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McAllen is a major port-of-entry for goods being transported into and out of the United States across the border with Mexico. In fact, 1,015,554 trucks crossed the Mexico border in 2008 alone, according to statistics provided by the EdinburgChamber of Commerce. Semi-trucks make deliveries at destinations within Edinburgand surrounding communities, as well as heading up U.S. 281 and other highways to cities in Texas and across the country. With such an enormous volume of truck traffic, it is all but inevitable that accidents will occur. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 296 commercial motor vehicle accidents throughout Hidalgo County in 2011. One person was killed in a truck accident, while 173 more suffered injuries.

Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle assumes a considerable responsibility to do everything they can to prevent causing a collision, but this duty is especially great for commercial truck drivers. Not only do they have additional training in how to safely handle their trucks and to navigate traffic, but they are also driving vehicles which can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds, a figure which is 40 times more than the average passenger automobile. While most truckers uphold their responsibility, some push or exceed the limits of safety by staying on the road despite being fatigued, by driving in high winds or other dangerous hazardous weather conditions, or by taking other unnecessary risks.

Who is Liable After a Truck Accident?

There are many parties that could potentially be held liable for a truck accident, the trucking company being held liable the most often. There are several reasons why this happens including that they are often caught encouraging their drivers to break trucking regulations in order to help save their company money and time, leaving their drivers fatigued and overworked. The truck driver is sometimes held liable if the accident was caused by their negligence such as drunk driving or driving while distracted. Although it happens less often, there are other parties that can be found responsible. Our firm is experienced in handling truck accident claims and is ready to help you.

What Are the Hours of Service Regulations?

Because truck accidents can cause such catastrophic injuries to other motorists on the road, truck drivers are required to follow strict regulations when driving. One of the most well-known set of rules is called the hours of service regulations which regulates how long a trucker can be on the road and when they must take breaks. The hours of service regulations were created to prevent fatigued driving accidents, a major cause of accidents on the road. According to these rules:

  • Truck drivers can work up to 14 hours in a day but can only actually drive for 11 hours
  • Drivers must rest for at least 10 hours before starting a new workday
  • Truck drivers must take days off at regular intervals

Let a EdinburgTruck Accident Attorney Fight for You

Our Edinburgtruck accident lawyers have won millions of dollars for accident victims and their families, and we are ready to put our three decades of experience to work for you! If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a semi-truck accident and believe that the truck driver is at fault for causing the accident, don't wait another moment before contacting us at Farah Law for a free consultation. We can determine whether you have a case and how much your claim for damages may be worth.

Contact our firm to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.