It can be difficult to establish liability in accidents involving 18 wheelers, largely because there can be so many relevant parties to the incident. Obviously, the truck driver is a party, but so is the company that owns the semi or leased the truck, the company and workers who loaded the truck, the truck’s manufacturer, and perhaps even the manufacturers of the individual truck parts. If you’ve been involved in a collision involving a semi, you will need the services of a Houston 18 wheeler accident lawyer, because this is not something you can handle on your own.
At Kirkendall Dwyer LLP, our attorneys have the experience needed to handle complex claims in such a way that your rights are protected. We can navigate the multitude of evidence that will need to be gathered in order to ensure that all parties involved will be held to the proper degree of responsibility. Our Houston 18 wheeler accident lawyers are familiar with the various strategies companies will try to use to evade responsibility. One common ploy is to claim that the driver of the truck is, in fact, an independent contractor. Fortunately, with the recent tightening of federal regulations, this seldom works. The average citizen, however, can’t be expected to be familiar with all the pertinent regulations, so that’s where a Houston 18 wheeler accident lawyer comes in.
All relevant parties have to be held responsible in order for you to receive the optimal settlement for your injuries. You need a lawyer who will devote the time necessary to proving your claim – one who won’t treat you like just another case number. Just a few of the factors a Houston 18 wheeler accident lawyer will need to consider are the time of the accident, street signage, road and weather conditions, witnesses, employee records, and whether the trucking company was properly monitoring “hours of service” regulations.
Numerous parties will need to be interviewed, police reports examined, and drug and alcohol screening results viewed. So, if you have been injured in an accident involving an 18 wheeler, you should contact Kirkendall Dwyer LLP. One of our Houston 18 wheeler accident lawyers can be reached at 713-522-3529, and the consultation is free.