Commercial trucks, also known as 18-wheelers and big rigs, are used every day to transfer and deliver goods across the country. These vehicles are vital for our economy and are part of one of the largest industries in America. However, they can pose a substantial risk for serious injury or death when accidents occur. Their large sizes, weight and potentially hazardous cargo can further increase the chances of serious consequences following a collision.
Commercial truck accidents happen often on busy roads and highways in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and throughout Texas. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, there were over 2,700 auto accidents involving large commercial trucks in 2013 in Texas. These accidents led to 14 deaths and 489 serious injuries.
There are many instances where both truck drivers and the companies employing them fail to comply with required safety rules and regulations. Whether driving excessive hours to meet deadlines or failing to perform timely vehicle maintenance, the risk of an accident is high either way with the potential to affect multiple lives.
Truck drivers are often faced with intense levels of pressure from employers to work long hours, causing them to deal with fatigue and drowsiness. These are is just two factors that can lead to an accident with a passenger vehicle. Other factors include:
A truck accident can occur for any number of reasons and if negligence played a role, truck drivers and the companies they work for can be held accountable for their reckless actions. The first step in determining how to proceed is to hire a Dallas personal injury lawyer.
At the Ramey Law Firm in Dallas, we know the damages caused by a truck accident usually extend beyond victims and their families due to the catastrophic nature of the injuries suffered. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an 18-wheeler accident, the Ramey Law Firm can help you file a claim to recover the compensation you need. Compensation can be used to handle costly medical bills, property damage, lost wages and any emotional trauma you’ve suffered as a result of your accident.