Been in an 18 Wheeler accident in Lubbock Texas?
Accidents involving 18-wheelers and commercial trucks often result in tragedy, leading to catastrophic injury and even death. Because of the size and weight of these trucks, a collision involving a standard passenger vehicle leave lasting damage. Most of these accidents are caused by driver fatigue or distracted driving. When a truck driver commutes for long hours, they become bored and tired, and the results can be disastrous.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of an 18-wheeler or commercial vehicle accident in Lubbock, TX or the surrounding areas, contact the experienced legal team at R.E. Lopez & Associates, and let us fight for you. Our attorneys are well-versed in the unique processes of preserving evidence in the early stages of the case, and we have the resources and authority to send a preservation of evidence letter, which will enable us to obtain a copy of the vehicle’s data recorder, among other key pieces of evidence.
In cases where the truck driver has fallen asleep, our firm swill hire experts in sleep deprivation and truck driving experts to help prove the effects and dangers of fatigued driving. Far too often, driving fatigue is regular issue that remains unaddressed. Our team of personal injury attorneys in Lubbock, TX will arrange for orthopedic medical treatment and therapy at state-of-the-art facilities to ensure proper care and recovery for our clients, and we will fight for the justice and financial compensation you deserve.
Due to the complexity of 18-wheeler and commercial vehicle accidents, it is critical to gather as much evidence as possible in the early stages of the case. If you or a loved one have been the victim of this type of accident, the most important step you can take is contacting our firm to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. As time progresses, important evidence is deleted, disappears, or becomes unavailable in the days following the accident. Physical evidence of the crash like tire marks, the driver’s cell phone records, vehicle inspections, debris, and more become difficult to track down. Getting in contact with our experienced team of attorneys as soon as possible following the accident allows us to preserve evidence efficiently to improve the value of your case and maximize the chances of a positive outcome.
In many of these cases, after expert inspection, it is found that the truck involved in the accident has service violations including brake system malfunction, alignment issues, and much more. Most commercial vehicles are equipped with a GPS device that keeps a record of truck movements, making it easy to evaluate and compare the records to the log books to check for discrepancies. Based on GPS information, our team can determine the speed the truck was traveling at the time of the crash. This information can also be pulled from the airbag control module or ACM. This device holds valuable information regarding cruise control engagement, whether the steering column was engaged prior to the accident, brake application, and much more.
At R.E. Lopez & Associates, our experts will request a downloaded copy of the driver’s cell phone history, showing calls, texts, and internet usage during and around the time of the crash. This data is critical in proving a valid case that the truck driver’s distracted driving was the cause of the accident.
The operation of commercial trucks is regulated by federal law, and governed by the Department of Transportation, and sometimes other federal agencies. The rules and regulations of the Department of Transportation require strict pre-employment screening and on-going drug testing for commercial truck drivers. The DOT also requires the truck drivers to complete a full inspection of their vehicle before and after every shift and make a full report of any issues that need to be addressed. To reduce the risk of fatigued driving, the DOT imposes a maximum limit on hours of service to help ensure that tired drivers do not get behind the wheel of these large trucks. Other regulations forbid commercial truck drivers from texting while driving. While some companies simply are not aware of every rule and regulation, others blatantly ignore them, and the results are often catastrophic.
In many cases, we discover that commercial truck drivers have given false information in their log books to avoid the rules that regulate maximum hours of service. In some cases, companies provide incentive programs to encourage their drivers to break the law by driving faster or working longer hours that are allowed by federal law.
Regardless of how the accident occurs, if it was caused by driver negligence, the law allows the victim to recover financial compensation for lost wages, medical costs, property damage, and the loss of future earnings. Our experienced team of attorneys at R.E. Lopez & Associates has been successful in the prosecution of many 18-wheeler and commercial vehicle accident cases. Let us fight for you, and help you get the compensation and justice you deserve.