An 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm knows that your life can be completely altered from injuries stemming from a wreck involving a large vehicle. Every year, we represent hundreds of crash victims involving large trucks. 18-wheeler crashes kill about 5,000 people and injure close to 115,000 people each year.
For more than 40 years, we’ve represented victims of trucking collisions. Contact an experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a trucking accident.
Why Are 18-Wheeler Crashes So Dangerous?
A fully loaded big rig, can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Because of their size, the impacts of an accident with a big rig can cause far more damaging personal injuries. A truck accident lawyer can help guide you through the claims process and get the assistance you need to move forward with your life. Contact us today for assistance if you’ve been involved in a truck accident.
There are more than 15 million trucks in the United States, including 2 million semi trucks. Commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, pose a substantial threat to passenger vehicles, pedestrians and motorcyclists. Even with cautious drivers behind the wheel, these large, heavy vehicles are no match for other cars on a roadway. These trucks also carry hazardous substances and materials that can be toxic and flammable. Their overall design does not allow for quick maneuvers and stopping.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Truck drivers are required to have specialized training in safety and follow regulations that establish minimum safety procedures for both drivers and their companies. Unfortunately, drivers and truck companies frequently put profit ahead of safety; which leads threatens the well being of the When sharing the road with semi-trucks there are a number of safety concerns to take into consideration:
- Driver Fatigue
- Overloaded Trucks
- Rear-End Truck Collisions
Contact a qualified truck accident lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm. We are ready to help you or your loved one after an injury.
Common 18-Wheeler Crash Injuries
The weight and size of an 18-wheel can lead to some of the more severe injuries as far as auto accidents are concerned. Many of these injuries have long recovery periods and have a significant effect on one’s quality of life. The consequences of a truck accident are severe. Including permanent injuries or death. At The Carlson Law Firm, a truck accident lawyer will work with your doctors and rehab specialists to document a claim to cover future needs, economic impact, and pain and suffering.
Types of Large Truck Crashes The Carlson Law Firm Handles
Contact a skilled truck accident lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm of you’ve suffered any personal injuries from a truck wreck with:
Your Lawyer’s 18-Wheeler Crash Experience Matters
A truck accident is not like a car crash. For starters, trucking accidents cause far more property damage and bodily injuries. Further, you can be assured that the trucking company and its insurance companies will immediately begin working hard to shift responsibility from the truck driver or the trucking company to the victim or someone else to try to escape responsibility for the truck accident, which is why it is crucial that you choose a trucking crash law firm with experience.
While almost every personal injury lawyer claims to have experience handling trucking accidents, the number of have tried a trucking case is quite small.
Car accidents, despite popular belief, are nothing like truck accidents. In addition to the size of the vehicles and substantial differences in force and momentum, truck accident cases are won or lost based on the lawyer’s understanding of the technology that trucking companies and their drivers use to monitor the movement, speed, fuel consumption and driving activity of the trucks. A proper investigation is crucial when it comes to an 18-wheeler accident claim.
Unlike a typical auto accident, a truck accident lawyer has to thoroughly understand the federal and state regulations that govern the companies and their drivers. Additionally, your lawyer should know how to review and “audit” the truck driver’s logbook to determine if the driver is in compliance with those laws.
Finally, the 18-wheeler accident lawyer that you hire to handle your case needs to be familiar with the state laws where the incident occurred, as well as the requirements established by the states trucking companies are headquartered in.
Types of Damages We Can Help You Recover
As with other types of accidents, there are three types of damages that a Carlson Law Firm 18-wheeler crash attorney can help you recover:
- Economic damages: losses that can be strictly quantified, such as medical bills, damages property and lost wages;
- Noneconomic damages: Pain and suffering, for example.
- Punitive damages: sometimes awarded by a jury for no other purpose than to punish an especially egregious offender.
Of course, the types of damages which you are eligible to collect will vary significantly based on the precise nature of your case and the quality of legal representation you choose.
How Can an 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer Assist You?
If you were involved in a crash with a big rig, you are probably scared and shaken up right now. This is a perfectly natural response. Choosing The Carlson Law Firm in your case means that you are hiring a compassionate attorney who will walk you through your legal options. Truck accidents are a big deal and you need an attorney who will listen to your needs and fight for your rights.
No Upfront Legal Fees or Court Costs
There are never any upfront legal fees that you will pay an 18-wheeler crash attorney at The Carlson Law Firm. All of our work is on a contingency basis. This means that we work for a percent of the recovery and are only paid if we collect money for you from the defendants. Additionally, we pay for all of the costs to litigate your case, such as the hiring of necessary accident reconstruction experts, court filing fees, etc. In essence, we incur the financial risk for you and only get paid after we recover compensation for you.
There's a Carlson Law Firm near you
With 12 locations throughout Texas, there’s a Carlson Law Firm near you. We have law offices located in Killeen, Temple, Waco, Round Rock, Austin, San Antonio, Laredo, Bryan, Lubbock, and Corpus Christi.