Truck Accidents on I-635 in Dallas
Have You Been Involved in an Injury Accident on Interstate 635?
If you have to fight through the nightmare commute that can be LBJ, then you're all too aware of just how congested that highway can be, especially in North Dallas. It should come as no surprise then, that an estimated 250,000 vehicles use 635 on a daily basis. Even though plans are in the works to double the capacity of the highway, those are not expected to be ready until the year 2016 at the earliest. Obviously, that is little comfort to those who have to make the trek down 635 each and every day.
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What you may be surprised to learn is just how popular a route LBJ can be for 18-wheelers, since it connects to two major highways (Highway 75 and I-35), and is also a gateway to D/FW Airport and the Mid-Cities area. Often times, truck drivers heading through Dallas from Arkansas, for example, will take I-30 to 75 and go westbound on 635, only adding to the congestion and frustration. With combination of such a high volume of semi trucks and stop-and-go traffic, 18-wheeler accidents on 635 are inevitable. Equally ever-present are the trucking companies' exhaustive efforts to avoid liability and to place the blame elsewhere. Make no mistake about it, highway 635's constant state of flux provides trucking companies with ample defenses such that they can attempt to shift the blame elsewhere.
Construction Zones Make a Bad Problem even Worse
Again, once this massive construction project is completed, the LBJ freeway should be a much more tolerable route to take for your daily commute. In the meantime, however, construction zones are adding even more danger to an already harrowing route. It is bad enough how lanes suddenly converge at several portions along LBJ (if you take 75 South to LBJ East, or have to try and exit Midway with any regularity, you know exactly what we mean).
However, just because construction zones add to the complexity of the trucker's job, trained truck driver should have the experience and expertise to deal with these circumstances. Yet in numerous cases that we've handled, we find that trucking companies like to "pass the buck" and rather than accepting liability for their driver's inability to navigate a construction zone without incident, they will instead BLAME the construction zone for causing the accident; a perfectly acceptable defense that our court allows a jury to hear, unfortunately.
Many accidents that occur on 635 happen in a construction zone, so you can imagine how common it is that trucking companies will deny liability and point the finger at the construction companies rather than take responsibility for the actions of their driver.
That being said, sometimes the construction companies really do contribute to such accidents, and they should be held accountable. The difference is that you don't want trucking companies to use them as a scapegoat when they didn't contribute.
635's Rush Hour Traffic
At Grossman Law Offices, we have represented clients in trucking accident cases for the past two decades. During that time, we have seen far too many instances where a truck has been involved in an accident in a construction zone, and struck several cars that were basically parked.
Not only can the damage caused by one of these accidents be devastating, it can also result in an even more complex legal case than usual. Even a "generic" case of trucking accident litigation can be extremely challenging; when you factor in multiple accident victims whose vehicles have been struck by the same 18-wheeler, this creates an entirely different level of complexity. The reason is that there will only be so much money in compensation that will be available through the trucking company's insurance policy. When multiple plaintiffs pursue the same defendant simultaneously, there is a rush to litigate before the money runs out. You will not only need to hire an attorney, you will have to do so as quickly as you can for this very reason.
And speaking of insurance, the trucking company, in all likelihood, will have a policy owned by a large insurance corporation. There will be a substantial amount of money on the line, and the carrier involved in your case will fight fiercely to defend it.
The defendant in your case will not merely accept liability. And even if it does, that does not mean you will automatically obtain fair compensation. In order to be able to win your case, you will have to have hard evidence that the defendant was responsible for your accident and the injury you sustained. In order to obtain that evidence, you will have to have an investigation conducted on your behalf by a skilled lawyer. Simply put, you will have no chance of securing equitable restitution without the help of an experienced Dallas 18-wheeler accident attorney who has a track record of winning these kinds of cases.
How We Can Help
During the two decades that we have litigated trucking accident cases, we have helped thousands of our clients obtain the full and fair compensation to which they were entitled for the suffering they were forced to endure. We have defeated some of the largest insurance carriers in the nation, so they are not only aware of us, but the amount of success we have had as well. As a result, we have been able to help many of our clients obtain fair settlement offers from those insurers – they would rather make that fair offer than risk losing much more money by tangling with us in a courtroom.
This is particularly important in a case where a truck hits several vehicles, because, again, in this sort of instance, there will be several plaintiffs pursuing compensation at the same time. The faster your attorney can convince the insurance company involved in your case that it is in its best interests to offer you a fair settlement, the better your chances of obtaining compensation before the well runs dry.
Please do not hesitate to call attorney Michael Grossman at 1-855-326-0000 (toll free) for a confidential and free consultation if you or someone close to you has suffered an injury in a truck accident on 635. We will let you know the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and let you know how we may be able to help.
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