Big rig trucks share the road with pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, and passenger cars. Truck collisions cause tremendous damage because they’re so large. Trucks also have a much greater stopping distance than regular vehicles.
Because trucks are so dangerous, the industry is highly regulated by the federal government. For example, there are strict federal rules limiting the number of hours drivers can be on the road without taking a break so they won’t become overly fatigued.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) also regulates how much trucks can weigh and mandates proper loading techniques. But greedy trucking companies will often pressure their drivers to ignore these rules just to make a few extra bucks. This callous behavior puts everyone on the highway at risk of suffering serious injuries.
If you were harmed in an accident caused by a big rig truck, our team will investigate every aspect of the collision to find out what really happened. Then we’ll file a claim with the insurance company to help you get the money you need to pay your medical expenses.
Contact The Lenahan Law Firm to schedule your FREE consultation today by dialing (214) 295-1008.
Every vehicle has its limits. That’s why truck manufacturers are required to establish a Gross Weight Vehicle Rating (GWVR) that designates the maximum load that a truck can haul. Trucks should never exceed the GWVR, and they shouldn’t weigh more than 80,000 pounds.
Overloaded trucks reduce safety and increase stopping time, especially when the truck is traveling downhill. And overloaded trucks are more likely to cause catastrophic injuries when collisions occur.
When trucks are overloaded, the weight is often poorly distributed, which negatively impacts overall balance. And poorly secured cargo can create road hazards that cause serious crashes.
Accidents caused by overloaded trucks include:
- Rear-end collisions
- Cargo spills
When an accident happens, the insurance companies try to pay out as little as possible in claims. That’s how they make their profits. If you don’t have an experienced Denton County truck accident attorney to represent you, the insurance agent will probably offer you a lowball settlement that isn’t nearly sufficient to cover your medical bills and other expenses caused by the accident.
If you choose The Lenahan Law Firm as your personal injury attorneys, the other side will know right away that we mean business. Before we start negotiating with the insurance company, our investigators will collect and examine key pieces of evidence that may include:
- Police reports
- Witness interviews
- Accident scene photos
- Internal company documents
- Surveillance camera video
- Expert testimony
- Accident scene recreations
Once we’ve determined who’s responsible for the crash, we can file claims against anyone whose careless behavior contributed to the accident. This may include the truck driver as well as the owners, managers, and other employees from the trucking company.
Truck accidents cause severe harm. You may require extensive medical treatment for your injuries. And there are some types of injuries that never completely heal, such as paralysis and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
You could be forced to take a lot of time off from work, and your injuries may prevent you from ever resuming your career. Our attorney will present the other side with a claim that covers the of the harm suffered by the victim and their oved ones. This may include:
- Time missed from work
- Current and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Physical therapy
- Assisted living care
- Wrongful death
When things aren’t going your way, it’s nice to have someone in your corner who’s there to fight for you. You shouldn’t have to pay your own medical bills when your injuries were caused by another person’s careless behavior.
Our trial lawyers at The Lenahan Law Firm have won millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. We’ve also been recognized for excellence by Super Lawyers and we have a perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo.
Call (214) 295-1008 to learn more today. Remember: You won’t owe us anything if we don’t win your case.