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Trucking Accidents Lawyer • San Antonio

The personal injury attorneys at Trevino Injury Law represent individuals seriously injured in auto accidents including trucking accidents in San Antonio and throughout Texas.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a direct result of the careless, negligent, wrongful, or reckless act of a company, person, or a municipality in a trucking accident we will aggressively advocate for your just compensation.

Wrongful injury or loss of a loved one is devastating. Trevino Injury Law takes pride in addressing clients’ full range of [questions and concerns]. We will make sure you thoroughly understand your rights.

Call the personal injury attorneys of Trevino Injury Law today to schedule your FREE case evaluation with an experienced attorney.

(210) 255-3088

Texas Trucking Accidents

Between 1996 and 2000, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded over 2,000 trucks involved in fatal crashes for every 1,000 miles of Texas roadways. With more miles of public road than any other state, Texas continues to lead the nation in commercial trucking accident fatality rates. In 2010, there were over 500,000 accidents involving large trucks nationwide. This resulted in the serious injury of over 100,000 people, and over 5000 fatalities. 76 percent of people killed were occupants of vehicles other than the truck. Pedestrians and cyclists were not spared either.

Trevino Injury Law believes we have a duty to pursue justice after a trucking accident in order to discourage the reckless and negligent actions of truck drivers and trucking companies. The trucking industry has a responsibility to provide for accident victims in their recovery.

Reckless and Negligent Truck Drivers

Semi truck accidents are often the result of truck driver negligence. This includes aggressive driving, speeding, failure to signal, and driving drunk or under the influence of a drug. Truck drivers, companies, and manufacturers sometimes fail to properly inspect or repair trucks. A truck driver may choose to drive with an overweight, imbalanced, or unsecured cargo load, or continue driving under dangerous road or weather conditions.

Most commonly, truck drivers will deliberately violate federal “hours of service” laws that set strict driving time limits and rest requirements. Disobeying the “hours of service” regulations may save a truck driver time and money, but it can cost others their lives. When a fatigued truck driver gets behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound tractor trailer, semi, or 18-wheeler, the combination is deadly. If a truck driver has been reckless or negligent, they can be held responsible for compensation of damages, stripped of their commercial driving license, and charged with a criminal offense.

Truck Driver Distraction and Inattention

Texting or using another handheld electronic device while driving a commercial truck is a growing concern. As of 2012, it is illegal for interstate truck drivers to use a cell phone for texting or talking. Any form of cell phone use behind the wheel of a semi truck is considered distracted driving and increases the risk of an accident. The US Transportation Secretary has stated that even reaching for a cell phone makes a truck driver up to three times more likely to swerve, crash into another vehicle, or miss a traffic signal.

Inattentive truck driving, which ranges from adjusting the radio to rubbernecking to reaching for objects on the floor, is dangerous regardless of the vehicle being driven, but large truck drivers pose the greatest threat of all. Truck drivers already deal with significant blind spots, slow braking times, and poor maneuverability. If they are unalert or inattentive to their surroundings for even a few seconds, they can cause highway pileups, catastrophic property damage, and devastating personal injury or fatalities.

Truck driver distraction and inattention can be difficult to prove and requires a thorough investigation. If you have been involved in a distracted truck driver accident, you will need crucial pieces of evidence such as phone records, police reports, and eye witness accounts to ensure a successful claim.

Defective Trucking Equipment and Truck Maintenance Accidents

Defective or failing equipment is the leading cause of commercial trucking accidents. Sadly, most equipment failure could be prevented with routine inspection and care. The Department of Transportation requires trucking companies to perform frequent maintenance and inspection of their equipment, including tires, brakes, belts, hoses, lights, and more.

Liability in negligent truck maintenance accidents can be difficult to assign. A truck driver may be at fault for not meeting regulations and having the semi serviced on time. Or the owner of the truck, owner of the trailer, or trucking company may have ignored their responsibilities to save time and costs. To make matters worse, truck drivers and companies will sometimes falsify inspection reports and maintenance logs to hide violations. If the truck driver or company has failed to fulfill their responsibilities or comply with regulations, a trucking accident attorney can uncover the necessary evidence and hold them liable for personal injury and property damage.

Trucking Accident Personal Injuries

Any accident involving a commercial truck is likely to result in significant personal injury ranging from painful whiplash and broken bones, to paralysis and traumatic head injury. Even a relatively small accident with an eighteen-wheeler can cause deep lacerations, severe contusions, crushed limbs, traumatic brain injury, or spinal cord injury. Whatever the circumstances of the accident or the nature of the injuries, you will need an experienced trucking accident attorney to help you win compensation for your recovery.

Common Types of Personal Injuries in Trucking Accidents:

  • Head Injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Arm and Wrist Injuries
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Low Back Injuries
  • Leg and Ankle Injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Contusions
  • Broken Bones
  • Crushed Limbs
  • Amputation
  • Decapitation
  • Severe Burn

Insurance Companies and Trucking Accidents

The first things to do after a trucking accident are seek medical attention, file a police report, and collect contact and insurance information from all drivers involved. You should also take detailed notes of the events, and photograph the scene and any injury or damage. After you leave the scene of the accident, you should contact a trucking accident attorney and remember: under no circumstances should you speak with the truck driver or trucking company insurance agencies.

Trucking insurance companies are powerful and employ teams of defense lawyers prepared to do battle. Trucking insurance adjusters will contact you after an accident to look for weaknesses in your claim. You should never speak to an adjuster except to give them the phone number of your attorney.

Personal Injury and Trucking Accident Lawyers

Contacting a personal injury and trucking accident attorney is the best decision you can make after an accident with a commercial truck. Do not face trucking insurance companies alone. An experienced attorney will help you navigate insurance claims, investigations, and adjusters, and fight for your compensation while you work toward physical and emotional recovery. There are complex legal hurdles involved in trucking accident claims, such as rules of fault, which can affect the outcome of your settlement.

Ever minor personal injury can disrupt both your work and private life. Loss of wages, decreased mobility, and chronic pain are all costly effects of personal injury. If you are suffering after an accident that wasn’t your fault, you can qualify for a compensation claim against a truck driver, trucking company, or truck equipment manufacturer. An attorney will protect your rights after an accident, determine the cost of damages, and negotiate full and just compensation for your personal injury or property damage claim. Hire an attorney to handle tricky legal processes and difficult doctors, lawyers, and insurance companies.

Start Your Claim Today!

Trevino Injury Law is a San Antonio based law firm who works on a “contingency fee basis” on all personal injury cases including trucking accidents. Simply put, we only get paid if we win your case. If there is no recovery, you pay nothing.

“Trevino Injury Law is a leader in personal injury law with trial experience that speaks for itself.”Candelario Trevino

Call the personal injury attorneys of Trevino Injury Law today to schedule your FREE case evaluation with an experienced attorney.

(210) 255-3088

 

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