Been in an 18 Wheeler accident in El Paso Texas?
Due to the size and weight of commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers, crashes involving these types of vehicles often result in catastrophic injury or death. Most of the accidents that occur between 18-wheelers and standard passenger vehicles are caused by the truck driver becoming distracted or fatigued. Any time a truck driver makes a long commute, they are at risk of becoming bored and tired, creating the perfect scenario for a tragic accident to occur.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a crash with an 18-wheeler in El Paso, TX or the surrounding areas, contact the law office of R.E. Lopez & Associates to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, and let us fight to get you the justice and compensation you deserve. Our team of experienced attorneys is familiar with the process of evidence preservation that must be handled early in the case. Our firm has the resources to obtain any information found on the truck’s data recorder, as well as other critical pieces of evidence.
In accidents caused by the truck driver falling asleep at the wheel, we will hire sleep deprivation experts to testify regarding the dangers of fatigued driving. Too often, driving fatigue is a known issue that is simply not addressed. If you’ve been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, our team will arrange the best orthopedic medical treatment and therapy available to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
18-wheeler and commercial vehicle accident cases are complex, so gathering evidence right after the crash is critical to building a strong case. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving an 18-wheeler or a commercial vehicle, it is vital to contact the office of R.E. Lopez & Associates in El Paso, TX as soon as possible. As time goes on, important evidence such as tire marks, crash debris, the driver’s cell phone records, and vehicle inspections become difficult to access or disappear altogether. Getting in contact with our team as soon as possible gives us the opportunity to effectively preserve evidence, build your case, and maximize the possibility of a positive outcome.
In many cases involving a commercial vehicle or 18-wheeler, the evidence is found to prove that the 18-wheeler involved in the crash had service violations, sometimes including alignment issues, brake system malfunction, and more. Most commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers on the road are equipped with a GPS tracking system that records the movement of the vehicle. This makes the process of comparing the records to the logbooks much easier. Based on the information pulled from the GPS system, we can determine the speed of the truck at the time of the crash, as well as other useful evidence. This data can also be extracted from the airbag control module or ACM. This device records valuable information including whether the steering wheel was turned prior to the collision, cruise control usage, and brake application.
At R.E. Lopez & Associates, our team of experts will obtain a copy of the truck driver’s cell phone records. This will include a history of text messages, calls, and internet usage during and around the time of the accident. This information will help us build a case, proving that the cause of the accident was distracted driving.
The operation of commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers is regulated by the Department of Transportation and federal law. The rules and regulations impose strict pre-employment screening and regular drug testing for all commercial truck drivers. The DOT requires that all truck drivers perform a safety inspection before and after every shift and report any issues that are found. Truck drivers are also regulated on the number of hours they can operate the vehicle in a 24-hour period. This reduces the chances of fatigued driving and can help to prevent possible accidents. While some companies may not be aware of every rule and regulation that applies to them, some simply ignore them.
In some cases, it is discovered that commercial truck drivers have falsified documents to avoid the rules and regulations that limit their drive time. Unfortunately, some companies provide incentive programs that encourage their employees to break the law by working longer hours or driving faster than allowed by federal laws.
If an accident is caused by the negligence of an 18-wheeler or commercial vehicle driver, the law allows the victim to recover financial compensation for medical costs, lost wages, the potential loss of future earnings, and property damage. The team of experienced personal injury attorneys at R.E. Lopez & Associates have been successful in the prosecution of many 18-wheeler and commercial vehicle accident cases. Call our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, and let us fight for the justice you deserve.