18-Wheeler Wrecks and Trucking Accident Injury Attorney in Texas
Truck accidents are an unfortunate reality on the busy highways and interstates of Texas. In 2007, about 11 percent of all U.S. commercial vehicle accidents occurred in Texas, and most of those accidents involved large trucks. The size, speed and weight of those massive vehicles can cause catastrophic destruction when a truck crash occurs – and the occupants of passenger vehicles are three times more likely to be hurt or killed than the occupants of tractor trailers. Nationwide, one out of nine traffic deaths in 2007 resulted from a large truck accident. Regrettably, there were 493 Texas traffic fatalities in 2007 involving tractor trailers.
Although some truck accidents cannot be avoided, many are simply the fault of a careless or fatigued truck driver. If you’ve been injured in a tractor trailer accident caused by a trucker’s negligence, you must act quickly to protect your rights. The truck accident lawyers at the Pelaia Law Center help personal injury victims obtain compensation for accidents and injuries. Call the Pelaia Law Center today at (903) 230-5600. We serve truck accident victims throughout the state of Texas.
The term “truck” can refer to a variety of transport vehicles such as 18-wheelers, tractor trailers, big rigs, semis, commercial trucks, dump trucks, bucket trucks and tanker trucks. According to a 2007 federal study, factors that lead to truck accidents include brake problems, traffic congestion, prescription and over-the-counter drug use, cell-phone use, tailgating, speeding, unfamiliarity with local roads and driver fatigue.
The unique dangers posed by truck accidents can be heightened because of the type of truck involved or the freight that the truck is carrying. The wreck outcome can vary dramatically when multiple trailers, overloaded trailers and inadequately maintained flatbeds are involved, as well as in accidents where 18-wheelers are hauling hazardous chemicals or flammable materials.
Studies show that 40% of truck wrecks are caused by tired truckers. As a result, drivers of large trucks must comply with stringent federal regulations that place limits on how long they may be on the road each day. Those regulations also spell out the maximum weight and size of a truck’s cargo and impose very strict rules when hazardous and flammable materials are being transported. The truck accident attorneys of Pelaia Law Center have truck collision experience and know how these laws will affect your case – and how to preserve evidence that will be vital to proving your claim.
While the most obvious defendant in a truck accident lawsuit is the truck driver, he or she may not be the only entity that is legally responsible for the accident. You may be entitled to compensation from trucking companies or agencies, truck manufacturers, contractors, employers and insurance companies. The truck accident lawyers of Pelaia Law Center will make sure that you get the best recovery possible by identifying all of the potentially responsible parties.
If you have been hurt in a truck accident, or a loved one has been killed, you may be entitled to several types of general damages, including compensation for:
- Automobile repairs
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Loss of current and future income
- Wrongful death
If you are injured in a truck accident, you will likely be contacted by an insurance company, whose objectives include limiting the amount of money paid out. Anytime an insurance company presents an accident victim with a settlement offer, it is in the victim’s best interests to discuss the settlement with a truck accident lawyer before accepting the offer.
The truck accident attorneys of Pelaia Law Center are familiar with the many ways in which insurance companies may try to influence you to settle quickly and for less compensation than you deserve. We have years of experience dealing with insurance companies and handling accident claims.