Personal Injury Law – Car Accidents

This Isn’t a Do-it-Yourself Job

To learn the law, an attorney spends years in law school. Then, he or she must prove his or her knowledge by passing the bar, but that’s only where the real education process begins. Practicing law successfully requires extensive experience. While the laws in every state permit a victim to represent him or herself, you would be doing yourself a great disservice by doing so. Non-attorneys are easily defeated by clever defense lawyers because they know people without legal experience cannot handle the procedural minutiae they demand of them. When the inexperienced non-lawyer fails to process a requirement, like a request for a list of admissions, the case can be swiftly thrown out of court. You have too much at stake to risk losing it all by trying to defend yourself. You need to hire a skilled accident injury lawyer like those at our Law Office, who can protect your rights, correctly process all of the court’s requirements, and help you attain a favorable settlement or verdict.personal injury attorneys

What Our Law Office can Offer You

Once we’re hired, our Law Office offers our clients comprehensive legal assistance, including all of the following services:

Conducting a stringent investigation to pinpoint all of the parties who were responsible for a given accident and finding the proof to prove the case against them – eyewitness testimony, videos, photos, or other physical evidence.
Processing all necessary paperwork including filing the claim with the insurer if it has not already been done.
Buffer our clients from all communication with pushy and aggressive insurance adjusters.
Making sure our clients receive adequate and affordable medical attention, even when they think they don’t have the means to pay for it. If injuries complicate due to inattention, the victim could transfer liability from the defendant to him or herself.
Using our strong reputation for success to pressure the insurance company into settling. This shelters our clients from time wasted and stress piled onto your shoulders.
Devise a strong trial strategy and execute that strategy in court if necessary.

An Accident Injury Lawyer Knows How to Help You

At our Law Office, we will do everything within our power to make sure you are fairly compensated after you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an auto wreck. We have won many millions of dollars for other injured and grieving Texans, so we have the knowledge, experience, and skill to help you, as well.

To find out what we can do for you, call now for a free consultation. You will have the opportunity to discuss your case with a trained specialist who will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have, and explain the legal options you have available.

Any Severe Accident Needs To Be Investigated

Investigating an 18-Wheeler Accident in San Antonio, TX

Then there’s the matter of evidence. As we said, they go to work gathering evidence immediately. Do most people even know what evidence would be relevant in an 18 wheeler accident case? You need to have someone examine the evidence to see if you have a case. An investigation will allow you to determine who caused your accident and if there is more than one party. truck accident law

A professional investigation allows accident victims to gather the evidence that they need to prove the defendant’s liability in court. That’s how court cases work best for the plaintiff. Jurors don’t want to be told how to decide. They want to make up their own minds after seeing photographs, hearing 911 call recordings, holding bits of defective tires, seeing improper loading manifests, seeing the driver’s employment and drug test results, and otherwise evaluating evidence that you collect during your investigation. Evidence isn’t a luxury or a bonus; it’s what you’ll need to bring to court if you want to win your case and get compensated for your losses.

Many times, based on initial evidence, it won’t be obvious who was at fault for causing an 18 wheeler wreck. Many individuals on the road, including other drivers and pedestrians, may have played a role in causing a crash and they may be partially liable. In other cases that we’ve seen, the mistake which ultimately leads to an accident occurs behind the scenes as the 18 wheeler is being loaded or maintained. Until we conduct a thorough investigation, there’s no sure way to know who should be named as a defendant in your lawsuit.

We look for the evidence you’ll need to win your case or to make the other party offer you a settlement commensurate with your losses and damages. We are experienced at getting what is needed to convince a jury. Our professionals record measurements, take pictures, talk to witnesses, perform forensic testing, gather police reports, find video surveillance footage, examine the wreckage, and collect evidence in a way that makes everything we gather for your case admissible in court.

Our San Antonio 18 wheeler accident law firm knows how to conduct a strong investigation. They can help determine who caused your injuries and how to get the evidence you’ll need to hold all of the defendants accountable for what they’ve done. It’s standard procedure for us to visit the scene of the accident in nearly every truck accident case that we handle, no matter how far away.

Why Contacting Legal Help ASAP Can be Vital After a Texas Commercial Trucking Accident

We once had a case in which our client was being blamed for causing a collision with an 18 wheeler. The other side argued that our client was at fault for driving without headlamps installed on his vehicle. Our lawyers went to the salvage yard where our client’s car had been towed to see if there was any truth to the defendant’s story. Sure enough, our client’s car was missing its headlamps.

But we believed our client. We weren’t satisfied with what we found. So we went to the salvage yard owner for the yard’s video surveillance footage. The tapes were scheduled to be erased later that day. We got to them just in the nick of time. On the tapes, we saw that the defendant had visited the salvage yard and taken our clients’ headlamps from his car. After that, we had no trouble proving that the defendant had tampered with the evidence and that his defense was a sham.

In this case, if our client had called us even a day later, the tapes which turned out to be so critical to his case would have been destroyed. He would have certainly lost his case and someone would have gotten away with a horrible miscarriage of justice. The bottom line is it’s best to start your investigation as soon as you can. Our lawyers can usually prepare a strong case, even if we aren’t contacted until several months after an accident occurs. However, the strongest cases are usually built when we’re contacted as soon as possible. We recommend that you don’t delay in contacting a lawyer for assistance.

Commercial Truck Accident Lawyers – 18 Wheeler Crash Attorneys

Our Texas truck accident lawyers see many instances in which truck drivers and trucking companies destroy evidence after the collision. The law has fashioned a remedy for this type of conduct – spoliation.

Spoliation refers to the destruction or failure to preserve evidence that is necessary to contemplated or pending litigation.truck accident law

Proof of spoliation raises a rebuttable presumption against the spoliator that the evidence favored the opposing party. This fact alone renders summary judgment inappropriate.

Thus, one who destroys or fails to preserve relevant evidence will be subject to a charge that had the evidence not been destroyed or preserved it would have favored the opposing party.

In one case, the Defendant driver left the scene of the collision before the police arrived so that a drug/alcohol screen could not be conducted. He later denied being impaired. The Court held that by avoiding the drug/alcohol screen, he had committed spoliation of evidence of his impairment at the time of the collision.

In another case , the Court had occasion to consider spoliation in the context of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The defendants destroyed a driver’s log book which is required to be maintained under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The Court held that this destruction entitled the Plaintiffs to a presumption that the logs would have shown that the driver violated hour of service limitations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, and supported an award of punitive damages. More on this website @

Additionally, the Court held that the destruction of vehicle inspection reports, which are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, raised a presumption that the truck was not in a safe operating condition, and also supported the award of punitive damages.

Another case presented the issue of spoliation involving the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation §382.303 which requires a post accident drug/alcohol screen. The truck driver involved in a collision failed to submit to the required test.

The Court found that the driver had committed spoliation of evidence, reasoning that “the jury could find, however, that the Defendant’s conduct amounted to a passive spoliation (sic) allowing any suspected evidence of drug or alcohol to pass through his system.” The Court further held that the failure to take the drug test “makes the fact of consequence to the action – His intoxication at the time of the collision – more probable than it would be without the evidence.” Click here @