An Underride Accident Attorney Midland, TX Can Trust
Our law firm will fight to protect your rights after a wreck
There are few things more frightening – and potentially devastating – than getting trapped underneath the trailer of a semi-truck in a collision. Underride accidents are some of the most serious cases we handle at Chad Jones Law, P.C. We understand what you’re going through, and we have the experience and resources to help. Get a Midland, TX underride accident attorney on your side today.
An attorney who fully understands underride crashes
An underride wreck occurs when a smaller vehicle, like a car, van or pickup truck, hits the rear or side of an 18-wheeler and slides underneath the trailer. These crashes can be devastating because part of the trailer often enters the cab of the smaller vehicle. Serious and even fatal injuries are common.
Attorney Chad E. Jones has a deep understanding of truck accidents. In addition to being a practicing attorney, he holds a commercial driver’s license (CDL), which qualifies him to operate a heavy commercial truck. He understands the role negligence can play in underride wrecks:
- Tailgating and aggressive driving: When 18-wheelers follow other vehicles too closely, they may have to stop suddenly, giving vehicles behind them too little time to react.
- Distracted & impaired driving: When truckers drive under the influence, are distracted or fall asleep at the wheel, they may react slowly, brake suddenly or take reckless or hazardous maneuvers – all of which can contribute to underride wrecks.
- Poor maintenance: Some underride crashes are caused by poorly maintained brakes or non-functional brake lights, reflectors or hazard lights.
- Product liability: Truck manufacturers have a responsibility to design safe trucks and trailers. Most trailers have rear underride guards, but they can fail under some circumstances. Many trailers don’t have side underride guards at all, adding to the danger.
Truck drivers, trucking companies and manufacturers have a responsibility to West Texas motorists. They need to make sure their vehicles are safe and do everything they can to avoid causing serious accidents. When they fail in that responsibility, we fight to hold them accountable.
Get an experienced underride accident lawyer on your side
We need to move quickly to take control of the situation after an underride accident. As soon as you contact us and retain our firm to handle your case, we’ll contact the trucking company and their insurance company to make sure they talk to us instead of you. We’ll protect your rights so that you can focus on getting better. We’ll also intervene to secure critical evidence, such as the “black box” data, that will help us build the strongest possible case for you.
Sometimes, the trucking company is willing to offer us a fair settlement; if not, we’re always ready to take them to court. Attorney Chad E. Jones is board-certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We have the experience and resources needed to fight for you from start to finish.
We’d be honored to meet with you at our Midland office to discuss your legal rights and options; if you can’t come to our office, then we’ll come to you. Schedule your free consultation with an experienced Midland underride accident lawyer today.