Been in an 18 Wheeler accident in Fort Worth Texas an Need Representation?
If you or a loved one has been involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler or other large truck in Fort Worth, our lawyers will make sure that you receive the direction, protection, and compensation that you deserve.
Even though only 3% of all registered vehicles are commercial trucks, they account for 25% of all traffic fatalities resulting from multiple vehicle accidents. Every year, there are numerous accidents on I-20, I-30 and I-35 in North Texas involving 18-wheelers. A wreck involving semi-trucks and other large trucks are unique and differ from an automobile collision in both the extent of injuries and the in the specific rules that govern commercial vehicles on interstate roads. Our attorneys have represented many individuals injured in accidents involving 18-wheelers in north Texas. 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.
It is important to contact attorneys experienced in truck accidents as soon as possible. Our lawyers act quickly to preserve evidence after a trucking accident including contacting witnesses and experts, collecting necessary reports and visiting the scene of the collision for optimal results. 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.