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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 McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Semi-trucks make deliveries at destinations
within McAllen and 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 McAllen Truck Accident Attorney Fight for You
Our McAllen truck 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.