There are more truck accident fatalities in Texas than in any other state. According to the National Safety Council, 806 Texans died due to truck accidents in a recent year. Local truck routes around University Park include US 635, US 30, US 45, State Highway 114, State Highway 183, and State Highway 67.
It takes skill and experience to safely operate a big rig truck. Trucks are heavy, difficult to maneuver, and they have huge blind spots. Unfortunately, many trucking companies try to save money by hiring unsafe and inexperienced drivers or by failing to perform regular truck maintenance.
When trucking companies cut corners, it causes accidents that result in catastrophic injuries. At The Lenahan Law Firm, we hold truckers and trucking companies responsible for the harm they cause. Our firm has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and lawsuits for truck accident victims.
The Lenahan Law Firm has been recognized for providing our clients with superior service by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers, and we have a perfect 10.0 Avvo rating. Our founder, Marc Lenahan, belongs to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed or killed by an unsafe trucker, call our University Park personal injury lawyers at (214) 295-1008 to schedule a FREE consultation today.
Most truck accidents could be avoided if trucking companies hired safe drivers, provided the right employee training, and kept their trucks in good working order. When trucking companies prioritize profits over safety, the results are tragic.
Frequent causes of truck accidents include:
- Fatigue. Because truck accidents are so harmful, the industry is highly regulated by the federal government. Hours of service rules (HOS) are designed to reduce fatigue by preventing drivers from logging too many hours. However, trucking companies will often pressure their drivers to ignore HOS regulations, and this leads to devastating collisions.
- DUI. Alcohol and controlled substances impair a driver’s reflexes, depth perception, reaction time, coordination, and other vital skills that are required to safely operate a big rig truck. Employers must require their drivers to submit regular DMV reports to check for drug and alcohol-related offenses.
- Distracted driving. It only takes a moment of inattention to cause a devastating crash. Texas has a hands-free law preventing drivers from using a handheld device to talk, text, check their email, or use social media when they should be keeping their eyes on the road.
- Speeding. Trucks take twice as long to stop as regular passenger vehicles, and due to its massive weight, a speeding truck will cause tremendous damage when it crashes into a car, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian.
- Mechanical failure. It’s the driver’s responsibility to make sure the truck is working properly, and trucking companies must provide regular maintenance to ensure that brakes, tires, safety lights, and other important equipment is functioning properly.
- Inexperienced drivers. Drivers who lack experience are much more likely to make careless mistakes, such as slamming on the brakes instead of slowing down gradually. This leads to dangerous jackknifes and collisions.
- Tailgating. Impatient truck drivers often fail to leave a necessary cushion in front of their vehicles, and this causes rear-end collisions.
- Weather conditions. When drivers fail to slow down in rainy, icy, snowy, or foggy weather, they won’t have enough time to react when they encounter a hazard along the highway.
- Negligent hiring. There is a huge turnover in the trucking industry, and many companies need new drivers so badly that they will hire people with unsafe records or fail to check a driver’s references to make sure they are safe and reliable.
Truck companies can be pretty ruthless when an accident occurs. They even employ teams of so-called investigators who go to an accident site to manipulate evidence and interrogate victims. The Lenahan Law Firm will perform our own inspection, and we can file an injunction to prevent anyone from tampering with the accident scene or the electronic data recorder (EDR, which is often referred to as a truck’s “black box”).
Our investigators will interview witnesses, read the police report, review video surveillance footage, and collect physical evidence. We use crime scene simulations and call upon expert witnesses to build a strong case that shows a jury how the accident took place.
When our investigation is complete, The Lenahan Law Firm will file a claim or a lawsuit against anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries. Our experienced trial attorneys are always prepared to go to court if that’s what it takes to get you the money you need.
A truck accident personal injury claim includes these types of damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Ambulance rides
- Pain and suffering
- Emergency room treatment
- Lost wages
- Medical devices
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Occupational therapy
- Wheelchair ramps for your home
- Wrongful death
You have the right to seek compensation against the people who harmed you. At The Lenahan Law Firm, we fight for justice. If you were injured by a careless trucker in University Park, we want to hear about it.
Call (214) 295-1008 to learn more today.