Dallas Truck Accident Attorneys
Injured in a Crash with an 18-Wheeler or Big Rig in Texas?
Truck crashes can be some of the most catastrophic accidents that occur on the road. 18-wheelers can weigh as much as 40 tons, easily more than 20 times the weight of an average passenger car. No matter what safety features our vehicles have installed, there’s only so much they can do when facing down an out of control big rig.
Far too often, these crashes are caused by the negligent, reckless, or wrongful actions taken by the truck driver or the trucking company that employs them. If you were seriously injured due to these actions, contact us today to discuss your case with an experienced truck accident lawyer and begin planning your next steps.
Contact Aldous \ Walker today at (214) 307-6307 to discuss your case with our truck accident lawyers in Dallas.
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At Aldous \ Walker LLP, our Dallas truck accident attorneys have fought for hundreds of clients since we first opened our doors. We pride ourselves on being ready and willing to take your case in front of a jury in order to maximize your compensation. Through our tireless efforts, we have secured more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements.
If you were seriously injured in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t be responsible for your medical bills. Contact our legal team today to discuss your options and how we can help.
The Devastating Impact of Truck Accidents in the U.S.
According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), and the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), about 22% of all truck crashes result in injuries, and approximately 130,000 people are injured in truck accidents every year.
This problem is only becoming more severe – a nationwide study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found that there was a 62% increase in injuries caused by trucking collisions from 2009 to 2015, and from 2015 to 2016, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased to 4,213. In more than half of the cases studied by the organization, the truck driver was found responsible for the incident.
Responsibilities of Truck Drivers & Trucking Companies
Because of the size and weight of their vehicles, drivers and trucking companies have a major responsibility to act with care in operating these commercial trucks—even more than drivers of regular vehicles. The trucking industry has created a variety of rules and regulations intended to keep both their drivers and other motorists safe.
Some of the regulations put in place by the FMCSA include:
- Zero alcohol/drug use policy
- Maintenance requirements for trucks
- Avoiding prescription medications that may cause drowsiness
- Limitations on hours/miles driven before stopping for rest breaks
Any time a truck driver is involved in a collision, the trucking company will launch an investigation into the accident to determine who was at fault, and whether or not the driver could have done anything to prevent the crash.
The Dallas truck accident lawyers at Aldous \ Walker understand these rules and regulations just as well, if not better than anyone, and understand the steps to take when investigating the cause of a truck accident.
Preventable Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
- Driver fatigue: According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, driver fatigue is the number one cause of truck crashes in the United States. Truck drivers cover thousands of miles of highway every week, and they can cause devastating accidents when they don’t take the proper amount of time to rest. Drivers that skip their required rest breaks or pull extra long shifts put everyone else on the road at risk.
- Substance abuse: Whether it’s alcohol, drugs, or any other substance that impairs your ability to drive, driving under the influence is a very fast way to end up hurt. It’s an irresponsibly dangerous decision no matter what vehicle you operate, but that danger is only increased when that vehicle weighs up to 80,000 pounds.
- Distracted driving: FMCSA regulations prohibit commercial truck drivers from texting and the use of hand-held mobile or smartphones while operating a commercial motor vehicle, but not all truck drivers follow such regulations. Distracted driving collisions continue to happen with dangerous consequences.
- Mechanical failure / brake problems: Any machine will break down if it is not properly maintained, but some failures have greater consequences than others. Brake failure can cause a fully-loaded truck to barrel into unsuspecting motorists at highway speeds, obliterating numerous vehicles in its path. Brakes aren’t the only part that can fail; even non-mechanical parts can break off and cause injuries if not properly maintained.
- Under-inflated tires: Just like the truck itself, tires need to be checked and maintained to ensure their safety. Under-inflated tires increase the rate at which they wear down, and can eventually destroy their casings and burst. Flying chunks of rubber, as well as loss of vehicle control, increase the risk of an accident.
- Reckless driving: Whether the truck driver is speeding, constantly and recklessly switching lanes, or not paying attention to traffic, reckless driving can easily result in a terrible accident. Drivers may fail to check their blind spot before changing lanes, take a turn at high speeds, or ignore a change in the speed of traffic.
- Improperly loaded cargo: It’s up to the truck driver and the people in charge of loading the trailer to make sure the cargo is loaded in a safe manner. If the cargo isn’t properly secured or balanced, it could easily shift during transport, make the driver to lose control of their truck, and cause the trailer of the truck to tip over.
If you were hurt in an accident with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, call Aldous / Walker to see if negligence was involved.
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At Aldous \ Walker LLP, our truck accident attorneys in Dallas are ready to fight to secure you the compensation you deserve, no matter where the trial ends up. With more than 200 personal injury cases tried in front of a jury, we have the experience and skill you need to feel confident throughout the entire legal process.
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