What a Truck Driver does FIRST after a Truck Crash
The moment a commercial vehicle or 18-wheeler is involved in a crash, the very FIRST thing the truck driver does is call their dispatcher.
- They do NOT call 911 first.
- They do NOT call the police first.
- They do NOT check on your condition first.
- They call their dispatcher FIRST!
The reason why they call their dispatcher first is so that the trucking company's insurance company can immediately send out its investigators, lawyers, and reconstruction experts to start their own investigation of the crash — all with an eye of trying to establish blame for the crash on the driver of the car and NOT their truck driver.
Each day, countless semi-trucks and 18-wheelers pass through Dallas/Fort Worth and the surrounding areas of Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and Arlington. When an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle is involved in a crash, they tend to cause catastrophic injuries to the occupants of other cars involved due to the size and weight of their trucks.
This is why it is CRITICAL to hire a well-qualified Board Certified Attorney to begin their own investigation at the earliest possible moment. The attorney will begin gathering evidence, take witness statements, inspect the scene, download the truck's black boxes, hire reconstruction experts, and so many other things in order to determine and establish liability of the parties involved. With each passing day, the risk of evidence changing or disappearing increases.
What Are Common Causes of Texas Truck Crashes?
Both in Texas and under Federal Law there are specific regulations related to the size and weight limits of trucks and the freight being carried. Truckers must also comply with specific rules — they must have special licenses and abide by hourly driving limits. In spite of these rules and regulations, trucks are often involved in accidents resulting from:
- Truck company negligence
- Improper maintenance
- Truck driver mistakes
- Trucker fatigue
- Distracted truck driving
- Adverse weather and road conditions
- Overweight trailers
- Unsafe or unsecured loads
- Transport of hazardous material
- Improper Route Selection
What Are Typical Types of Truck Accident Injuries?
Because these vehicles are so large, typically weighing as much as 30 times more than a car, a collision with a truck can have devastating consequences. The injuries of the driver and/or passenger(s) of the automobile involved in an accident with a truck are almost always far worse.
- Head and brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Rib and torso injuries
- Spinal injuries and paralysis
- Wrongful death
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If you or a loved one are suffering from an injury sustained in a trucking crash in North Texas, contact Parker Law Firm today. We hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. Attorney Brad Parker is Board Certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has won numerous awards for his successful representation of injured victims throughout Texas.
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Determining Liability in a Truck Accident
The experienced truck accident attorneys at Parker Law Firm know that trucking companies have their own adjusters, investigators and lawyers who will conduct an analysis of the accident. Their goal is to reduce the company’s liability at all costs, which is why it is crucial to contact our attorneys who can thoroughly investigate the factors in your case.
To determine liability for a trucking accident there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration. Many people assume that it is always the truck driver’s fault, but that may just be part of the case. Depending on the specific findings made by your truck accident attorney, any of the following could be held liable for your injuries:
- The truck driver may be held liable if he or she was operating the vehicle in a reckless or negligent way. Failure to yield, speeding, distracted driving or operating the vehicle under influence of alcohol or drugs could put the driver at fault for your accident and subsequent injuries. Another common mistake is when drivers fail to follow the hours of regulation and are extremely tired.
- Trucks rely on proper loading of their cargo to maintain balance and ensure that nothing will slip, slide, or roll during transport. Any truck, especially open-bed vehicles, can experience serious complications in the event of an overload or improperly secured cargo, including roll-offs, jackknifing, and rollovers.
- Truck drivers are provided very specific routes that they are to take by the dispatchers used by the trucking company. In some situations the dispatchers have sent the truck driver down roads that are not conducive to truck traffic or that are otherwise dangerous. If this is part of the reason for the truck crash then the dispatcher may be liable as well as the truck driver.
- If product failure was the cause of the accident, the product’s manufacturer or distributor may be held liable. In the event of a brake failure, steering failure, or the failure of any other mechanical part, you may be able to hold the part supplier responsible.
The Leasing Company
- In the event that the truck was being leased, the leasing company may hold specific responsibilities for the care and maintenance of the vehicle. We can fully investigate the leasing company’s responsibilities if relevant to your case.
These are but a few of the other possible parties that may be responsible for the crash. Of course, each situation is unique and the discovery process for your specific case may vary. In order to determine your eligibility to file a truck accident lawsuit, contact Parker Law Firm right away. The trucking company, its lawyers, investigators and insurance company are already building a defense against your case. Time is of the essence!!
Hurt in a North Texas Truck Accident? Our Truck Accident Attorneys Fight For You.
It is absolutely essential that you retain the representation of an attorney who can aggressively pursue the highest level of compensation for your case. When you work with our firm, we take the time to get to know you and your family. We work tirelessly to determine who is responsible for your injuries and hold them accountable. You can be confident we will represent you to the very best of our abilities. We always aggressively pursue the highest level of compensation available for each client and are extremely selective in the cases that we agree to take.
We do not take just any case. We pride ourselves in representing people who we know, like and respect. Our clients are human beings with serious and significant injuries and are NOT just another number or file in our office.
We are so confident in our abilities that we give our 4-point promise to each and everyone of our clients.
Do not hesitate to call us at 817-503-9200 or otherwise contact us at our Bedford office if you or a loved one has been seriously and permanently injured as a result of a truck crash anywhere in the state of Texas. Schedule a Complimentary Strategy Session with Parker Law Firm today! Consider also reading some of our truck accident case results here.