What Rights Do I Have After a Truck Accident?
Texas Truck Accident Attorney Fighting Back Against Corporate Negligence
Traffic accidents are chaotic events. Tractor trailer and automobile collisions often result in 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 subvert 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.
Texas truck accident attorney Mike Love and his team successfully advocate for the rights of survivors and the families of fatal truck wreck victims throughout the state. He has experience in the trucking industry, so he understands how to investigate for commercial carrier negligence. 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.
What Are Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
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.
Controlling something that massive is awkward, especially at highway speeds, on sharp turns or in inclement weather. It takes a well-trained and responsible trucker adhering to trucking regulations and operating a vehicle in top condition. If that is not the case, then a truck accident is likely to happen.
Other negligent acts that can cause truck wrecks include:
- 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 logbook 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.
In most cases, the trucking company is liable for these types of negligence. However, a Lufkin truck accident lawyer can investigate to find all possible liable parties. This can maximize the compensation available to you.
How Can Mike Love Help My Truck Accident Case?
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 how to identify the core reasons behind an accident. 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.
If you were in a truck accident, then the trucking company and its insurer are already building a case against you. You should have your rights are protected by someone who has your best interest in mind. When you hire our Lufkin law firm on a truck accident case, we act quickly to preserve all evidence. This includes downloading the driver’s log, speed and maintenance information from the computer onboard the truck. If an attorney does not preserve evidence after an accident, the information will not have any use in court.
Contact a Texas Truck Accident Attorney for a Free Initial Consultation Today
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.
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 Lufkin 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.