The greater Beaumont area is a hub of trucking activity for many industries. The trucking industry is thriving in Texas, with the Port of Houston and the fastest-growing population in the United States. Truck companies often pay drivers by the mile giving them the incentive to deliver loads faster. As a result, drivers are motivated to work excessive hours and may engage in other unsafe activities.
At Byrd Ramsey, our attorneys have experience litigating serious injury and 18-wheeler accidents. Our lawyers can take your case to trial and have proven track records of success. We deliver personal service to our clients injured by commercial vehicles. Our success in 18-wheeler semi-truck accident lawsuits is due to our combined 100 years of experience and dedication to our truck accident clients.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, contact us online or call 409-202-2020 today.
Why Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?
If an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck hits you, you may not know what you should do to protect yourself and your family. After ensuring that you and any other individuals involved in the accident are safe and have sought the appropriate medical treatment, it is beneficial to begin researching the best attorney for a truck collision case. Below are some general guidelines and tips for what to do after being hit and injured by an 18-wheeler.
Specific evidence should be preserved following the truck accident. Evidence from the wreck, such as damage to the vehicles, debris or skid marks on the highway, and black box data from the big rig should be documented and preserved after the wreck. It is in your best interest to hire our trucking accident lawyers right away. The trucking company and its insurance carrier will start working against you as soon as possible after the wreck.
Many trucking companies maintain quick response teams dispatched to the scene of the crash within hours of the occurrence. The insurance company for the trucking company may even have their lawyer at the scene of the crash with the investigating officers. Often, getting critical data such as measurements and preserving the truck for inspection is very important. The sooner you hire an experienced truck accident lawyer, the better.
The investigating officer should thoroughly examine the scene following severe injury crashes or wrongful deaths. This examination should include measurements and photographs. The investigating officer might do a detailed scene analysis for truck accidents resulting in less severe injuries. If possible, take pictures with your cell phone at the scene. Especially important are photographs of the vehicles in their final resting positions, any skid marks or damaged road signs, and debris in the road which may help show the direction the vehicles were traveling before impact.
It is also important to write down the contact information for any witnesses of the accident. Their testimony may provide critical information later of the seconds leading up to the crash.
You Need an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer on Your Side
Usually, the defense will hire an accident reconstruction expert that will attempt to blame the victim, instead of the trucking company and its driver. Documenting the scene with photographs immediately after the crash and hiring your own private investigator can help combat this defense technique.
When there are severe injuries, preserving your vehicle can be significant. Your car may have had a defect that contributed to the accident or the injuries. Also, your vehicle may be essential to help determine how the accident occurred. If injuries were involved, you should always talk with an attorney before your vehicle is totaled out or repaired.
Our Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyers Can Help
After a truck accident, an early investigation by a truck accident lawyer is key. As soon as possible, your team should document the condition of the big rig, the accident scene, authority’s findings in their investigation and compliance with the federal regulations. The attorneys at Byrd Ramsey have over 100 years of combined experience handling multi-million truck accident cases.
Trucking companies have insurance policies that protect the company and their drivers against claims for personal injury or wrongful death. These insurance policies generally have large liability coverage, so the stakes are substantial for the insurance carrier. As a result of the high stakes, the insurance carrier will try everything to protect their money and pay you as little as possible. You need an attorney with unparalleled success and experience in litigating against trucking companies.
Contact the 18-wheeler accident attorneys at Byrd Ramsey as soon as possible so they can fight for your best interests and get you the settlement you deserve.
Compensation for Trucking Accident Victims
In Texas, damages for victims of a commercial vehicle crash can include:
- Exemplary or punitive damages in appropriate cases
- Wrongful death and survival damages
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages and future lost earning capacity
- Physical Impairment
Contact a Beaumont Truck Accident Lawyer Today
At Byrd Ramsey, we provide our clients with the best representation. We have won multi million-dollar settlements for our 18-wheeler accident clients. Our attorneys have the reputation, skill, and experience to obtain the maximum compensation for your injury or loss of a loved one. Contact us online or call for a free consultation today, 409-202-2020.