Top 10 Commercial and Trucking Accident Questions
If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle or in trucking accident you will probably have many questions. During a stressful and difficult time, you are faced with a mix of emotions and possible life-altering consequences.
To help answer your questions, our board certified personal injury attorneys have listed the top ten most common questions we hear from our clients who have been involved in 18-wheeler or commercial vehicle accidents in Texas.
1. How much does it cost to speak with your personal injury lawyers about my accident?
A: Simply put, if there is no recovery, there is no fee. We will sit down with you to discuss the facts of your case free of charge. You may contact our office to schedule a free consultation with board certified personal injury attorneys today by filling out our contact form or calling toll-free (877) 342-2020.
2. If I'm injured by a big-rig or commercial truck, how does that affect my case?
A. Truck drivers must meet certain federal vehicle and driving safety standards . If you are injured in an accident where a truck driver is found to have violated the federal safety regulations, you may have a case against the driver and the trucking company.
3. What is a truck driver's log and why is it important?
A. There are federal regulations that dictate the number of hours a driver can legally operate a truck. Many trucking accidents are the result of driver fatigue and a failure to comply with state and federal regulations. For this reason, Driver's logs are necessary to document the number of hours that a driver with a commercial driver's license has been behind the wheel. When there is an accident, these driver's logs become critical evidence in determining whether a driver was in violation of the law
4. If I am in a truck accident, what should I do first?
A. If anyone is injured, the first thing you should do is call 911; the next step is to call the police. If possible, try to obtain as much information about the details as possible, such as insurance information, license plates, contact information of all drivers, and information from witnesses to the accident, if available.
5. Should I talk to the police?
A. You should speak with and cooperate with the police. Do not admit fault, but state the facts of the situation.
6. Can I take pictures of the accident?
Yes, pictures can be an important piece of evidence in a car accident case. Cell phones are a great way of taking immediate pictures of the scene.
7. Who can I sue if I am injured in a truck accident?
A. If you are involved in a truck accident, the case needs to be investigated thoroughly to determine if there was truck driver or trucking company negligence involved. You should contact a board certified attorney immediately - the insurance companies use several tactics to try and sweep away evidence and you should have someone on your side from the very beginning.
8. Do I tell my insurance company about the accident?
Contact your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible. Regardless of whose fault it was, the company needs to hear the facts from you. You should also contact a board certified attorney immediately. When you hire an attorney, the insurance companies will take your claim seriously. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with our firm's trucking accident attorneys today.
9. The other insurance company is calling me - should I talk to them?
You should not speak to opposing insurance companies. This is the biggest reason why it is important to hire a personal injury attorney to handle your case. Insurance companies will use many tactics to manipulate you into jeopardizing your case and avoid paying you anything. At the very least, your insurance company should handle any communication with other insurance companies.
10. What experience does your law firm have with trucking accident cases?
Our board certified personal injury lawyers have extensive experience representing clients in trucking accident lawsuits in Texas. David W. Hodges and Galvin B. Kennedy are both Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Less than 3% of the lawyers in Texas are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with experienced attorneys that are familiar with fighting the insurance companies. Fill out our confidential contact form or call toll-free (877) 342-2020., personal