The commercial semi-trucks that cruise across Texas highways on a daily basis pose a real threat to motorists who are driving to work or taking their families on vacation. When a truck driver behaves negligently or carelessly and causes an accident that injures innocent drivers and passengers, he should be held accountable. Often, his employer—or the manufacturer of the truck or its components—can also be held liable for these accidents.
Truck Crashes Cause Serious Injuries
Accidents involving 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers are often devastating for the passengers in smaller vehicles because of the difference between the truck’s size and weight and the car’s. Common injuries for truck accident victims in Texas include:
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Burn injuries
- Head injuries, including concussions and skull fractures
- Internal injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Full or partial paralysis
Wrongful death trucking accidents are far more complex than regular car accidents. Strong experience with personal injury law, trucking regulations, and industry standards are necessary for a successful case. Determining liability is also more difficult. The truck driver, the owner of the rig, the company the driver works for, and even the manufacturer of the truck and its parts may be liable.
As truck accident attorneys, we strive to provide the best possible advocacy for your rights in an accident claim and hold the responsible parties accountable for the damages you have suffered.
Investigating Trucking Accident Claims
The Texas Department of Transportation reports that in 2016 alone, there were 1,744 fatal accidents involving semi-trucks, pickup trucks, and tractor-trailers across the state. There are many different causes of these wrecks, the most common being:
- Driver inexperience
- Truck overloaded
- Poor truck maintenance and systems not working properly
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving too fast
- Poor weather or road conditions
- Aggressive driving
Early investigation of a trucking accident claim is crucial. The accident scene, the condition of the rig, and police findings should all be evaluated by an experienced local personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Other evidence that our attorneys will look at includes:
- Driver’s logbooks
- Any computer data – including the black box
- Documents related to the truck’s load and prior deliveries
- Driver’s training and experience
Getting Help From a McAllen Trucking Accident Lawyer
If you were injured or a loved one killed in an accident with an 18-wheeler, the truck company and their insurance company will try their best to deny liability for the accident. It is important that you not talk to the trucking companies’ attorneys or insurance adjusters or sign any documents before contacting a truck accident attorney.
Contact the Law Office of Raúl A. Guajardo today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Texas trucking accident lawyer and get the legal help you need to win your claim or check out our truck accident FAQs for more information.