Truck Accident Injuries
At Hermes E. Flores, our legal team has extensive experience representing those who have been injured or killed in accidents involving large trucks. Accordingly, we know that trucking accidents can be devastating, whether the accident causes significant property damage, severe injuries, or even death. This is not surprising given the size discrepancy between a fully loaded commercial truck and a small passenger vehicle. In fact, loaded tractor-trailers can weigh thirty times as much as a passenger vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reported that in 2014, nearly four thousand people in the United States were killed in accidents involving large trucks, and about 111,000 people were injured in these crashes. In Texas alone, more than ten percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involved large trucks. Factors that can contribute to a fatal and/or serious-injury-inducing accident include:
- Failing to obey traffic signals and laws;
- Failing to comply with truck laws and regulations;
- Increased braking distance (large trucks take more time to stop than average passenger vehicles);
- Driver distraction;
- Inclement weather;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Driver fatigue;
- Overweight or improperly balanced loads;
- Lack of experience or inadequate training;
- Improper truck maintenance.
If you’ve been seriously injured or a loved one was killed in an accident involving a large truck, like any typical car accident case, you must be able to establish the negligence of the driver of the truck or anyone else who may be at fault. This means that you must prove that the defendant(s) involved in or contributing to the accident should have acted with reasonable care in order to avoid any injuries, that the defendant(s) failed to act in accordance with this duty, and that this failure caused your injuries. In most accident cases involving large trucks, the truck driver is typically not the only defendant involved. Since others may be responsible for your injuries, such as the trucking company, mechanics, or contractors, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced Texas Personal Injury Lawyer so that all of those responsible for your injuries can be held accountable. At Hermes E. Flores, our legal team has the experience, the resources, and the knowledge to help you stand up to these varied defendants so that you can obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
The Legal Team at Hermes E. Flores is Ready to Help You Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in a large truck accident, after you’ve received any emergency or necessary medical treatment, seriously consider contacting an experienced Texas Personal Injury Lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Under Texas law, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. While this may seem like a lengthy period of time, remember that because multiple defendants may be responsible, and since these cases can be difficult and complex, the sooner you contact an attorney, the better. Accidents that involve large commercial trucks can be devastating and very damaging both physically and emotionally. The legal team at Hermes E. Flores can help you obtain the compensation you deserve so that dealing with these damages might be a little easier. Call us anytime 24/7 at (512) 947-9103 for your free and confidential consultation to discuss your 18-Wheeler Trucking accident that happened in Austin, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Central Texas, or anywhere else in Texas and find out what we can do for you.