The physics of trucking accidents often cause life-altering injuries or fatalities because of the massive weight difference between tractor-trailers and passenger cars. When a tractor-trailer (big-rig, semi-truck, 18-wheeler, commercial vehicle, etc.) is fully loaded, it might exceed 80,000 lbs. or in excess of 25 times the weight of a typical automobile. The gigantic length and weight of large trucks mean they are more difficult to control.
Semi-truck accident statistics reveal the magnitude of the risk posed by negligent truck drivers and trucking companies indifferent to public safety. There were over 500,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. during a recent one-year period that resulted in over 100,000 serious injuries and 5,000 fatalities.
Common Causes of Fort Worth Trucking Accidents
While there are a wide variety of causes of trucking accidents in Forth Worth and throughout Tarrant County, some of the most common factors that contribute to trucking accidents include the following:
- Improperly secured or overloaded big-rigs
- Failure to perform mandatory maintenance
- Poorly planned routes
- Trucking company negligence in screening, hiring, training, or retaining drivers
- Defective or poorly maintained tires (e.g. improper tire pressure)
- Fatigued drivers disobeying hours of service (HOS) rules
- Inadequate screening for the medical fitness of drivers
- Unperformed safety inspections
- Negligence in adjusting driving to road and traffic conditions
- Distracted truck drivers (e.g. cell phone use)
- Lack of attention to large truck blind spots (“no zones”)
- Drug or alcohol impairment
- Faulty parts, systems, or trucks
What a Forth Worth Trucking Injury Attorney Can Do for You
Some victims of trucking accidents assume that these collisions are nothing more than car accidents that involve an exceptionally large vehicle. This may lead one to presume that any personal injury attorney can provide effective legal representation in a trucking accident lawsuit. However, the complexity of trucking accident litigation makes it essential to work closely with an experienced Fort Worth trucking accident attorney. Unique issues that complicate trucking accident litigation include the following:
- Complex matrix of federal and state laws and regulations
- Trucking industry practice of altering or falsifying driver log books that track maintenance and driver fatigue
- Substantial litigation resources of trucking companies that include emergency response teams, which can be rapidly dispatched to a commercial truck accident site
- Trucking companies repairing big-rigs involved in collisions eliminating physical damage useful to accident reconstruction experts
- Commercial carriers deleting black box data that may provide critical evidence on driving practices, driver fatigue, and maintenance issues
Because of unique issues involved in tractor-trailer accidents in Texas, those who suffer severe injuries in big-rig collisions should retain an experienced trucking accident lawyer with an established record of substantial verdicts and settlements against trucking companies. Our commercial trucking accident lawyers have extensive knowledge of the regulations governing intrastate and interstate trucking, including federal regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Our dedicated Fort Worth tractor-trailer accident attorneys also are thoroughly familiar with trucking industry tactics aimed at distorting and destroying evidence. Our law firm often sends “spoliation” letters to trucking companies, which indicate that the vehicle involved in the collision, as well as the data stored on the tractor-trailer data recorder, must be preserved because it is the subject of litigation. We may even file a motion to obtain a temporary restraining order to preserve critical evidence. If the trucking company does not comply, we have the ability to seek sanctions against the trucking company to preclude certain evidence and/or force the company to pay monetary sanctions. Given the risk of the trucking company or driver destroying or manipulating evidence, trucking accident victims should seek prompt legal advice.
Experienced Trucking Accident Lawyers for Catastrophic Injury Claims
When you are injured in a North Central Texas trucking accident, it is imperative that you seek medical attention immediately. Tractor-trailer collisions may result in catastrophic injuries. Delays in obtaining diagnostic testing and medical treatment might compromise your prognosis and create ambiguity regarding the cause of your injuries in a subsequent personal injury lawsuit. If you are the victim of a trucking accident in Tarrant County, you may suffer a range of significant injuries, such as:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Injury to vital organs
- Loss of extremities (amputation)
- Head injuries including a traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord or disc injuries
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Wrongful death
These types of devastating injuries may result in long-term disability and staggering medical costs. The financial implications of a trucking accident can magnify the physical and emotional hardships caused by a big-rig collision. An experienced commercial truck accident lawyer can assist you in seeking a broad spectrum of types of compensation that include:
Economic damages: Medical and hospital expenses, lost salary and wages, future diminished income, vehicle repair, and funeral/burial costs (wrongful death)
Non-economic damages: Pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, loss of consortium, emotional distress, and punitive damages (gross negligence cases)
Speak to an Experienced Fort Worth Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorney Today
At FH Law Group, we tenaciously pursue the maximum recovery for injury victims in Fort Worth and the surrounding areas of Tarrant County. Contact us today for a FREE consultation at (817) 697-4400 or visit our website.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
The Fulgham Hampton Law Group legal team of injury lawyers provides you with skilled litigators that have tried over 100 jury trials in Texas with expertise in matters ranging from car accident cases, complex cases with insurance companies and skilled settlement negotiations. Our injury lawyers are here to help you navigate the complex legal system and make important decisions to ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
Our legal team of personal injury lawyers has over 45+ years of experience and over 100 jury trials in Texas. Our personal injury attorneys have a stellar reputation for dealing with insurance companies, negotiating favorable settlements with insurance companies, providing a thorough and prompt investigation and fighting to make sure you receive all the compensation your entitled to under the law.
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Once you entrust us with your case, we commit to you and your cause and work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. Because we limit the number of cases we accept, our injury attorneys and staff are able to focus on your case and commit the time and resources necessary to achieve the best possible result. We promise you that your case will be handled with compassion and the personal attention and detail you deserve!
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