A truck accident is not something that should be treated lightly. Truck accidents can be life altering and even life ending.
It’s physically impossible for a large truck weighing 80,000 pounds and traveling at 55 mph to stop as quickly as a smaller car, such as a Toyota Corolla that is carrying a driver and a passenger, especially if the road is wet. That 18-wheeler truck is far less maneuverable than the Toyota too, and it has large blind spots all around it. For this reason, and others, truck accidents can be very dangerous.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, every day, there are 11 fatal semi-trailer and commercial truck accidents. These truck accidents are responsible for the deaths of more than 4,000 people per year. Additionally, almost 100,000 people are injured in truck accidents each year. Arlington truck accident lawyer Mike Allbee, at the Allbee Law Firm, is committed to representing victims of serious injuries and the families of those who tragically perished in large truck and 18-wheeler crashes.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Serious truck accidents mean big financial exposure for a truck insurer. They’ll often dispatch their own investigative team to a truck accident scene. The investigators might even arrive before the wreckage is even cleaned up. Since about 85 percent of all large truck accidents are caused by truck drivers, the investigators’ job is to try to shift some of the fault for the crash onto you. Shifting the fault to you will decrease the value of your injury and property damage claims. Some common causes of large truck accidents include:
Trucking Company Liability
- Distracted driving by texting or otherwise using a cellular device
- Drowsy or fatigued driving in violation of hours of service rules
- Following a vehicle ahead of the truck too closely
- Excessive speed that significantly increases stopping distances
- Unsafe or improper lane changes
- Improper maintenance and equipment failure
- Improper loading or overloading of cargo
A careful investigation by a truck accident lawyer might reveal that a trucking company is partially or completely at fault for a truck accident. That trucking company can be included in any claim or lawsuit against the driver. The trucking company might have:
- Had an employer and employee relationship with the driver rather than a contractual relationship
- Hired or otherwise retained a driver with a history of unsafe driving and accidents
- Implemented policies that foster unsafe driving or violations of hours of service regulations
- Inadequately maintained their trucks and trailers
- Improperly loaded or overloaded trailers
Truck Accident Catastrophic Injuries
Given the gigantic size and weight of 18-wheelers, victims of large truck crashes often suffer injuries that are far more severe than they would experience in a crash involving two passenger vehicles. The American Medical Association (AMA) classifies an injury as being catastrophic if it includes a permanent brain or spinal cord injury, an amputation, paraplegia, quadriplegia or other injuries that result in 55 percent impairment under AMA criteria. Catastrophic injuries usually leave a victim suffering from permanent disabilities for the remainder of his or her life, and their life expectancy is often shortened. Mike Allbee is a dedicated, compassionate and respected truck accident lawyer who can be instrumental in obtaining the compensation that catastrophic injury victims and their families deserve.
Many Texas truck crash victims that retain the Allbee Law Firm are still injured and recovering. Some of the more common truck accident injuries include multiple fractures, dislocations, spinal disc displacement or herniations, rib fractures with internal organ damage, lacerations, contusions, and abrasions. Talk with Texas truck accident lawyer Mike Allbee about how you might receive compensation for your injuries. He’ll listen to you carefully, and then he’ll advise you of all of your options.
Every truck accident injury case is different, and the damages suffered by victims will vary depending on the nature and extent of their injuries. Just some of the damages that are generally admissible into evidence in a Texas truck accident personal injury case include:
- Past medical bills in connection with the crash along with future medical bills reasonably expected to result from it
- Past lost earnings in connection with the crash along with earnings reasonably expected to be lost from it in the future
- Any permanent disfigurement or disability resulting from the accident
- Pain and suffering resulting from the wreck and pain and suffering reasonably expected to be experienced in the future
- Loss of a normal life
You’re 10 times more likely to die in a crash involving an 18-wheeler than in a crash with a passenger vehicle. Only about six percent of the fatalities in large truck accidents are the truck drivers themselves. If your family member died as a result of a large truck crash, you’ll want to talk with Texas truck accident lawyer and wrongful death lawyer Mike Allbee. He understands both the emotional and financial devastation that you and your family are experiencing. Make sure that you talk to him sooner rather than later. Witnesses can vanish into thin air, and evidence can disappear or be disposed of. By talking to him sooner, you’re more likely to uncover the whole truth surrounding the crash rather than allowing the people responsible for your family’s loss sufficient time to hide it. Damages typically recoverable in Texas wrongful death cases include:
- Pecuniary losses like the loss of care, maintenance, support, services, and contributions from the decedent
- The loss of companionship and society that the decedent would have provided had he or she lived
- The emotional pain, suffering, and anguish caused by the loss of the decedent
- The loss of the value of the estate of the decedent had he or she lived until a natural death
If a person survives a truck crash, even for just a few moments, a claim known as a survival action can be brought. It’s called a survival action because it allows the action to survive the decedent. Damages in a survival action would consist of:
- Medical bills in connection with the accident
- The decedent’s conscious pain and suffering before his or her death
- Funeral and burial expenses
Giving A Statement After Your Truck Accident
A representative from an opposing insurance company might contact you “just to see if you’re getting along any better now.” He or she might seem friendly enough, but then that individual will ask you to give a recorded statement about the circumstances surrounding the crash. Never give any kind of a statement to an opposing insurance company. Texas law doesn’t require you to give a statement, and we strongly recommend that you politely refuse to give any statement at all. That insurer will only try to use your own words against you in the future in an effort to attack your credibility.
Allbee Law Firm Is Here To Help
The Allbee Law Firm is a personal injury law firm with offices in Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth. The firm represents victims of serious truck accident injuries and the families of those who died in truck crashes throughout Texas. You can contact Texas truck accident lawyer Mike Allbee by email or by calling (817) 244-6453 to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. If you’re bedridden in a hospital, or you can’t leave your home, he’ll come visit you. If a retainer agreement is entered into, no legal fees are even due unless the Allbee Law Firm obtains a settlement or verdict for you. There’s no reason not to contact the Allbee Law Firm about any Texas truck accident.