Been in an 18 Wheeler accident in Austin or Round Rock Texas?
Because of the difference in size and weight between a standard passenger vehicle and commercial vehicles or 18-wheelers, a collision between the two often leads to catastrophic injury or death. Most of these accidents are caused by the truck driver becoming distracted or fatigued. Any long commute poses the risk of boredom and fatigue for the driver, and the results can be devastating.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a crash involving an 18-wheeler or another commercial vehicle in or near Austin, TX, please contact the law firm of R.E. Lopez & Associates for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our experienced team will fight to get the compensation and justice you deserve. We understand the process of proper evidence preservation that must be performed in the early stages of building your case. We have the resources to obtain the information stored on the truck’s data recorder, and any other key evidence that is found.
When an accident is caused by the truck driver falling asleep behind the wheel, our firm will consult a sleep deprivation expert to prove the risk and danger involved in fatigued driving. Far too often, the issue of fatigued driving is well known to the employer of the truck driver and is simply not addressed. If you or a loved one have been injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler, we will arrange for state-of-the-art orthopedic medical treatment and therapy to ensure proper recovery, and to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
It is critical to gather evidence quickly following the accident. Due to the complexity of these types of cases, it is important to contact R.E. Lopez & Associates promptly following the crash to preserve evidence that will help build your case and maximize the possibility of an outcome that is in your favor. As time passes, critical evidence such as crash debris, tire marks, and cell phone records become difficult to access or disappear entirely.
In some cases, the 18-wheeler or commercial vehicle involved was in violation of service and maintenance requirements, sometimes including brake system malfunction. Many 18-wheeler and commercial vehicles are equipped with a GPS system that records the vehicle’s movements. This simplifies the process of comparing the records to the driver’s logbook. The GPS system can also provide information regarding the speed of the vehicle at the time of the accident, and whether the steering wheel was turned prior to the collision, cruise control engagement, and brake application.
At R.E. Lopez & Associates, we make it priority to obtain a copy of the truck driver’s cell phone records. These records show any call that was made, text messages that were sent, and internet usage at and around the time of the crash. This evidence will help us to build a case on the foundation of distracted driving.
Commercial vehicle operation is strictly regulated by federal law and the Department of Transportation. These rules and regulations require strict pre-employment screening and continuous drug testing for all commercial vehicle drivers. The DOT places strict policies on drivers regarding how long they can operate the vehicle within a 24-hour period, reducing the
risk of a fatigued driver getting behind the wheel and potentially causing an accident. The DOT also requires that every truck driver perform a routine inspection of the vehicle before and after every shift and report any issues to their supervisor prior to driving the vehicle.
While most companies are aware of and follow the rules and regulations that apply to them, some are either ignorant or blatantly ignore them. In some cases, commercial truck drivers falsify documents to skirt around the rules that limit the time they are legally allowed to operate the vehicle. In other cases, companies offer incentives to their employees, encouraging them to work longer hours or drive at greater speeds than allowed by federal law.
If the negligence of an 18-wheeler or commercial vehicle operator has caused an accident, and you or a loved one have suffered an injury, the law allows for you to seek financial compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and the loss of future earnings. At R.E. Lopez & Associates, we have been successful in prosecuting many of these cases and will fight to get you the justice and compensation that you deserve.