18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer Dallas

Texas 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers

There are roughly 3 million 18-wheelers registered in the United States, and every year nearly 300 fatal 18-wheeler accidents occur in the state of Texas.

Even when 18-wheeler accidents don’t result in death, they can be extremely devastating for everyone involved. Catastrophic injuries and damages can result from 18-wheeler accidents, and they can leave the victims and their families suffocating under debt, stress, and strain.

If you have been hurt or if your loved one was killed in an accident involving an 18-wheeler in Dallas,  you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation from those at fault for the crash. The experienced personal injury attorneys of Tate Law Offices want to help you.

Contact us today for your free, no-obligation case evaluation.

Do I Need a Dallas Lawyer If I Get In a Wreck with an 18-wheeler?

Accidents with 18-wheelers can be particularly devastating because of the sheer size and weight of these vehicles. Injuries and damages to property can be worse in 18-wheeler accidents than in regular vehicle crashes.

When you are injured in an 18-wheeler accident, it is imperative that you seek quality legal representation in order to seek all the compensation you are owed.

Insurance adjusters for the trucking company responsible for your accident will likely do whatever it takes to get away with giving you the lowest possible settlement – or even nothing at all.

When you’re dealing with mounting medical bills and injury recovery, you may be tempted to accept a quick lump sum settlement offer. However, an initial settlement likely won’t account for the full extent of your losses, including any future losses that result from the crash.

You should never speak to an insurance adjuster in situations like this without the guidance of an attorney that can advocate for your rights.

Why Should I Choose Tate Law Offices to Handle My Case?

At Tate Law Offices, we believe no personal injury case is too big or too small. We will treat your case with the personalized attention it deserves and pursue justice, just like we have in over 3,000 cases.

We have won numerous multimillion-dollar settlements for personal injury victims, and we will not hesitate to utilize all of our resources to seek the best possible result in your case. In addition, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t have to pay us a penny unless and until we win your case.

Tim Tate focuses on helping 18-wheeler accident victims achieve maximum settlements. He has been recognized by D Magazine as a Best Lawyer in Dallas twice, once for personal injury and once for tort and product liability.

Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents in Dallas

There are a number of common causes of 18-wheeler accidents, and one or more of these could’ve played a part in yours. Common causes of 18-wheeler accidents include:

  • Tired, overworked drivers – Federal regulations are in place to prevent 18-wheeler drivers from traveling when they aren’t well rested, but unfortunately, these regulations are too often ignored. When exhausted truck drivers get behind the wheel, they are more likely to fall asleep while driving and cause serious accidents.
  • Distracted drivers – Drivers may attempt to keep themselves awake and avoid boredom by listening to loud music or using their phones while driving, which can also lead to accidents caused by failure to pay proper attention to the road.
  • Substance abuse – Drug and alcohol use impairs alertness, vision, and reaction times. No one should be using substances and getting behind the wheel, but it happens. Unfortunately, when truckers drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they put themselves and those they share the road with at increased risk of accidents.
  • Improperly maintained vehicles – Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring their trucks are safe for the road at all times. This includes making sure cargo is loaded properly, checking tires and brakes, and other routine maintenance items. When companies neglect this duty, they put those who share the road with their drivers at risk.

No matter the cause, the attorneys of Tate Law Offices can help you form the best plan of action for achieving your maximum settlement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Dallas?
A. The statute of limitations, or the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit, is two years from the date of the accident in Dallas. Even though you have two years, it is in your best interest to start the process as soon as possible while you have the most evidence available to you.

Q. What steps can I take after an 18-wheeler accident?
A. After an 18-wheeler accident, your health should be your top priority. First and most importantly, get a medical evaluation. Adrenaline after an 18-wheeler accident can mask early signs of injury. If you’re able, take photos at the scene. Keep all relevant medical and other records to build evidence for your case. Then, as soon as you’re able, contact the experienced Dallas personal injury attorneys of Tate Law Offices to get started on your claim.

Q. If I lost a loved one in an 18-wheeler accident, can I file a wrongful death lawsuit?
A. In the unfortunate event that you lose a close relative in an 18-wheeler accident, you and your family may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. We know you and your family are hurting, and the compassionate attorneys of Tate Law Offices can guide you through this process.

Dallas 18-Wheeler Accident Statistics

The Texas commercial trucking industry is unfortunately no stranger to violating safety protocol in the name of maximizing profits. According to NHSTA, of the roughly 4,000 people killed in accidents involving 18-wheelers in one recent year, 536 were killed on Texas roads.

In addition, Texas had the highest number of fatal 18-wheeler accidents of any state. Texas also had the highest number of total vehicles involved in fatal crashes that year. Many of the victims, 108 to be exact, were the occupants of the large trucks themselves, the highest number in the nation.

Contact a 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer Dallas at Tate Law Offices Today

If you’ve been hurt in an 18-wheeler accident in Dallas or a surrounding area of Texas, you don’t have to seek justice alone. The Dallas personal injury attorneys of Tate Law Offices are here to help you seek what you deserve for the losses you’ve suffered.

We can evaluate your case and discuss all the possible avenues of compensation available to you when you call us or contact us online for your free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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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.