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8.4Michael Steven Francis

The Francis Firm is a Truck Wreck Litigation Firm with a Track Record of Success

At The Francis Firm, our Truck Wreck Attorneys are here to help and ready to fight for you. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, do not risk attempting to handle the claim on your own.  For nearly the first decade of his career, Michael Francis represented many of the largest trucking companies in the country.  For the past 20 years, he has used that knowledge and expertise to represent the victims of trucking accidents in courtrooms throughout the State of Texas. Let Michael Francis and the experienced attorneys at The Francis Firm help you understand your rights, get the medical care you need and the compensation you deserve.

 

Every day you wait to contact an attorney is another day the trucking company and its insurer are collecting evidence and using their considerable resources in an effort to defend themselves or minimize your potential claims.  Furthermore, the Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations require the trucking company and driver to retain documents such as logs and vehicle inspections reports, but only for a short period of time.  Without an attorney to stop them, the trucking company and truck driver often destroy these critical pieces of evidence as soon as the law allows.  Additionally, virtually every commercial motor vehicle electronically stores data that is accessible by computer download and may provide evidence of the driver’s routes and drive time prior to the collision; prior unsafe operation by the driver; and speed and braking data for the truck prior to and at the time of impact.  The Francis Firm regularly utilizes a multitude of trucking experts that can access and preserve this data, but only if you contact us as soon as possible after a collision.  The longer you delay in contacting The Francis Firm, the more difficult it becomes to collect and preserve evidence critical to your case.

TRUCK WRECK VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

  • $2,250,000 – Wrongful Death Trucking Accident  [more]
  • $1,200,000 – Truck Wreck Causes Back Injuries and Surgery [more]
  • $1,050,000 – Truck Wreck Causes Back and Head Injury  [more]

WHAT TO DO AFTER A TRUCK WRECK

1.  Whether you were a driver, passenger, motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian, you have the right to insist the police come to the scene and investigate the collision. Often, 911 operators and police departments will attempt to avoid investigating collisions when no person involved was injured or seeks emergency medical care, but you have the right to insist that your collision be investigated.

 

2.  If possible and it can be done safely, move your vehicle to a safe area. If you cannot, turn on your emergency flashers and wait for the police and emergency personnel to arrive at the scene.

 

3.  Once everyone is in a safe place, check on the health and status of all of the other involved drivers and passengers.

 

4.  If possible, always take pictures of all vehicles, the scene and the truck driver’s license and insurance card.

 

5.  If you have any concern you suffered injury, allow emergency medical care personnel to examine and take you to the hospital for treatment. Often at the scene of the collision, adrenaline masks the existence of pain or injury, including life-threatening conditions such as head injuries, spinal fractures or internal bleeding.

 

6.  After a truck wreck, you should never speak to the trucking company representative or insurance claims adjuster without first consulting an attorney. These individuals are claims professionals and even if they appear to be nice or sympathetic, their only goal is to defend and minimize your claim.

 

7.  Even if you do not believe you were injured immediately after a truck wreck, it is common to feel increased levels of pain and physical limitations that night, the following day or even several days later. If you are hurt, however, many people learn for the first time their PCP either will not treat motor vehicle injuries or will not recommend physical therapy or other treatment to minimize the doctor’s risk of becoming involved in a court proceeding.  For this reason, it is critical to find a medical professional willing to effectively evaluate and treat all of your injuries. The Francis Firm can help you locate a qualified medical provider to evaluate and treat any injuries caused by a truck wreck.

Truck Collisions in Texas

Commercial trucks are vital to the Texas economy. Unfortunately for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and drivers of passenger vehicles, accidents involving large trucks are extremely common and often cause serious or fatal injuries. In 2016, more than 4,500 Americans and nearly 1,000 Texans lost their lives as a result of collisions involving large trucks and buses. With commercial trucks weighing as much as 80,000 pounds or more, the devastating consequences of trucking collisions come as no surprise.

What are the Most Frequent Factors that Contribute to Truck Collisions in Texas?

When an 18 wheeler or other large commercial truck is involved in a collision, there may be many contributing factors.  Some of the most common causes of truck wrecks in Texas are:

 

 

  • Driver Fatigue. Although state and federal laws limit the number of hours someone may drive a commercial vehicle each day and week to ensure truck drivers can obtain a safe amount of rest, unscrupulous trucking companies sometimes pressure drivers to continue driving even though they are fatigued or exhausted. Driver fatigue leads to poor decision-making and slower response times, and is a major cause of trucking collisions in Texas.

 

  • Excessive Speed. Truck drivers are often required to drive at a lower speed than drivers of passenger vehicles. Additionally, trucks take much longer to stop or turn than an automobile.  When truck drivers fail to abide by posted speed limits or drive too fast for road conditions, the consequences can be devastating.

 

  • Equipment Failure/Negligent Maintenance. State and Federal laws require that all commercial vehicles be inspected and maintained in a manner intended to ensure the safety of other drivers on our public roads.  Unfortunately, to save money, trucking companies and drivers often cut corners, leaving trucks with unsafe brakes, tires, and other poorly maintained equipment driving on our highways.  As a result, equipment failures are all too often a major contributing factor in truck crashes.

 

  • Overweight Loads. State and federal regulations require commercial trucking companies to adhere to specified load sizes. When a truck is carrying too much weight, braking distance and vehicle handling can be affected and this can lead to collisions resulting in serious injury or death.

 

  • Drug or Alcohol Use. Commercial truck drivers and their employers follow strict alcohol and drug testing rules that are required by federal law. Nevertheless, drug and alcohol abuse among truck drivers remains a major problem and is often a contributing factor in serious truck collisions.  You need a lawyer that knows these rules and the testing requirements and procedures.

 

  • Aggressive Driving. Anyone who has driven on Texas highways has probably witnessed aggressive driving. When a commercial truck driver engages in aggressive or reckless driving, the results can be catastrophic.

 

 

Contact Us Today

Michael Francis and the trial lawyers at The Francis Firm have decades of experience litigating cases involving trucks and other commercial motor vehicles. We will provide the legal expertise and financial resources necessary to fight the trucking and insurance companies and pursue justice for you in the courtroom. If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking collision, let us help. We offer free personal injury consultations. If you are unable to come to our Southlake office, we will come to you. When you hire The Francis Firm for your truck wreck claim, there will never be any legal fees or costs until we recover money for you. Let the experienced trial lawyers at The Francis Firm help you understand your rights, get the medical care you need and fight for the compensation you deserve.  Contact us today at (817) 329-9001.

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