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you or someone you love has been hit by a semi, you need a Tyler commercial vehicle accident attorney from Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers. Our team has more than 20 years’ experience representing the victims of big rig accidents. If you have been hurt in a commercial vehicle accident, you need the strategic, tireless representation that Morris & Dewett can provide.
When you need answers about your case, we are here for you at any time of the day or night. Our team has the knowledge and experience to handle the toughest truck accident cases. We are known as fierce and reliable advocates for our clients in court and negotiations no matter who our opponent is. Call us at (318) 221-1508 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the majority of big rig accidents are caused by a passenger vehicle obstructing the larger vehicle’s right-of-way. (FMCSA Causation Study). That does not mean that truck drivers are not careless or reckless as well. Negligence is also found in the companies, the truck manufacturers, and maintenance companies, among others.
Truck drivers can be negligent in the same ways that drivers of non-commercial vehicles are negligent, by speeding, use and abuse of prescription drugs, use of illegal drugs, fatigue, and improper driving practices. Big rig drivers can be held liable if they cause an accident under these conditions.
The trucking companies can also be held liable if they fail to follow state and federal regulations regarding hiring and training drivers and maintenance of vehicles.
Commercial trucking companies are like any other large corporate entity. They are backed by teams of lawyers whose first job is to make sure their clients are never held responsible for any accident. If that means blaming you or their own driver for something that is trucking company’s fault, they will do so. You need to protect yourself at an accident scene as much as possible.
If you are involved in a big rig accident, and you are able to take these steps, you should do so. If you are unable to do so, have someone you can trust do them for you.
Call 911 if there are any injuries, if traffic is blocked, there is debris in the roadway, or you believe any hazardous materials may be involved. Also call for police assistance if you believe any driver may be drunk or impaired, or if anyone attempts to flee the scene of the crash.
In Texas, you only have two years from the time of your injury to file a personal injury claim. Depending on the nature of the claim, you may have to file an insurance claim first and be rejected. This is what attorneys call exhausting administrative remedies. The sooner you contact a Tyler Texas big truck lawyer and get these answers, the better your chances of successfully winning your case.
Contact a Tyler commercial vehicle accident attorney at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers. Our goal is to provide top-tier counsel and zealous advocacy to give our clients their best chance to win. Discover the difference we can make for you. Call our office 24/7 at (318) 221-1508 today.