18 Wheeler Truck Accident Attorney
in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
One of the most terrifying experiences that can happen on the road is having a collision with a tractor trailer, semi-truck, or 18-wheeler. Too many of these truck accidents end in fatalities or serious, long-term physical impairments, resulting in huge financial losses, medical bills, and a hard rehabilitation process. Seeking compensation to assuage some of the monetary burden is the least our team at the Barber Law Firm can do for victims of truck accidents and their families. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident and are considering pursuing legal action, consult the truck accident lawyers at The Barber Law Firm today for a FREE consultation.
Truck Driver Fatigue
Driver fatigue is one of the main causes of tractor trailer accidents. New rules put in place by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) require truck drivers to rest for at least 10 consecutive hours before driving, and they may only drive a total of 11 hours in a 14-hour period. Though federal regulations have been put in place to prevent long-haul truck drivers from falling asleep at the wheel, it still happens fairly frequently, posing a serious threat to all those on the roadway. Unfortunately, many trucking companies hold truck drivers to a strict schedule despite the risks and place the delivery of their goods above the safety of others. If you’ve been injured due to a negligent truck driver, consult the truck accident lawyers at The Barber Law Firm to discuss your legal options.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
Following a truck accident:
- File a police report with a law enforcement official.
- Seek medical attention and take photographs of your injuries.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the other party.
- Seek legal counsel from an experience truck accident lawyer to discuss your rights.
Medical and police documents can be invaluable resources when compiling your case, so be sure to keep copies of every account of the accident and of your injuries.
Dealing With Insurance Companies After a Truck Accident
After filing a claim with the trucking company’s insurance carrier, they will conduct a thorough investigation about the accident and examine the police and medical reports. However, most insurance companies will do their utmost to limit the recovery of the injured person to the lowest amount possible. Insurance companies look out for their interests, not yours. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced law professional on your side who knows how insurance companies manipulate the system to their advantage and who has the skills to ensure they give you a fair settlement offer.
Learn More About Your Legal Options
If you wish to discuss your tractor trailer accident with a truck accident lawyer, contact the Barber Law Firm to speak with an experienced attorney today. With most cases, we work on a contingent basis, meaning the client only pays us if the insurance company or responsible parties pay them first. As with most legal matters, there is a limited amount of time following an accident to pursue a claim, so if you’re considering suing, consult an attorney as soon as you can.
To learn more about your rights after a truck or tractor trailer accident, contact the truck accident lawyers at The Barber Law Firm at 972-525-2550, or fill out our online form.