Trucks are part of the landscape of the Tri-State area. Being in the middle of the country, Amarillo is on the route of many trucking lines. Additionally, trucks are shipping more and more goods every day. With this increase of trucks on the road, there is a greater chance of a truck accident. Unfortunately, with the size and weight of trucks, anyone involved in an accident with them is at serious risk for severe injuries or death. If you have been involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, the trial lawyers of Lovell, Lovell, Isern & Farabough, LLP can review your situation and help you with your case every step of the way.
When thinking of a trucking accident, it usually is assumed an 18-wheeler is involved. However, semi accidents can involve commercial vehicles like garbage trucks, concrete mixer trucks, dump trucks, and tractor trailers, to name a few. A number of factors can cause and/or contribute to the severity of a semi accident. How the truck driver is operating the vehicle is one of the most important factors. If the trucker is speeding, driving distracted, or driving while intoxicated, any of these could cause a collision. Additionally, there are many rules about how long a trucker can drive, but often trucking companies encourage drivers to ignore these rules in order to make more money, resulting in fatigued drivers who have trouble handling their vehicle. Beyond the driver’s behavior, if a truck has a heavy load it can take longer to stop and if it is improperly loaded it can leave a semi off-balance, both of which can cause an accident. Any mechanical issues or improperly designed vehicles or component parts can cause problems as well.
What To Do After a Semi Accident
If an accident does occur, you should of course seek medical help for any injuries immediately. Even if you do not think you are seriously injured, you should go to the emergency room or to a doctor to make sure there aren’t any problems. If you do not call 911 for an ambulance, they should be called to alert the police. Police officers can help contain and assess the situation after semi truck accidents. They can take statements from witnesses, drivers, and passengers. The police report will be crucial in determining the cause of the accident. If possible, you should take pictures of the accident and surrounding areas. You should also obtain insurance and contact information from the other party involved.
Generally with a car accident, the only insurance companies involved are those of the car owners. In a semi accident, however, many parties are involved and could be deemed negligent; each one has its own insurance. For example, a truck company who employs the at-fault driver could be to blame. Also the company who hired the trucks to freight its goods might also be at fault. The company who manufactured the truck and/or its component parts, or those who serviced the semi could also be found negligent.
As soon as you can after a semi truck accident, you should call an attorney to discuss whether there is a personal injury case to be made. In Texas, you must file a lawsuit within two years of the accident. At Lovell, Lovell, Isern & Farabough, LLP, we will talk to you to gather the evidence in your case, work to determine who caused the accident, and start the process of negotiating with the companies involved and their insurers. We will fight to resolve your case and will go to trial if needed to get you the maximum payout you deserve.
Texas Panhandle Semi Truck Accident Lawyers
Our attorneys will take into the account the severity of your injuries, the cost of treating them, the cost of ongoing treatment, lost wages or income, your ability to take care of others, your ability to work again, and your ongoing pain and suffering. Based on all these things, we will figure the appropriate amount to request to compensate you for your injuries. We always try to get the maximum amount for our clients. Insurance companies and companies involved in the trucking industry do not want to pay out for these events and will contest everything to save money and avoid blame. You need an attorney who will fight back just as hard with the experience to hold the negligent party accountable.
Lovell, Lovell, Isern & Farabough, LLP has helped hundreds of clients involved in semi accidents recover substantial amounts. Our team cares about getting you the funds you need to recover. We take time to learn about our clients and their lives. Overall, we aim to take the legal burden off you so you can worry more about getting better. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, contact us today at 806-373-1515 to discuss your case.