If you’ve recently experienced an accident involving an 18-wheeler, it can be hard to know where to turn. Once injuries and damages are dealt with, there are legal and financial matters to handle – and that’s where we come in.
David W. Starnes Attorney At Law has been helping individuals find retribution in the aftermath of 18-wheeler accidents for many years. We understand the gravity of such incidents and represent your interests to ensure that you are adequately reimbursed.
To get started working with our legal experts, we encourage you to dial (409) 835-9900 and book a consultation today.
Work with An Experienced Legal Team
Severe car accidents are serious business, and you don’t want to hire just anyone to represent you. David W. Starnes Attorney At Law has years of extensive experience working with victims of 18-wheeler accidents. If you’ve come in unsavory contact with a large carrier truck - we are here to help.
When you contact our offices, we will schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience. During this consultation, we will discuss the incident in great detail and determine the best course of action. We encourage you to keep track of any evidence by taking pictures of any damages to your vehicle and taking careful note of any injuries sustained and how much the incident cost you. With these details collected, our legal experts will be better able to build a strong case and represent your interests more adequately.
Great Rates on Superior Legal Services
Our team wants to be able to deliver superior legal services to as many clients as possible. We are proud to offer our professional representation at competitive rates, so our expert services are available to as many people as possible. If you have concerns about pricing or you’d like to get a quote for your service, please contact us by phone or email today.
Find the Best Legal Defense in the Area
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, you deserve to be compensated. Many of the trucking companies that own large vehicles have strong legal defense teams and financial strength to defend their own interests – that’s why it’s just as important to ensure your own.
Our office has the skills, knowledge, and resources to take on large transportation companies, and we’ve won dozens of cases for victims of truck accidents.
We can work directly with your insurance company, and we’ll do all we can to ensure you get the best possible outcome.
Trust an Experienced Attorney
Not only is David W. Starnes Attorney At Law highly educated and extensively experienced, but also passionate about helping clients just like you. The owners and operators of 18-wheel vehicles do dangerous work, and they take on a significant responsibility when sharing the road with other drivers. Their negligence can put the lives and well-being of others at risk, and they will be held accountable to you in the case of an auto accident.
We won’t allow large trucking companies to deny their responsibility to you. Instead, we will pressure them to ensure you receive the justice you deserve.
Contact Our Accident Attorney
If you are searching for adequate legal representation in the wake of an 18-wheeler accident, your search is over. David W. Starnes Attorney At Law and his dedicated personal injury firm are renowned for helping 18-wheeler accident victims receive the compensation they deserve. With us by your side, you will achieve the most favorable outcome possible.
Our firm ensures that the road to recovery is as smooth as can be. Contact us at (409) 835-9900 today to schedule your no-obligation legal consultation.
Legal Representation You Can Count On
When you're involved in a major automobile accident, it can be hard to know who to turn to. Besides the immediate police and ambulance intervention, the next professional you need to reach out to is a personal injury lawyer. That is where we come in.
David W. Starnes Attorney At Law specializes in personal injury legal services for individuals who have experienced an 18-wheeler accident. Whether you are the truck driver or someone who was directly impacted by the accident, you can reach out to our lawyers for support. We will help you get the compensation you are entitled too.
Would you like to learn more about our firm? If so, do not hesitate to contact us. We are always eager to offer advice and counsel to those in need.
Let Our Firm Help You
Many people find the legal system unnavigable. Sometimes it isn’t even clear whether or not you should call an attorney. We want you to know that you can call us. Whether you feel confident in your case, or you feel somewhat certain, we offer our services to those in need—nothing more, nothing less.
We have built our reputation on helping clients reach the most favorable outcomes possible. Through tireless advocacy, we make sure clients receive adequate compensation in the wake of their 18 wheeler accidents. Whether manufacturers, employers, other motorists, or insurance companies are at fault, we are the ones who can help. We are the ones who can help clients find the justice and remuneration they seek.
Upon requesting our services, be sure to expect all of the following:
- Thorough consultations
- Complete confidentiality
- Unwavering advocacy
- Compassionate and diligent attorneys
- Up-front rates for representation and counsel
- And more
Few legal professionals understand the perils of highway accidents quite like us. Let the attorneys and amazing administrative team in our offices help you receive the compensation you deserve. If you feel as though the legal system, insurance companies, or other involved parties have let you down, do not hesitate to contact us.
Financial Compensation for Your Accident
In the wake of an automotive accident, motorists are burdened with unimaginable costs. We make sure those burdens are as mild as can be. In the best of cases, we eliminate financial burdens altogether. If you are inundated with medical and medication costs, increased insurance premiums, and other costs resulting from or related to your accident, we will help you retrieve the compensation owed to you.
Be aware that you may be offered insurance money directly. Sometimes, at-fault parties try to avoid legal action by offering a lump sum of money directly to the accident victim. We strongly recommend that you consult with an attorney before accepting any monetary settlement, as the offer may be considerably less than what you are due, and what you would receive by engaging in formal negotiation.
Thoughtful and Thorough Legal Counsel
The importance of our consultation process cannot be overstated. It is during the consultation that we learn the specifics of your situation. It is also during this phase that you get an opportunity to learn about our approach to obtaining justice for those who experienced personal injury from an accident.
Once you have contacted our firm, we will invite you to schedule an in-depth legal consultation at your convenience. During your remote or in-person consultation, we will review the details of your case and the surrounding events thoroughly. Once we have gathered all the information we need, we will establish the terms of your claim.
The strength of your claim depends on your willingness to trust us. Rest assured, all matters between client and attorney are 100% confidential. Once we have agreed to represent you, we will fully commit ourselves to your case.
Personal Injury Support for Truck Drivers
As the driver of a large commercial vehicle, you are trained extensively to avoid collisions and other issues on the road. Unfortunately, accidents still do happen. And unlike other vehicle drivers, operating an 18-wheeler involves more responsibility and more risks. Not only are you responsible for your safety and the safety of others on the road, but you are also in charge of the merchandise you are shipping and your company vehicle.
In the case of an accident, several factors need to be ironed out. If you or someone else was injured, you need to get in touch with one of our trusted lawyers. We will consult with you closely to get a clear understanding of what happened, what caused the accident, and what compensation is owed to you and those involved. The more information we have, the more adequately we can serve you.
Steadfast Dedication and Legal Representation
Many disputes never make it to the courtroom. Often, matters are contested and resolved in the confines of offices. Both parties outline the terms of the settlements, sign the relevant documents, and part ways. Often, in the instance of an 18-wheeler accident, however, the issue will be taken to court. Not to worry, our lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to represent your case. We want truck drivers to know they’re never alone, whether they’re on the road or in the courtroom.
In the courtroom, we will represent your case with the professionalism and zeal needed to get you the results you want. During the preparation process, our legal team will compile all the evidence and documents needed to illustrate the strength of your claim. We will make sure the courtroom proceedings progress as smoothly as possible.
Work with Our Top Lawyers
When motorists wish to work with the region’s top lawyers, they contact our firm. Our law firm has various specialties, but we take pride in being able to provide comprehensive personal injury services. We understand the level of anxiety and trauma involved in major road accidents. Our knowledgeable and compassionate experts want to help you remedy the situation as best we can. With our years of experience, a favorable outcome is all but certain.
Our top lawyers boast a track record of success combatting the defenses of established and powerful trucking insurance companies. We are well-versed in both state and federal trucking laws. 18-wheeler accidents are our specialty, and we will pursue your rightful compensation with all our firm’s experience and resources.
Have you recently been involved in an accident? Was the other driver at-fault, or did your company’s vehicle fail you at a crucial moment? If you’re considering filing a claim, time is of the essence. The statute of limitations places a time deadline on your ability to file. Consult with us as soon as possible to seek financial retribution for your losses.
Superior Personal Injury Lawyers at Your Services
Individuals who have been involved in auto accidents depend on the legal expertise of David W. Starnes Attorney At Law. With unrivaled experience and countless victories to our firm’s name, there is no other firm better qualified to represent your case.
As leading personal injury lawyers, we specialize in 18-wheeler and commercial trucking accidents. We work with law enforcement, insurance providers, unions, trucking companies, and other individuals to secure the compensation you are rightly entitled to. Our team works tirelessly to support you through this ordeal, providing the assistance and knowledge you deserve.
With us, the path to a secure future is smooth and free of needless stress. To schedule a legal consultation and discuss your options, contact us today at (409) 835-9900.
Know What to Expect with Our Truck Accident Lawyers
Our experienced lawyers have represented many different commercial vehicle accident cases and are here to help you stay informed throughout the entire process. Going to court can be extremely intimidating, even more so when you don’t know what to expect, which is why we prioritize open communication and availability. We promise to answer all of your questions and provide you with a realistic outlook of what the process will entail.
Fast Working Truck Accident Lawyers
By working efficiently and making sure we are prepared well in advance for your legal deadlines, you never have to worry about having aspects of your case overlooked. We give every case our full attention and the time we need to build a solid argument for you, so you never have to worry about arriving at court with an unprepared legal team. We will make sure all of your documents are submitted correctly and on time and that the investigation is performed in an orderly fashion.
Insurance Laws and Deadlines After a Semi-Truck Accident
Many commercial vehicle insurance plans have very strict regulations, but we are here to help. We will help you act fast and submit all of the necessary paperwork to ensure that you get what you are entitled to. We are well versed in dealing with these types of cases, so you can count on us to provide you with trustworthy information in order to not get taken advantage of during an already difficult situation.
Why Are 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents Different Than Car Accidents?
Although car accidents can be quite devastating, this is multiplied with the addition of much larger commercial trucks. There are many ways in which semi-truck accidents will require a more in-depth and nuanced approach. Fortunately, our team of 18-wheeler accident lawyers are leaders in this field and will stop at nothing to get you the best possible outcome. Some of the reasons you should trust our firm over a standard auto accident attorney include:
- Larger insurance policies
- More serious injuries and larger medical bills
- Higher chance of death
- Greater chance of property damage
Determining the Cause of Your Semi-Truck Accident
There are many different factors that can play a role in an 18-wheeler accident, which is why it is important to find the likely cause and build our case around this. Semi-truck drivers will often be overworked and drive recklessly on the road when they are too tired or trying to meet deadlines. However, these are not the only leading causes of truck accidents.
Improperly maintained trucks, incorrectly loaded cargo, and equipment failure can all have catastrophic consequences at no fault of the driver. Rest assured that our team of truck accident attorneys will gather all of the proper information and documentation to ensure that you will not be blamed for something out of your hands.
There are many different ways to go about this, including reviewing camera footage and accident scene photos, interviewing witnesses, and gathering data from the truck’s electronic control module. No matter what it takes, you can count on us to do everything in our power to build a strong case.
In-Depth Legal Consultations
Get in touch with our office to schedule a no-obligation, in-depth legal consultation. One of our seasoned attorneys will sit down with you one-on-one to review your case. Here, we'll lay the groundwork of your claim and give you a clear expectation of what you can anticipate moving forward. We’ll also listen carefully to you so as to learn what your expectations are.
We want you to know that you are in good hands. At our firm, we believe that a sound legal case begins and ends with a lawyer-client relationship based on mutual trust. Rest assured, your consultation is 100% confidential and protected. We will listen to you with the utmost respect and professionalism.
Our job during this phase is to collect all the necessary details and evidence to determine the cause of the accident as well as your rightful compensation. We will thoroughly examine the extent of the damages incurred in the immediate aftermath of the accident, and the lingering, long-term impact of the incident, as well. We will get you the compensation that protects you from both immediate and future financial fallout.
Determining the Cause of the Accident
You do not need to know every last detail about the events related to your accident. During your consultation, we will make sure to determine the official cause of the accident. With our extensive background in such matters, our attorneys and researchers will surely uncover the facts, no matter how unclear they may seem.
Our law firm specializes in 18-wheeler accidents. With over two decades of experience in the field, we've become well-versed in local, state, and federal traffic laws and regulations. We're also very familiar with the legal requirements of trucking companies and their drivers.
All trucking companies and their employees have a duty to operate their vehicles in accordance with the law. Our job is to demonstrate precisely how they breached that duty and caused the crash. You can count on us to research the source(s) of fault in your accident exhaustively. We'll do our due diligence as we investigate your case and build the evidence to substantiate our charges.
Some examples of possible avenues of fault are:
- Driver negligence (due to fatigue or intoxication)
- Improper 18-wheeler training
- Violation of traffic laws
- Inadequate truck maintenance
- Insufficient trailer inspections
The unfortunate truth is that trucking companies often have significant resources to build a case in their defense. Thankfully, our firm is experienced in opposing large companies who fight aggressively against personal injury claims. We’ll spare no effort to collect the rock-solid evidence we need to prove the cause of the accident and, ultimately, get you the justice you deserve.
At-Fault Parties in 18-Wheeler Accidents
18-wheeler accidents are a unique type of collision as there are many possible at-fault parties besides the employed driver behind the wheel at the time. For instance, the truck's maintenance schedule could have been neglected by the trucking company, or perhaps the cargo loaders failed to abide by weight and size requirements when packing the goods into the trailer. Many professionals play a role in one trucking shipment on the road, and any one or more of them could be held liable for the wreck.
Some examples of the individuals and companies potentially at fault are:
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- 18-wheeler mechanic or repair facility
- Cargo loaders
- Cargo manufacturers
The list goes on. You can rely on our legal team to diligently assess every possible avenue of fault and negligence to track down and pinpoint the liable party or parties of your accident. While there are many plausible situations to explore, you can rest assured that our firm is prepared to go the distance to investigate and get to the bottom of your case.
Determining Your Rightful Compensation
In the wake of an accident, our clients are left to deal with many things. There are higher insurance premiums, excessive hospital bills, an increase in debt due to unemployment, and so much more. Some of our clients don’t even realize all the expenses that the at-fault motorists, employers, or insurance companies should rightfully cover. With us overseeing the finer points of your claim, we will make sure you receive all the compensation you’re entitled to.
Our goal as your attorney is to get you the maximum compensation possible. To determine this precise figure, we must evaluate several personal criteria. Some of the areas we will attribute monetary value to include:
- Medical bills
- Emergency room costs
- Rehabilitation fees
- Property damage
- Lost income
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
You can count on us to diligently collect all necessary documentation and proof of these avenues of financial losses. With us by your side, you will be able to hold all guilty parties financially responsible for their actions. We will make sure you recover both physically and financially.
Support for Those Affected by 18-Wheeler Accidents
18-wheeler accidents can be disastrous. The sheer size and weight of these large commercial vehicles can cause severe damage in the case of a collision on the road. Oftentimes, an 18-wheeler accident will affect more than just the driver of the truck.
If you have had the misfortune of being in a truck accident, our lawyers are here to help. It's important to us that you receive the support and compensation you require during this time, and our knowledgeable experts will help.
We will hear your side of the story, gain an understanding of what caused the accident, and will represent you in court, if needed.
It can be easy to feel helpless in the aftermath of an accident, but don't let that stop you from hiring appropriate legal advice. Our lawyers are here to streamline the process and ensure your voice is heard!
Sound Legal Representation
When we have all the crucial pieces of your case in place, including the cause of the accident and your rightful compensation, and your claim is as strong as possible, we will develop a detailed legal strategy with you. This can involve pursuing either an out-of-court settlement or a court trial. In either situation, you can trust our legal team to fight relentlessly on your behalf. We are practiced and skilled negotiators with extensive experience in all aspects of filing a claim. We will take you step-by-step through the process, ensuring you are informed and fully confident of every move we make.
We often reach a settlement before going to trial. However, we take on every case that comes through our doors as if it were going to be tried. With this long-term approach, we always build the strongest cases possible. We’re prepared to defend your rights in front of a judge unless you’re satisfied with the proposed monetary amount to cease further legal action.
Trucking Accidents: Legal Representation and Support
With so many trucks on the road day and night, accidents occur at a disproportionately high rate in the trucking industry. When you have been directly or indirectly involved in an accident, we will assist you in getting the counsel you need and securing the most favorable outcome.
At David W. Starnes Attorney At Law, we are the ideal choice for legal representation. Our lawyers are in your corner. As you recover from the physical and emotional effects of the accident, we will advocate passionately on your behalf, getting you the compensation, you deserve.
Our years of successful litigation and defense experience will be of great advantage as you complete this process. We are ready to provide the support you need.
18-Wheeler Accident Case: Legal Advice You Can Depend On
For decades, our legal team has been representing victims and their families. Whether you are employed as a truck driver or were involved in the accident, our firm can offer trustworthy support during the phases of your case.
We will do all the extra legwork in navigating these cases, determining the responsible driver for the accident, and ensuring you receive full and fair compensation. We have created strong relationships with various trucking companies, legal professionals, and law enforcement personnel. We'll establish all details and work with unmatched precision and skill in your favor.
Our team can help secure expenses to cover vehicle damages as well as medical bills, lost income, and more. Focus on healing and recovering and allow us to pursue legal action.
Truck Accident Trials
Navigating the Court Process
If your case ends up going to court, you can count on us to explain the procedures and steps of the deposition. We will represent your case with the professionalism needed to convey the legitimacy of your claim. No matter the circumstances of your case, we will ensure you are fully supported, prepared, and comfortable for each step.
We will work tirelessly to negotiate a settlement that you are entitled to. Allow us to assist you in moving forward after this ordeal.
Legal Experts Always by Your Side
The court process can sometimes be a lengthy process. Appeals and delays can prolong your timeline by months or even years. Rest assured, our firm is with you from start to finish. If the case cannot be settled, we’ll patiently see your claim through to the end—no matter how long it takes. Justice is worth waiting for.
Personal Injury Lawyer Specializing in Trucking Accidents
With over 28 years of service experience, David W. Starnes Attorney At Law has excelled in the field of personal injury and employment law. With a particular specialty in 18-wheeler accidents, we understand all the details of cases of this nature.
We have completed extensive training and qualifications and are fully credited in legal practice. We defend you compassionately yet forcefully and won't stop until we get you what you deserve.
18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers
Receive the Compensation You Are Entitled To
Being involved in an 18-wheeler accident is a highly traumatic occurrence. To move forward peacefully, you need the support and recommendations of an experienced and specialized legal firm. That team is David W. Starnes Attorney At Law.
Allow us to represent you. Contact us today at (409) 835-9900 to schedule a meeting.
Personal Injury Lawyer Beaumont, TX
Southeast Texas 18-wheeler Accident Lawyer
When a car is hit by a truck, the results are devastating.
When the Texas highway patrol gets a call that there has been a truck accident, they are prepared for the worst. If the semi-truck hit a passenger vehicle, the wreck probably resulted in catastrophic injuries or death for occupants of the car.
At our Beaumont, TX law firm, David Starnes, Lawyer Beaumont, TX has the experience and skill to see a victim of an 18-wheeler accident or a client who lost a family member in a tractor-trailer wreck recovers valuable compensation through an injury or wrongful death claim.
Get a legal opinion before signing an insurance settlement offer:
If you would like to talk with Mr. Starnes, personal injury lawyer Beaumont, TX, contact us. We will make arrangements for a free consultation about your 18-wheeler accident and see that your injury or loss is being evaluated properly.
See that all sources of compensation are investigated:
A trucking accident is complex and may involve claims against the driver, the freight company, or another corporation, in addition to the auto insurance company. David Starnes will see that these claims are pursued and coordinated. Commercial truck accidents involve a complicated set of federal and state laws, and it is important to work with a law firm that has the experience to navigate the resulting tangle successfully.
Comparative Fault in Trucking Accidents
Comparative fault is a legal term used to describe trucking accidents in which the plaintiff is partially at fault. In Texas law, when the victim is partly to blame for their injuries, the financial liability is split. The damages the defendant must pay is reduced by the percentage of the fault that the plaintiff bears. For instance, if you’re 50% responsible for an accident, you may only receive 50% of the compensation. To seek compensation, the injured person must be less than 51% responsible.
Cases of comparative fault are complex but not uncommon. Insurance companies frequently argue for comparative fault as a means to lower their liability, even when the argument is weak or unfounded. We’ve seen hundreds of cases over the years, and in many of those, the opposition uses a comparative fault argument. The opposition may argue that you were partially responsible for the crash because:
- You weren’t wearing glasses
- You weren’t wearing a seatbelt
- You neglected to service your vehicle
- You failed to take evasive action
If you are partially at fault for a trucking accident, your case is not lost. Let us be your faithful attorney. We’ll represent you with vigor and skill to defend your innocence and reduce your liability as much as possible.
What to Do After a Road Collision
Unquestionably, being involved in a road collision with a big rig vehicle is a traumatic experience. Victims often suffer multiple injuries simultaneously—some, like cuts and abrasions, have temporary effects, and others, like head injuries and nerve damage, cause lasting damage.
We always emphasize to our clients that their physical well-being should be their first priority at the scene of an accident. Before you worry about anything else, seek the medical attention you need. Only if and when you are medically well, do we offer some advice on what to do at the scene of the crash.
Many times, trucking companies hire and send third-party investigators on location. These investigators will likely attempt to speak with you within a few hours of the collision. You are not legally obligated to answer their questions, either in-person or over-the-phone. In fact, we recommend that you contact your attorney before speaking to investigators, as the trucking company may attempt to use your testimony against you down the road.
If possible, record information about the driver and the vehicle in question, including the driver's name, the truck's license and registration details, and any other notable details of the event. Lastly, we suggest that you refrain from repairing your vehicle until your lawyer has had the opportunity to document the damage.
Following a serious collision, your safety and health are paramount. No matter the scale of the crash, seek medical help before attempting to collect information that may help your case. As your legal team, our firm will take responsibility for assembling a robust case on your behalf.
Review Your 18-Wheeler Accident Case with a Lawyer
David W. Starnes Attorney At Law is an established legal firm with a strong track record of success in 18-wheeler accident cases. We strive to streamline the legal process from start to finish for a straightforward resolution. Our attorneys will always protect your best interests and ultimately get you the best possible outcome.
Give our office a call today to schedule your no-obligation case review with a lawyer. We look forward to serving you.