or semis. Due to the disproportionate size and weight of a commercial truck and a passenger vehiclemotorcycle, or bike, the smaller car is typically crushed or mangled during the impact. If you or a family member has been in an accident with a large truck, you know how frightening and devastating these crashes can be.

The experienced Houston accident lawyers at Tate Law Offices, P.C. are here to help you. After calling us or contacting us online regarding the facts and merit of your case, we can get to work for you right away. Meanwhile, you can focus on your health and healing. Our truck accident lawyers have the skill, resources and experience to handle 18-wheeler accident cases in Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas and all areas throughout Texas and surrounding states.

Please note that to protect your rights and maximize your recovery, you should take immediate action after a truck crash. We can send a team of lawyers and investigators to the accident scene right away to document and preserve crucial evidence before it is lost or destroyed.

Houston Truck Accident Lawyer: Don’t wait to get help

We are glad to talk to you at no charge and we pay for all of the upfront costs of your case. We are only paid a legal fee and reimbursed our costs if we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. Our goal is simple: We want you to receive the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.

 

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What Should You Do After a Houston Truck Accident?

The actions you take soon after a truck accident can have a major impact on your case. Our Houston truck accident attorneys recommend the following:

  • Call Tate Law Offices, P.C., Truck Wreck Lawyers immediately. Time is very important after a truck accident. Important pieces of evidence such as the tractor-trailer’s black box, GPS data, driver’s logs and even the tractor-trailer itself have a way of disappearing. This evidence may be needed to win your truck accident case. Mere minutes after an 18-wheeler truck accident, the trucking company is working diligently with its truck accident attorneys to prove they are not responsible. We want to make sure we have access to all the information regarding the wreck before it has been tampered with by the trucking company. We want to prevent crucial evidence from being lost or destroyed by the trucking company.
    Case in point: In one of our truck accident cases, we put more than $3.7 million dollars into our clients’ pockets largely because we gained access to the 18-wheeler accident site and witnesses immediately after the wreck. Doing so allowed us to document and uncover evidence that might have otherwise been lost.
  • Don’t talk to the trucking company, its insurance company, or its lawyers. Trucking companies and their insurers move fast after a crash. They want to protect their interests. Don’t speak to them. Don’t let your family members speak to them, either. Any statement you make can and most likely will be used against you. Even a few simple words can be taken out of context and used as a means to deny your truck accident claim. If you are contacted by anyone, refer them to your lawyer at Tate Law Offices, P.C., so we can protect your interests.
  • Get proper medical treatment and follow your doctor’s orders. Your health should be your top priority. Even if you do not have health insurance, we will work to help you to get the medical care you need.
  • Keep a file. So you don’t lose anything, use a file or folder to store your medical bills, accident-related expenses, insurance letters and other important documents. Don’t worry if it is not organized – we will sort it out.
  • Take notes and photos if possible. Write down the accident details while they are still fresh in your mind. Save any photographs you have of the accident scene and your injuries.

Why Did Your Houston Truck Accident Occur?

One of the first questions you will have about your truck accident is, “Why did it happen?” Our job is to find that answer for you.

In our experience, there are many reasons why collisions occur in Texas between large commercial trucks and passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, one reason comes up too often: Driver error.

In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that 2,554 of 7,368 deadly truck crashes that happened in the U.S. during a recent two-year period – or roughly one-third – involved driver errors. The leading errors were:

DRIVER ERROR
CRASHES PCT
Speeding 609 8.3%
Distraction/inattention 474  6.4%
Failure to yield right of way 320 4.3%
Impairment (alcohol, fatigue, illness) 299 4.1%
Failure to keep in proper lane 248 3.4%
Careless driving 198 2.7%

If a truck driver causes your crash based on this type of negligent or reckless driving, the trucking company can be held liable – legally responsible – for the physical, emotional and financial harm you and your family have suffered.

However, a trucking company can also be sued based on its own negligent practices and policies that caused your crash. Examples include:

  • Hiring unfit drivers. Companies may hire drivers who lack the required commercial driver’s license (CDL). Additionally, a history of traffic violations, drunk driving or driving while under the influence of drugs is a red flag that a driver that should not be hired and put behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound semi-truck.
  • Failing to train and supervise. Many companies fail to provide the training and monitoring that is needed to ensure drivers follow state and federal regulations and operate these large trucks safely.
  • Failing to inspect and maintain vehicles. Companies regularly skip routine 18-wheeler inspection and maintenance in order to cut costs and increase profits, leading to dangerous trucks being on the road.
  • Improperly loading cargo. A tractor-trailer should never be loaded heavier than is required for safe driving and/or packed in a way that its cargo can shift unexpectedly and cause the truck to lose control.
  • Allowing or encouraging excessive driving hours. Too many truck drivers in Texas and across the U.S. are forced to work excessive hours in violation of federal regulations because of economic pressure and driver shortages. As a result, drivers may cause crashes due to falling asleep at the wheel or using drugs in a poor attempt to stay awake.

Truck drivers and trucking companies are not the only ones who may be liable for a crash. The manufacturer of defective parts such as tires, wheels, couplings, brakes or axles may also be liable. In some cases, a truck accident may be caused by a state agency’s failure to keep roads properly maintained.

How Our Truck Accident Lawyers Houston Can Help You

The results-driven attorneys of Tate Law Offices, P.C., are passionate about helping injured victims and making highways in Texas and across the country safer. That passion will drive everything we do on your behalf. You can count on us to:

  1. Investigate your crash

    We know how to determine how a tractor-trailer accident occurred and who should be held responsible. We can compile and analyze evidence such as:

    • Accident scene evidence (typically preserved through photos)
    • Eyewitness statements
    • Damage to all vehicles involved
    • Electronic data recorder (“black box”) data
    • Cell phone records
    • Driver toxicology test results
    • Police accident reports
    • Logbooks and other company records
    • The driver’s criminal and traffic background
    • The trucking company’s history of violating safety rules.
  2. Consult with experts

    Our lawyers have access to highly qualified experts who can help us to determine the cause of a crash and the extent of harm you have suffered. Our network includes:

    • Accident reconstruction experts
    • Rules compliance/safety experts
    • Driver training (trucking school) experts
    • Mechanics and engineers
    • Toxicology experts
    • Medical experts (including doctors in areas such as orthopedic and brain injuries)
    • Economists and life care planners.
  3. Preserve Evidence

    We can immediately send a “notice letter” to the trucking company and all other parties involved in your case, telling them to preserve logbooks and other evidence. We can seek court orders to force a trucking company to provide any evidence it is trying to hide.

  4. Seek a timely settlement

    We are aggressive negotiators. We can present a solid case to the insurance companies involved in your case and demand full and fair compensation, including compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more.

  5. Take your case to court if needed

    We will be prepared to head into the courtroom and present a powerful case to the jury, using our legal skills and state-of-the-art exhibits and technology. (Even during trial, we can continue settlement negotiations.)

  6. Not charge any legal fee or case costs unless we are successful in collecting compensation for you.

    We work on a contingency basis. This means you pay no case costs or attorney fees unless you receive a settlement or verdict in your favor. We will only be paid a percentage from the final recovery and reimbursed the case costs if we win. In most cases, we can add significant value to your truck accident claim.

Contact Our Houston Truck Accident Attorneys Today

The Houston truck accident attorneys at Tate Law Offices, P.C., have litigated against many of the national trucking companies such as Swift Transportation, JB Hunt, Knight Transportation and many others. We have also sued many regional truck companies for their negligent actions. We are members of several Texas and national organizations that are dedicated to protecting the public from deadly truck wrecks, including:

  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA)

This gives us access to vast databases with useful information about the trucking industry. It also gives us an advantage as we seek a maximum recovery for you.

Don’t wait to take action. Put Tate Law Offices, P.C., on your case right away. Call or connect with us online and get started on the road to your recovery.

 

Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.

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