Car accidents often cause serious injuries; however, truck crashes can be even more dangerous due to the size disparity. As a result, many truck accident victims suffer severe and potentially life-changing injuries. At Angel Reyes & Associates, we recommend that you consult with an experienced Frisco truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. It’s vital that you fully understand your legal rights, the approximate value of your claim, and potential defendants in your lawsuit.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the local truck accident statistics from 2020 were significant:
- In Collin County, there were 448 truck accidents
- Collin County saw seven fatal truck crashes
- In Denton County, there were 761 truck crashes
- There were 10 fatal truck accidents in Denton County
Just as the driver of a regular passenger vehicle may be held liable for an accident, the driver of a truck may also be responsible. Here are some of the common errors that truck drivers make that lead to accidents:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Following too closely
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Texting while driving, or other forms of distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
As mentioned above, truck crashes can be complex because multiple defendants may be liable. For example, if the driver is an employee rather than an independent contractor, their employer– the trucking company— may be liable. Similarly, if the crash was caused by maintenance errors, malfunctioning parts, or improperly secured cargo, other defendants may also be held responsible.
An experienced semi-truck accident lawyer in Frisco will be able to explain to you when the trucking company can be held liable. The company often has deeper pockets than the truck driver. To maximize your financial compensation, it can benefit you to pursue a claim against defendants beyond the driver.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) specifies the following hours of operation standards with which trucking companies must ensure that their drivers comply:
- They may drive a maximum of 11 hours following 10 consecutive hours of off-duty time
- Following a period of 10 consecutive hours off duty, the driver may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty
- A driver may not drive beyond 60 hours on duty in seven consecutive days or 70 hours on duty in eight consecutive days
If a driver violates any of these rules and causes a truck crash, their employer will likely be held liable.
If you are injured in a semi-truck accident caused by another person or entity, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation for your injuries. Some of the types of damages that a Frisco personal injury lawyer can help you pursue include the following:
- All medical bills, such as hospital visits, doctors’ visits, surgeries and procedures, assistive devices, prescription medications, physical therapy, and in-home care
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship
At Angel Reyes & Associates, we have been aggressively seeking justice on behalf of injured Texans for more than 30 years. In doing so, not only have we secured nearly $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients, but we are proud of our 98 percent client success rate. Each case matters to us. Therefore, we leave no stone unturned to maximize each client’s financial compensation.
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If you have been injured in a truck accident in Frisco, call Angel Reyes & Associates 24 hours a day to schedule a zero-cost, zero-obligation case review with an experienced Frisco trucking accident attorney. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we never collect any fees unless you prevail in your case.