Attorney Doug Goyen is a Dallas truck accident lawyer that has represented people injured in 18 wheeler, truck accident injury, and other commercial vehicle collisions since 1997. We have settled thousands of auto accident injury cases, including many trucking companies to pay for the injuries that they have caused due to truck accidents. The Law Office of Doug Goyen provides experienced, aggressive, and powerful representation for our clients.
You have no control over what other drivers do. However, you can regain control of your life after a car accident. Contacting a car accident attorney who will protect your rights, seek the compensation you deserve, and ultimately help guide you through your case with the experience, expertise, and desire for justice that your case deserves is the first step on the road to recovery.
Call (972) 599 4100 if you need a Dallas truck accident lawyer. We will begin working on your case immediately.
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TRUCK ACCIDENTS ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, AND THEY ARE GETTING WORSE
Truck accidents pose a significant risk to vehicles struck by commercial trucks. The size of the truck, the weight of the truck, and the speed of the truck all contribute to a lethal combination. Over 500,000 truck accidents occur in the United States each year. There were 4889 fatalities in large truck accidents in 2017. From 2009 to 2017, the number of people killed in large truck accidents in the United States increased by 42%. Truck accidents that resulted in injuries increased by 62 percent between 2009 and 2017. In 2017, there were over 107,000 injury-related large truck accidents.
TRUCK COLLISIONS AND FATALITIES ARE ON THE RISE
NAFTA has resulted in a significant increase in the number of 18-wheelers and other commercial truck traffic on Texas highways. Some truck drivers are extremely cautious and have very few traffic accidents. Others, however, are not. When 18-wheelers collide with passenger vehicles, the results can be disastrous. The number of trucks on our highways has increased, our truck driver regulations have decreased, truck speed limits have increased, and the economic demand for more hours on the road for truck drivers has increased, and the number of fatalities caused by truck drivers has doubled in Texas over the past few years.
People who drive for a living (18 Wheelers, cab drivers, bus drivers) must rely on having a clean driving record to keep their license and for their company to be able to afford it on their automobile insurance plan. They lose their jobs if they have too many accidents. This is important to understand because it is one of the primary motivators for commercial drivers to lie about how an accident occurred. They don’t want to lose their jobs. They must pay their bills.
If you are in an accident with an 18-wheeler or another type of commercial vehicle, the company for which they work will usually send investigators to the scene to photograph and take notes on how the accident occurred. They are not on your side; they are on the side of the company. Their goal is to avoid being held accountable, and they will take notes, photographs, and conduct investigations to achieve that goal.
If you are in an accident with a commercial vehicle, you must protect yourself. Gather information about the witnesses. Take photographs. Insist that the police file a report. If anyone is injured, call an ambulance. Do not talk about the accident with company representatives. Only speak with the police officer, witnesses, and the other driver to ensure his safety. Make a note of any admissions made by the other driver (such as admitting he was at fault or was distracted). Inform the authorities if you believe the other driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Contact a lawyer as soon as you leave the scene and have received medical attention for any injuries. Someone will have to fight for you. Call today for a no-obligation consultation. Our firm’s attorneys represent people who have been injured in collisions with 18-wheelers, car accidents, on-the-job injuries, personal injury caused by negligent acts, and personal injury caused by intentional acts (such as road rage, or assaults). If you or someone you know requires the services of an attorney, please contact the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100. Our attorneys can assist you in navigating the maze that the insurance company will erect in your path to recovery.
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A TRUCK ACCIDENT WITH INJURY
The following is a list of what you should do if you are involved in an accident with a large truck and there are injuries at the scene, as well as what you should do after you leave the accident scene.
What to do at the scene of an accident:
1. Check for injuries. The shock and trauma of a large truck accident often cause people to underestimate the severity of their injuries at first. Examine yourself for any injuries. Inspect your passengers for injuries. If their injuries are minor and do not necessitate immediate medical attention, check on the occupants of any other vehicles involved in the collision. Others may be hurt and require assistance. If anyone is hurt, seek medical attention right away.
2. If anyone is injured, call 911. If there are injuries, call 911 and inform the operator that there are injuries. Police and paramedics will be dispatched to the scene to assist.
3. Obtain contact information for witnesses. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses to the truck accident as soon as possible. Witnesses who are not involved in the accident may stop to assist, but because they are not involved, they may not stay long. Get the contact information for any witnesses, including their name, phone number, and any other information they are willing to provide in case you need their statement about what happened in the future.
4. Exchange information with all other drivers. Drivers involved in accidents, including truck accidents, in Texas are required to exchange identification and auto liability insurance information. This includes everyone involved, whether they are at fault or not. Take photos of the truck driver’s ID and insurance information, as well as the drivers of any other vehicles involved, with your cellphone.
Obtain all identifying information about the truck’s license plate number for the tractor (the part of the truck where the driver is) as well as the license plate on the trailer. Put any identifying numbers on the tractor’s sides and the trailer’s sides. Take pictures of this information with your phone.
5. Photograph the damage and impact points on the vehicles involved. If you are unable to take photographs, have a friend or family member accompany you to the scene. Photograph the damage to your vehicle. Take photos of the truck’s point of impact. Take pictures of any other vehicles that have been damaged.
6. Photograph the accident scene. Take photos of the roadway where the accident occurred that show the lanes, the intersection (if there was one), and the traffic at the time. Photograph any skid marks or debris on the road. Take pictures of the direction you were traveling in – both the direction you were going and the direction you were coming from. Take pictures of where the truck was coming from and where it was going.
7. When the police arrive, be cooperative with them. They will interview each driver separately to obtain their version of what happened. You should ensure that your statement about how the accident occurred is included in the police report. Inform the police officer if you are injured or in pain as a result of the accident so that it is noted on the police report.
8. If the paramedics arrive and advise you to go to the hospital, do so. Paramedics who respond to car and truck accidents have experience and training in identifying symptoms that may indicate a serious injury that could be fatal. It is preferable to be safe than sorry. If the paramedics advise you to go to the Emergency Room, then go there.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS AFTER LEAVING THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT
1. If you have been injured, you should seek medical attention. We can assist you if you do not know where to go for treatment or do not know how you will pay for any treatment for your injury.
The Law Office of Doug Goyen can assist you in locating a medical facility that can treat any injuries sustained in your accident. We keep a list of medical facilities in the area that can defer payment for medical bills until we receive payment from the truck company’s insurance carrier.
2. Do not speak with the trucking company’s or any of the other vehicles’ insurance adjusters. If you are injured, the trucking company’s insurance adjusters and investigators will be looking for ways to avoid liability for the accident. They will be looking for anything you say that will assist them in denying responsibility and avoiding payment of your claim.
Inform anyone from the trucking company, their driver, their insurance company, or any private investigators that they need to speak with your lawyer – if you have not yet hired one, inform them that you are hiring one and that you will gladly take their contact information so your lawyer can call them once you have hired one.
3. Photograph any visible injuries you may have. If you have bruising, cuts, scrapes, or any other visible evidence of your injury, you must photograph it for proof.
4. Be extremely cautious about what you post on social media. Assume that the insurance company adjusters, investigators, and lawyers will all see your posts, whether you keep them private or not. If a lawsuit is necessary to force the trucking company’s insurance company to pay, the trucking company’s attorneys will subpoena your social media information and look at what you have posted. They will use photos of you enjoying a night out with your family or friends or doing other activities that make you appear to be fine if you are injured.
5. Do your homework before hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your truck accident case. Ask the lawyers questions and express your concerns to them. If you are unable to speak with the actual lawyer at a law firm, do not use that firm. You should speak with the lawyer who will be handling your case so that you know who you are dealing with and are at ease with them.
Contact the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100 or via our website contact form. We are confident that after speaking with us and other lawyers, you will feel comfortable allowing us to represent you. We fight for our clients to be compensated for their damages for their entire injury claim as well as for property damage issues relating to their vehicles.
TRUCK DRIVERS RARELY ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY
Very important – Keep in mind that commercial vehicle drivers rely on a clean driving record to continue driving and earning a living. In order to keep their job, they will frequently lie about what happened.
Your injury could be severe and incapacitating. The issue in injury cases is that the truck or commercial vehicle’s insurance company simply sees you as another auto accident injury claim. You and your injury are simply the next in a long line of personal injury cases on their desk. The truck or commercial auto insurance company will fight on behalf of the truck company, not you or your injury. They are in the business of saving money, not of paying for personal injuries resulting from truck accidents.
In trucking collision cases involving personal injury, you will be dealing with an insurance company acting on behalf of the trucking company. Dealing with the insurance company of a trucking company in the event of an injury can be a little different than dealing with regular automobile insurance. One of the primary distinctions is that commercial trucking liability policies frequently include liability deductibles, which require the trucking company to pay a portion of any settlement. For example, if a trucking company has a $10,000.00 retention (deductible), the trucking company must pay the first $10,000.00 of any settlement. This can make dealing with the insurance adjuster more difficult because the insurance adjuster needs the trucking company to come up with the $10,000.00 to pay towards any settlement. Smaller and medium-sized trucking companies do not want to spend that much money. They want to fight and delay for as long as possible in order to keep that money.
Another common issue when dealing with truck company drivers is that the drivers work as commercial truck drivers for a living. If they have too many collisions on their record, the company’s insurance rate will increase for as long as that driver is still driving for the company. This puts pressure on the company to fire drivers who have had accidents on their records in order to reduce their insurance premiums. To avoid being seen as at fault in a collision, the truck driver has an incentive to twist facts (or even outright lie). This is done to keep their record as clean as possible so that they can keep their driver’s license.
These factors, as well as a large $10,000.00 retention (deductible), which causes the trucking company to want to delay paying you as long as possible, combined with the commercial truck driver’s fear of losing his job if blame is assigned to him, result in a very high percentage of personal injury cases involving commercial trucks and 18 wheelers ending up in attorney’s offices. Not because the person hiring the lawyer is looking for a big payday, but because they are jerked around for months on end, being given excuse after excuse why the trucking company’s insurer cannot make payment, and then often just outright denial of liability in what should be a clear liability case – even when there is a police report placing blame on the truck driver, and witnesses also assigning blame to the truck driver.
Because of the aforementioned factors, I always advise hiring an attorney to deal with a commercial insurance company if there is any injury involved. There are far too many reasons for the truck driver and insurance company to refuse payment and change their story for you to take the risk of dealing with it on your own. They have lawyers on staff and have frequently received training from attorneys on how to best obtain information in order to avoid paying claims and how to string you along in such a way that you sabotage your own case. Don’t let the insurance company persuade you to jeopardize your ability to recover the bills that they should have paid. They aren’t on your side; don’t let them convince you otherwise.
In truck accident personal injury cases, we charge on a contingency basis. You make no initial payment. We are compensated as a percentage of the amount we recover for your injury. As a result, if the attorney is unable to recover, he is not compensated. This brings our interests into line with yours. We are compensated based on how well we perform for you. Call the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100 or use our website contact form to get in touch.
HIRE A LAWYER IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT
If you have been injured or have a family member who has been injured or killed by a large truck or commercial vehicle, you should consult with a Dallas truck accident lawyer. Liability insurance will be carried by both the trucking company and the driver. The insurance company will have a professional injury claims handler on staff as well as lawyers who will review your case and look for any way to avoid paying on it.
The truck company’s insurance company will look for coverage issues such as blaming the collision on another company, if you contributed to the collision in any way or if you could have avoided it in any way, and if they believe they can make any type of argument, they will place some or all of the blame on you. To avoid responsibility, they will seek information that will allow them to blame the collision on other drivers or conditions. They will look for information that will allow them to claim that your bills are excessive, that you overtreated, that your injury was preexisting, that you are exaggerating your injury, or all of the above when evaluating your injury.
To combat trucking companies’ and their insurance adjusters’ tactics, you need an experienced attorney who knows how to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Doug Goyen for assistance in defending your rights and fighting for your case. Contact us at (972) 599 4100.
WHAT KIND OF LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE DO I REQUIRE FOR A TRUCK ACCIDENT INJURY?
You must find a Dallas truck accident lawyer with personal injury experience handling truck accident injury cases, such as 18 wheelers, truck accident injury, and other commercial vehicle injury cases. Attorney Doug Goyen is a personal injury lawyer in North Texas who represents individuals and families who have been injured or killed in truck accidents caused by negligent drivers of 18 wheelers and other commercial vehicles (buses, taxi-cabs, bobtail trucks, and so on). Doug Goyen is a licensed Texas attorney who has handled thousands of injury cases and obtained millions of dollars in settlements and judgments resulting from 18 wheeler and commercial vehicle collisions.
If you need a lawyer because someone was hit and injured or killed as a result of the negligence of a large truck or commercial vehicle, contact our law firm for a free consultation about your case.
Remember that commercial vehicle drivers rely on a clean driving record to continue driving their truck or other commercial vehicle and earning a living. In order to keep their job, they will frequently lie about what happened, stretch the truth, or “forget” about what really happened in your collision.
The trucking company will make you jump through many hoops in order to prove your truck accident injury claim. It makes no difference whether the trucking company handles these injury claims in-house or through an insurance company; they make it as difficult as possible.
If you were injured by a commercial truck, you need an attorney to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Since 1997, the Law Office of Doug Goyen has handled 18 wheeler accident injury claims in Texas. We are located in Dallas, Texas, and we can assist you in obtaining compensation for your injury claim.
WHAT DOES A LAWYER CHARGE FOR A PERSONAL INJURY CASE IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT?
If we do not win, there is no fee! You do not have to pay anything up front. We charge a fee on a contingency basis. This is a percentage of the amount we are able to recover in your personal injury or wrongful death case. This aligns our interests and your interests in the case. We are compensated based on how well we perform for you. If we are unable to recover, we have worked for nothing. We take a percentage of whatever we can recover at the end of the case. We do not settle any cases without first obtaining your permission.
HOW MUCH IS A TRUCK ACCIDENT INJURY CASE WORTH?
The value of your case will be determined by the severity of your injury, the severity of the injury caused by the truck accident, liability factors surrounding the facts of the collision, and your ability to collect the full value of your claim against the truck driver and their trucking company.
Factors such as the amount of coverage they have, whether other vehicles were involved in the collision, whether you were involved in the collision, and other factors may all affect the value of a claim. Most trucking companies have extensive liability insurance policies. Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer who can ensure you receive the compensation you deserve in your truck accident case is the most important factor in increasing the value of your case.
THE REASONS FOR LARGE TRUCK COLLISIONS
Many of the same factors that cause car accidents can also cause large truck collisions, such as:
2. tailgating or excessive speeding;
3. Distracted driving or texting while driving;
4. Dangerous driving or road rage;
5. Driving while intoxicated; and
6. Throwing debris on the road.
Due to the size of commercial trucks, there are additional factors that are common in truck accident cases.
1. Defective equipment. Failure to maintain equipment, which results in brake failure and tire blowouts, is one of the leading causes of truck accident injuries and fatalities. Truck drivers and their companies are required to maintain and inspect their vehicles before each trip. In addition to truck maintenance, the truck driver is responsible for ensuring that his truck is not overloaded. Truckers are required to have their vehicles weighed at highway checkpoints. When a truck is overloaded, the truck’s equipment, such as the brakes, is more likely to fail or fail to respond in time to avoid a collision.
2. Driving at an excessively fast speed for the conditions. Truck drivers who fail to drive at the proper speed in certain weather conditions also contribute to a high number of collisions that result in injuries and deaths. Weather conditions such as fog, rain, or snow reduce visibility and make roads more slippery. Truck drivers are required to slow down to a speed that allows them to maintain control of their vehicles. Because of the size and weight of a large commercial vehicle, drivers must maintain more space between themselves and other vehicles on the road. This is exacerbated on wet or icy roads.
3. Driver exhaustion. Driver fatigue can be caused by a lack of sleep, driving for too long a period of time, taking certain medications, or drinking alcohol. Truck drivers and their employers are required to keep meticulous records of their driving hours in order to reduce driver fatigue. Failure to do so, or falsifying the numbers, can have fatal consequences.
4. Truck driver distraction leads to collisions that result in injury or death. Trucks frequently have an onboard computer system that is used to keep track of routes and communicate with dispatchers, which can distract the driver long enough to cause an accident. Truck drivers, like the rest of society, have cell phones and can become distracted while looking at them. They, like any other driver, can be distracted for a variety of reasons.
5. There are blind spots. Truck drivers have large blind spots when driving, necessitating extra caution when turning or changing lanes. To avoid missing a turn, a good truck driver will not need to change lanes or turn abruptly. Bad truck drivers will not have paid attention and will realize at the last second that they will miss their turn and will change lanes abruptly, potentially resulting in a collision.
Aside from the aforementioned causes of truck accidents, there are regulations and laws that are occasionally broken by truck drivers or trucking companies. The following section discusses Texas statutes that are intended to keep the roads safe but are frequently violated, resulting in truck accidents.
TRUCK ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY VIOLATIONS OF TRUCKING REGULATIONS
There are regulations in place to help truck drivers and trucking companies be more safe. Some trucking companies perform better than others in terms of adhering to these regulations. Some trucking companies simply do not comply. Those who break these rules are more likely to be involved in a truck accident. When attempting to determine why the truck accident occurred and how the trucking company may have contributed to the collision, safety fitness ratings and hours of service are important factors to consider.
Trucking companies and drivers are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) in 49 CFR. Texas governs trucking under the Texas Department of Public Safety Title 37, Part 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter B, Rule 4.11 – where they have adopted most of the Federal Standards under 49 CFR (with a few exceptions).
Ratings for safety and fitness are required:
FMCSR 49 section 385.1 there are procedures to determine the safety fitness of trucking companies, assign safety ratings, and direct motor carriers (trucking companies) to correct problems if they get an “unsatisfactory” rating. Trucking companies must maintain commercial driver license standards, financial responsibility (insurance), use qualified drivers, use their motor vehicles properly, keep their vehicles in a safe condition, keep accident registers and copies of accident reports, avoid using fatigued drivers, inspect, repair, and maintain their vehicles, and follow regulations in transporting goods. Trucking companies that violate these rules on a regular basis may receive a conditional or unsatisfactory rating. Unsatisfactory ratings will result in the trucking company’s inability to operate.
Drivers must be qualified. Medical exams must be done according to sections 391.41 and 391.43. Road tests must be passed pursuant to sections 391.31, 391.33, and 391.13. Training must be done with drivers that have less than one year of experience regarding hours of service, qualifications, and wellness under sections 380.502 and 380.503.
The trucking company is required to keep a driver qualification file according to section 391.51, including the driver’s application, past employer inquiries and responses, motor vehicle record (MVR), road test, the driver’s CDL, and any moving violations or accidents, and the medical examiner certificate.
Hours of Service
FMCSR 49 section 395.3 states that a driver carrying property cannot drive more than 11 hours after 10 consecutive off-duty hours; cannot drive after being on duty for 14 hours after 10 consecutive off-duty hours (with some exceptions), and cannot drive longer than 60 hours in any 7 day period, or if they do not operate 7 days a week then no longer than 70 hours in 8 days. There must be 34 consecutive hours off-duty to start the calculation over.
FMCSR 49 section 395.5 covers passenger-carrying motor carriers. They cannot drive more than 10 hours after 8 consecutive off-duty hours; cannot drive after on duty 15 hours after 8 consecutive off-duty hours; cannot drive longer than 60 hours in any 7 days, or longer than 70 hours in 8 days if the motor carrier operates every day. And there must be 34 or more consecutive hours off-duty for the calculation to start over.
Logs must be kept related to the driver’s hours of service under section 395.8.
TYPES OF CASES WE HANDLE
The Law Office of Doug Goyen handles personal injury cases throughout the state of Texas. This includes car crash cases (automobiles, 18 wheelers, motorcycles, pedestrians struck by vehicles, etc.), premises cases (such as injuries caused by a dangerous condition on a property), dog bite cases (or other animals where the owner let their animal loose or had a dangerous animal and the owner’s negligence causes injury to someone else), workplace injuries, and other injuries caused by the negligence or harmful acts of others.
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