Trucking accidents often result in more severe injuries to drivers and passengers than the average car accident. If you have been injured in an 18-Wheeler wreck or another accident involving a large truck, you need an attorney with the knowledge and skill to get you the compensation you deserve.
Trucking cases often involve multiple parties, such as the trucking company, the manufacturer of truck parts and the truck driver. Common causes of trucking accidents include:
Speeding and reckless driving
Drug and alcohol abuse
Inadequate lights and reflectors
Our experienced lawyers use creative legal strategies to get the best possible outcome and hold every negligent party accountable. We will fight for you and work to obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
Truck accidents often involve multiple parties, which could be located across the country or even internationally. To add to this complexity, the negligent parties will fight tooth and nail to avoid paying out fair compensation because of the often severe nature of a person’s injuries. This resistance also leads to drawn-out cases and combative legal posturing. Thankfully, our lawyers have the skills and experience to help clients get the best possible outcomes.
As soon as you contact our firm, our emergency response team takes immediate action to start gathering information and creating a strategy. We understand that evidence is fleeting and that the negligent parties are working hard to weaken your claim. We work closely with subject matter experts to check the scene of the accident and gather data. Our attorneys use every tool available, including Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and Event Data Records (EDR) readings to get the information that the negligent parties may try to withhold. During your case, we will handle all communications with insurance investigators and adjusters to ensure that your rights are protected.
Our Founding Partner, Charles K. Sanders is an esteemed member of the American Academy of Truck Accident Lawyers and The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, as these organizations provide our firm with a nationwide network of fellow Truck Accident Lawyers to collaborate on ideas about strategy, complex jurisdictional issues, experts witnesses, etc. This is one of the advantages of having our Texas Truck Accident lawyers handle your case.
What are the different types of truck accidents in mcAllen, Houston, and Dallas TX?
When a tractor-trailer folds in on itself and forms the shape of a closing jackknife, it’s commonly referred to as a jackknife accident. These are common and dangerous accidents that can result in serious injuries or fatalities. A jackknife accident can happen if a truck driver loses control of the vehicle and the trailer swings out and forms a 90-degree angle. The driver might be speeding and need to stop quickly because of traffic congestion. In these situations, the trailer might begin to swing wide as the driver applies the brakes. The trailer could swing into the path of another vehicle, posing a threat to everyone sharing the road, or the truck may roll over. These accidents sometimes happen when a driver loses control on a slick surface or fails to use caution during inclement weather. Jackknife accidents also occur when a driver fails to use caution while approaching a curve. A truck driver facing a potential jackknife accident can lock the steering axle brakes, lock the drive axles, or lock the trailer axles. A trained driver should understand that evenly applying pressure to the brakes is the way to avoid a jackknife accident.
Whatever the circumstances of your crash, our truck accident lawyers want to meet with you and learn more about your jackknife accident. We know what questions to ask, what evidence to look for, and how to take those facts and transform them into a strong, legal case.
Rear-end accidents involving two cars often result in minor injuries, like whiplash or wrist injuries. Rear-end truck accidents are completely different. When these crashes occur, the force of a truck smashing into the back of a car often results in severe injuries or death.
A rear-end collision caused by a truck driver can often be traced back to a driver who is distracted, tired or impaired by drugs or alcohol. In other cases, a driver might be speeding or driving recklessly and following the vehicle in front too closely. A tractor-trailer that is fully loaded might weigh more than 80,000 pounds. When such a large vehicle slams into a sedan, minivan or even an SUV, the results can be disastrous for the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
Whatever the circumstances of your rear-end truck accident, don’t wait to take legal action. Make sure you take your collision seriously right from the start. Our McAllen truck accident attorneys can handle all the legal issues associated with your collision, whether it’s dealing with trucking companies or dealing with insurance providers.
Accident Involving Mexican Trucks
Tractor-trailers from Mexico pass through McAllen/ Rio Grande Valley and Texas every day. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) allows trucks from Mexico to legally enter into the United States. Unfortunately, some of these trucks are unsafe and put other motorists in danger. Insurance regulations in Mexico aren’t as strict as they are in the United States. Some Mexican companies don’t conduct good enough background checks and hire truck drivers who don’t have the experience or training to safely operate an 18-wheeler. The truck accident lawyers from our Houston, Dallas, and McAllen law firm understand how to represent clients injured in accidents involving Mexican trucks. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a truck from Mexico, contact us today for a free consultation. Our Spanish-speaking attorneys can explain your legal options and help you figure out the best course of action to take to get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Underride accidents happen when a smaller vehicle crashes into the rear or side of a semi-truck and the smaller vehicle gets stuck underneath the trailer. Underride accident victims often don’t survive, and if they do, they suffer life-changing injuries, like paralysis or limb amputation.
Claims from underride accidents can be very difficult. That’s because the trucking company may argue that the driver of the smaller vehicle failed to use caution or stop in time before the accident occurred, even though many of these accidents happen because of a truck driver or trucking company negligence. For example, the truck may have broken taillights, or the taillights may be dim or covered with dirt. In some cases, a truck may be broken down, but the driver failed to use reflective triangles to warn oncoming traffic. A truck driver that is operating significantly under the speed limit and slower than other vehicles may also be at fault in such accidents. Underride crashes also often involve product liability claims against the trailer’s manufacturer. Because of the risk of underride, most trailers incorporate underride guards that are intended to stop these deadly accidents from happening. Unfortunately, those guards often fail to adequately protect other drivers. If that was the case in your accident, you may be able to recover compensation from the manufacturer. Whatever the circumstances of your underride accident, our Houston, Dallas, and McAllen Truck Accident Lawyers truck are prepared to work with you and take aggressive legal action in support of your claim. Contact us today to see how we can help.
Runaway Trailer Crashes
When truck drivers speed, they run the risk of causing runaway trailer accidents. In these types of crashes, the speed of the trailer exceeds the speed of the truck. When this happens, the driver might lose control of the 18-wheeler and put everyone else on the road in danger. The brakes may fail, causing a high-speed collision. In some cases, the trailer might become detached from the cab, which can have a disastrous impact on anyone who happens to be nearby. While speeding is one of the most common causes of runaway trailer accidents, there are other ways for them to happen. The trailer may be overloaded, which can lead to a blowout or brake failure. The trailer can detach if the driver makes a sudden or unexpected turn. If the truck is approaching a steep decline, the driver should use caution because the descent may lead to difficulty controlling the speed of the truck. Or perhaps the brakes failed, causing a runaway trailer accident. In each case, negligent actions by the truck driver or the trucking company are to blame for the crash. That’s why it’s important to contact our law firm as soon as possible. We can investigate your accident and find out exactly what happened. That way, you can receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Truck Maintenance/ Defective Equipment
Tuck accidents linked to maintenance problems or defective equipment demand the attention of a knowledgeable San Antonio truck accident attorney. That’s because it’s often hard to obtain evidence proving that the trucking company or vehicle manufacturer made a mistake. In many cases, these companies do everything they can to conceal evidence and hide the truth. Independent haulers and nationwide logistics companies are required to keep maintenance records showing they have taken steps to prevent maintenance problems, like truck brake failure or tire blowouts. All too often they do not meet the required standard. A 18-Weeler truck accident lawyer in Texas can pore through the records and documents to see that the company met certain standards. Truck driver negligence can arise when the driver overlooks the required daily pre-trip safety inspection of the tractor-trailer. Drivers are required to document these inspections. Then there are the insurance companies. They often make a lowball settlement offer or deny your claim altogether. At the Rose Sanders Law Firm, our legal team knows how to handle insurance companies. That’s because our Houston, Dallas, and McAllen Texas Truck Accident lawyers have dealt with all of them over the years. We understand the law in Texas and know what it takes to win.
Injuries Associated With Commercial Truck Accidents
Some of the most common truck accidents injures include:
Loss of a limb or the amputation of a leg or arm may be the consequence of a serious truck accident. While an amputation is commonly associated with accidents involving motorcycles or pedestrians, they are common with truck accidents, too. Whatever the circumstances surrounding your limb amputation, our truck accident attorneys can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Truck wrecks sometimes produce fires or explosions that can cause first-, second-, or third-degree burn injuries. A lot of people who suffer burn injuries from a truck accident must deal with permanent scarring and disability. A burn injury might occur as a result of exposure to fire, but also could be the result of a chemical exposure. Whatever the cause of your burn injury, recovery is typically long and painful. Our truck accident lawyers can help you pursue compensation for your pain and suffering, and emotional distress, as well as medical expenses and the costs related to medications and treatment.
Head injuries are some of the most common injuries victims sustain in truck accidents. While a head injury is always serious, the severity can range from a mild concussion to permanent brain damage and blindness. Treatment for a head injury can be expensive. There are many costs associated with head injuries, from initial treatment to long-term rehabilitation. In many cases, a head injury victim is unable to return to work or perform routine tasks around the home. Our truck accident attorneys typically conduct a comprehensive analysis of a brain injury case. Our goal is to make sure the injured person and their family are fully compensated.
Neck or Spine Injuries
The spine runs from the base of the skull to the lower back and contains bones called vertebrae. Between the vertebrae are jelly-like discs that can absorb forces placed on the vertebrae. The spinal cord, which runs through the spinal column, carries information from the brain to the rest of the body. In a truck accident, any of these parts of the back can be damaged. The result can range from whiplash to a spinal cord injury which results in temporary or permanent paralysis. Even if the spinal column is left unharmed, the muscles surrounding the spine might sustain small tears in an accident. Recovery from neck or spine injuries can take weeks or months, but some people must live with back problems for the rest of their lives. Whatever the circumstances of your neck or spine injury, our truck accident lawyers want to meet with you and help you through your complicated legal issues
Let an experienced truck accident lawyer in Texas fight for you
Causes of truck accidents in Texas can run the gamut, from distracted truck drivers on I-10 to speeding truckers on Loop 410. As experienced San Antonio truck accident lawyers, we have a firm grasp on why most truck accidents happen. If you’ve been injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer, the knowledgeable truck accident attorneys from the Rose Sanders Law Firm Law Firm can get you the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
In many cases, truck wrecks occur because of the negligent or reckless behavior of truck drivers or trucking companies.
Contributing factors often include:
Inexperience with the items/type of trailer in tow
Exceeding the speed limit, particularly in downhill stretches
Failure to navigate turns without impeding on other lanes
Backing into pedestrians or vehicles
For a more in-depth look at factors that contribute to wrecks involving 18-wheelers, see below:
Truck Tire Blowout Accidents
A truck tire blowout can have disastrous consequences. In an instant, a tire on a tractor-trailer or another large commercial truck can go flat or fall apart, causing the truck to veer out of control into another vehicle. When these accidents happen at high speeds, the consequences can be devastating.
Truck blowouts sometimes occur to due to wear and tear but tire defects can also be to blame. In either case, truck drivers and trucking companies have a responsibility to make sure their truck is safe and road-ready. That includes regularly checking the tires to make sure there are no signs of tread separation or worn tire treads.
Tires typically wear out quickly on trucks that carry heavy loads for oil companies. These vehicles haul thousands of pounds of material and travel many miles every day over ranch roads often littered with rough debris.
Our San Antonio truck accident lawyers know how to find the facts to build a strong case. We know where to look to uncover evidence that shows that a trucking company failed to follow proper procedures. In many cases, trucking companies could have prevented the accident if they performed proper maintenance or regular safety inspections. Our legal team will investigate, interview witnesses, consult with experts, and take all necessary steps to build a compelling case designed to produce results.
We know that safety should never take a backseat. Unfortunately, trucking companies sometimes cut corners to squeeze out extra profits. This behavior shouldn’t be tolerated. That’s why it’s critical for victims to contact an experienced truck accident attorney from our Houston, Dallas, and McAllen TX law firm as soon as possible. A truck accident claim may be necessary to hold the negligent company accountable.
Oilfield Truck Accidents
The regulations that govern how long and how much commercial truckers can drive do not apply to truckers in the energy industry. This can create numerous problems and unsafe road scenarios.
Oilfields often require a high volume of truck traffic because of the pace of the work. The high demand for oil also means that employees work long, exhausting days. The lack of regulations for truckers in the energy industry means that after those long, exhausting days, oilfield workers may be asked to drive trucks without any concern for their fatigue levels.
If an area is in an energy boom, then companies may have trouble hiring enough people. They may ask their employees to work even longer shifts. And workers may feel pressured to say “yes” against their better judgment because they don’t want to jeopardize their jobs.
All of these factors combine to create a scenario where an overworked, fatigued trucker is driving a big rig on roads with other passenger cars. It’s a disaster waiting to happen.
Who Is Liable For An Oilfield Trucking Accident?
When a company values profit above all else, even the lives and safety of its employees and the general public, it demonstrates a callous lack of priorities. Many oilfield truck accidents can be traced back to this.
At Rose Sanders Law Firm PLLC, we realize that truckers in these crashes can be victims of their employer’s negligence, too. That’s why we’ll do everything in our power to hold oil companies accountable for putting drivers in trucks who shouldn’t be driving and creating an environment where catastrophic accidents can happen.
Truck Driver Fatigue
Truck driver fatigue puts everyone on the road at risk. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an arm of the Department of Transportation that regulates the interstate trucking industry, has “hours-of-service rules” that spell out how long drivers can operate at one time.
These rules exist since some truck drivers push the limit and try to drive long hours in an effort to make more money. Trucking companies can also put pressure on truck drivers to ignore HOS rules to deliver their goods quickly. These unsafe practices put everyone at risk.
If you sustained an injury in a truck accident caused by a driver who fell asleep or was suffering from truck driver fatigue, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced truck accident lawyers from our San Antonio law firm are ready to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Truckers may break the rules to cover more ground. Unfortunately, this can lead to truck driver fatigue accidents. A drowsy trucker or a trucker who has fallen asleep behind the wheel can cause a horrific accident, resulting in injuries ranging from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that truck driver fatigue is among the leading causes of accidents involving 18-wheelers.
Our legal team knows how to investigate trucking companies after accidents. In the course of an investigation, it may come to light that the company forced the driver to violate the hours-of-service rules. In other cases, a driver may have fallen asleep due to medication or alcohol consumption. Whatever the cause, we know how to pursue maximum compensation for our clients.
Accidents caused by truck driver fatigue can lead to serious injury, or even wrongful death. Because several insurance carriers may be involved, it’s crucial to have a qualified truck accident lawyer on your side, protecting your rights. With more than 30 years of serving injured victims, the Herrera Law Firm has the experience you need to recover the compensation you deserve.
Cell Phone Use and Texting Truckers
Distracted driving is among the top reasons for accidents on the road, particularly as cell phone usage has become more common. Texting truckers are a nuisance on the highways. Some studies have compared texting while driving to the hazards associated with drunk driving. Even talking on a cellphone while operating a tractor-trailer can be extremely dangerous.
The federal government has barred truckers and bus drivers from using handheld cellphones. Instead, all commercial truck drivers must use the hands-free mode when using a cellphone while driving.
Our attorneys know how to investigate truck accidents involving distracted drivers and make sure our clients get the compensation they deserve.
Drunk Truck Driver Accidents
In the state of Texas, the driver of a commercial vehicle is subject to even tougher DWI (driving while intoxicated) laws than drivers of non-commercial vehicles.
The government has sent a strong message to truck drivers that DUI, or driving under the influence, will not to be tolerated. Truck drivers who ignore that message and harm other people in the process need to be held accountable for their actions.
If a truck driver drinks too much and crashes into your vehicle, there are several different ways our truck accident attorneys can pursue compensation, including:
From the truck driver personally, especially if he or she fails a breathalyzer test.
From the trucking company the driver works for, especially if the driver has a history of drunk driving and the company hired them anyway.
From the business that sold alcohol to the trucker. If the driver was intoxicated while purchasing more alcohol, you may be able to pursue a “dram shop” case against the business due to its negligent behavior.
Speeding Truck Drivers
Speed limits exist for a reason. That’s because vehicles traveling excessively fast can be dangerous. This is even truer when it comes to tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks in Texas, where speed limits on some highways near San Antonio are 85 mph.
When these large, speeding trucks crash into other vehicles, the consequences can be devastating. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. When all that weight crashes into a smaller passenger vehicle or pickup truck, people in those vehicles often sustain severe injuries as a result.
A lot of speeding truck drivers deny ever going over the speed limit. Our experienced truck accident attorneys know how to find evidence proving negligence.
Our legal team will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of justice. Along with examining your crash site and the damage to your vehicle, we frequently consult with accident reconstruction experts. We will also demand to see any dash-cam video footage of your accident, especially if the truck had a camera in the cab at the time of the crash.
What's the Difference Between Car and Truck Accidents?
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