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Legal Representation for Killeen Residents Injured by 18-Wheelers
Lives can be completely altered from injuries stemming from a big rig, 18-wheeler or semi-truck accident. Every year, accidents involving large trucks kill about 5,000 people and injure close to 115,000 people. A fully loaded big rig, can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Because of their size, the impacts of an accident with a big rig can cause far more damaging personal injuries. A Killeen truck accident lawyer can help guide you through the claims process and get the assistance you need to move forward with your life. Contact us today for assistance if you’ve been involved in a Killeen truck accident.
There are more than 15 million truck in the United States, including 2 million semi trucks. Commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, pose a substantial threat to passenger vehicles, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. Even with cautious drivers behind the wheel, these large, heavy vehicles are no match for other cars on a roadway. These trucks also carry hazardous substances and materials that can be toxic and flammable. Their overall design does not allow for quick maneuvers and stopping.
Contact an experienced lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Killeen trucking accident. Our history of holding truck drivers and motor carriers accountable for serious injuries and fatal accidents is unparalleled.
Big Rig Safety Concerns
There are a number of safety concerns unique to semi trucks. This size of a semi-trucks, alone, is a recipe for a disaster for a number of reasons:
Enhanced Blind Spots
A semi-truck has blind spots located around the sides and rear of the truck. These blind spots are “no zones” and affect large portions of the road for truck drivers.
Longer Acceleration and Stopping Distances
Long stopping distances make it easier for semi trucks to get into long stopping distances. Acceleration distances are not as dangerous but can pose a serious problem when a truck is trying to merge with traffic.
Heavy Loads/Hazardous Material
The types of material carried by 18-wheeler trucks is often hazardous. This hazardous material can take many different forms, including explosive materials such as gasoline, corrosive agents, and even nuclear waste. In a collision, the presence of these dangerous substances can cause serious injuries and harm the local environment.
Common causes of Killeen Truck Accidents
Truck drivers are required to have specialized training in safety and follow regulations that establish minimum safety procedures for both drivers and their companies. Unfortunately, drivers and truck companies frequently put profit ahead of safety; which leads threatens the well being of the When sharing the road with semi-trucks there are a number of safety concerns to take into consideration.:
Every day, thousands of truck pass through Killeen thanks, in part, to the newly designated I-14. Strict guidelines for the trucking industry regulate the amount of sleep and hours of service for drivers. However, pressures to meet deadlines or a misjudgment of fatigue can lead to serious accidents. Even with hours of service requirements, commercial and 18-wheeler truck drivers can bypass these necessary breaks. This, in turn, can lead to trucking accidents in Killeen caused by drowsy driving or drivers falling asleep behind the wheel.
Fatal Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks far outmatch vehicles in both size and weight. An accident between a passenger vehicle and a truck can prove disastrous. In the event of a fatal Killeen trucking accident, our firm may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s family members.
The agency charged with regulating the trucking industry is The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA’s mission is to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities that occur on U.S. roadways. Rules implemented by the FMCSA detail how to load a big rig, as well as how much cargo a truck is permitted to carry at one time. Improperly loaded cargo can shift and create a weight imbalance. This imbalance can lead to jackknifing. Serious traffic collisions occur whenever a semi-truck jackknifes.
Rear-End Truck Collisions
A number of factors contribute to rear-end truck collisions. One of the more common reasons, it simply takes longer for 18-wheelers to come to a complete stop because of their large size. While on the road, truckers are responsible for leaving enough space between their vehicles and the vehicle in front of them. Additionally, truck drivers need to maintain their breaks. Equipment failure can include defective tires, brakes or design errors, including failure to install object detection systems or backing warning.
Contact a qualified Killeen truck accident lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm. We are ready to help you or your loved one after an injury through the negligence of others.
Common Killeen Truck Accident Injuries
The weight and size of an 18-wheel can lead to some of the more severe injuries as far as auto accidents are concerned. Many of these injuries have long recovery periods and have a significant effect on one’s quality of life. The consequences of a truck accident are severe. Including permanent injuries or death. At The Carlson Law Firm, a Killeen truck accident lawyer will work with your doctors and rehab specialists to document a claim to cover future needs, economic impact, and pain and suffering. This list of injuries is not exhaustive:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding and organ injuries
- Seat belt injuries
- Wrongful death
Types of Large Truck Accidents We Handle
Contact a skilled Killeen truck accident lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm if you’ve suffered any personal injuries from a truck wreck with:
- 18 Wheelers
- Gravel Trucks
- Box Trucks
- Tanker Trucks
- Cement mixer
- Construction Trucks
- Utility Trucks
- Delivery Trucks
Preserving Important Evidence After a Semi-Truck Accident
The most important aspect of a Killeen truck accident lawyer is to prove your case. While you may know the truck driver was at-fault, you must show this in a court. The Carlson Law Firm can help by gaining access to a truck’s internal data systems, often referred to as the “black box.”
- Call 911 immediately if you’ve been in a truck accident.
- Do not move any vehicles involved in the crash, if possible
- Take photos of the accident scene for your records.
- Gather names and contact information for any witnesses
- Take down the contact information and insurance information of the other drivers in the accident.
Killeen Truck Accident Experience Matters
A truck accident is not like a car crash. You can be assured that the trucking company and its insurance companies will be working hard to shift responsibility from the truck driver or the trucking company to the victim or someone else to try to escape responsibility for the truck accident, which is why it is crucial you choose a law firm with experience.
While almost every personal injury lawyer claims to have experience handling trucking accidents, the number of have tried a trucking case is quite small.
Car accidents, despite popular belief, are nothing like truck accidents. In addition to the size of the vehicles and substantial differences in force and momentum, Killeen truck accident cases are won or lost based on the lawyer’s understanding of the technology that trucking companies and their drivers use to monitor the movement, speed, fuel consumption and driving activity of the trucks. A proper investigation is crucial when it comes to an 18-wheeler accident claim.
Unlike a typical auto accident in Killeen, a truck accident lawyer has to thoroughly understand the federal and state regulations that govern the companies and their drivers. The federal “hours of service”:
- Prevent truck drivers from driving while fatigued; and
- Dictate when, where and how long a driver can spend on duty
A truck accident lawyer has to know how to review and “audit” the truck driver’s logbook to determine if the driver is in compliance with those laws. Federal law requires drivers to keep their logbooks up to date at all times, even when they’re off duty.
The attorney that you hire to handle your case needs to be familiar with the state laws where the incident occurred, as well as the requirements established by the states trucking companies are headquartered in.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Truck Accident?
Trucking typically involves more parties than driving does, so there are often several that may share varying degrees of responsibility for a trucking accident. Any, or all, of these parties, can be sued, and a good lawyer will try to expand the scope of the lawsuit as much as possible. These situations have the potential to have as many defendants as legally possible.
Parties which may be held responsible for a trucking accident include the driver, owner, the team responsible for maintaining the truck or loading its cargo, the designer of the roads where the accident occurred, the manufacturer of the truck itself or any of its parts, or the truck’s lessee (it was leased to someone, not its original owner).
Types of Damages
As with other types of accidents, three types of damages allow you to collect compensation in a Killeen truck accident:
- Economic damages: losses that can be strictly quantified, such as medical bills, damages property and lost wages;
- Noneconomic damages: Pain and suffering, for example.
- Punitive damages: sometimes awarded by a jury for no other purpose than to punish an especially egregious offender.
Of course, the types of damages which you are eligible to collect will vary significantly based on the precise nature of your case and the quality of legal representation which you have.
How Can a Killeen Truck Accident Lawyer Assist You
If you were involved in a trucking accident with a big rig, you are probably scared and shaken up right now. This is a perfectly natural response. You can rest assured that you’ll receive the maximum amount of damages you’re entitled to with an experienced Killeen truck accident lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm by your side. Truck accidents are a big deal and you need an attorney to aggressively fight for your rights. We will provide you with assistance if you or a loved one was injured or killed in a trucking accident in Killeen. We can help you establish negligence to get the compensation you deserve.
No Upfront Legal Fees or Court Costs
There are never any upfront legal fees that you will pay us as all of our work is on a contingency basis. This means we work for a percent of the recovery and are only paid if we collect money for you from the defendants. Additionally, we pay for all of the costs to litigate your case, such as the hiring of necessary accident reconstruction experts, court filing fees, etc. In essence, we incur the financial risk for you and only get paid after we recover compensation for you. A Killeen truck accident lawyer can add dramatic value to your case.
Contact our firm today for a free consultation with Killeen truck accident lawyer.