Highway 290 has undergone quite a transformation over the last 15 years. While parts of the road particularly close to Houston and Austin have been improved and widened, much of the highway remains two lanes each way, like areas near Brenham, Giddings, and Elgin sometimes divided sometimes not.
We have been litigating truck crashes on US 290 for over 30 years and are referred to truck wreck injury cases by defense lawyers who have dealt with us over the years. We believe the fact that other lawyers trust us with a truck accident case speaks volumes.
Unfortunately for Texans, we lead the nation in 18-wheeler accidents that involve a fatality. One reason for the high number of truck wrecks in Texas has so many miles of highway that the probability increases due to the number of truck driven miles in the state.
Another reason for an abundance of crashes between Houston and Austin is the ongoing construction. Finally, many of the accidents are caused simply by congested traffic and limited lanes of travel.
The most common reason for big rig accidents is driver error. Sometimes, the error can be on the driver of a pickup truck or passenger car and others, it can be the fault of the tractor-trailer driver.
Speeding trucks and blind spot accidents can also be problematic.
We have investigated and handled many trucking cases that involve violations of the federal standards that apply to truck drivers and truck companies. Because truck drivers are “professional” drivers, they are subject to additional safety rules and regulations.
After a semi truck accident with a semi, an early investigation can uncover facts that can aid a victim in a personal injury claim. Waiting to get a qualified truck accident attorney can hurt an injury case because critical evidence may be lost or intentionally destroyed.
If the accident involves a wrongful death or injury that is perceived as severe by the officers investigating, a thorough investigation by the Highway Patrol or the local officers may well occur. Other times, the investigation may be limited in scope and require additional facts to understand the accident scenario fully.
It is only after an attorney has been formally retained that the attorney or law firm will spend money and effort investigating the crash. Be wary of any law firm that indicates that they are “investigating” a truck accident in the news. Unless the firm has been retained by the victim or by the defense, the claim is at best, seriously misleading and quite possibly unethical.
Once an attorney has been hired, it is common for an inspection of the vehicles to take place. Such an examination may involve downloading any computer data that is commonly available on newer model vehicles. The truck safety expert may also participate and examine the tractor-trailer for compliance with the safety rules and regulations.
Inspection of the crash site is also typical when the injuries are significant or a family has lost a loved one.
Finally, private investigators may be utilized to interview witnesses and gather additional information.
First, seeking proper medical treatment is an essential concern. In that regard, following your doctor’s instructions to the letter is always in your best interest.
Following up with necessary medical care should be done instead of “toughing it out.”
Refrain from giving recorded statements to an attorney or adjuster for the trucking company. While you may be told that they need the information to “process the claim” or “evaluate liability,” the reality is whatever you say will be used against you.
You should always take advantage of a free consultation with the best truck accident attorney before considering talking with any adjusters.
If your injuries are significant, you should retain the best 18-wheeler accident attorney you can find as soon as possible after the collision. The longer you wait to get the right lawyer, the more difficult it makes their job. You should investigate the law firm you are considering hiring before signing any paperwork with an attorney.
In Texas, you can always change lawyers. But some costs and consequences can be high when you initially hire the wrong attorney for your truck wreck case. Investigate the attorney, check out their credentials and their track record with truck crash cases and make sure you are comfortable with and trust who you hire.