Seeking Compensation for 18-Wheeler Accidents in Texas
Anyone who gets behind the wheel has a responsibility to take reasonable
precautions to prevent
accidents, but this is especially true in the case of truck drivers. Commercial
trucks such as 18-wheelers can legally weight up to 80,000 pounds –
as much as 40 times more than a passenger automobile – and are therefore
capable of causing devastating damage and catastrophic injuries in an accident.
Truckers who cause crashes due to some type of careless or reckless behavior
can – and should – be held responsible for any injuries or
losses sustained by victims. The same is true of trucking companies that
send out drivers who are poorly trained, or which fail to perform the
necessary inspections and maintenance on their vehicles in order to ensure
that they are properly loaded and safe to operate.
Common Types of 18-Wheeler Accidents
Runaway Truck Accidents
Distracted Driver Accidents
Tired Driver Accidents
Rear-End Truck Accidents
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Because truck crashes are often devastating, resulting in serious injuries
and fatalities, the government heavily regulates the trucking industry.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has numerous rules
and regulations that strictly monitor hours and service, maintenance,
cargo loading, drug testing, insurance coverage, and licensing.
According to an FMSCA study, the most critical reasons that truck drivers
cause accidents include:
Non-performance. Physical impairment for any reason, such as a heart attack, seizure,
or falling asleep.
Recognition. Inattentive or distracted driving that result in a failure to observe.
Decision. Poor judgment, such as following other vehicles too closely, driving too
fast for road conditions, or miscalculating other drivers’ vehicle speed.
Performance. Poor control, such as overcompensation, panicking, or bad direction.
The FMCSA also listed these causes for truck accidents, which are in descending
order of the most frequent occurrences:
Required to stop before crash (traffic signal, crosswalk)
Over-the-counter drug use
If you are seriously injured in a truck crash, an El Paso trucking accident
lawyer can investigate for causes, identify sources of compensation, and
hold liable parties accountable. At Farah Law, our attorneys have an in-depth
knowledge of trucking regulations and have successfully handled truck
accident cases for more than 20 years.
Determining Liability After a Truck Accident
Unlike a car accident, the driver of the truck that caused an accident
is not always the one held responsible for damages. Often an investigation
is launched to determine what party or parties can be held liable. More
often than not an investigation will find the trucking company liable
as they are often caught encouraging their drivers to break trucking regulations
in order to help save their company time and money.
There are scenarios where a trucker can be held liable for an accident.
These scenarios include if a driver owns their own truck or if the accident
was a direct result of their own negligence, such as drinking while driving.
It’s even possible for the truck manufacturer to be held responsible
for your injuries if an accident was caused by a manufacturing defect.
Whatever the cause of your accident, our firm has the skill and knowledge
to identify the appropriate party and fight to recover the maximum amount
in compensation you deserve.
Common Areas for Truck Accidents in El Paso
El Paso sees a high volume of interstate and local truck traffic, given
the fact that one of the nation's most important highways, I-10, passes
through the city. Other highways, such as the Patriot Freeway, and the
I-110 connector, which brings traffic across the border with Mexico, as
well as U.S. Highway 180, see considerable numbers of semi-trucks and
other commercial vehicles on a daily basis.
Farah Law Can Help You Fight for Compensation!
You can come to
Farah Law for help from our team of El Paso trucking accident lawyers whether you
were injured in a rear-end collision with a semi-truck; a jackknife, rollover
or underride accident; or an incident in which an improperly secured load
fell from the trailer. We have won millions of dollars for our clients,
and our attorneys have nearly 30 years of experience.
Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to help you claim compensation
by filing a personal injury or
wrongful death claim against the trucker or the trucking company; in either scenario,
we are ready to fight for you.