"I have the knowledge, experience, skills, and resources to represent you if you have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one as the result of a motor vehicle accident with a big truck, eighteen wheeler, semi tractor trailer, or commercial vehicle.
Big trucks equal big accidents and serious injuries. Many times the drivers of these trucks are fatigued, over their regulated service hours at the time of the accident, have bad driving records, and/or have been driving intoxicated on alcohol or drugs. I am Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and will handle your trucking accident case with excellence and integrity. Call me today at (361) 356-6057 for a free consultation concerning your case."
Sheadyn R Rogers, President of Rogers Law Firm
In both Texas and the United States, one of the big causes of traffic-related fatalities are accidents involving large commercial vehicles such trucks, big rigs, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, and tractor-trailers. This isn’t surprising, since a large commercial truck weighs up to thirty times more than the average motor vehicle. With such disparity in size and weight, a collision between a passenger vehicle and a truck is likely to result in disaster.
When involved in highway accidents, commercial trucks can cause serious to fatal injuries. It can take the length of an entire football field for an average truck weighing roughly 80,000 pounds and traveling at 60 mph to come to a complete stop.
In order to minimize the risks posed to the public, truck drivers and trucking companies are required to adhere to special traffic laws and regulations.
Truck Accident Statistics
The National Center for Statistics and Analysis, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and various other U.S. agencies have gathered the following truck accident statistics:
- Every year, approximately 130,000 individuals are injured in trucking accidents
- At least one fatality stems from roughly 98 percent of semi-truck accidents
- Out of 15.5 million trucks in the country, almost 13 percent are comprised of tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, and big rigs
- Fatal tractor-trailer accidents cost Americans over $20 billion every year
- Human error causes or magnifies almost 90 percent of all commercial truck accidents
- About 30 percent of all commercial truck accidents is caused by driver fatigue
Negligence in a Texas Trucking Accidents
Generally, personal injury claims filed to recover economic and non-economic compensation for injuries resulting from an accident are based on the negligence of one or more parties. Common indications of negligence in trucking accidents include:
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Driving under the influence
- Following too closely behind another vehicle
- Failure to obey other traffic laws
- Not making wide enough turns
- Overloaded trucks
- Oversized trucks operating on narrow roads
- Lack of truck driver experience
- Driving for long periods of time without taking mandatory breaks
- Driver fatigue and inattention such as cell phone use
- Failure to properly maintain the truck in a safe manner including its brakes and safety equipment
Establishing Liability in a Truck Wreck
When a trucking accident occurs due to the negligence of another person or party, then the negligent party may be held liable for the victim’s injuries. Although the truck driver is the often considered to be the liable party in an accident, there are instances where numerous parties may be liable for injuries or fatalities in a big truck wreck.
Other liable parties may also include the truck driver’s employer, the truck owner or manager, the trailer owner, the company leasing the trailer, the truck or trailer manufacturer, or the manufacturer of truck components.
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Protect Your Rights
You must be able to prove your case against the liable party or parties involved in order to receive economic recovery for your losses. In order to do this, it's best to seek help from a qualified attorney who has the knowledge and expertise to efficiently and effectively represent individuals injured by negligent trucking companies and drivers.
If you are injured in a trucking accident, your should hire an attorney who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law as soon as possible after the trucking accident and you should not speak with, or accept a settlement offer from an insurance company, before hiring an experienced trucking accident attorney to represent your interests. Trucking companies and their insurance companies will try to settle your case with you for much less than you deserve or you are entitled to if you do not have an attorney representing your best interests.
The compensation you may be entitled to if you suffer injury as the result of a trucking or eighteen wheeler accident typically includes the cost of medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, physical impairment, and mental anguish damages. You may be entitled to both past and future damages. For more information concerning the damages you may be entitled to, see Rogers Law Blog - Damages Recoverable in a Texas Personal Injury Lawsuit.
If you have suffered serious personal injuries or lost a loved one due to wrongful death as a result of a trucking accident involving a semi truck, tractor trailer, eighteen wheeler, big rig, or large commercial vehicle, you should hire a Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer for immediate representation. Trucking accident lawyer Sheadyn R. Rogers of Rogers Law Firm has the knowledge and expertise to effectively represent clients injured by negligent truck drivers and trucking companies.
Call Sheadyn R. Rogers
, a Corpus Christi Tx trucking accident attorney, today at (361) 356-6057
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for a free consultation concerning your case.