Mr. Baez tells the story to his employees and fellow attorneys very vividly! He remembers that, the truck was coming his way; and there was nothing that he could do. You do not want to be in that situation. It's not fun. It's not safe, and you would never think that it could happen to you. But it could and it does. What to do in the event that you are ever placed in this situation? From his experience, the senior attorney at The Baez Law Firm will share what to do and what not to do, if you are ever faced with this dilemma.
As he tells it, it happened so suddenly that, all he could do was pray. He remember that, he closed his eyes and held the steering wheel very tight. Let me remind the readers that, Mr. Baez was very young when this happened to him. He was inexperienced and very young. It happened almost 30 years ago. But to this date, he remembers like it was yesterday. It was a clear day and no a lot of traffic on the road. Mr. Baez was traveling south on Road 195 to San Antonio. He had his music playing and was attentive to the road ahead. The road had one way on each direction. There was not a lot of room to maneuver. As he was approaching a green traffic light, an 18 wheeler that was traveling the opposite direction was suddenly coming onto his lane. Before long, the entire truck was in his lane. What to do?
During this time, Mr. Baez was in the military so he had quick reflexes. All he could do was turn his wheels the opposite direction of the truck, and he did. This created a sudden jerk that catapulted the vehicle into spinning out of control. The vehicle went onto a ditch and stopped at a tree. As stated earlier, Mr. Baez prayed and closed his eyes. He now remembers waking up several minutes later and he was shaking. But he was alive! The adrenaline was pumping so he got out of the car. He immediately went to see the truck driver which had stopped on the opposite side of the road. The driver was furious at Mr. Baez for driving off the road. He stated that "you could have avoided all this!" But how? How do you avoid a 20 ton truck coming your way?
Mr. Baez car had to be removed out of the ditch. It was totaled. Not drivable. The truck was drivable, not a scratch on it. Luckily for Mr. Baez, the only impact was with a tree. Not the truck. Mr. Baez refused medical treatment and proceeded to call a friend to pick him up from the scene of the accident and take him to his place. That night, Mr. Baez was in so much pain, he could barely move. The next day, he received a call from an insurance adjuster, from the trucking company, to offer Mr. Baez a $500 check for the inconvenience. From that ordeal, this is what Mr. Baez says to do and not do during a trucking fatality.
When driving around an 18 wheeler truck, do not think that you can out maneuver. The truck will win every time. Be very careful, each and every time that you pass, or come across an 18 wheeler truck. Remember that their brake system does not work as fast as the small car system. So always be on the defensive when it comes to 18 wheelers. Also, slow down around these monsters. There is not reason why you should accelerate your speed around an 18 wheeler truck. Slow down around them.
By reducing your speed, you will be able to steer in the right direction rather than stepping on the breaks, which could create a collision. Always remain calm and do not close your eyes. You cannot control where you are going with your eyes closed. In other words, be alert and on the defense, not offense. When it comes to trucks, they will win against a car. Always! Never place your car in front of a moving 18 wheeler.
The most important lesson that Mr. Baez learned was that never deal with the insurance company alone. Always hire an attorney that knows how to handle insurance companies. Because Mr. Baez was so young, he taught that he could handle his own legal matter. He was wrong! The insurance company convinced him that, it was his fault that the driver of the truck had to steer his truck into incoming traffic and that Mr. Baez should have been all the way out of the road while the truck was driving in the opposite direction. So, he took the $500 convenience check. The total medicals for Mr. Baez were $35,000.
As a result of these, Mr. Baez vowed to never let another injured victim be more victimized by the insurance company. He knows that they only have one thing in their minds, and its not to help people.