Experienced And Skill Legal Representation Of Truck Accident Victims
Tractor trailer rigs are huge, dangerous vehicles and the collisions they cause are devastating. An 18-wheeler truck accident often results in serious injuries or even deaths. At the law office of Jerry D. Andrews, P.C., in Dallas, Texas, we recognize the magnitude of your injuries following a truck accident. We have extensive experience litigating truck accident cases, and we maintain a thorough knowledge of trucking industry regulations. We can help you recover full and fair compensation for your injuries.
A Trucking Company May Be Responsible For Your Injuries
Trucking companies are in business to make money, but they also should be held accountable for the hazards they create if they take shortcuts and disregard federal and state regulations, or hire unqualified drivers. Texas board-certified personal injury trial lawyer Jerry D. Andrews will help you hold them liable if one of their trucks or drivers causes the serious or fatal injury of an innocent motorist.
Helping With Your Recovery Following A Truck Accident In Texas
Collisions usually happen for a reason. If you hire us quickly, we can perform a thorough investigation and often find the cause of your collision. Our investigation will include:
- Reviewing the truck driving company’s records
- Analyzing the truck data or ECM
- Interviewing witnesses
- Reviewing the truck driver’s driving record
- Gathering police reports
- Consulting accident reconstructionists
The longer you wait to hire an experienced truck accident attorney, the more evidence disappears and memories fade. Do not wait. In some of our investigations, we have found a number of common causes.
Common Causes Of Trucking Accidents
- Tired drivers: Tired drivers are one of the most common trucking accident causes. A sleep-deprived driver can be just as impaired as one under the influence of alcohol, not to mention as dangerous. Federal regulations mandate strict limitations on the amount of time truck drivers can stay behind the wheel and how many rest breaks they must take. Truck drivers have more than just a responsibility to get the rest that they need. They have an obligation to themselves, their employer, and every driver on the road.
- Dangerous driving: Time is money for truck drivers and the companies that employ them. This translates into truck drivers traveling at excessive and unsafe speeds in an attempt to get to their destinations more quickly. A speeding truck careening down a highway is a dangerous weapon. Most passenger vehicles cannot withstand a collision with one of these big rigs. In a split second on a slippery or busy highway, tragedy can occur. Couple this reckless behavior with unsafe passing, improper lane changes, and ignoring blind spots, and you have a recipe for disaster.
- Drug use: The need to get to their destination quickly causes some truck drivers to use legal and illegal stimulant drugs—such as caffeine pills and speed—to stay awake. These drugs can impair a driver just as much as alcohol and sleep deprivation. Additionally, a driver using stimulants is likely violating regulations related to time on the road, mandatory rest breaks, and narcotic use.
- Poor maintenance: Often weighing in at over 40,000 pounds and over 50 feet long, trucks are behemoths of the road. Many trucking companies attempt to squeeze profits out by putting off needed vehicle repairs and putting trucks on the road with bad brakes, bad tires, bad reflective material on the trailers, and other missing or defective essential safety items. The result is already dangerous vehicles become ticking time bombs on the road, putting your safety at risk.
- Hiring bad drivers: When there are more open positions for truck drivers than there are qualified drivers, exceptions are made and certain information from personal records and background checks may be overlooked, including past felony convictions, prior drug use, and poor driving records. A truck driver must be properly trained, knowledgeable about trucking rules and regulations, and have a clean driving record without excessive accidents, traffic violations, and drunk driving offenses. When these hiring standards are not met, the well-being of other drivers is placed in danger.
- Distractions: Driving an 18-wheeler requires 100% attention on the operation of the vehicle and what is happening on the road at all times. The use of a cell phone or on-board computer takes that attention away. When a driver is distracted, serious and deadly accidents can occur.
Call Today For A Free Initial Consultation
If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident, contact our office to schedule a free consultation by calling us in Dallas at 214-736-1661 or toll free at 866-417-6038. You may also complete a brief online form. Your complete recovery is our No. 1 priority.
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