Larger truck loads, driver errors & mechanical failures are causing more & more 18-wheeler truck accidents in Dallas.
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler semi-truck, call our Dallas truck accident lawyers at 1-877-405-4313 for a free consultation.
Big rig trucks, semis and 18-wheelers are particularly dangerous when they become involved in an auto accident. Our Dallas truck accident lawyers have witnessed trucking companies time and again claim that they are revising their safety policies and procedures to try and reduce the number of deadly accidents, and then turn around and continue placing profits ahead of driver safety.
DID YOU KNOW: Over 15 million trucks are driving on the road in any given year, and in that time over 100,000 people are injured in truck accidents!
What are some of the main causes of car-vs-truck accidents in Dallas?
- Speeding: When a truck driver speeds in order to meet a deadline, he or she is acting recklessly. Attempting to move an ~80,000 pound road monster faster then the speed limit is never a good idea. It is very hard to stop when you have that much weight and mass behind you.
- Heavy Payloads: When a trucker is carrying an unusually heavy load, then it is that much harder to stop the vehicle. Heavy loads can also compromise the balance of the truck. Furthermore, when the loaded-down truck does hit another car, the damage is far more severe.
- Lack of Maintenance: Maintaining heavy trucks is a necessity if one hopes to avoid mechanical failure. If a truck is not properly maintained, even the safest driver in the world is at a much greater risk of causing an accident. All it takes for one horrific accident to happen is for a single element (such as the brakes or the suspension system) to fail.
- Lack of Sleep: Truckers are only human and when they are overworked or sleep-deprived, they make mistakes. It’s important to realize that many experienced truckers are paid by the mile they travel, and thus want to push their bodies to the limit to earn a better paycheck. When they sleep, they lose out. Therefore, many truck drivers actually push themselves too far and end up falling asleep on the job (very dangerous when driving a 40-ton vehicle)! The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) already allows truckers to drive as much as 11 hours at a time, and some truckers are now lying about their schedules and falsifying hours-of-service records in order to appease their bosses or increase their pay.
- Highway Hypnosis: This condition refers to a sort of trance-like state that occurs after a driver goes thousands of miles watching the same monotonous road scenery. Eventually a driver can zone out and fail to register minor visual details which defensive drivers must catch to avoid a collision.
- Blind Spots: One of the first thing new drivers learn when taking a driving test is to avoid the truck driver’s blind spot. Most mirror systems on trucks do not allow the trucker a full view of the area behind them. Loud engine noise also tends to drown out any honks from concerned motorists. This makes it very easy for them to accidentally sideswipe another motorist.
- Carelessness or Recklessness: Last, but not least, some truckers just have a negligent attitude and think that every other motorist should yield to them because of their massive size. Not everyone can — and the results can be deadly.
Why are truck accidents so deadly?
Semi-trailer or 18-wheeler accidents cause serious injuries due to the simple fact that trucks are much more massive than the other vehicles on the road. This, combined with a greater stopping distance, causes much greater force upon impact. The typical injuries we see include broken bones, spinal cord injuries including paralysis, brain damage, and oftentimes wrongful death.
Commercial trucks are also not built to withstand much of an impact, and really have no crumple zones or other safety features in regard to structure. This makes many trucking accidents just as dangerous for the truck driver. But truck drivers (and thus, trucking companies) are not always the only responsible parties in these types of horrific wrecks.
Our Dallas truck accident lawyers evaluate these cases thoroughly and look at every possible angle, and every potential party that may share in the blame. Potentially-liable parties could include the manufacturer of your car or the 18-wheeler (due to a product defect), road construction companies for failing to provide appropriate notice of road defects or road hazards, fleet maintenance companies for failing to maintain the vehicle, as well as various other companies or entities.
The laws involved in Texas truck accident cases are very difficult for most to navigate, and they are often wildly complex. This is why it’s important that you talk to a lawyer about your case. Our truck accident attorneys can review your case for no cost, and help you fight for every penny you’re owed.
Contact a Dallas truck wreck lawyer.
Do not try to negotiate with the company on your own! Trucking companies are ruthless when it comes to tricking victims into ruining their own case. They will try and minimize your claims, distort the facts, and will outright lie to your face. Never accept their terms, and do not bargain! You are only serving to diminish the value of your case by speaking with them.
Contact Rasansky Law Firm to speak with a Dallas 18 wheeler accident lawyer today at 1-877-405-4313. If we decide to take on your case, we do so for no cost to you. In fact, we only get paid if we’re successful at recovering compensation in your case. We take all the financial risk so that you can focus on simply getting better.
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