What To Do After A Truck Wreck

After a truck wreck accident, it is important to take certain steps in order to ensure your safety and protect your rights. These steps may include seeking medical attention, contacting a truck accident lawyer, and gathering evidence at the scene of the crash. With the help of a skilled truck accident attorney, you can work to hold the truck driver and trucking company responsible for their negligence, while also pursuing compensation for any resulting losses or injuries. If you have been involved in a truck wreck accident, don’t hesitate to reach out for help today.

Steps to Take After a Truck Wreck Accident

Gather evidence: While the police are at the scene of a truck wreck accident, they will typically take photographs and make notes about what happened, who was involved, and so forth. If you do not feel that this is sufficient information to document the midst of all the chaos and confusion that is likely to be present at a crash site, it is strongly recommended that you consider hiring an attorney to help you gather additional evidence. Doing so can contribute significantly toward proving liability in civil court.

Contact a truck wreck attorney: Talking with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon after a truck wreck accident as possible can be incredibly beneficial. If you are able to gather evidence and start the legal process while your thoughts are still clear, you may preserve valuable information that could help strengthen any potential case or claims made in court. By working with an attorney who is knowledgeable about truck accidents and the special rules that apply in such cases, you will give yourself the best chance of successfully obtaining a favorable outcome for your situation.

Get immediate medical attention: One of the most important things that you can do after being involved in a truck wreck accident is to seek medical attention as soon as possible so that any injuries or illnesses caused by the event can be treated properly. Seeking immediate treatment after a crash gives you access to critical care that may not be available later on, and it also increases your chances of obtaining compensation for your medical expenses by providing documentation of the accident’s effects on you.

Research the legal options available to you: Because truck crashes tend to involve complex federal rules and laws, you will want to work with an attorney who is familiar with these issues in order to make sure that they are taken into account as part of your case. A lawyer can help you determine whether a claim against the trucker or a lawsuit against the trucking company might be most appropriate based on the facts of your situation, which can have significant consequences for any potential recovery that you may receive at the end of your case.

Work with an experienced truck wreck law firm: With extensive experience handling cases involving large commercial trucks, our law firm has the knowledge and expertise to help you get full compensation for your injury.

Prepare a legal claim: If you decide that filing a lawsuit is the best option for you, we will work closely with you to build your case.

Fight for your rights in court: If negotiations do not result in an acceptable resolution of your claim, we will represent you through every step of the process until justice has been served.

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Truck Types: How are They Classified and How Will Accident Compensation Work?

There are several types of trucks that you see on the road every day and it makes it difficult to tell them apart or understand the difference between them. However, it is important to know the types of trucks when it comes to accidents and compensation-seeking procedures. 

In this article, we will explain the types of trucks in three categories and the different models that fall within each. It will help you seek the right kind of compensation after a road accident or injury. You’ll need to know which type of truck was involved in the accident to file for compensation. Make sure you have an experienced lawyer on board who specializes in truck accident cases. 

So, let’s learn more about the types of trucks below! 

Light Trucks

The trucks that you see being used for delivery services and housekeeping vans are types of light vehicles. They are relatively smaller in size and often look like regular vehicles on the road. These trucks are often used for commercial purposes such as company cars, luggage trucks, and fleet vehicles used for business. Popular examples of light trucks include construction vehicles, delivery trucks, pool care trucks, etc. 

The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of light trucks is around 14,000 pounds, which indicates the maximum weight a vehicle is designated to carry and also includes the weight of the vehicle, fuel, cargo, and passengers. The models of light trucks include:

  • Commercial Minivan
  • Commercial Pickup Truck
  • Tow Truck 
  • Panel Truck
  • Commercial Sport Utility Vehicle
  • Sedan Delivery
  • Cab-forward
  • Panel Van

Medium Trucks

Medium-size trucks include all the vehicles that are typically used for hauling cargo and items across the country. These vehicles are often used to transport construction materials to the site. They are often seen hauling recycling dump, beverages, gravel, and sometimes even used as a means of school transport.  

The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of medium trucks ranges between 14,001 to 26,000 pounds. Common examples of medium-weight trucks include: 

  • Medium Duty Truck 
  • Box Truck
  • Flatbed Truck
  • Medium Standard Truck
  • Platform Truck
  • Delivery Truck

Heavy Trucks

Heavyweight or heavy commercial trucks are the huge tractors, rigs, 18-wheelers, and trailers you see on the roads transporting heavy-duty goods across long distances. They are often transporting cars, construction materials, garbage, livestock, and much more. The GVWR of heavy-weight trucks is above 26,000 pounds. Here are popular examples of heavy-weight trucks:

  • Refrigerator Truck
  • 18-Wheeler Truck
  • Garbage Truck
  • Dump Truck
  • Concrete Transport Truck
  • Tanker Truck
  • Tractor Unit
  • Mobile Crane
  • Logging Truck

Get legal consultation for truck accident compensation

Recovering compensation from truck drivers or companies can get complex. That is why it is absolutely necessary that you have an accident attorney who can take up your case as they are aware of the kind of compensation you should be seeking in different scenarios and based on the truck types. 

With an experienced accident lawyer, you can receive compensation for medical bills, vehicle damage, and other damages caused due to the truck wreck. To get a better understanding of your case and the kind of compensation you can get, schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer today. 

If you or someone you care about has been in a truck accident recently, then don’t wait for any further and discuss your legal options today. Get in touch with us for an experienced truck accident lawyer.

Accident Location

Juan Olvera, Cecilia Olvera Hit by Truck in Jefferson County TX

Jefferson County, Texas — 14-year-old Juan Olvera and 13-year-old Cecilia Olvera have been hospitalized after being struck and pinned by a pickup truck on Monday afternoon (02/10/2014) at around 4:15 p.m.

Accident LocationAccording to reports, the Hamshire-Fannett school bus was heading eastbound on Highway 73 when it stopped near Elgin Road to drop the children off at their home. The siblings had just exited the school bus when the driver of a pickup truck pulling a trailer (also traveling eastbound) struck them with his vehicle. According to the driver, 44-year-old Glen Travis Luckey, he did not see the stopped school bus until it was too late, even though the bus reportedly had its flashing lights activated and traffic was stopped. Luckey slammed on his brakes, the car veered right, and he lost control of his vehicle striking the two teenagers as they stood near the driveway.

Juan and Cecilia Olvera were pinned underneath the truck and trailer until they were rescued and transferred by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The teens are reportedly alert, talking and expected to recover.

According to the Texas DPS, the driver, Glen Luckey, has been charged with failure to drive in a single lane, operating an unregistered trailer, and for safety chain violations – all misdemeanor traffic violations. There is a possibility of more charges being filed.

I’d also like to note that there have been some who claim that an 18-wheeler was also stopped on the roadway, and that Mr. Luckey had swerved right to avoid the big rig. The truck, of course, would be required to stop when a school bus is unloading. This would still likely mean that the pickup driver negligently caused the accident, as a driver operating under the rules of the road would be able to see and assess any stopped traffic ahead.


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Donald Medley Killed, 3 Injured While Helping Fellow Motorist

Garza County, Texas — One man was killed and three others were injured in a Tuesday morning (02/04/2014) truck accident which occurred as the 4 men were attempting to assist the driver of a box truck which had skidded off the icy highway.

According to reports, Garza County sheriff’s deputies were investigating a jackknifed 18-wheeler on U.S. 84 (about four miles north of Post, TX) when they saw a box truck lose control and skid into the center median. The four men had walked over to the truck to assist the driver when an 18-wheeler came upon the scene, hit the brakes, and skidded into the 4 men.

46-year-old Donald Medley, of Snyder, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. 44-year-old Cecilio Gonzales, of Fort Worth, and 34-year-old Kevin Trauger, of Lubbock, are both listed in critical condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock. 52-year-old Garza County Chief Deputy Charlie Evans was listed in stable condition at the same hospital. The driver of the box truck was also transported to the hospital, but his condition is unknown.

Officials are conducting an investigation into the accident, but the results may not be ready for some time. The 18-wheeler driver may face charges, said DPS Sgt. Bryan Witt, but that decision has not been made at this time.


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18-Wheeler Accident on Central Expressway in Dallas TX

Richardson / Dallas, Texas — Two semi-trucks have been involved in a major accident on southbound Central Expressway (highway 75) near Spring Valley Road.

Accident SceneThe accident happened at about 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday (01/08/2013) evening. The condition of the two truck drivers is unknown, but we do know that there were luckily no fatalities.

All lanes of traffic were closed following the accident, and authorities have encouraged drivers to avoid southbound Central Expressway north of Interstate 635 (LBJ). A HAZMAT team was on the scene late Wednesday cleaning a fuel spill.


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Ruben Pugo-Garcia Killed in Fort Worth TX Accident

Fort Worth, Texas — Ruben Pugo-Garcia was killed, and another person was injured in a Wednesday afternoon (12/18/2013) car accident near the Alliance Airport.

According to Fort Worth police, the two victims were in the roadway performing an inspection of a manhole in the 14400 block of John Day Road when a gold Ford Thunderbird struck one of the men and rear-ended their work truck at around 1:25 p.m.

32-year-old Ruben Pugo Garcia (identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner on Thursday) was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and the 2nd victim was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital with serious injuries. A third person (likely the driver who struck the truck) was treated at the scene an released.

Reports say the truck did not appear to have orange cones or any type of warning devices around it. The driver was not arrested and has yet to be charged.


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Barry Harper Killed in 18-Wheeler Truck Accident

Lufkin, Texas — 57-year-old Barry Harper was killed in a three-vehicle accident on Monday afternoon, December 2nd, 2013.

The accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. 59 and FM 843. According to police, the incident involved a Lufkin ISD school bus, Mr. Harper’s semi truck, and another 18-wheeler.

The school bus driver was reportedly transporting her own three kids. All four occupants of the bus were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Barry Harper is from Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


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One Injured in Fort Worth TX Pickup vs 18-Wheeler Accident

Fort Worth AccidentFort Worth, Texas — One man is hospitalized in critical condition following an early Tuesday morning (11/19/2013) car accident between a black pickup truck and a semi-trailer.

The accident happened in far northwest Fort Worth, in the westbound lanes of the Jacksboro Highway near Confederate Park Road. According to reports, the collision took place at around 3:30 a.m.

Fort Worth police say that the man was trapped in the wrecked vehicle for quite a while. He was eventually extracted and taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth by air ambulance (possibly CareFlite), where he is listed in critical condition.

While there is no official word on what caused the victim to collide with the rear of the 18-wheeler, an investigation is continuing.


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Trisha Marie Foulkrod Killed in Buda TX Dump Truck Accident

Buda, Texas — 58-year-old Trisha Marie Foulkrod was killed earlier today when a dump truck hauling sand lost control and fell on top of her car. Also in the vehicle, but surviving the accident, was her grandson.

The crash occurred on FM 1626 near Jerrys Lane at about 6:50 a.m. Monday morning (11/11/2013). Witnesses say that the dump truck, driving West on FM 1626, drove off into the ditch, over corrected and flipped over. Ms. Foulkrod and her grandson were traveling eastbound on FM 1626, when she noticed the dump truck ahead of her. According to the Department of Public Safety, Trisha Foulkrod pulled over in her lane as far as she could go in an effort to avoid a crash. Some reports say the dump truck fell on top of the car, while others lead you to believe that her car was crushed against the road’s guardrail.

The child was secured in a car seat and somehow avoided serious injury in the wreck. Paramedics examined and released the boy to a family member at the scene of the accident.

Chanh Vo Critically Injured in 18-Wheeler Truck Accident

AccidentBethany, Texas — 31-year-old Chanh Vo of Carthage has been hospitalized in critical condition following an early Friday morning accident in Panola County, TX.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office, Chanh Vo was driving northbound on Highway 79 through Bethany, Texas, when his Honda Accord collided with a southbound 18-wheeler truck. Only preliminary details are available at this time, and a full investigation into the accident needs to be completed before one can determine fault in such an accident.

52-year-old Mitchell Reynolds has been named as the driver of the big rig truck. He was reportedly uninjured in the crash. The 18-wheeler that Mr. Reynolds was driving ruptured its gas tank in the crash and spilled ~200 gallons of diesel fuel. A hazmat crew from Henderson is working to clean it up.