Beaumont Truck Accident Lawyer
Accidents involving 18-wheeler trucks or other large vehicles almost always result in serious injury or wrongful death. When the driver of an 18-wheeler truck is negligent and causes serious injury or death, the trucking company almost immediately hires attorneys and other experts to prepare its defense. Therefore, it is extremely important that you hire an experienced Beaumont auto accident attorney to protect your rights as quickly as possible.
Representing Victims Of 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents
We have experience representing clients in almost every type of personal injury and wrongful death claim in Texas. Speak to an experienced truck accident attorney at Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC if you have been injured in an 18-wheeler truck accident involving any of the situations listed below.
Speeding and Reckless Driving
The following situations often accompany speeding or reckless driving accidents involving semis: distracted truck driver, truck driver DWI or drug and alcohol abuse, truck driver fatigue and logbook violations, illegal stops, road-shoulder accidents and violations of driver safety requirements, trailer decoupling, jackknife accidents, ride-under accidents and truck company negligence.
It is critical to find out if your injury was the result of negligence on behalf of the trucking company as it will undoubtedly affect the legal strategy employed by your personal injury attorney. The following are common signs of negligence:
- Unsafe and/or overweight loads.
- Improper maintenance, brake failure and/or steering failure.
- Unqualified truck driver and/or unlicensed driver.
- Violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association regulations.
Truck Driver Fatigue
Truckers are expected to maintain a commercial driver’s license, adhere to strict federal trucking laws and take other necessary precautions in order to drive responsibly. Drivers are held to stringent standards because the vehicles they drive have the capacity to cause serious or fatal injuries to fellow motorists.
Despite numerous trucking laws and regulations that are designed to prevent trucking accidents, such auto accidents are still far too common. Truck driver errors are often the cause of accidents. One common form of truck driver negligence is truck driver fatigue.
Truck drivers are expected to log significant miles and are often paid by the mile. As a result, they have a financial incentive to push themselves to the point of exhaustion, putting the safety of other motorists in significant jeopardy.
Truck Driver Intoxication
Truck drivers also cause accidents by driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and prescription medications. Our attorneys are committed to helping people who have been injured due to the negligence of truck drivers.
Truck Rollover Accidents
Truck rollover accidents can have devastating consequences. As trucks careen out of control and drivers are forced to navigate overturned trucks, crashes are likely to occur and multi-vehicle accidents are not at all uncommon. Additional risks occur when overturned trucks are carrying flammable or otherwise hazardous substances. Examples of truck driver errors that may contribute to rollover accidents include speeding, exceeding weight restrictions, failure to secure weight according to DOT specifications, failure to maintain a safe distance, distracted driving and driving while impaired.
Help for Truck Injury Victims
In an 18-wheeler truck accident, proving damages requires many facets of specialized knowledge. This includes understanding federal trucking regulations, the rules of the road for truckers and the extent to which the driver’s or truck company’s negligence contributed to the injury or the wrongful death of a loved one. At Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC, we are dedicated to helping people who have been injured by negligent and/or fatigued truck drivers. Our attorneys have helped numerous people injured as a result of a truck accident. When necessary, we work with independent medical, engineering and technical experts to investigate and prepare the strongest case possible. We also cover the cost of case investigation and preparation — you pay no attorney fees unless we recover compensatory damages in a settlement or court ruling.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, it is critical that you retain an attorney who understands that a truck accident claim is different from a car accident claim. To properly handle a truck accident case, a personal injury attorney must have a thorough understanding of complex insurance coverage issues, trucking company policies and commercial trucking laws.
Our Beaumont personal injury attorneys know how to properly manage truck accident claims. We work diligently to investigate the cause of accidents, gather key evidence necessary to establish liability and prove the full extent of our clients’ injuries and losses. If necessary, we can enlist the services of independent medical, engineering and technical experts to assist in the effective management of truck accident claims.
Our Truck Accident Attorneys are Highly Qualified
Given the size and weight of large tractor-trailers, truck accident victims often sustain serious or fatal injuries. Personal injury claims involving serious injuries should be carefully managed by a highly qualified personal injury lawyer.
With more than 30 years’ combined experience, our attorneys have represented thousands of accident victims. We have experience representing clients who have sustained spinal cord damage, brain damage, loss of limb, severe burns, disfigurement, broken bones and other serious injuries. We also have represented many family members in wrongful death claims.