Been in an 18 Wheeler accident in San Antonio Texas?
R.E. Lopez & Associates – 18-Wheeler Accident – San Antonio, TX
When an accident occurs due to the negligence of a commercial truck or 18-wheeler driver, our team of experienced attorneys at R.E. Lopez & Associates will consult with experts on sleep deprivation to establish the risks of fatigued driving. Because commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers are so much larger than standard passenger vehicles, an accident between the two can have catastrophic results. If you have been the victim of this type of accident in or around San Antonio, TX, contact R.E.Lopez & Associates today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation, and let us fight for you. We will arrange for the best medical treatment and therapy at state-of-the-art facilities to help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.
Accidents involving 18-wheeler or commercial vehicles are often caused by driver distraction or fatigue. Long commutes increase the risk of a driver becoming tired or bored which can contribute to an accident and cause serious injury or death. It is important to begin the process of gathering evidence as quickly as possible following the accident. Some evidence becomes difficult to obtain or disappears completely as time passes. Our team has the resources to request and obtain a copy of the driver’s cell phone records which includes phone calls, text messages, and internet usage history. This will help us establish whether or not the driver was distracted by a cell phone at or around the time of the accident, and help us build your case on the foundation of driver distraction.
18-wheelers and commercial vehicles are usually equipped with GPS systems and data recorders that keep track of the movements made by the vehicle. These systems can provide us with critical evidence including whether the steering wheel was turned, if cruise control was in use, whether the brakes were applied, and the speed at which the vehicle was traveling at the time of the accident. In some cases, the vehicle was in violation of service and maintenance requirements, which can also contribute to the cause of the accident, and help to build your case.
The operation of commercial vehicles and 18-wheeler trucks is closely monitored and strictly regulated by the Department of Transportation, or DOT. The DOT requires pre-employment screening and continuous drug testing for all registered drivers of commercial vehicles. The DOT also enforces strict guidelines regarding how much time a driver can spend behind the wheel within a 24-hour period. This helps to reduce the possibility of a driver coming fatigued and falling asleep at the wheel. They also require drivers to perform routine vehicle inspections before and after every shift to ensure that any maintenance issues are properly addressed prior to driving the vehicle.
Most companies are aware of the rules and regulations that apply them and have no issue with compliance. Unfortunately, some companies are unaware or blatantly disregard these regulations. Some companies have even been found to offer incentives to their employees to encourage longer hours and faster driving speeds than permitted by federal law.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of an accident caused by commercial driver negligence, the law allows you to seek financial compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and the loss of future earnings. At R.E. Lopez & Associates, our team of skilled and experienced attorneys have successfully prosecuted many commercial accident cases and will fight to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.