Discover How a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
Texas truck accidents can have devastating consequences, which is why they demand strong legal action. If you or a loved one was injured or a loved one was killed in a trucking accident, you will need an attorney to help make sure you are fully and fairly compensated. Over the years, many injury victims and families in the Lone Star State have put their trust in the Law Offices of Gene S. Hagood to make things right after serious or fatal truck accidents.
Located near Houston and Galveston, the law firm of the Law Offices of Gene S. Hagood has a well-earned reputation for delivering large, sometimes multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for truck accident victims. Truck accident cases - also known as big rig accidents or 18-wheeler accidents - can be extremely complicated. Injuries can be severe and sometimes fatal. Trucking accidents frequently involve multiple vehicles and several victims. Insurance companies typically will fight a truck accident claim and try to keep payments to a minimum. That's why it's critical you have an experienced, dedicated, driven attorney in your corner, fighting for your rights. These types of cases should be handled by a highly experienced law firm. Call (800) 632-9404 immediately to learn about your rights if you or a loved one was in a trucking accident.
Why you need a highly qualified law firm after a truck accident
At the Law Offices of Gene S. Hagood, we are passionate about helping truck accident victims. Attorney Gene S. Hagood is well-versed in establishing negligence and investigating the causes of trucking accidents. He is on the national advisory board for the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), which is a national association of committed lawyers who have joined together to eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices. Click on attorney Hagood's profile in APITLA for more information.
The following are some of the trucks on Texas roads that can be involved in serious accidents that might lead to a lawsuit:
- 18-wheelers (also known as big rigs and tractor trailers)
- Delivery trucks
- Delivery vans
- Dump trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Cement trucks
- Other large commercial vehicles
Truck accidents have a wide variety of causes in Texas, from fatigued truckers who may be in violation of the "hours of service" rules to accidents involving improperly maintained vehicles. At the Law Offices of Gene S. Hagood, we know it is critical to investigate the cause of the accident, which can be the main factor in determining who is at fault.
Truck drivers are held to a higher standard than the average driver of a passenger car. The drivers and their companies must follow the strict rules and regulations outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an arm of the Department of Transportation that regulates the interstate trucking industry.
This includes the hours-of-service rules that indicate how long drivers can operate at one time. Truck companies face pressure to deliver their goods quickly and may put pressure on their drivers to ignore those rules. We are well versed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations or FMCSR and often cite them while representing clients in truck accident cases.
How a Houston Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
There are so many different factors to consider after a truck accident, especially ones involving large, 18-wheelers or tractor-trailers in Texas. Highway truck accidents at high speeds are especially common. In many cases, these vehicles are from far away and might be owned and operated by several different companies. Simply tracking down who actually owns the truck or the trailer and its contents can be a daunting task. Attorney Hagood has years of experience doing just that. More important, he knows how to hold these companies responsible for such serious accidents.
And once you track down these companies, the process is only beginning. Investigating truck companies can be extremely complicated, no matter where they're located in the country. They may even be from Mexico. Often, these companies are reluctant to share information about their procedures and the drivers themselves. The Law Offices of Gene S. Hagood knows how to dig for such information and find the facts clients need to build strong, solid cases.
Also, it's critical you send a preservation letter or spoliation letter to the person or corporation you believe caused your injuries. (Visit our spoliation letter page for this website to fill out the details of your accident). This letter will formally let such parties know that you plan to file a claim against them and that the company must preserve any evidence associated with the accident. Failure to preserve evidence, willing destroy or alter evidence is a criminal offense.
The Law Offices of Gene S. Hagood - a results driven, detail oriented, aggressive Texas truck accident law firm
And it's not just the trucking companies you have to worry about after an accident. There are the insurance companies. In many instances, insurance companies act like they have your best interests at heart. You might even think they're working with you to get you the best deal they can after a truck accident.
Don't trust them. In most cases, insurance companies only care about one thing after a truck accident in Texas: paying injury victims at little as possible. That's not right. That's why the Law Offices of Gene S. Hagood works so hard to get truck accident victims the compensation they rightfully deserve.
This includes compensation for all related medical expenses, both now and in the future. It includes compensation for any lost wages if an injury leaves victims unable to work. We may also be able to pursue other damages (financial compensation) for disability, disfigurement and emotional distress. We determine the full amount of damages clients have suffered and work towards a resolution of the case that meets their needs.
If you think truck accidents are rare, consider the following statistics about Texas motor vehicle accidents: There were 57,919 serious injury motor vehicle accidents in Texas in 2011. In those accidents, 79,573 people were hurt and 3,016 were killed, including 443 people in truck accidents, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
Texas truck accidents can be complicated. We can help. Contact us today
Don't become another statistic. Serious truck accident injuries demand serious attention. Contact the Houston-area law firm the Law Offices of Gene S. Hagood. Call (800) 632-9404. We're on your side and know how to get clients the compensation they rightfully deserve. We serve truck accident victims throughout Houston, Galveston and the entire state of Texas.
Contact the Law Offices of Gene S. Hagood and schedule a free case evaluation. Best of all, you pay us nothing if you don't win. That's because we work on a contingency fee basis. It's that simple. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Contact the Law Offices of Gene S. Hagood today.