We want to bring you a story out of Oklahoma because it highlights many of the dangers that people on our roadways face each day from large trucks.
Last month, there was a series of accidents along I-40 that were caused by a single truck malfunction. On October 31, Oklahoma police were notified of multiple crashes around the same area. They arrived to first find a pickup truck with severe damage to the windshield. Inside, they found a woman who had already died from injuries sustained in the wreck.
They also saw an SUV overturned a bit farther down the road, as well as another vehicle with significant damage nearby.
After that, they found a semi-truck that was hit by the wheels of an assembly that came off of another tractor-trailer.
The next day, Texas authorities found the truck that lost the wheel assembly in Gainesville. The driver told police that he did not even know he had lost the assembly until he stopped to perform his routine check hours later.
At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know this incident is scary, but it shows the unpredictability of this kind of accident. When you need a Dallas truck accident attorney, you can count on us to secure the compensation you deserve.
Why They Happen
We have all had the same thought when driving near a large truck down the highway – please let nothing go wrong. When something does go wrong, it is usually due to driver negligence or vehicle malfunction.
The story above shows us that these vehicles can cause major damage if something malfunctions. Some of the common malfunctions that cause harm are:
- Wheel or tire problems
- Suspension issues
- Connects from the truck to the trailer
- Engine malfunction
- Brake failure
If part of the vehicle malfunctions, a driver could lose control of their truck. Truck companies must regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles to prevent these malfunctions.
Drivers must always operate responsibly. They should never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They should also never be distracted by their phones or other devices.
It is also vital that drivers follow all law and regulations relating to how many hours they can operate in a day as well as how much weight they can carry.
These vehicles weigh tens of thousands of pounds when fully loaded and have the potential to cause a mass casualty incident.
What You Can Do
If you or a loved one have been injured by a large commercial truck, we want to help. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, our experienced team will work with you to secure compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage for your medical bills
- Money for lost income if you cannot work
- Punitive damages against a driver or company
- Pain and suffering damages
When you need a Dallas truck accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.Read More
We are brining you a story from Austin today to highlight an incident that is the worst nightmare of any parent – a school bus versus an eighteen-wheeler accident.
The accident happened last week and luckily there is surveillance video that shows what really happened. A truck driver says he had a yellow light when he went through an intersection and struck a school bus. Video shows that the bus actually had a green light.
In this case, ten students were injured, but we know it could have been much worse. The bus contained 19 students heading to high and middle school.
While the exact cause of this accident is still under investigation, we know that many truck accidents are caused by the negligence of the truck driver or the truck company.
What are your options if you are injured by a truck driver?
If you need a Dallas truck accident attorney, you can count on the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde to have your back.
What Can Happen?
How many large trucks do you see in and around the Dallas area on a daily basis? We know there are thousands. These large trucks have the ability to cause major injuries if they crash, which is why drivers and companies need to take all precautions necessary before hitting the road.
Drivers have a responsibility to follow all state and federal laws regulating how many hours they can drive in a day. Failure to do so will result in the driver operating while fatigued, causing them to lose the ability to react to a situation.
Drivers should never operate under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Doing so puts everyone around them on the roadway in danger of harm. Drivers should also never be distracted by the cell phones or other devices. If they are looking at a screen, then they are not looking at the road.
We also know that truck companies have a responsibility to ensure that all of their vehicles are roadworthy. This means they must perform regular inspections and maintenance on their trucks. Truck failure is the main cause of truck accidents. This can include a failure of the powertrain, brakes, steering system, suspension, or other part of the vehicle.
Vehicle failure can result in a truck driver losing control of their truck, potentially leading to a catastrophic even. If a truck is carrying hazardous material, an accident could potentially put thousands of people in danger.
What You Can Do
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver or truck company, we want to help. At the The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we will work with you to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include: medical expenses, lost income if you are unable to work, court costs and legal fees, as well as punitive damages.Read More
“All her body was absolutely damaged,” said a woman who saw the horrible accident.
We’re talking about what happened the other night when a Waste Connections dump truck ran over a woman while she was in the crosswalk and had the right of way.
Police have turned the case over to a grand jury to decide if the driver will be charged criminally.
While we do not know what the outcome of this case will be, we do know that it highlights some of the major hazards that trucks can pose, especially if there is any kind of driver negligence.
We know that when you hit the road, you do everything you can to be safe, especially around larger trucks. Unfortunately, you cannot control everyone on the roadway around you. When you need a Dallas truck accident attorney, you can count on the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde to work to recover the compensation you deserve.
Why are large trucks so potentially dangerous?
Because they weight tens of thousands of pounds. With their cargo, they can reach as much as 100 thousand pounds.
If that much weight crashes into another vehicle, the damage can be catastrophic, especially for anyone inside.
Injuries from truck accidents are usually not minor. Commonly, they cause spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain damage, broken and dislocated bones, and massive internal trauma. The medical expenses from these types of injuries can quickly add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, an amount that most will find impossible to pay without insurance coverage.
The problems is, will insurance cover all of these expenses?
Truck accidents happen for two main reasons, driver negligence and truck failure due to a lack of regular maintenance.
If drivers make the decision to operate their vehicle while distracted by their cell phone or some other device, the consequences can be deadly for others on the roadway. Even worse, if a driver is operating while impaired by drugs or alcohol, the outcome will almost always end with someone getting hurt or killed.
We also want to note that many drivers and companies will ignore regulations dictating how many hours a driver can operate in a day. This is complete negligence and can cause harm if the driver falls asleep at the wheel.
What You Can Do
If you have been hurt because of the negligence of a truck driver or a truck company, then you need to seek legal assistance. You can trust the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde will be by your side for your whole case.
We know that an accident can leave you with major medical bills and lost income if you are not able to work while you heal. We will work to ensure that you get compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. When you need a Dallas truck accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by calling at 214-883-1700.Read More