While truck accidents do not occur as frequently as automobile accidents, they typically have much more serious consequences. A commercial truck usually weighs at least 25 times as much as a car and is not as responsive. Therefore, truck collisions can cause serious, life-threatening or fatal injuries. When our firm takes on a Texas truck accident case, our Dallas truck accident lawyers investigate and pursue all aspects of liability and leave no stone unturned to ensure you receive full compensation.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (2016) 411,000 crashes involving large trucks were reported to the police in 2014. Of those 411,000 crashes, 3,424 resulted in a fatality, and 82,000 resulted in nonfatal injuries.
As with automobile accidents, the major causes of truck accidents are driver negligence, safety violations, and defective or dangerous parts. Driver negligence often occurs when truck drivers are overtired, distracted, or not adequately trained. With systems of compensation and schedules that reward speed and long hours of driving, trucking companies can contribute to the problems caused when drivers are not well trained or well rested.
Safety violations that affect a driver’s ability to handle a truck properly can also occur if he or she feels pressured to meet unrealistic scheduling expectations or uses drugs or alcohol while on the job. Federal regulations stipulate the number of hours drivers can work in one day and in a week, as well as the need for 30-minute rest breaks and regular drug testing. If drivers violate these regulations, they put themselves at risk for driving unsafely and possibly causing an accident.
Another cause of truck accidents is defective parts. A truck that isn’t well maintained can have defective parts, such as brakes or tires, which can cause serious accidents. Not replacing or putting enough air in tires, not replacing lights or windshield wipers, and not using appropriate safety devices to secure loads can definitely put the driver at risk for having an accident.
Automobile drivers also cause truck accidents, often because the drivers aren’t aware of limitations large trucks present in terms of braking and seeing smaller vehicles. These limitations make certain driving behaviors very dangerous. These behaviors include changing lanes right in front of a truck, merging into traffic right in front of a truck, not slowing down or speeding up when a truck is changing lanes or merging, and driving between large trucks.
If you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident, you could be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries and pain. To do so entails showing that the truck driver, the trucking company, and/or other parties’ negligence led to the accident. This means showing that the driver, trucking company, and/or other involved parties did not exercise reasonable care in operating the truck and that the failure to exercise reasonable care caused your or your family member’s injury.
Insurance companies typically play a big part in truck accident cases. They try to protect their clients by deflecting liability away from the driver and the trucking company, beginning at the scene of the accident. Commercial trucking companies rely on their insurance companies to investigate the accident as soon as possible and use every possible resource to take charge of the situation. That’s why it is very important for truck accident victims to work with an experienced Dallas truck accident attorney who understands Texas personal injury law and how insurance companies operate.
If you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident, you should call an experienced Texas truck accident attorney as soon as possible. The Texas laws regarding truck accidents are complicated, and insurance companies are very savvy at trying to minimize your claim. You need a strong advocate to help you recover compensation for your injuries and suffering.
At Chaiken & Chaiken, we work to maximize your financial recovery. We have the experience, dedication, and resources to advocate strongly for your rights during this difficult time. Contact us today online or at 214-265-0250 to discuss your case with an expert Dallas trucking accident attorney.