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.
Let a McAllen Personal Injury Attorney Fight for You
McAllen personal injury 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.