For aggressive representation after sustaining injuries in an accident with an 18-wheeler, contact an experienced Texas trucking accident Lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm straight away. We have an unparalleled record of holding truck drivers and motor carriers accountable for serious injury and fatal truck accidents.
Commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, pose a large threat to passenger vehicles, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. They are large and heavy vehicles that are no match for any other vehicle on a roadway or highway. Another great danger that trucks pose is that they carry hazardous substances and materials that can be toxic and flammable. Their overall design does not allow for quick maneuvers and stopping to be easily executed.
Commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, pose a huge threat to passenger vehicles, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. They are large and heavy vehicles that are no match for any other vehicle on a roadway or highway. Oftentimes, they carry hazardous substances and materials that can be toxic and flammable. Their overall design of large trucks does not allow for quick maneuvers and stopping to be easily executed.
Professional truck drivers required to have specialized training in safety and follow specific regulations establishing the minimum safe conduct for both drivers and their companies. Unfortunately, drivers and their companies frequently put profit ahead of safety and endanger the motoring public.
There is an endless number of factors that could cause a commercial truck accident, but some are more common than others. When an accident it cause by a trucker’s negligence or the negligence of a trucking company, our firm can take legal measures to hold them accountable.
Truck drivers are under strict guidelines regulating hours of service and amount of sleep, but the pressure to meet deadlines or a misjudgment of fatigue level often leads to serious accidents. Although there are Hours of Service requirements for all commercial and 18-wheeler truck drivers, many drivers can avoid taking the necessary breaks and fall asleep at the wheel.
Fatal Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks far outmatch passenger vehicles in both size and weight. An accident between a passenger vehicle and a truck can prove disastrous. In the event of a fatal truck accident, our firm may be able to file wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of the decedent’s family members.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has implemented rules for how an 18-wheeler can be loaded as well as how much cargo a truck can carry at one time. When trucks are improperly loaded, the cargo can shift during transport. Sometimes, imbalanced trucks can jackknife and cause serious traffic collisions.
Rear-End Truck Collisions
Since commercial trucks are large, it takes them longer to come to a complete stop. This is often the cause of rear-end truck collisions. Not only do brakes have to be frequently maintained, but truckers have to take care to leave enough space between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them. Equipment failure can include defective tires or brakes, or design errors, including failure to install object detection systems or backing warnings.
The weight and size of an 18-wheeler can lead to severe injuries, many of which may have long recovery periods and have significant effects on one’s quality of life.
Spinal cord injuries
Traumatic brain injuries
Internal Bleeding and Organ Injuries
In case of a truck accident, immediately call 911. If possible, do not move any vehicles that were involved in the accident and take photos of the accident scene for your own records. Gather names and contact information for any witnesses, as well as the contact information and insurance information for the other drivers in the accident.
The most important aspect of an attorney’s work is proving your case. While you may know that the truck driver was at-fault, you must prove such in court. An attorney from The Carlson Law Firm can help by gaining access to the truck’s internal data systems, referred to as the “black box.”
If you were injured, or a loved one was killed, in an accident with a commercial vehicle or large truck, we can provide the assistance you require. Don’t wait for your insurance company or the truck drivers insurer to dictate what happens with your claim. This is not a situation you will want to handle on your own because it can prove to be long, complicated and frustrating. Our firm can help you prove negligence to get you the compensation that you deserve. An attorney at The Carlson Law Firm will be your guide through the process. Contact our firm for a free consultation; we care, we can help.