According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2016 alone 3,986 people died in large truck accidents. The majority of the people who died in these accidents were passenger vehicle occupants. When large truck drivers make mistakes behind the wheel or when a large truck experiences a mechanical failure that results in an accident, the people who are most often hurt are innocent people riding in passenger vehicles. Commercial truck accidents can be devastating for victims and families. You may be facing a range of new challenges, from struggling to heal from serious injuries, to facing the challenges of making ends meet due to missed time from work. If you or a loved one was hurt in a truck crash, consider speaking to the Dallas, Texas commercial truck accident lawyers at the Lenahan Law Firm. You may be entitled to seek damages from truck insurers or truck companies to cover your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages.
Our attorneys understand the unique challenges faced by truck accident victims. We also understand the laws that truck companies and drivers must follow. In the days and weeks after a serious accident, you and your family should be focused on healing. Leave the claims process to us. If you or a loved one was seriously hurt in a commercial truck accident, the Lenahan Law Firm in Dallas, Texas can help.
How is Commercial Truck Accident Personal Injury Different from Passenger Vehicle Personal Injury in Dallas, Texas?
Commercial truck drivers and companies are required to abide by strict local and federal laws. When truck companies or drivers disobey these laws or cut corners to save money, accidents can happen. The trucking industry is big business. According to Trucking Info, the American trucking industry made $676.2 billion in 2017. With high revenues come great responsibility. Truck drivers and companies are required to take out high insurance policies to protect drivers, passengers, and innocent road users in the event of an accident. In some cases, these policies can be quite high, as high as $1 million. What are some ways in which truck accident personal injury claims differ from typical personal injury claims? Here are a few:
- Higher insurance policies. If you or a loved one was injured in a commercial truck accident, the driver or the truck company may have a high insurance policy to protect themselves and to cover any injuries you or a loved one may sustain. However, as with any large claim, insurance adjusters may use computer programs or estimates to determine the value of your claim. These estimates may not always reflect your actual costs or losses. The Lenahan Law Firm are commercial truck accident attorneys in Dallas, Texas who can speak to adjusters and fight to help you get the best possible settlement permitted under the law.
- Commercial truck drivers must meet strict requirements for licensure. Truck drivers are required to have clean driving records and must undergo regular medical testing to be certified to drive a commercial truck. Unfortunately, sometimes truck drivers fail to report changes to their health, or they start taking medication that can interfere with their ability to drive. When this happens, truck drivers could find themselves suffering from medical conditions or they may drive unsafely due to drug interactions. Truck companies have a responsibility to vet their drivers and to ensure that they are safe. When they fail to do this, accidents can occur. The Lenahan Law Firm are commercial truck lawyers in Dallas, Texas who understand the laws that drivers must follow and the requirements that drivers must meet. Our firm can investigate your driver for past infractions or review certifications to determine whether negligence may be involved in your accident.
- Commercial truck drivers must abide by federal hours of service laws. Federal hours of service laws limit how long a truck driver can be behind the wheel for a given shift. Thanks to electronic logging requirements, it is much more difficult for truck drivers to falsify logs. However, when truck drivers exceed their hours of service, they can endanger others on the road due to fatigued driving. If a truck driver violated this law, he or she may be responsible for your crash. The Lenahan Law Firm are commercial truck accident lawyers in Dallas, Texas who can assist you with making a claim if you’ve been seriously injured.
- Commercial truck companies must regularly maintain their vehicles. A tire blowout or brake failure in a commercial truck can be utterly devastating. If you or a loved one was hurt in a truck accident because of mechanical failure of a truck, the Lenahan Law Firm are commercial truck lawyers in Dallas, Texas who can review maintenance logs and company policies regarding truck repair and care. When truck companies cut corners to save money, this can sometimes lead to catastrophic equipment failure.
Truck accident law can be complex. Because of the added regulations and laws truck companies and drivers must follow, in the aftermath of a crash there are more ways that truck drivers and companies can be found negligent. The Lenahan Law Firm can investigate your case and help you determine the best course forward if you believe a truck company or driver’s negligence resulted in your injuries or accident.
Protect Your Rights After a Commercial Truck Accident in Dallas, Texas
If you or a loved one was hurt in a commercial truck accident in Dallas, Texas, you may have the right to seek damages to cover your lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical costs. However, you may only have a limited amount of time to make a claim under the law. The Lenahan Law Firm are commercial truck accident lawyers in Dallas, Texas who can help you and your family seek justice if you or a loved one was injured in a crash. Contact our firm today. The aftermath of a serious accident can be terrifying and stressful for all involved. However, you don’t have to navigate the claims process alone. The Lenahan Law Firm is here for you.