Semitrailer trucks and delivery vehicles are on tight schedules. The faster they can deliver cargo, the more money that trucking companies can earn. As a result, truck drivers and their employers can ignore regulations or commit other negligent acts that increase the probability of serious accidents.
If you have suffered injuries in a truck accident or a loved one has died, you may be entitled to compensation for your financial losses, pain and suffering, and other damages. You should seek counsel from an experienced personal injury law firm as soon as possible.
At Reed & Terry, L.L.P., we have a record of success representing victims of negligence in Texas and other states. Aggressive and experienced, we work hard to obtain the best possible result for people who have been harmed in 18-wheeler accidents, commercial trucking accidents, and delivery vehicles.
For a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Sugar Land, TX, call Reed & Terry, L.L.P., at 281-201-0988, or contact us online. We have three conveniently located offices in the greater Fort Bend County area.
Reed & Terry, L.L.P., obtained $600,000 for a driver who was seriously injured in a collision when an 18-wheeler made a U-turn on a highway.
Investigating the Accident and Documenting Negligence
When you retain the services of Reed & Terry, L.L.P., we will act immediately to preserve important evidence and take other steps to protect your interests. We will form a dedicated team consisting of one or more lawyers, an accident reconstruction specialist and other professionals that will investigate the key aspects of your case.
We will examine the scene of the accident and inspect the vehicles, debris field and other factors that can provide important clues as to what really happened. We will also examine driver logs, maintenance records, and when available, the truck's "black box." Having documented the cause of the crash, we will then place a value on your financial losses, pain and suffering, and other economic and noneconomic losses. Our goal will be to obtain the best possible settlement or jury award and the financial resources that can enable you to rebuild your life.
Causes Of Truck Accidents
Some truck accidents are straightforward, though many involve a complex sequence of events. These fall into four broad categories:
Truck driver negligence — Truck drivers must comply with strict federal and state regulations regarding driving hours and rest time. But many ignore these regulations and drive for long periods without stopping. A significant percentage of drivers use over-the-counter medications or illegal stimulants to extend the period in which they drive, and a tired driver is a potentially dangerous driver. Other drivers are simply reckless or careless when operating their vehicles.
Trucking company negligence — The trucking industry as a whole is finding it increasingly difficult to obtain qualified drivers. As a result, trucking companies can take shortcuts when recruiting and screening new hires. They may also choose to ignore driver misbehavior or drivers who fail to follow regulations.
Truck maintenance — Trucking companies and truck drivers alike are responsible for inspecting vehicles and taking appropriate action when trucks need service and maintenance. If they fail to do so, a mechanical failure, such as a tire blowout or brake failure, can result in a serious accident.
Truck design and faulty components — Truck builders and component manufacturers have a legal responsibility to make products that are safe for their intended uses. When they fail to do so and a serious accident happens, the victims can seek compensation from that party as well as others who contributed to the accident. Reed & Terry, L.L.P., is an experienced product liability law firm with the investigative resources and advocacy skills needed to handle these complex cases.
We Will Be Your Strong Advocate
Reed & Terry, L.L.P., will conduct a thorough and painstaking investigation of your accident to document the cause of accident and assign liability to all responsible parties. Working with your doctor or other medical specialists, we will identify your medical and rehabilitation needs. Finally, we will make a full accounting of your medical costs, lost income and other compensable losses for inclusion in your claim. Our case preparation techniques often place us in a strong position to obtain results through settlement negotiations. If necessary, we will represent you at trial.
Act Quickly To Protect Your Rights
Trucking companies and their insurance companies vigorously defend their interests. Soon after an 18-wheeler accident, they will have an investigator at the accident scene, looking for ways to defeat an insurance claim or minimize compensation. As the victim of a truck accident, you need a strong advocate on your side, working hard to protect your rights and ability to claim compensation.
Free Consultation With A Truck Accident Attorney
To discuss your case with a personal injury attorney, call Reed & Terry, L.L.P., at 281-201-0988 or contact us online.