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Truck accidents in Texas
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has stated that the majority of fatalities in crashes involving heavy trucks are sustained by those riding in smaller passenger vehicles. This is not surprising, since such trucks tend to weigh 20-30 times as much as the average passenger car on the road. The substantial ground clearance and height of these trucks can combine to cause under-ride collision events capable of producing devastating injuries, not to mention deaths.
In 2013 alone, over 3,600 individuals died as the result of a large truck crash, with 67 percent of the fatalities having been suffered by passenger vehicle occupants. In 2014, Texas had 417 fatal crashes involving trailer or semi trucks and an additional 839 truck-related incidents which resulted in incapacitating injury. Given that over 9 billion tons of freight is moved through the country each year via truck, the risk to everyone sharing the roads with such massive vehicles is very real.
Typical causes of accidents involving trucks
Roughly a third of truck accidents can be attributed to driver error. Simple inattention, driver fatigue, impairment, distracted driving and mistakes in judgment are among the most common causes of truck-related accidents. Further, hazardous weather, poor road conditions, faulty equipment and neglected truck maintenance can also contribute to deadly accidents.
Truck driver negligence may include:
- Traveling with excessive speed
- Failing to check blind spots when turning, thus striking another vehicle
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving on the wrong side of the road (colliding with oncoming traffic while passing)
- Ignoring posted signage or signals
- Tired driving due to long shifts and unreasonable driving schedules to meet deadlines
Truck operator safety standards
Commercial vehicle drivers are required to comply with all of the rules and regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These differ substantially from the general guidelines to which conventional drivers must adhere. Truck drivers must pay close attention to maximum permissible drive time between periods of rest, vehicle maintenance protocols, allocation of cargo weight and the proper procedures for loading and unloading freight. When any such rules are violated, injury victims may have legal grounds to demand financial compensation.
The pain and suffering that a victim faces after a truck accident can be so severe that the effects can be felt for a lifetime. In many cases, the larger truck will smash the smaller automobile, flip it over, push it into oncoming lanes of traffic, or crush it under its massive cargo trailer. Resulting injuries to motorists can be catastrophic.
Establishing truck accident liability
Truck accident cases are extremely fact-intensive and liability can sometimes be quite complex. There may be multiple parties ultimately deemed responsible for the injuries sustained and from which compensation can be sought. Truck operators themselves are often the most obvious targets of litigation, and their insurers are regularly required to pay substantial sums to plaintiffs whose claims succeed.
Defendants in truck accident cases may include:
- Vehicle operators
- Owners and managers of commercial trucking firms
- Truck maintenance contractors
- Truck manufacturers
- Truck part suppliers
- Freight loading companies
Commercial trucking enterprises may be found liable not only due to their own acts or negligent omissions, but also due to those of individuals in their employ. Furthermore, those who have designed or sold defective trucks, truck components or equipment may be held responsible for resulting harm, despite the fact that they may seem relatively far-removed from the injury event itself.
A seasoned truck accident attorney such as Dorothy Hyde has the ability to undertake an exhaustive review of the underlying facts of your crash and assess which parties are responsible.
Injuries common to truck accidents
Trucks pose a substantial risk to everyone from passenger vehicle occupants, pedestrians, bicyclists, roadway construction workers and more.
Truck accident injuries may include:
- Severely broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Deep lacerations
- Paralysis due to spinal cord injury
Truck accident injury victims often face steep expenses after the crash. Research suggests that in 2011 alone, commercial vehicle accidents resulted in more than $87 billion in financial damages. Fortunately, the legal system affords victims the opportunity to pursue the full amount of compensation to which they are entitled, and settlements and jury verdicts often result in substantial payments.
Truck accident victims may seek damages for:
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Accessibility improvements to residential properties
- Pain and suffering
- Mental distress and emotional trauma
- Loss of familial support and relationships
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of support for dependents in fatal crash cases
- Funeral expenses
It is impossible to guarantee the outcome of any given legal matter, and even where the facts appear to be heavily in favor of a plaintiff, the road to fair financial recovery can be challenging. Injury victims need not attempt to go it alone against large insurance companies or other deep-pocketed entities. Dallas truck accident attorney Dorothy Hyde has the skills and experience necessary to aggressively battle for maximum compensation for every client she is privileged to serve.
Dedicated advocacy for Dallas-area truck accident victims
Having served injury victims in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex for over 27 years, attorney Dorothy Hyde knows first-hand the heavy toll a truck accident can take on victims and their families. Offering an unrivaled level of client service and vigorous advocacy, she will work together with her extensive network of medical experts, accident reconstruction specialists and support staff to build the strongest possible case in support of those harmed by preventable negligence on the roads.
If you or someone you love has sustained serious injuries as the result of a trucking accident, we stand ready to provide a no-cost initial consultation to discuss the facts of your case. Contact us at 214-937-0911 to begin learning more about your legal options.
Truck accident resources
- Texas Department of Transportation, Count of Vehicles in Crashes by Body Style – Fatal Crashes 2014, http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/trf/crash-statistics/2014/27.pdf
- Texas Department of Transportation, Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Involved Crashes and Injuries by County – 2014, http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/trf/crash-statistics/2014/29.pdf
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – Highway Loss Data Institute, General Statistics 2013, http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/state-by-state-overview
If you have been injured, talk to an attorney with a record of successful resolution in truck accident cases. Contact Dorothy Hyde or schedule an appointment.
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