Odessa Truck Accident Investigation

Truck accidents in Odessa often result in extensive property damage and catastrophic injuries due to their sheer size, weight, and the speeds they travel while transporting goods and materials across Texas.

While truck accidents can happen for countless reasons, they are often the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver, trucking company, or another entity. If you can prove that someone else was responsible for the accident that harmed you, you may be able to recover financial compensation to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and other losses.

Truck accident cases can be both legally and technically complicated. The key to proving negligence in a truck accident case is gathering sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the defendant caused your injuries by breaching a duty of care. With truck accident cases, this can be extremely complicated, because there is an overwhelming amount of evidence and many possibly liable parties.

Let the highly skilled Odessa truck accident attorneys at the Tate Law Office handle your truck accident investigation. We are ready to get to work right away.

An investigation can tell us why the wreck occurred and who should be held responsible. The evidence and findings obtained from our truck accident investigation could greatly increase your chance of recovering compensation for your injuries.

Contact us now so we can review your case and begin the investigation immediately.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Odessa

Truck accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents in Odessa include:

While it may seem obvious that your accident was the fault of the truck driver, truck accident claims are often more complicated. In many cases, fault may also be attributed to the trucking company, truck manufacturer, maintenance company, owner of the cargo, or others.

Attributing fault to large trucking companies can be useful because trucking companies tend to carry much larger insurance policies, meaning you may be able to recover far more money. However, it can be difficult and requires conducting a thorough accident investigation.

Information Gathered During Truck Accident Investigation in Odessa

There are three main types of evidence that you may need to gather during your trucking accident investigation to support your claim: collision evidence, truck industry evidence, and injury evidence.

Collision evidence may include:

  • Photographs from the scene
  • Witness statements
  • Police reports
  • Accident reports
  • Accident reconstruction evidence

Truck industry evidence may include:

  • Black box evidence from the truck
  • Driver employment records
  • Vehicle maintenance logs
  • Driver logs, including
  • Cargo records
  • Company compliance history

Injury evidence may include:

  • Medical records
  • Expert testimony
  • Billing statements

Miscellaneous evidence that may also be involved, depending on the circumstances of your case, could include toxicology reports, driving records, cell phone usage, and more.

How Lawyers Assist in an Odessa Truck Wreck Investigation

All of this evidence may seem overwhelming. It can be difficult, if not impossible, for the layperson to understand what evidence is important and how to get it. For this reason, hiring an experienced trucking accident attorney to help you can be a vital step toward recovering the compensation you need.

Lawyers who are familiar with trucking accidents can totally take over the accident investigation while you sit back and focus on your health and your family. They know how to conduct the discovery process, the official step in litigation where opposing attorneys request evidence from each other.

They will know what evidence may be important to your claim and how to obtain it. They will also have access to other experts, such as accident reconstructionists and doctors, who can provide testimony to further boost your claim.

How Can Tate Law Offices Help Me?

The Odessa truck accident attorneys at Tate Law Offices have litigated against many of the national trucking companies such as J.B. Hunt, Knight Transportation, Swift Transportation, and numerous others. We have also filed suit against many regional trucking companies for their negligent actions.

Our truck injury attorneys are members of Texas and national organizations that are dedicated to protecting the public from truck crashes, including the American Association for Justice, Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, and Texas Trial Lawyers Association. These groups give us access to extensive databases with vital information about the trucking industry, which can help us when we seek maximum compensation for your recovery.

If you were injured in a semi-truck accident in Odessa, you may be eligible for financial compensation. We want to help you get it – all of it. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no case costs or attorney fees unless and until you receive a settlement or collect on a favorable verdict. In the event that we are unable to recover any compensation for you, you will never owe us a dime for our services.

At Tate Law Offices, our experienced Odessa truck accident attorneys stand ready to conduct a thorough investigation of your truck accident and consult with experts to determine the total value of your claim. We can uncover all the facts and evidence needed to win your case.

With our help, you are more likely to recover the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve, with minimal stress or work for you. Contact us today to set up your free, confidential consultation with a truck accident lawyer.

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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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