Attorney Doug Goyen is a Dallas 18 wheeler accident attorney who represents individuals and families of those injured or killed by negligent drivers of 18 wheelers and other commercial vehicles (buses, taxi-cabs, bobtail trucks, etc.) in the North Texas area. Doug Goyen is a licensed Texas attorney who has handled thousands of injury cases, and collected millions of dollars in settlements and judgments from 18 wheeler and commercial vehicle collisions.
If you need a lawyer regarding someone hit and injured or killed by the negligence of a commercial vehicle such as an 18 wheeler, bus, cab, city owned vehicle, police vehicle, bobtail truck, construction vehicle, cement mixer, or any other commercial type of vehicle , call our law office for a free initial consultation regarding your personal injury, serious injury, catastrophic injury, or wrongful death case.
Remember, drivers of commercial vehicles and trucks such as an 18 wheeler, large truck, taxi cab, bus or other commercial truck or auto depend on a clean driving record to continue driving their truck or other commercial auto and making a living. They will often lie about what happened, stretch the truth, or "forget" about what really happened in your collision in order to keep their job.
Be sure to get witnesses, auto accident police reports, take pictures of the automobile(s) if possible, and whatever else you can do to protect your rights in your personal injury and auto case.
Steps to Take When You Have Been Involved in an Auto Accident
At the Crash / Accident Scene:
- Call the police to the scene for an auto accident report
- If anyone suffers an injury:
- Call an ambulance, or take person who suffered an injury to an emergency room or doctor as soon as possible.
- Tell the officer investigating the auto accident about the injury.
- Cooperate with your medical providers, follow their instructions
- Leave your automobile, and the debris, in the position it was in after the accident (unless it is causing a dangerous traffic hazard, or is causing some other danger).
- Only discuss the accident with the investigating officer, your physicians, your own insurance company and your lawyer. Cooperate with the police.
- Make a note of any statement that the other driver(s) make to you. Their statements are admissible in trial if needed.
- Get all identifying information regarding the other driver, including name, address, phone, driver's license number, license plate number of their automobile, license plate of the rig and the trailer, insurance policy number and insurance phone number.
- Obtain witness information: names, addresses, phone numbers.
- If the other driver is possibly intoxicated, advise the officer at the scene.
After Leaving the Accident Scene:
- Call an attorney.
- Call your insurance company.
- Photograph your automobile.
- If you suffered an injury, see a medical provider as soon as possible
There are many hoops that the 18 wheeler, commercial truck company will make you jump through to try and prove your auto accident and / or injury claim. It doesn't matter if the company handles these injury / automobile claims in-house or if they handle them through an insurance company, they make it as difficult as possible typically. North Texas / Dallas area courts and juries can make it even harder on injury victims by placing additional hurdles in your way by placing additional burdens of proof and evidence on the victim, rather than on the wrongdoer who caused the crash / wreck in the first place.
If an 18 wheeler, commercial truck or other commercial automobile caused an injury to you then you need an attorney to protect your claim / rights. You need a Dallas 18 wheeler accident attorney who has been handling injury claims and trials against 18 wheeler companies, and other commercial automobile companies for over 20 years in the Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas area on your side.
Truck Collisions and Fatalities Increasing:
With NAFTA, our roadways in Texas have seen a huge increase in the number of 18 wheelers and other commercial truck traffic clogging our highways. Some truck drivers are very safe and rarely have any traffic mishaps. Unfortunately, others are not. When 18 wheelers collide into passenger automobiles, the impact can be devastating. The number of trucks on our highways have increased, our regulations of truck drivers have decreased, speed limits for trucks have increased, 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.
The attorneys in our office represent people who are caused injury in collisions with 18 wheeler, auto accident, on the job injury, personal injury caused by negligent acts, personal injury caused by intentional acts (such as road rage, or assaults). If you or someone you know needs an attorney, call the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100. Our lawyers can help you navigate through the maze that the insurance company will throw up in your path to recovery.
People who drive for a living (18 Wheelers, cab drivers, bus drivers), must rely on having a clean driving record in order to maintain their license, and for their company to be able to afford having them on their auto-insurance plan. If they have too many accidents, they lose their job. This is important to know, because it is one of the main motivating factors in commercial drivers lying about how an accident happened. They don't want to be fired. They have bills to pay.
If you are involved in an accident with an 18-Wheeler or other commercial vehicle, the company they work for will usually send investigators to the scene to photograph and take notes about how the accident happened. They are not on your side, they are on the company's side. Their goal is to avoid being responsible, and they will take notes, pictures, and investigate in order to meet that goal.
You must protect yourself if you are involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle. Get witness information. Take pictures. Insist on the police to make a report. Call an ambulance if anyone is hurt. Do not discuss the accident with the company representatives. Only talk to the police officer, witnesses, and other driver to make sure he is ok. Take notes of any admissions the other driver may make (such as admitting he was at fault or was distracted). Let the police know if you think the other driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
After you leave the scene, and have received medical care for any injuries, contact a lawyer immediately. You will need someone to fight for you.
Call today for a free consultation.
Clean Driving Record Required for Truckers Job - They Rarely Admit Fault:
VERY IMPORTANT!!! Remember, drivers of a commercial auto depend on a clean driving record to continue driving and making a living. They will often not be truthful about what happened in order to keep their job. BE SURE to get witnesses, auto accident police reports, take pictures of the accident, automobile and truck involved, and your injury if possible. If you suffer an injury get to a medical facility to determine the extent of the injury.
Your injury may be severe and debilitating. The problem in injury cases is that the insurance company for the truck or commercial vehicle just sees you as another auto accident injury claim. You and your injury is just the next in line in a long line of personal injury cases they have on their desk. If your accident happened in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, then you need an experienced and tough Dallas / Fort Worth personal injury lawyer on your side to fight for your personal injury case and what you are owed in this case. The insurance company for the truck or commercial auto will fight on behalf of the truck company, not for you or your injury. They are in the business of saving money, not paying money for personal injury claims or auto accident claims.
In trucking collision cases involving personal injury, you often are dealing with an insurance company that is working on behalf of the trucking company. Dealing with a trucking company's insurance company regarding an injury can be slightly different than dealing with regular automobile insurance. One of the main differences is that commercial trucking liability policies often have liability deductibles where the trucking company must come up with a certain part of any settlement. For instance, if the trucking company has a $10,000.00 retention (deductible), then the trucking company must come up with the first $10,000.00 of any settlement. This can complicate dealing with the insurance adjuster, because the insurance adjuster must get the trucking company to come up with the $10,000.00 to pay towards any settlement. Medium and smaller trucking companies don't want to come up with that money. They want to fight and delay as long as possible to hang on to that money.
Another common problem in dealing with commercial driven vehicles involved in injury collisions is that the drivers are making a living as commercial drivers. If they get too many collisions against their record, this will cause the insurance rate of the company to go up as long as that driver is still driving for the company. This causes pressure on the company to fire drivers with accidents against their records - to reduce their insurance premiums. The way this complicates claims is that often commercial truck drivers will twist facts (or even outright lie) in order to avoid being seen at fault in a collision. This is done in order to keep their record as clean as possible - so they can keep their job as drivers.
These factors and commonly a large $10,000.00 retention (deductible), that causes the trucking company to want to delay paying you as long as possible, combined with the commercial truck driver worrying about losing his job if fault is assigned to him, make a very large percentage of personal injury cases involving commercial trucks and 18 wheelers end 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 fault and negligence to the commercial truck driver. The forces causing delay and deception are too strong.
Because of the above factors, I always recommend that you hire an attorney to deal with a commercial insurance company if there is any injury involved. There are too many reasons for the truck driver and insurance company to withhold payment and change their story for you to take the risk of trying to handle it alone. They have lawyers on staff, and have often received training from attorneys on how to best obtain information to avoid paying claims, and how best to string you along in a way that causes you to sabotage your own case. Don't let the insurance company lead you into destroying your ability to recover the bills that they should owe. They are not on your side - do not let them convince you that they are.
The first and most important thing you can do to help yourself if you have an injury due to an auto accident with a truck or commercial vehicle is to call Dallas 18 wheeler accident attorney Doug Goyen today for a free consultation with the attorney himself.
We charge a contingency fee in personal injury cases, which means that you pay nothing up front. The attorney only gets paid a percentage of what he recovers. So if the attorney cannot recover, he does not get paid. Speak to a Dallas 18 wheeler accident attorney at the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100 for a free initial phone consultation regarding your case.
By Doug Goyen, email@example.com