San Antonio Truck Accidents
While the drivers of large trucks and 18 wheelers typically walk away from auto accidents, the same is not true for the driver and occupants in the other vehicle.
If you are involved in an auto accident with an 18 wheeler or large truck, here in San Antonio or anywhere in Texas, you are going to need help. More likely than not, you are facing vehicle issues, medical issues, pain and suffering and lost wages. In some cases permanent impairments become an issue.
At Carabin Shaw, based in San Antonio, Texas and with Branch Offices across Texas, our lawyers represent the victims of serious truck, commercial vehicle and 18 wheeler accidents.
We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
The first steps in these types of cases is to search for the truth of how the accident occurred and to make sure that you and your family are receiving the best in medical care.
Was the truck driver at fault?
Did the driver take the required rest breaks as required under federal law?
Was the truck overloaded or improperly loaded?
Was the truck driver speeding?
Was the driver over his or her hours?
While many assume that the DPS will conduct a full and fair investigation into the cause of the accident and other factors, this is usually not the case. In many cases, the City or State Officer accepts the word of the truck driver, eighteen wheeler driver or semi-truck driver. As a result, the accident report may be wrong.
In addition to the police report issues, in most all of the cases the insurance company that insures the trucking company will try every trick in the book to try to prevent the victim from making a full recovery.
In many cases the insurance company for the big truck or 18 wheeler, will attempt to show or claim that the accident was your fault. Don’t let the insurance company for the commercial vehicle to get away with this behavior.
With millions of dollars potentially at stake, the trucking company or possibly the insurance company may attempt to shift the blame from the truck driver to you. This is why it is so important to collect evidence as quickly as possible, before a trucking company attempts to hide or destroy the evidence.
Protect yourself and your Family, it is critical that you have your own legal team working to protect your rights to fair compensation.
The sooner you call the better. We will conduct a proper investigation and secure all necessary evidence to prove truck driver or trucking company liability. Our extended team will examine all possible causes of your accident, including driver fatigue, drug or alcohol abuse, speeding, improper maintenance or otherwise negligence.
Owners and operators of 18 wheelers, semi-trucks and commercial vehicles will attempt to uncover evidence and witnesses that can be used to deny or devalue your claim. It is crucial that the attorney you hire has the resources to immediately begin a truck accident investigation for you. At Carabin Shaw, we have an extended team of investigators and accident reconstruction engineers who can quickly go to the scene of an accident to gather evidence and meet with any eyewitnesses to the accident.
With so much on the line, it is not uncommon for owners and operators of 18 wheelers and commercial vehicles or the truck driver or the trucking company itself to try to conceal their negligence or protect itself from a large multi-million dollar judgement. Fortunately, our team has the experience you need on your side to uncover the truth and win your case.
Our field team and accident reconstruction team will gather the following information:
- Who caused the accident
- How fast each vehicle was traveling
- Who braked first
- Which vehicle hit the other
Our team is trained to download the 18 wheeler or commercial vehicle’s black box. The data in this black box is critical in larger cases. The black box also known as the electronic control module, captures data about the truck driver’s actions.
In closing, truck accident cases are more complicated than other passenger injury cases due to State and Federal Law applying, the weight and sizes of the vehicles involved, the forces involved, the multiple layers of ownership and operations of drivers and their employers and insurance coverage issues. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling complex trucking accidents, 18 wheeler accident cases, semi-truck accidents and other commercial vehicle cases.
We represent clients throughout Texas. Our main office is in San Antonio and we have branch offices in Laredo, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Beeville, Rockport and across Texas.