Why You Need a Truck Accident Attorney

Apr 9, 2021 | Truck Accidents

For nearly 40 years, Williams Hart law firm has helped over 100,000 clients get the justice and compensation they deserve.  We’ve aggressively fought for each of our clients to ensure they either got a fair settlement or had their day in court. Because of our track record of success, we’ve become the go-to firm for accident victims in the Houston area.

As we wrote in a previous entry, Texas routinely has the nation’s highest number of large truck accidents. Because of the significant difference in size between 18-wheelers and regular passenger vehicles, the accident damage is often severe. If you’ve been involved in one of these accidents, you need a lawyer who has dealt with this type of case before.

Trucking companies have always had a lot to lose if they or one of their drivers is found to have caused an accident. These days, they have even more to lose. According to recent reports, the average jury award against a trucking company has jumped from $2.5 million in 2012 to well over $17 million today.

With so much on the line, trucking companies and their insurance providers do not play nice when it comes to paying victims hurt by their drivers. Most have teams of lawyers on staff to protect themselves from paying out such large amounts for their negligence.

They’ll often take drastic steps to discourage you from filing a legal claim or to minimize their liability in the eyes of a court. For example, some truck companies have altered their drivers’ logbooks. This logbook’s accuracy is required by federal law to ensure that truck drivers do not drive longer than a prescribed number of hours.

How Can a Truck Accident Attorney Help Me?

By nature, large truck accidents are far more complicated than a typical car accident. That’s because the trucking industry is regulated by both federal and state agencies.

This regulation involves:

  • Required maintenance for the trucks themselves
  • Training and qualifications of drivers
  • Scheduled inspections

Because of all these regulations, it can be difficult to determine which ones played a role in your accident.

Here at Williams Hart, we know how to prove negligence in a case involving a truck accident. We’re fully capable of carrying out an independent investigation to identify all the liable parties. You should know that liable parties could include the driver, their employer, and even the producer of the truck.

When Should I Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?

Because evidence is vital in these types of cases, the sooner you contact a truck accident lawyer, the better. Keep in mind that to carry out a thorough investigation, we need to document any evidence we can.
This includes documenting and photographing marks on the pavement, damage to all involved vehicles, and road conditions. We also request that the company provide us with a copy of the truck driver’s logbooks and GPS devices.
Once we have all the evidence, we will also examine your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. We do this to ensure you get all the compensation you’re owed. If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you are not alone. Our experienced attorneys have the knowledge and resources to help you stand up against neglectful trucking companies and their predatory insurance teams. Contact us today to get compensation for your recovery. Your initial consultation is 100% FREE.

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