For aggressive representation after sustaining injuries in a truck accident, call our truck accident lawyers at the The Carlson Law Firm. We have the skills and ability to help you, and we can fight for a settlement that makes a difference to your case. 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.
There are 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 driver fatigue is becoming more prevalent in the trucking industry due to long hours as well as the possibility of driving overnight. Although there are Hours of Service requirements for all commercial 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 a truck 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.
A truck accident can cause serious bodily harm and damage to any involved. Smaller vehicles and passengers can easily be crushed and damaged due to the trucks massive weight and explosive qualities. Especially during certain times of the year when the weather affects the roads, trucks can prove to be a serious danger to others on the road. Many truck accidents are caused out of negligence of either the driver or company. Long haul drivers spend long hours on the road without much rest, food, or breaks. This can cause exhaustion and falling asleep at the wheel. Drivers can also act in a negligent manner by making illegal turns or driving beyond the posted speed limits. Those responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the truck may also be responsible for problems with the truck itself.
If you have been involved in a truck accident and received injuries as a result, our firm can provide the assistance you require. 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. One of our attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm can be your guide through the process. This is not a situation you should attempt to conquer on your own. Contact our firm if you have been involved in a truck accident and would like to obtain compensation for your damages. Our firm has offices in Killeen, Temple, and Waco.