Best Practices for Texas Trucking Accidents

Texas Trucking Companies Avoid Claims

Texas Trucking companies are notorious for avoiding claimsand refusing to be held liable in cases.
They are essentially a large business that doesn’t want to lose money, whether they are
at fault or not. First and foremost, when dealing with trucking-related accidents, do not try to
handle it on your own. Even if you are being offered a pretty penny for the accident, it is often (if
not always), much lower than your case deserves. Attorneys such as those of us at Buckingham
Barrera have experience with cases like yours. Trucking accidents are not quick nor easy. With
experience in a wide variety of personal injury cases, particularly those related to big rig trucking
accidents, we will ensure you and your family the compensation you deserve. Monetary
compensation is not always the justice we’re looking for after an accident, however consider
that the compensation is solely to handle all the expenses you and your family will incur. From
property damage to medical expenses, Buckingham Barrera will handle your case with utmost
integrity and grit. We will get your case settled in a timely manner. If you ever find yourself in a
trucking related accident, we’ve listed some of our best practices when handling a trucking
accident situation below.

When driving on the road near a large semi-truck or 18-wheeler, it is best to avoid them
altogether. Stray away from their blind spots, do not stop quickly or closely in front of a large
truck, and never assume they can see you. Trucks and trucking companies are responsible for
maintaining their vehicles as well as ensuring they are safe themselves to drive. Aside from the
obvious – drinking and driving – drivers must also be aware of fatigue and highway hypnosis. If
you see a driver dozing off, call the police and distance yourself from them as soon as possible.
Simply remaining alert on the road can avoid an accident. Be aware of your surroundings and
know the rules of the road.

Common causes of trucking accidents are due to speeding, faulty roads, unresolved car
maintenance, blind spots, negligent drivers and fatigued drivers. These are no excuses for an
accident occurring, however when it does happen, it’s best to be well represented. Trucking
companies in particular are well-insured, but that does not mean they are willing to play fair.
Often, they will deny being guilty or postpone trials for months or years on end. Rather than
trying to handle the case yourself or square it away privately with the trucking company, seek an
attorney for the best possible outcome for your case.

Below we’ve listed a few ways to best ensure you have an irrefutable case. Keep these
guidelines in mind if you ever find yourself in any motor-related accident.

● If possible, immediately document all damage. This can be property damage or physical
damage. Take photos of both vehicles if safe to do so. Keep track of any aches or pains
that arise, even in the weeks to come.
● Take down contact information of witnesses and provide them with your contact
information as well. Sometimes a key witness can be the deciding factor in who’s at fault
in a trucking related accident.
● Keep note of any pain or physical harm that appears over time. Car accidents are
notorious for delayed aching and soreness. This will help to determine medical
coverage.
● Document any key events that occured prior or during the accident. If you saw the driver
on the phone, dozing off, reckless driving, speeding or anything else that indicates
unsafe driving. Be sure to share any information you have about the incident as soon as
possible.
● Hire an attorney sooner rather than later. If you approach the truck driver or trucking
company unrepresented, they will immediately try to offer a settlement that ensures you
will not sue. This is often because they know you have a case and they do not want to
pay the full amount you are owed.

No accident, especially auto and motor-related accidents, can be predicted.
Unfortunately when a large truck or 18-wheeler is involved, there is a higher probability of it
being a major accident or worst-case scenario, fatal. While there is no way to express the value
or put a dollar sign on a loved one’s life, a claim or settlement may be the best route in terms of
financial setbacks the accident may incur. If the people involved in the accident require surgery
or for any other medical expenses that are necessary, financial help can be crucial.

When dealing with trucking companies and truck accidents, it is best to hire a
professional and experienced attorney. Trucking companies will jump at the first opportunity to
persuade you into a less than fair settlement, especially if they know you are not represented.
Particularly when multiple parties or people are involved in the accident, as is very common with
large truck accidents, they will do their best to avoid payout. We know the ropes. Our attorneys
have been through hundreds of cases. While each case is unique, we have a good idea of what
outcome the other party is going to strive for. With this understanding and experience, we will
offer the best representation possible for your case.

If you are unsure whether you are at fault or not in the accident, or if you need some
guidance on what your next steps should be, contact us today for a free evaluation. The
attorneys at Buckingham Barrera are here to help you and your family. Allow us to review your
case and better guide you through the process. You do not have to endure a large case on your
own. Call today for your free consultation.

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