A fully loaded big rig truck weighs over 40 tons. On average, a truck takes twice as long to stop as a car, which is about 600 feet when traveling at 65 miles per hour. Trucks cause severe injuries when they crash into a car, and it can be even worse when the victim is a pedestrian, cyclist, or motorcycle rider.
Texas leads all states in truck accident fatalities, averaging more than 640 per year. The saddest thing about this statistic is that the overwhelming majority of truck accident deaths and injuries could be prevented if trucking companies just did four things:
- Inspect and service trucks regularly
- Screen all new hires
- Provide adequate driver training
- Encourage safe driving habits
Promoting driver safety costs money, and a lot of trucking companies simply refuse to do it. At The Lenahan Law Firm, we help people who are suffering from catastrophic injuries. Our experienced Westover Hills personal injury attorneys pursue justice for people who have been harmed by careless truckers, and we’ve won millions of dollars in lawsuits and settlements for our clients.
The Lenahan Law Firm has a perfect 10.0 Avvo rating, and we’ve been recognized for providing outstanding service by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. Founding partner Marc Lenahan is a member of the exclusive Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
People in Westover Hills and the Fort Worth area enjoy an active lifestyle that includes fun activities such as visiting SeaQuest aquarium, kayaking along Trinity River, and hiking at Airfield Falls Conservation Park. The Lenahan Law Firm is dedicated to helping local residents get the most out of life.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, call (214) 295-1008 to learn more today.
The biggest cause of trucking accidents is unsafe truckers. Truck drivers are frequently away from their families, and there is a lot of unpaid downtime when they are sitting around waiting for cargo to be loaded. There aren’t enough qualified people who want to do the job for the wages that trucking companies are offering, so they are constantly scrambling to find drivers.
New drivers don’t have a lot of experience, and truck drivers who don’t know what they’re doing are a threat to everyone on the highway. It takes time for drivers to learn how to respond to different situations.
One of the most difficult parts of being a truck driver is learning proper braking techniques. Inexperienced drivers have a tendency to ride the brakes instead of downshifting when they are traveling downhill, and this leads to brake failure.
Another big mistake that inexperienced drivers make is slamming on the brakes when there’s a slowdown in traffic. This causes jackknife accidents that leave the truck and its trailer spread out across the highway. Jackknifes frequently result in multi-car pileups, injuring occupants in several vehicles.
Big rig trucks are unwieldy, and they have huge blind spots, especially on the passenger side. These complex machines require responsible, sober, and highly skilled drivers. When trucking companies put the wrong person behind the wheel, dangerous accidents are sure to happen.
Frequent causes of truck accidents include:
- Mechanical failure
- Negligent hiring
- Distracted driving
- Poor truck maintenance
- Lack of professional oversight
- Unsafe merges and lane changes
- Failure to slow down in poor weather
If you were injured by a careless truck driver, the insurance company is going to do everything they can to prevent you from getting the money you need. They might try to blame you for the accident, or they may offer you a lowball settlement that isn’t nearly enough to cover your expenses.
Truck accidents cause serious injuries. You may require surgery and extensive medical treatment. Your injuries may be so severe that you won’t ever be able to enjoy the everyday activities you engaged in before the accident. It might be a long time before you are able to return to work after an accident, and your injuries might prevent you from resuming your career.
The Lenahan Law Firm will file a claim or a lawsuit against anyone whose negligent actions contributed to your injuries. This may include trucking companies, truck drivers, manufacturers of defective parts, contractors responsible for maintaining highway safety, and drivers traveling in other vehicles.
Some personal injury attorneys are willing to settle for whatever they can get, but The Lenahan Law Firm will fight to get you a fair settlement, and we’re always prepared to take the other side to court.
When our firm files a truck accident claim or lawsuit, it includes the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Medical devices
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Occupational therapy
- Lost wages
- Wheelchair ramps for your home
- Wrongful death
At The Lenahan Law Firm, we work with all types of accident victims, and many of the worst injuries we see are caused by truck crashes. Frequent truck accident injuries include:
- Nerve damage
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Internal organ failure
- Severe burns
- Broken bones
At The Lenahan Law Firm, we believe that the people who harmed you should have to pay for it. You won’t find a better personal injury law firm in Texas.
If you were severely injured by a trucker in Westover Hills, we want to hear what happened. We offer a free consultation, and you won’t owe us anything unless we win your case.
Call (214) 295-1008 to learn more today.