While all motor vehicle crashes can be serious, the physical, emotional, and financial fallout from truck accidents is often devastating. Most smaller vehicles are no match for the size and weight of trucks, so the occupants typically pay a steep price. If this has happened to you or a loved one, contact us at Angel Reyes & Associates for a free consultation.
As you might expect, the injuries caused by large truck accidents are often severe and sometimes fatal. Some of them include:
- Fractured or broken bones
- Severe burns
- Deep cuts and lacerations
- Spine, neck, and back injuries, including whiplash
- Head injuries, including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Partial or full paralysis
Like all other motorists, truck drivers are required to abide by all traffic safety laws. In addition, they must also comply with all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, such as the following rules governing hours of service for the truck driver:
- They may drive for a maximum of 11 hours following 10 consecutive hours off duty
- They may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14-hour period. In other words, even if the driver takes breaks while on duty, they still cannot drive past the 14th hour.
- If an individual has driven for eight cumulative hours without at least a 30-minute interruption, then they are required to take a 30-minute break.
- A driver may not work after 60 hours on duty in a seven-day period or 70 hours in eight days. Moreover, a driver may not restart another seven or eight-day period until they take at least 34 consecutive hours break.
To file a truck accident lawsuit, you must prove that the driver or another entity associated with the truck was negligent. In addition to the driver, other parties that may have been negligent include the owner of the truck, the driver’s employer, the truck’s maintenance technician, or the manufacturer(s) of the truck’s parts.
One of the key elements of a negligence claim is that the defendant breached their duty of care. Examples of this in a truck accident include the following:
- The driver is speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, texting while driving, or runs a red light.
- In an effort to make a delivery on time, the trucking company cuts some corners and insists that the driver works for 20 hours straight. As a result of this violation, the driver falls asleep at the wheel and crashes into your vehicle.
- You are traveling at a safe distance behind a large truck on I-20 East. Suddenly, some of the truck’s cargo falls out– right in front of you, causing a serious crash.
- You stop at a red light on a two-lane highway when suddenly you are rear-ended by a large truck. In that scenario, an experienced truck accident lawyer in Arlington investigates the truck’s maintenance records and finds that the brakes have not been inspected for two years.
- You are driving next to a large truck on U.S. Highway 287 when one of the truck’s tires detaches. This sends the truck spiraling out of control, causing a serious crash. A personal injury attorney in Arlington later discovers that the tire was defective, and therefore the fault of the manufacturer.
Do Not Delay
If you have been injured, our attorneys at Angel Reyes & Associates strongly urge you to consult with one of our truck accident lawyers as soon as possible. We will ensure that you understand your legal rights, the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and the approximate value of your claim.
Over the last 30 years, we have been pursuing justice for injured victims. Not only have we recovered nearly $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients, but our 98 percent client success rate illustrates our consistent track record.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, call us 24/7 to book a cost-free case review with a truck accident attorney in Arlington, TX. Because we work on a contingency fee basis, you will never see a bill from us unless you win your case.