The Truck Accident Lawyers of the Sloan Firm are here to help you!

Truck accidents are tragic events often resulting in serious injury or death. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that, although trucks account for only 6 percent of the state’s total traffic crashes, they cause 15 percent of all crashes that result in death.

The typical size and weight of an 18-wheeler make a difference in the physics of the collision. A fully loaded rig weighs up to 80,000 pounds, while a passenger car weighs around 6,000 pounds. In a collision, the smaller car – and its occupants – stands little chance of avoiding serious harm.

With more than 150 years of combined legal experience, the Longview truck accident attorneys of The Sloan Firm know firsthand the devastation that tractor-trailers cause. Our experienced truck accident lawyers have helped numerous individuals and families in East Texas and elsewhere who suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one due to negligent truck drivers and trucking companies.

If you recently suffered a truck accident injury, or if you lost a family member in one of these accidents, allow the Longview TX truck wreck attorneys at The Sloan Firm to stand up for your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve. We always see the person behind the injury and focus on addressing the specific injuries and losses our clients have suffered. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation.

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Why Should You Choose Our Law Firm for Your Truck Crash Case?

People who survive collisions with 18-wheelers often sustain serious physical, mental, and emotional injuries. Some of the most common truck accident injuries that our attorneys encounter are:

The attorneys of The Sloan Firm know how these injuries change people’s lives. In the aftermath of a truck accident, a person may be unable to work at the same job – or work at all – due to injury. The person may be unable to do tasks around the home or enjoy activities as before. Because of traumatic brain injuries or other catastrophic physical injuries, many people can no longer live independently, which places a heavy burden on family members. Mounting medical bills only add to the stress.

The Longview truck wreck attorneys at The Sloan Firm focus on how the injuries from a truck accident have uniquely affected our clients. We thoroughly review medical records to determine the nature and extent of our clients’ injuries. We also consult with doctors, nurses, life care planners and other experts. We look at a client’s entire life – including the client’s work, relationships and interests – and seek full justice for harm done to that life.

In your truck accident case, you can count on our truck accident lawyers to put our legal skill and experience to work for you and pursue maximum compensation for your losses. Your case won’t be just a file number to us. We will work closely with you and:

We will handle all upfront costs, and we won’t charge you anything for our legal services unless we obtain a truck accident settlement or verdict that benefits you. While The Sloan Firm handles your case, you will not need to worry about paying for an attorney. Instead, you can focus on your physical recovery from your injury and your loved ones.

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Why Should Your Lawyer Have Experience with Truck Accident Claims?

Truck accidents are not like other types of motor vehicle accidents. When you hire a lawyer to handle your truck accident claim, you should make sure that the lawyer has experience with these cases. The lawyer should understand the key differences in truck accident cases and use that knowledge to your benefit. Those differences include:

  • Tractor-trailer accidents involve potentially high damages awards. Semi-truck accidents can cause life-changing injuries and major property damage. As a result, damages claims tend to be much higher than in other car accident cases. Trucking companies and their insurers know the stakes are high. They aggressively investigate and litigate claims and often try to resolve cases through settlements that fail to fully compensate plaintiffs. Your lawyer should be ready to stand firm for you and protect your rights, regardless of whether your case involves extensive settlement negotiations or taking your personal injury lawsuit to trial. The Sloan Firm has board-certified personal injury trial lawyers ready to prosecute your claim against a negligent trucking company and/or truck driver.
  • Your lawyer must investigate your trucking accident right away. The best way to counter trucking company and insurance company tactics is to launch an immediate investigation of the trucking accident – before evidence gets lost or destroyed. Trucking companies investigate collisions within hours, often while those injured are still receiving emergency medical treatment. The Sloan Firm has two full-time investigators who can help our lawyers gather and analyze key evidence and track down witnesses.
  • The large truck accident and their insurers have crisis team who likely involve violations of trucking regulations. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules address nearly every aspect of the trucking industry. They cover aspects such as truck driver qualifications, vehicle inspections, tractor-trailer size and weight restrictions and how many hours a driver may be on the road during a given period of time. The Sloan Firm’s lawyers are able to determine whether a violation of these regulations contributed to your truck crash injuries.
  • A truck accident lawsuit may name multiple defendants. If you get hurt in a collision with another passenger car, you typically will bring a car accident claim against that other driver and nobody else. However, when collision involves an 18-wheeler, you may be able to sue many parties besides the driver, including the trucking company. To maximize your financial recovery, the Sloan Firms’s lawyers know how to identify all parties who should be held liable in your case.
  • A truck crash settlement could involve numerous insurers. Because a truck accident could involve numerous responsible parties, it could also involve multiple insurance policies, including your own. Trucking companies often carry policies with higher limits than standard auto insurance policies, which could provide greater compensation to a person injured in a wreck involving a commercial vehicle. However, handling the claims process and interplay of these policies is challenging. The Sloan Firm’s lawyers are able to use these policies to your advantage.

The Longview commercial truck accident attorneys at Sloan Firm have extensive experience with trucking accident cases. We know how to tackle the unique issues that these cases involve while, at the same time, providing clients with the care, attention and high level of service they deserve.

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How Can Our Law Firm Help in Your Truck Accident Case?

After your free initial consultation, The Sloan Firm can start work right away on your truck accident claim. The many services we can provide include:

  • Conducting a prompt, thorough investigation of your truck crash.We will quickly preserve, collect and analyze evidence such as:
    • Photos of the accident scene, showing fresh skid marks and debris
    • The tractor-trailer (in the condition it was in at the time of crash)
    • The trucker’s written or electronic log, showing how many hours the trucker had been on the road prior to the crash
    • Bills of lading and other shipping documents
    • The truck’s electronic data recorder (EDR, or “black box”)
    • Trucking company vehicle inspection and maintenance records
    • Hiring, training and supervision records
    • Eyewitness statements
    • The driver’s cell phone records
    • The driver’s breath, blood or urine test results.
  • At The Sloan Firm, we know how to handle thorough truck accident investigations, including accidents that involve jackknifing or underride collisions. We also work with engineers, accident reconstruction specialists and other experts who can help us to determine the cause of your crash. Some of the common causes of truck accidents include:
    • Speeding and aggressive driving by the truck driver
    • Drunk driving (or driving while impaired by drugs)
    • Distracted driving (including texting while driving)
    • Fatigued driving (often in violation of FMCSA regulations)
    • Inadequately maintained vehicle (due to negligent inspection or lack of repairs)
    • Poorly secured or unsecured cargo
    • Defective truck or truck parts (including brakes, tires, wheels, hitches and couplings).
  • Identifying all parties who should be held liable for your damages. In many truck accident cases, a claim is brought against the negligent truck driver who caused the wreck. However, the trucking company may be liable as well based on its driver’s negligence as well as its own negligence such as:
    • Failing to conduct a proper background check before hiring a driver
    • Poorly training and supervising drivers
    • Failing to inspect and repair trucks in its fleet
    • Allowing or encouraging drivers to violate trucking regulations.

Mechanics, shipping brokers, warehouse operators and others could also be named defendants in a truck accident lawsuit. In some cases, truck or truck part manufacturers, distributors, and retailers may be liable.

  • Handling all paperwork that your insurance claim or lawsuit requires.While you worry about your recovery, our firm will ensure that all paperwork is properly filed with the insurance companies involved in your case and, if necessary, with the court that would preside over your case. Keep in mind: You must file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in Texas within two years after a trucking accident. You should meet with The Sloan Firm as soon as possible in order to ensure that our lawyers have ample time to prepare your case for filing.
  • Seek maximum compensation for you in a settlement or verdict. Our attorneys will identify all potential sources of compensation in your case and seek the maximum amount on your behalf. The damages we may recover for you in your truck accident case could include:
    • Past and future medical expenses
    • Lost income and earning capacity
    • Pain and suffering
    • Physical impairment
    • Emotional distress
    • Loss of enjoyment of life
    • Other physical, financial and emotional harm
    • Property damage
    • Wrongful death truck accident damages in Houston, Santa Fe, and Longview

Trucking companies often try to blame accidents on other drivers. This is because Texas follows a modified comparative fault rule. Under this rule, a person’s compensation is reduced in proportion to the percentage of fault attributed to the person. If a person is 51 percent or more at fault for an accident, he or she can be barred from recovering any damages. The Sloan Firm knows how trucking industry insurance companies work. We will aggressively challenge any attempts to blame you for a collision with a tractor-trailer. We want to ensure you recover all compensation you are due.

  • Work efficiently to timely disburse the funds owed to you. Regardless of whether we obtain compensation for you through a settlement or a judgment, we will need to take steps to collect and disburse the funds owed to you. We know how important it will be for you to move on with your life and recover from your injury. We will work diligently to resolve all liens attached to your recovery and provide the funds you are due.
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What Can You Do After a Truck Accident in Texas?

Every case at The Sloan Firm starts with a free consultation from an experienced truck accident attorney. However, you can take care of a few items on your own in order to prepare for your consultation and get through the early stages of your truck accident case:

  • Get medical attention. You should undergo a thorough examination in order to determine the full extent of injuries you have suffered and to ensure that you document those injuries.
  • Refer insurance company questions to us. If your insurer or another insurance company contacts you, you can feel free to refer the insurer to our law firm. You should decline to give a recorded statement or accept a settlement offer until you meet with a lawyer first.
  • Gather all of your evidence. Keep and store copies of all of your medical bills and receipts of other accident-related expenses. You may also want to gather any photos of the accident and your injuries, eyewitness names and contact information and correspondence with insurance companies.

If you cannot take some of these steps, please do not let it stop you from seeking legal help from the truck accident attorneys of The Sloan Firm. We will help you complete these steps once you retain our services.

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Our Longview Truck Accident Firm is Ready to Help You

At The Sloan Firm, what matters to you, matters to us. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a truck accident in East Texas or elsewhere, our trucking accident attorneys will tailor our representation to address your unique goals. We want to help you to move past this difficult stage in your life.

To learn more about how our truck accident attorneys in East Texas can help you, call or reach us online today. We provide free consultations to truck accident victims in Longview, Houston or Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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