What To Do If You’ve Been In An 18 Wheeler Truck Accident
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are roughly 500,000 trucking accidents each and every year, with around 1% of them proving fatal. That does not sound like a lot, but it actually means around 5,000 fatal truck accidents take place each year and result in one or more deaths per accident. Clearly, this is a major problem and a threat to drivers in all locations – rural and urban.
Understand The Legal Definition Of “Trucking Accident”
Of course, it is extremely important to understand the definition of a trucking accident as well as recognizing the seriousness of one. It is not usually an accident between two trucks (though this does happen), but is most often when large trucks such as commercial box trucks and tractor-trailer combinations, known as 18-wheelers (vehicles weighing more than ten thousand pounds) collide with other vehicles of much smaller proportions and/or pedestrians.
This definition sheds the light on something huge, and it is that in addition to far too many fatalities from such accidents, there are also a catastrophic number of injuries. And that is why anyone living in the Dallas metro area needs to hire a truck accident lawyer should they experience such a terrible event.
The #1 Reason To Hire A Truck Accident Attorney
This becomes even clearer when you understand the strength of trucking companies. Because trucking is such a profitable enterprise (valued at more than $600 billion), any pedestrian or car driver involved in an accident is going to need a lot of qualified legal assistance if they are to win any cased against a trucking firm, and again, an experienced Dallas truck accident lawyer is the key.
A Look At Some 18-Wheeler Truck Accident Numbers
It is estimated that as much as 5% of all accident related injuries and 14% of deaths are caused by 18 wheeler accidents.
In 2006 in the state of Texas alone, there were almost 7,000 truck accidents that resulted in numerous injuries and almost 500 fatal crashes. Under certain circumstances huge commercial trucks are extremely dangerous vehicles and can become unstoppable, and when such a truck hits a passenger vehicle or pedestrian, the chances of serious injury and fatality are extremely high.
Should such an accident occur, a Dallas truck accident lawyer is going to be the best way to ensure you, as a victim, get the kind of compensation deserved. Again, you are coming up against a major industry.
The Major Cause Of 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents
First, consider that drivers of 18-wheelers are often pressured by their employers to drive non-stop without sleep for 24 hours or more to get to their destination on time – even though this is frequently outside of the legal requirements for operators of 18 wheelers.
This can result in severe fatigue to the driver, reckless driving or driving at excessive speeds. Additionally, 18-wheelers have difficulty stopping their vehicles while going downhill and brake failure or mechanical failure are not uncommon. Again, though there are strict legal requirements for ongoing service of 18-wheelers, many employers will poorly maintain their vehicles to save costs, causing serious potential hazards for their drivers and occupants of passenger vehicles or pedestrians.
Your Next Step: Hire A Trucking Accident Lawyer ASAP
Regardless of how minor or severe, your first step is to immediately get in touch with a truck accident lawyer. They will know precisely what to do to protect your interests.
At Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm, our experienced team of accident attorneys know what insurance companies are required to provide and what victims of 18-wheeler accidents and their families legally deserve for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and sometimes, even death.
We fought for Frederick, an 18 wheeler trucking accident victim from Dallas, and here’s what he had to say:
Below is a list of trucking companies, for your reference
If you have been in an 18-wheeler accident, it is helpful to know which company the rig belonged to, and to give this information to your new attorney immediately:
- Ace Transportation
- Aggregate Haulers
- Clarksville Refrigerated Lines
- Coastal Transport
- Contract Freighters
- Covenant Transport
- Dart Transportation
- Fleetwood Transportation Services
- GP Burroughs Trucking Company
- HEB Grocery Company
- IESI TX Corp
- J.B. Hunt Transport
- Lattimore Metals
- Milk Transport Services
- Nabors Well Services
- Redi Mix Inc.
- Saia Motor Freight
- Schneider National Carriers
- Southwestern Motor Transport
- Statewide Transport
- Swift Transportation
- Transit Mix Concrete & Materials
- TXI TransportationPool Company
- United Parcel Service
- USA Truck
- Werner Enterprises
18 Wheeler Accident & Semi Truck Accident Lawyer Free Consultation
If you or someone you care about has been in an 18-wheeler accident, please contact a Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm Dallas truck accident lawyer at (214) 526-7900 or submit the free Case Review Contact Form on this page to find out what your case may be worth.