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Truck and 18 – Wheeler Accidents

Houston Truck and 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney

Sgt. Pike knows the tricks the transportation companies play, and he won’t rest until you see justice.

What Do I Do After a Truck Accident in Houston?

If you’re the victim of an accident with an 18-wheeler, a dump truck, a delivery truck, or any other kind of company owned vehicle, the first thing you need to understand is that the company handling your claim is not on your side. It’s in the interest of insurance companies not to pay you for the damages their clients cause, regardless of how catastrophic your physical, emotional, and economic injuries are. At every turn, they will do their best to take advantage of you and to treat you unfairly.

They’ll say the accident was your fault.

They’ll say their driver was following all of the proper regulations for commercial driving.

They’ll say you weren’t injured in the crash or that your injuries were caused by some unspecified so-called “pre-existing condition.”

They’ll destroy evidence of their driver’s wrongdoing before you can use it against them.

They’ll pull out all the stops to ensure that you don’t get compensated for their driver’s negligence or that the compensation you do receive is minimal.

With so much antagonism stacked up between you and your rightful settlement, the entire claims process can be difficult, irritating, and downright traumatic to deal with.

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What are the Laws Governing Truck Accident Claims in Houston?

The One Big Thing That Transportation Companies Don’t Want You to Know

Everyone who gets behind the wheel has a series of rules they have to follow: stop on red, go on green, use your turn signal, turn on your low-beam headlights when it’s dark. But if your job is to sit behind the wheel of an Amazon delivery truck or an 18-wheeler, the rules get much tougher.

They have to be. The potential for causing catastrophic damage is much higher than with that of the average person in a family vehicle. As a consequence, each trucking and delivery company  has an exhaustive list of safety regulations that their drivers must follow when operating an 18-wheeler, dump truck, delivery vehicle, or some other company owned vehicle.

Why Do Accidents Involving Trucks Happen?

In almost every 18-wheeler or other company owned vehicle accident where the fault lies on the company driver, the accident happened because either the driver or the company failed to follow the rules and needlessly put you in danger. The company may have failed to properly maintain their vehicle. The driver may have been practicing unsafe driving techniques, such as changing lanes too quickly on a highway or allowing themselves to get distracted by texting or other types of phone distraction.

Most often—and most recklessly—truck and delivery drivers fail to pull over when they get fatigued. Since transportation companies reward those who can execute deliveries fast, all drivers are incentivized to keep driving, even if it means driving tired. To combat their driver fatigue, these truckers routinely turn to stimulants to keep them awake. Many of them rely on coffee and energy drinks, but many also turn to recreational drug use to keep their eyes open. Trucking and insurance companies will tell you they discourage these fatigued driving practices. They can even show you books where truck drivers are required to log their driving hours. But they know their truckers will falsify these logbooks to hide their unsafe fatigued driving, and will look the other way so long as nobody gets hurt. Many transportation companies will even set unrealistic daily driving goals, thereby incentivizing the drivers to fudge their numbers even more.

The problem is someone always gets hurt. And when they do get hurt, both the trucking company and the insurance provider will do what they can to taint, marginalize, or destroy any evidence of their wrongdoing.

How are Truck Accident Cases Different from Car Accidents?

Trucking or other delivery companies will use all the tricks of the trade to deny you compensation.  They employ trained professionals to hide or obscure evidence that could help you prove your case.  Sadly, all these sneaky tactics are the name of the game.  For these companies it’s all about protecting their bottom line instead of helping people. They will do whatever they can to weasel out of paying you what you are owed. When faced with this kind of opposition, there’s only one thing to do: get a Green Beret to back you up.

For more than 25 years, Sgt. Pike has borne witness to all the transportation companies’ tricks of the trade. He’s tried cases wherein trucking companies offered false testimony and provided doctored logbooks. He’s seen technicians attempt to overwrite data on a truck’s black box before they are forced to release it. He’s even seen both the insurance company and the trucking company destroy evidence of organization-wide negligence.

What’s a Green Beret to do in the face of such extreme tactics? Assemble an A-Team, of course.

What Do I Need to Prove My Case?

Inspired by his experiences as a Special Forces Operator (Army Green Beret), Attorney Sgt. Pike has developed a special A-Team of his own to handle your truck accident: the Truck Accident Response Team (T.A.R.T.™). Sgt. Pike activates the T.A.R.T.™ team immediately after being hired in appropriate cases then deploys them to the area of the crash. The T.A.R.T.™ team consists of specialized personnel trained in every aspect of truck accidents and can be deployed within hours of a serious 18-Wheeler wreck.  Only by employing this unique, advanced system can vital evidence be preserved and protected.  Without Attorney Sgt. Pike and the proven T.A.R.T.™ system, your injury or wrongful death case will likely collapse in the face of the nefarious activities of the trucking industry. With this unique approach—incomparable with the methods used by other lawyers claiming to be experts in this complex field—Attorney Sgt. Pike’s proven T.A.R.T.™ system cannot be defeated by the trucking industry. In this way, Sgt. Pike is able to secure substantial monetary compensation for those clients farsighted enough to hire him.

With Attorney Sgt. Pike and his T.A.R.T.™ system at your side, the nefarious methods used by insurance companies to worm their way out of the compensation you are owed will simply fall apart. Attorney Sgt. Pike has taken on Big Trucking thousands of times before and won, time and time again, and will do the same for you.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney in Houston?

Neither Attorney Sgt. Pike nor his team receive compensation unless your case is settled. In other words, he doesn’t get paid until you do. He has skin in the game in every case. Just as he’s risked his life for his country, he now risks his own financial wellbeing beside you so you have a vested interest as a team in achieving victory.

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