If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident involving an 18 wheeler truck or other commercial vehicle, it is critical that you consult with an experienced auto wreck and personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Time is often of the essence in semi crashes so the sooner you hire an attorney to look after your best interests, the better. The longer you leave it the more likely it is that evidence proving the truck driver's negligence will disappear or that witnesses' memories of what really happened will fade. The longer you leave it, the more opportunity you give the commercial trucking company and their insurance adjustor to prevent you from receiving the full and fair compensation you are entitled to under Texas law.
For more information, please call the Denton truck wreck lawyers at the Anderson Law Firm today. Call toll free at 800-354-6275 or call locally at 817-294-1900. You can also contact us online with the full details of your unique situation and we will call you back immediately. The Anderson Law Firm's founding lawyer is board certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and he has been fighting trucking companies on behalf of injury victims from Denton and across the wider Dallas-Fort Worth region since 1991.
Post-Accident Testing on Commercial Truck DriversIn Texas, immediately following an accident involving a commercial carrier vehicle, the trucking company is required to perform a drug and alcohol test if the crash resulted in either an injury or a fatality. Testing is also required when the investigating officer issues a citation to the driver involved in the accident or if the collision resulted in disabling damaged to any motor vehicle involved in the wreck. Ideally, the post-accidents test should be conducted as soon as possible following the crash. If the alcohol test cannot be administered within two hours of the wreck occurring, then the carrier must maintain on file a record indicating why the test was not promptly administered. A motor carrier's cancellation of a scheduled test (or other failure to complete the required testing) is admissible as evidence tending to show that the carrier was trying to conceal the driver's potential use of alcohol or controlled substances.
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