The Dangers and Complexities of Truck Accident Claims
During the morning hours of Monday, November 14th, 2016, a motorcyclist believed to be in his 40’s was killed in a devastating collision with a semi-truck in the 18600 block of N Heatherwilde Blvd near State Highway 45 in Pflugerville, Texas. According to Austin-Travis County EMS, the man was pinned under the trailer when his motorcycle struck the back of the truck as it was pulling out of a private driveway. Believed to have been caused by the truck driver’s inability to see the motorcyclist due to foggy conditions, the collision added to the already sky-high number of fatal traffic collisions involving commercial trucks throughout the Lone Star State this year.
Why are Truck Accidents More Dangerous?
The amount of force a person’s body experiences during a traffic collision is widely dependent on the size and speed of the vehicles involved. Since 18-wheeler trucks have such a massive size and weight advantage over other vehicles on the roadways, occupants of cars and motorcycles almost always end up experiencing the worst of a collision, resulting in horrific and often fatal injuries.
Injuries frequently sustained from truck accidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Orthopedic injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
Unfortunately, due to the massive destruction and financial cost that can result from these types of collisions, trucking companies and their insurance companies are often prepared to fight tooth and nail to minimize their liability, leaving injured victims at a severe disadvantage during their pursuit of compensation. For this reason, it is imperative for truck accident victims to retain the services of a knowledgeable attorney to ensure their rights are protected and maximize their chances of securing compensation.
Who Is Liable for a Trucking Accident?
While truck accidents can be caused by a myriad of different factors, in many cases, they are caused by some sort of negligence on the part of the truck driver, trucking company, truck manufacturer, or some other party. In many cases, truck accidents are caused by a combination of these parties, with each having a certain proportion of liability. Determining the exact parties at fault usually involves examining police reports, data from onboard recording devices, witness testimonies, hours of service logs, and more.
Common factors which can contribute to a trucking accident:
- Skipping mandatory truck maintenance
- Driving under the influence
- Driving too long without rest
- Driving at unsafe speeds
- Improperly securing cargo
- Defective truck parts
Seek Justice with Lenahan Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, the Dallas truck accident lawyers at Lenahan Law Firm can provide the powerful representation you need to push forward and seek every penny’s worth of your entitled compensation. Backed by a track record of millions of dollars recovered in verdicts and settlements, we have what it takes to secure the results you need.
Call (888) 828-5630 or contact us online today to take the first step towards filing a claim.