McKinney Cargo Truck Accident Lawyer
An accident with a cargo truck (also known as a box truck) might not be as serious as an accident with a tractor-trailer, but since cargo trucks are so much larger than the average passenger vehicle, the cargo truck almost always comes out ahead. If you’ve been in an accident with a cargo truck, or had a delivery truck driver crash into your McKinney home, you need the help of an experienced McKinney cargo truck accident lawyer.
Our personal injury law firm has experience navigating the insurance bureaucracy to help get you the compensation you deserve. Don’t try to go it alone. You’d be right if you thought a commercial delivery company would have great insurance policies that cover accidents. But you should also know that the insurance company will try to blame you for the accident in order to avoid paying or to pay the smallest amount possible.
Working with a McKinney cargo truck accident lawyer will help even the playing field and increase the odds that you get a good insurance settlement or win in court.
Cargo Truck Accidents Are Less Common Than Car Accidents
The vast majority of traffic accidents in the McKinney area (and nationwide) involve passenger vehicles, like cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), there were 133 fatal crashes statewide in 2018 that involved a truck (not a tractor-trailer). Contrast that with 4,043 fatal crashes involving the 3 types of passenger vehicles we just mentioned.
It stands to reason that there are a lot of lawyers who handle car accident personal injury cases. But there just aren’t that many lawyers who have worked on cargo truck accident personal injury claims. That’s why it’s important to find out how experienced your potential lawyer is in this type of case while you are deciding on your representation.
Not every McKinney area law firm has the experience to handle cases involving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). We’ve handled a number of similar cases, and we will work closely with you throughout the course of your claim or lawsuit. We’ll use plain English (or Spanish) to explain each step of the process and why we are doing what we are doing.
In an auto accident, there are usually just two insurance companies involved — one for each driver. In a cargo truck accident, it gets a little more complicated. Was the accident the cargo truck driver’s fault? Or was the accident bound to happen because the delivery company doesn’t maintain its fleet? There will be multiple insurance companies and multiple lawyers representing multiple interests in your cargo truck accident case. We have the team to build your case and argue it successfully against all of those other competing interests.
Cargo Truck Specific Laws
It’s also important to know that cargo truck drivers and trucking or delivery companies must abide by an additional set of regulations over and above the normal traffic laws that you have to follow. For instance:
- Drivers must ensure their cargo is properly secured.
- Cargo trucks must undergo regular inspections.
- Box trucks must have the right equipment.
- Cargo trucks must get regular maintenance.
- Drivers must undergo pre-employment testing, regular physicals, and road tests.
- Drivers must keep accurate records of hours of service.
Assigning Fault in Cargo Truck Accidents
Box truck drivers are responsible for a number of these accidents, for varying reasons, including:
- Breaking traffic rules
But the truck driver and the insurance companies will try to say you were at least partly at fault. As the law firm representing you, we will make it our business to conduct an independent accident investigation, by doing the following:
- Completing accident reconstruction
- Reviewing the police reports
- Analyzing accident scene photos
- Accessing and analyzing traffic cam video or surveillance video
- Reviewing maintenance and inspection records for the truck involved
- Accessing cell phone records
- Accessing blood tests of the driver, if there are any
We will leave no stone unturned in seeking to hold the truck driver and the trucking company accountable for your injuries, pain, and suffering. We can discuss exactly what compensation we will seek when we speak with you to review your case.
Consult with a McKinney Cargo Truck Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in an accident with a cargo truck, consulting with an experienced McKinney cargo truck accident lawyer is a good move. At your initial consultation, we’ll talk with you about the accident details, assess the severity of your injuries, and discuss any offers the insurance companies have already made. Then, we’ll help you decide your next step. Remember, there are no fees unless you collect.
Call us today at (214) 305-8277 or use our contact form and someone will get back with you quickly. We are available 24/7 to take your call.