Nearly all personal injury law firms in Texas will accept 18-wheeler truck accident cases. In fact, many law firms expressly advertise truck accidents on their websites - but very few actually should. Law firms with hundreds or thousands of cases; and lawyers who litigate divorces, defend the criminally accused, and prepare wills; do not scare 18-wheeler companies.
The Lenahan Law Firm does. We fight 18-wheeler cases every single day. Of the very small number of clients we accept at any one time, about one-third are truck accident cases. Our experience and credentials are well-established. We focus exclusively on litigating severe injury claims day in and day out - it's all we do.
"The Lenahan Law Firm represented me with my husband's wrongful death case involving a 18 wheeler truck. The firm truly cared about me and my loss. They relentlessly pursued justice for my husband and I. I was always informed of the progress of the case. All calls were returned the same day..."
- Paula H.
The videos below are some, but not all, of the many videos from actual truck accident cases we've handled. Please do not watch them if you doing so could bring further heartache. They are powerful. But know that we share them with you to validate for you that we've been here before.
Truck Driver Sleeping While Driving at 69 MPH
The video speaks for itself. This big-rig driver's negligence caused a fiery crash.
Truck Driver Blaming "Mechanical Problems"
The driver of this 18-wheeler was driving down an Oklahoma highway, near midnight, going dangerously slow -- 9 miles per hour. He blamed "mechanical problems" and denied responsibility.
Director of a Performance Food Group Safety Doesn't Blame His Sleeping Driver
Watch the driver. Watch the brake lights ahead. He falls asleep and speeds up as all of the traffic ahead of him slows. The insurance company denied that he fell asleep. We've included an excerpt from the accident report below.
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, occupants of cars and motorcycles almost always end up experiencing the worst of a collision, resulting in horrific and often fatal injuries.
In any accident involving an 18-wheeler, semi or other types of large commercial trucks, the likelihood of sustaining a serious injury is extremely high. Colliding with a vehicle that could weigh in the range of 80,000 lbs. is extremely dangerous to any other driver or passenger involved.
Although all types of car accidents are dangerous, a collision with a truck often results in life-altering injuries such as:
- Brain injury
- Spinal injury (leading to paralysis)
- Serious burns
- Orthopedic injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Fatal accidents
After an 18-wheeler has gone out of control in an accident, it is a possibility that the driver violated federal or state trucking regulations.
There are many regulations regarding semi-trucks, including those involving:
- Weight of the vehicle
- Maintenance schedule
- Loading procedures
- Amount of time spent on the road without rest
Truck drivers can become extremely fatigued, aggressive, or could be operating the vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Violations can also include overloading or not securing cargo properly.
There are many different types of trucking accidents. It’s important to know what kind you or a loved one have been involved in, and what the possible causes are. Each is extremely dangerous and can lead to injury or death.
- Rollover Accidents: This accident happens when a trucker takes a turn too quickly, hits something on the road, goes down a steep decline or up a steep incline, or tries to correct the course of a truck that has gone off the road.
- Jackknife Accidents: When a trucker loses control over the truck because the drive axle brakes lock up, causing the truck to skid, it is referred to as a jackknife. This can lead the truck to slam into other vehicles or rollover.
- Underride Accidents: Trucks are higher off the ground than other vehicles, leaving enough room beneath them for a car to slide under. When this happens, the driver of the car is often seriously injured, or even killed. These are one of the most common trucking accidents.
- Overloaded Truck Accidents: Although there are many regulations around how to safely load a truck and how much a load may weigh, these rules are not always followed. When a truck carries a load that is too high, not strapped properly, or weighs too much, it can lead to the load spilling, the truck breaking down, or a rollover.
- Rear End Collisions: Trucks require a large amount of space to stop safely due to their weight. Truck drivers who are not paying attention, impaired due to fatigue, or who do not calculate how far they need to stop properly, can end up colliding into the vehicles in front of them.
- Blind Spot Accidents: Due to their size, trucks have very large blind spots, otherwise known as “no zones.” While merging or turning, a truck can end up hitting vehicles in their blind spots.
- Wide Turn Accidents: Trucks have a wide turn radius. When taking a right turn, a truck driver will need to swing left. If there is a vehicle in the truck’s blind spot, or if the trucker is not paying close enough attention, the truck may crush the vehicle next to it.
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
An accident involving a semi-truck or 18-wheelers often results in permanent or devastating injuries that will take many months or longer to resolve, or will require a lifetime of care and treatment.
During such a harrowing time, it can be difficult to consider the legal matters that must be addressed. Having a highly experienced Dallas truck accident attorney handling your claim could help you and your family avoid any serious financial difficulty in paying medical bills, and more importantly, could provide your loved one with the medical care and treatment that must be administered to regain some degree of health.
Speak with a truck accident attorney from our firm at your earliest convenience if you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury due to an accident involving semi-trucks and 18-wheelers in Dallas, TX.
The Lenahan Law Firm exclusively represents victims of severe injuries, and we have recovered many high-value settlements as our clients' deserved. Should we need to take the case to trial for resolution, we are prepared to do so. Our legal team is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal counsel to those that have suffered severe injury or lost a loved one to wrongful death. We only represent a limited number of clients at a time so that we can ensure that each case and the family involved are given the personal care and attention they deserve.
The first step in a truck accident case is to obtain the necessary information to file a claim against the negligent parties, whether the driver, trucking firm, maintenance firm or even a parts manufacturer in cases in which a critical safety system failed. Drivers could be in violation of federal regulations. All semi-trucks have a "black box" as well as a written log that must be obtained before they are destroyed.
There is limited time in which to get this evidence, and we will take immediate action to ensure all the critical evidence surrounding the accident is preserved. You need a Dallas truck accident lawyer who has experience, a record of success, and is respected in the area of personal injury law. At our firm, we are proud to have served as counsel to the injured and their families and to have been successful in recovering high-value settlements in many serious injury cases.
We urge you to contact our firm immediately so that we can take the necessary actions to protect your right to compensation for damages.
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