Houston Truck Accident Attorneys
Commercial Truck Accident Claims in Texas
If you or someone you love was involved in a crash with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, or similar large truck or commercial vehicle, turn to the team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm for the legal help and representation you need. With decades of experience and more than $500 million in compensation recovered for our clients, we have what it takes to aggressively advocate for you.
When you trust our firm with your recovery, you free yourself to focus on your physical and emotional recovery while we handle all of the legal details of your case. Our Houston truck accident attorneys will begin an immediate investigation into the accident, gather important evidence in support of your claim, and handle all communication with the insurance company on your behalf. We are always prepared to take cases to trial if necessary, and we do not back down from even the toughest of challenges.
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What to Do After a Large Truck Accident
Being involved in any type of car accident is a stressful and often overwhelming experience. This is especially true after a collision with a large commercial vehicle. However, the steps you take immediately after the accident, as well as in the days and weeks that follow, are incredibly important. Knowing what to do—and what not to do—not only ensures your continued health and wellbeing but also protects your right to file a personal injury claim.
If you are able to, be sure to do the following after an accident with a large truck or commercial vehicle:
- Call 911 and/or seek immediate medical attention. Do not refuse medical care if you have been injured. If you need help finding a doctor or getting care, get in touch with our team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm.
- File a police report with local law enforcement. If possible, have the police come out to the scene of the accident and file the report with the responding officer. If you were unable to file a report at the scene, be sure to do so as soon as you are able to.
- Preserve any and all evidence you have from the accident. This might include things like pictures of the accident, your injuries, and your vehicle, as well as witness statements, copies of your medical records, and torn or bloodied clothing you were wearing at the time.
- Obtain the name, contact information, trucking company information, and insurance information of the involved truck driver (if possible), as well as any other pertinent details from the crash. Be sure to give this information to your attorney.
- Avoid discussing the crash with anyone other than your attorney. Do not talk to the trucking company or its insurance adjusters, and never sign anything or agree to a settlement without first speaking to a lawyer.
- Notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible. Depending on the specific language of your policy, you may be required to report the accident within several days or a couple of weeks at most.
- Most importantly, contact a truck accident attorney with experience handling these types of cases. Your attorney can advise you regarding your legal rights and options, as well as provide the information you need to move forward with your recovery.
In Texas, you only have two years from the date of the accident (in most cases) to file a truck accident injury lawsuit. We strongly recommend that you reach out to our team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm right away so that we can begin investigating your claim and building a powerful case on your behalf. The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can begin fighting for the fair compensation you are owed.
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Determining who is legally responsible, or “liable,” for a truck accident can be relatively complex. In standard car accident claims, the person who caused the accident is typically the one responsible for the victim’s damages. Most often, you can simply file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider or sue the at-fault driver directly. However, this is not necessarily the case in truck accident claims.
Because truck drivers are usually “on the clock” when these accidents occur, their employers—the trucking companies—may be legally responsible for victims’ accident-related damages. This is because employers are generally considered liable for the conduct of their employees while those employees are carrying out work-related activities. However, this is not always the case. If the truck driver was classified as an independent contractor, or if they violated company policy, the trucking company may argue that it is not liable for the accident or your resulting damages.
In still other cases, third-party factors could complicate things. For example, if a truck accident occurs due to a defective tractor or trailer design or a poorly maintained roadway, the manufacturer of the defective tractor/trailer or the municipal entity responsible for roadway maintenance could be partly or wholly liable. Sometimes, another motorist may even be partly at fault.
Due to the wide variety of factors involved, as well as the difficulties inherent in identifying the liable party, it is strongly recommended that you work with a seasoned truck accident attorney if you or someone you love was involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle. At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we have an in-depth understanding of the law and a long, proven track record of success. We are known for our aggressive approach and our commitment to maximizing our clients’ recoveries. This has helped us recover more than half a billion dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Our team is ready to fight for you and your family. Call (281) 595-1575 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with our Houston truck accident attorneys today.