East Texas Trucking Accident Lawyers
While anyone can make a mistake while driving, truck drivers’ “mistakes” are often the result of willful safety violations and other poor but deliberate choices. At Boon Calk Echols Coleman & Goolsby PLLC in Longview, our attorneys have substantial experience representing truck accident victims in the eastern and northeast portions of the state.
The Severity Of Commercial Truck Accidents
Despite potentially devastating consequences, truck drivers often drive faster and with less care than they should to earn more money for themselves and/or to meet the demands of their trucking company employers. When a large commercial truck weighing up to 40 tons collides with a normal passenger vehicle, devastating results are common. Victims who survive such catastrophic and serious accidents often incur staggering medical bills and may be unable to return to work for many months, if ever. The costs borne by families of those who are killed in a fatal accident are even greater and more profound.
Semi-Truck Driver Negligence: Causes And Examples
Despite potentially devastating consequences, truck drivers often drive faster and with less care than they should to earn more money for themselves or to meet the demands of their trucking company employers. Common examples of truck driver negligence we have seen in our practice over the years include:
- Careless driving – driving too fast for conditions, failing to signal or check for other vehicles before making a turn or changing lanes, etc.
- Reckless driving – tailgating, speeding, driving a truck under the influence of alcohol or drugs, texting while driving, using a cellphone or computer while driving, etc.
- Driver fatigue and falling asleep at the wheel
- Failing to make certain that cargo has been properly loaded or secured before driving
As accomplished trial lawyers, we have the knowledge, skill and resources it takes to investigate and prepare even the most complex trucking accident cases.
Trucking Company Negligence
There are several reasons a trucking company can be found negligent and held liable for damages that result from a trucking accident, including:
- Negligent hiring, ignoring evidence of driver safety violations or drug or alcohol use
- Failing to properly train or adequately supervise drivers
- Over-scheduling drivers, explicitly or implicitly encouraging drivers to skip mandatory rest and sleep breaks or cut corners in other ways
- Overloading trucks, loading truck cargo in an unsafe manner
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Violations of state and federal truck safety regulations
In a truck accident case, we will investigate any possible causes for the accident to ensure that all responsible parties are held liable for your accident injuries.
A Prompt Investigation Is Critical
Time is of the essence after a truck accident. Evidence can quickly deteriorate or become lost. Witnesses may begin to forget key details or become difficult to locate. Trucking companies and their insurers understand these facts and will often get their own investigators and representatives to the scene of an accident within a matter of hours.
If you or a family member has been injured in an East or Northeast Texas 18-wheeler or truck accident, our law firm has the ability to launch an independent investigation and start protecting your interests right away. Our legal team includes partner Bradley Echols, who has an in-depth understanding of the medical issues involved in these cases, and partner Darren Coleman, who draws on his experience as a former police officer to thoroughly investigate trucking accidents, interview witnesses, examine evidence and conclusively prove fault.
Together, these assets allow us to provide each client with comprehensive advice and representation in all aspects of the case, from investigation and preparation to negotiating with difficult adversaries and litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases in court.
Texas Truck Accident FAQ
Why are trucking accidents more complex than other types of crashes?
Accidents involving large commercial vehicles like tractor-trailers tend to be more complex because the trucking industry is heavily regulated, and truck accidents are often due to violations of safety regulations. Also, truck accidents often involve extensive vehicle damage and serious injuries due to the size and weight of large trucks. Another factor that complicates trucking accidents is the fact that multiple parties may be liable for the crash, and a thorough investigation is typically necessary to determine all the potentially liable parties.
Who can be held liable for a trucking accident in Texas?
The parties potentially liable for a truck accident include the trucking company, truck driver, the truck or trailer manufacturer, the truck tire manufacturer and any of these parties’ insurance providers. In some instances, a third-party that loaded the truck may be liable for injuries, or the manufacturer of the product being transported in the truck may be liable for injuries if the product was negligently manufactured or packaged. At Boon Calk Echols Coleman & Goolsby, we consider the potential liability of all these parties when seeking the maximum available compensation for our clients.
Should I accept the insurance company’s initial settlement offer after a truck accident?
No, not before you talk to us. Insurance companies are notorious for making lowball settlement offers. We can assess the full cost of your injuries and negotiate for the maximum available compensation. The trucking company and the insurance company have lawyers on their side, working to minimize the amount of compensation you receive. It is only fair to have our experienced team on your side, working to get you all the financial compensation you need now and in the future.
Call An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you want or need the kind of legal help and hard work we can provide, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. You can schedule your free case evaluation by calling our office at 903-704-0592, or send us an email.
We handle truck accident-related personal injury and wrongful death claims on a contingency-fee basis. That means you pay nothing out of pocket, and we do not collect an attorney fee unless we win compensation for you.