They Might Be Sorry, but They're Not Your Friends
Texas Truck Accidents - What Can You Do?
The most important thing to remember following a collision with an 18-wheeler is this: You have no friends on the other side. They may offer a modest settlement. They may express carefully worded regret. They may tell you they do not have the money you need or that you are lucky to get what they are offering. They might even offer nothing at all.
Whatever your situation, the driver, the driver's employer and the applicable insurance company will not be looking out for your interests. If they were, the negligence that led to the accident would not have occurred.
This is why it is vitally important that you hire a competent, aggressive North East Texas semitruck accident attorney to fight for your interests at the negotiating table and in a court of law. Goudarzi & Young, L.L.P., in Gilmer, Texas, has the strength to bring negligent parties to heel for the injuries they cause. Their attorneys know we do not let up once we start a case.
For more information about North East Texas truck accidents, contact our attorneys by e-mail or call 903-843-2544/800-256-5169 toll free.
Longview and Tyler, Texas, Attorneys Representing the Victims of Commercial Trucking Accidents
In the Wrong Hands, a Semitruck Is a Killing Machine
Semitrucks are enormous machines that can crush, maim and kill when not operated with skill and care. Too often, drivers and commercial trucking companies do not consider this fact when they cut corners for the sake of efficiency and profit.
Long hours, unreasonable deadlines and dangerous loading practices can conspire with bad decisions on the driver's part to kill innocent motorists. Insurers, that want to limit pay-outs on insurance claims, are all-too willing to help these bad actors avoid responsibility.
The causes of 18-wheeler collisions are many and include:
- Driver fatigue
- Alcohol/drug use
- Poor maintenance
- Employer negligence
- Defective equipment
- Inadequate training
- Improper loading/overloading
When truckers and trucking companies cut corners, people get hurt or even die. It is that simple.
Truckers, Trucking Companies, Insurers — Who's Liable and Who's at Fault
When our personal injury attorneys take on personal injury cases involving semitruck accidents, we immediately look to determine fault. The first place we look is the driver, as he/she was presumably responsible for controlling the rig at the time of the collision. It is unusual to not name the driver in a personal injury lawsuit of this type.
The second place we look is the driver's employer. The driver may work for a major trucking company, a smaller transport operation or independently, as a private operator. Determining who the driver was working for is important for assessing fault. For instance, a self-employed driver might be solely liable for a fatigue-related collision, while a driver employed by a national corporation could have been forced into working unreasonable hours as part of a job assignment.
Once we know who to go after, we investigate their insurers. Big companies often have better insurance policies than private operators. However, they also tend to have bigger budgets for fighting accident claims. We're not afraid to take on big or small insurers to get you the compensation you deserve.
Goudarzi & Young — Scrutinizing Evidence in Semitruck Collisions
Our law firm is known for scrutinizing all available evidence to make these determinations. We understand that executing a quick and comprehensive accident investigation could make the difference between winning and losing your case.
If a driver was drunk or high when he/she hit you, we can review police records, perform investigations, and look into the driver's personal and professional history. Did the driver have a substance abuse problem? Did the employer know about it? Was anything done to prevent this?
While we rely on police evidence, we also use accident reconstructionists and other experts to fully investigate and analyze the situation.
We will persistently research any situation in which negligence may have caused or contributed to an 18-wheeler accident, whether it involved inadequate maintenance to a truck's brakes or a trucker who was driving recklessly in order to make a delivery time.
For more information or a consultation with an aggressive and accomplished Longview and Tyler, Texas, commercial trucking accident lawyer, contact us by e-mail or call 903-843-2544/800-256-5169 toll free.
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