What Rights Do Victims Have After a Truck Accident in Texas?
Truck Accident Attorney Fighting Back Against Corporate Negligence
Traffic accidents are chaotic events. When tractor trailers collide with automobiles, often the result is life-altering injuries and death. Due to this fact, truckers and trucking companies must be held to the absolute highest of standards when it comes to safety. However, meeting such high standards can cut into the profits of truck companies. As such, it is not uncommon for those in the trucking industry to attempt to skirt safety standards. Unfortunately, this can lead to other motorists paying the price as victims of semi-truck crashes resulting from trucker or trucking company negligence.
Truck accident attorney Mike Love successfully advocates for the rights of survivors and the families of fatal truck wreck victims throughout Texas. You can speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer for free about your situation. We will make sure you know what your legal rights are and all the options available to you and your family moving forward.
The trucking company and its insurer are already building a case against you. You should have someone on your side making sure that your rights are protected. When our firm is retained on a truck accident case, we act quickly to ensure all evidence is preserved. This includes downloading the driver’s log, speed and maintenance information from the computer onboard the truck. If this evidence is not preserved after an accident, the information may be lost.
We Have Inside Knowledge and Experience with the Trucking Industry
Earlier in his career, founding partner Mike Love owned a trucking company in Angelina County that specialized in hauling heavy loads. Mike stuck to his guns and never gave in to the temptation to engage in dangerous practices to help his trucking company turn a profit.
Mike’s time in the trucking industry has proved to be a blessing to his legal practice. He was able to learn the ways in which the industry crosses the line on a daily basis to make a profit. In many instances, Mike’s trucking industry insider knowledge has enabled him to succeed where other attorneys have failed. Mike knows where the smoking guns are hidden. Therefore, when it comes to figuring out how a trucker or trucking company cut corners on FMCSA log book rules and regulations and caused an 18 wheeler accident, Mike Love & Associates LLC’s clients are in very capable hands.
Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?
Truck driver error and trucking company negligence are often the cause of semi-truck crashes and injuries. First of all, trucks are simply very large vehicles. Even with an 18 wheeler weight limit, tractor trailer trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and stretch out as far as 75 feet long. In addition, trucks carry heavy cargo that, if not loaded properly, can throw off the balance of a vehicle that already has a high center of gravity that makes it prone to overturning.
Bottom line, controlling something that massive is awkward, especially at highway speeds, on sharp turns or in inclement weather. It takes a well-trained trucker adhering to trucking regulations and operating a vehicle in top condition. If that is not the case, then the door is left wide open for truck accidents to happen due to negligent acts, such as:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving or drugged driving
- Allowing inadequately trained or unqualified drivers to operate trucks
- Overloading trucks or improperly securing heavy loads, which can lead to truck rollovers
- Failing to properly inspect the truck before or after a trip
- Violating hours-of-service rules as well as other log book rules and regulations violations
- Not properly maintaining the truck, leading to tire blowouts, brake failure or other mechanical issues
- Driving improperly for the conditions, including speeding or failing to properly adjust driving due to increased traffic or bad weather
Truck Accident Attorney Can Find the Smoking Gun
For those within the trucking industry and their insurance companies, dealing with the fallout from semi-truck crashes involving 18 wheelers from their fleet is just another day at the office. As a result, before emergency responders have even cleared the accident scene, truck company insurers and their lawyers have already begun working on their defense, which generally involves gathering evidence to build a case to discredit you. This is not right. Truck accident victims and their families should not have to deal with negligent trucking companies and their insurers discrediting them in the wake of the crash. They often have more than enough to worry about just trying to deal with the medical and financial issues that result from the incident. The sooner you hire a trucking accident attorney, the better protected you will be from the truck company’s attempts to discredit you.
At Mike Love & Associates LLC, we consider any attack on you an attack on us, because once you are our client, it’s personal. For more information about our law firm and how we may be able to help you, fill out our online contact form or call us directly to set up a free consultation with our truck accident lawyers today. We represent clients throughout Texas.