Advocates For Truck Accident Victims

If you have been hit by a truck, do you know your legal rights? Do you know that compensation is not automatic, and that trucking companies and their insurers are likely already taking steps to avoid paying you or to devalue your claim? It is critical that you act quickly and work with an experienced attorney to protect your claim and pursue fair compensation.

At the Smith Law Firm in Orange, our lawyers have more than 70 years of combined experience handling auto accident claims. We are board-certified in personal injury trial law in Texas and are committed to finding the best outcome possible to help you and your family recover after an accident with a truck, 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle.

Truck accidents caused by overworked or negligent truck drivers can cause catastrophic and fatal injuries due to the size and weight of their vehicles. The truck driver and the trucking company can be held liable for these accidents. Our law firm can help you navigate the complex nature of personal injury claims involving commercial vehicles, including what steps to take right after an accident and what documents to collect to help your specific case.

What Caused The 18-Wheeler Wreck?

Investigation is a critical step in 18-wheeler accident cases. We will take care to explore who can be held liable. Unfortunately, many of these accidents could have been prevented if safety procedures and rules had been followed by the truck driver or trucking company.

Truck drivers and trucking companies often fail to put safety first. When companies or drivers fail to fix mechanical problems, fail to perform routine maintenance or improperly load a truck, the public is at risk for being seriously injured or killed in a truck crash.

Truck driving errors also cause 18-wheeler collisions. Some of the most common types of truck driver errors include:

  • Violation of safety rules (federal and state)
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Keep in mind that evidence can be lost or destroyed. One of the most critical reasons for enlisting an attorney as soon as possible is to prevent this from happening. For example, most semitrucks built in the last 25 years have an electronic control module (ECM), often referred to as a black box, that records information about speed and other issues that can be extremely valuable in proving a truck driver was doing something wrong at the time of the truck wreck. If action is not taken soon after the wreck, there is nothing stopping the trucking company from destroying, repairing or resetting the ECM. Similarly, logbooks that might show a driver had spent too many hours on the road could be destroyed. The truck itself may be repaired. Loss of evidence like this can be harmful to the victim's claim.

As soon as you contact us, we will take action to preserve the evidence we need to hold the trucking company or truck driver accountable for the acts of negligence that led to the truck accident. Our investigation may reveal other culprits as well. Perhaps the manufacturer of the truck or a truck part should be held accountable because of a defective product.

Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation

We are skilled and compassionate personal injury trial lawyers in Texas. Call our law firm at 409-233-7005 or contact us online to discuss your legal options.