Big trucks can be called tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, big rigs, or semi-trucks. Due to the disproportionate size and weight of a commercial truck, when one hits a passenger vehicle, the smaller car is typically crushed as a result of the impact. If you or a family member has been in an accident with a large truck, you know how frightening and devastating these crashes can be.
Lawyers Help Preserve Evidence
By putting our Texas trucking lawyers to work on your case right away, we can keep you on an equal footing with insurance carriers and trucking companies. After a truck wreck, it is crucial that certain evidence is preserved. This would include evidence of the scene of the wreck, like:
- The damaged vehicles themselves
- Truck driver logs
- Maintenance and inspection records
- On-board computer readings
- Black box data
- Photographic and/or video evidence
- Road debris
- Alcohol and drug testing results of the truck driver
- Accident investigation reports
- Evidence of conversations over CB radio, cell phones, and other devices
- Trucker certifications and employment records
- Weight receipts, bills of lading, hotel bills, and other travel expenses
- Photos of roadway skid marks
If you are in an accident with a truck, it is probably serious. Tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds – about 25 times heavier than the average car. When driven at high speeds, trucks have long stopping distances and devastating impact force. Truck accidents account for only 3% of all motor vehicle accidents but they are some of the most damaging and deadly.
Trucking Company Liability Insurance
Trucking companies carry commercial policies that protect the company and the truck driver against claims for personal injury or wrongful death. These insurance policies are required by federal law to provide at least seven-figure liability coverage. This exposure makes the insurance carrier fight harder to protect their money and pay as little as possible on the claim. Therefore, you need an attorney who has successfully litigated injury and death cases against trucking companies.
Amarillo, Texas Trucking Accident Lawyers
When you or a loved one has been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, you’ll be focused on your health and physical wellbeing. While you’re being treated, the insurance adjusters and trucking companies are trying to make your claim disappear. Our law firm dedicates our experience, time, and resources to getting you the best outcome possible in the shortest amount of time. Our job is to ease your mind and allow you to recover while we take on those at fault for your injuries. Contact us today to see how we can help.