Commercial truck accidents happen all the time and unfortunately, tend to cause serious or debilitating injuries due to the size of most commercial trucks. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, of the approximately 475,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks in 2016, there were 3,864 (0.8 percent) fatal crashes and 104,000 (22 percent) injury crashes. These accidents happen all the time. Trucking companies tend to put profit before safety and that’s what we’re here to prove, who is at fault.
Contact The Law Office of Jeff S. Hoover immediately! Time is of the essence. As soon as your accident happens, you better believe the trucking company is already working with its truck accident attorney’s on blaming you. Calling us ASAP is crucial to the success in your settlement.
Take notes and photos of the accident. Try to get the area around the scene, the wreck itself and any injuries you sustained. Write down any details you remember.
Don’t talk to anyone! If anyone contacts you, whether from the attorney’s office or trucking company themselves, don’t say anything and refer them to 817-335-9500 immediately. Words can be taken out of context, It’s always best for your attorney to speak for your best interests.
Get medical treatment. A lot of the times, you may think you’re fine and don’t need to go to the doctor. It’s smart to get checked out anyways, that way if there are any injuries, minor or not, you now have documentation of it.
Keep records of everything. Every dime you spend on medical bills or anything else related to the accident. Document any communication that does winnd up happening. Keep it safe somewhere.
We want to prove negligence of the commercial truck driver. Negligent driving is very common in the trucking industry.
Speeding – commercial trucks weigh more than the usual vehicle, certainly your car. The more a vehicle weighs the harder it is to stop.
Heavy payload – having a heavier load can cause the 18-wheeler to be off balance, making it tough to maneuver and brake.
Lack of maintenance – commercial truckers and their respective companies are required to maintain their vehicles on the road.
Impairment (alcohol, fatigue, illness) – Any one of us could fall victim to lack of sleep on the road if we’re not careful. Truckers are especially susceptible to this because they generally get paid by the mile. They could make more money if only they pushed themselves another hour. The FMCSA, limits drivers to 11 hours drive time, though truckers have been found to falsify this record.
Blind spots – Those semi-trucks are huge. Your own car or truck has a blind spot that can hide an entire car easily. Imagine the Blind spot on these rigs, that’s why sideswipes are all too frequent.
Reckless driving – Simply just careless driving from the trucker can cause fault. A lot of these truckers have the “big truck” mentality and think you should be the one to get out of the way.