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Big Truck Accidents

If you know someone who has been seriously injured or killed by a big truck, you know there’s a family that has 1000 questions about why and how this could have happened.  Our firm helps those people by listening to them, taking care of them individually—not in a line—and sometimes in answering questions about big truck accidents.

Some of the information our clients may want to know is, What caused the accident?

There are a number of causes of big truck accidents, including:

  • Texting and driving.  In an age where cell phones are used everywhere, it is easy to become distracted by a text or call when driving.  Also, truckers are required to frequently update their employers on their progress.
  • Inadequate driver training.  If the driver is not trained properly, then they may simply not have the skill to drive a commercial truck.  Remarkably, this kind of thing still does happen.
  • Improper truck loading.  If the truck is carrying a heavy load, it tends to tip over—even if it’s properly loaded.  When it’s improperly loaded, then the driver isn’t anticipating the shift in weight.  And that can spell catastrophe.
  • Safety violations.  Commercial drivers are bound by special rules and regulations that do not apply to “normal” drivers.  Instead, they have commercial drivers licenses (CDL’s), and may have broken one of those CDL rules.
  • Driver fatigue.  Many big truck drivers will drive when exhausted, just to get the work done.  Of course, this means that they aren’t making good decisions or recognizing when mechanical problems occur.
  • Drugs and alcohol.  Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a danger to the driver and those on the road around him.  Using drugs or alcohol hinders everyone’s ability to drive.  Commercial trucks are more difficult to operate than a normal car, and attempting to drive them under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have disastrous consequences.
  • Other causes of these kinds of big truck accidents include: brake failure, poorly maintained equipment, aggressive driving, poorly planned routes, and blind spots.

 

Our clients also may want to know, Why was the accident so severe?  It may depend not only on the size and speed of the vehicles involved, but also the type of big truck involved.  Some types of big trucks involved in serious accidents include:

  • Tractor-trailer trucks.  These kinds of trucks, otherwise known as semi-trucks or 18-wheelers, are designed to haul cargo.  These vehicles deliver more than three-quarters of all the cargo shipped in the U.S.  They have large blind spots, require long stopping distances, and are prone to rolling over.
  • Dump trucks.  Dump trucks typically carry heavy loads of sand, gravel, or dirt for construction projects.  They can be particularly dangerous because they can operate in residential and commercial areas where many pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles are present.
  • Flatbed trucks.  Flatbed trucks have a flat, open trailer.  Many truck accidents involving flatbeds stem from issues such as improper loading or improperly secured cargo.
  • Tanker trucks.  Like their name implies, tanker trucks are designed to carry liquids or gases, including hazardous materials.  Their sizes vary and some can be classified as semi-trucks.  Large tankers are prone to rollovers, which creates potentially extremely dangerous situations. Depending on the kind of cargo a tanker carries, there is a possibility of toxic fumes released after an accident.
  • Another factor involved in big truck accidents is the type of accident itself.  Usually, there are four common ways big trucks get into accidents:
  • Jackknifing.  A jackknife happens when a big truck (usually a tractor-trailer) and its trailer begin to skid and the trailer swings out and stops.  This makes a 90 degree angle between the truck and the trailer—like an L.
  • Speeding.  Sometimes even going the speed limit can be dangerous, especially around corners, because trucks tend to roll over.  This can also happen when the truck hits a curb, a pothole, or something off-road.  Once a truck begins to roll, it is nearly impossible to regain control.
  • Tire blowouts.  Tire blowouts can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle because the big truck is no longer equally balanced.  This is especially significant because the big truck’s cargo may weigh tens of thousands of pounds.
  • Underrides.  When a car collides with a big truck and ends up under the trailer, an underride occurs.  This can result in damage to the car’s roof—or even taking the whole roof off.

 

Commercial truck accidents can be disastrous for every party involved.  We all know to exercise caution and practice safe driving.  But if you or a loved one have been involved in a big truck accident and suffered an injury or loss, call us for a free consultation.

 

Why this firm?  Out of all the firms out there?  After all, don’t you want a lawyer who shows up on TV with a mallet, on top of an 18-wheeler, who’s yelling at you? If not, we may be the firm for you.  We don’t treat people like they’re just the latest in a long line of cases.  We aim to care for each of our clients as individuals, and we start by listening.  You’ll sit in my office, with me—not a paralegal, and not an “intake lawyer.  That’s right.  Like it used to work.  You’ll sit down with the person who will actually represent you.

 

And after that, we’re going to answer your questions—just like we started above.  You’ll never wonder who your lawyer is or how your case is going.  (Feel free to check with other firms’ clients.  That’s not how they all operate.)

 

We’re here to help give you the peace of mind about what’s happened and what will happen.  For instance, what are your options going forward?  What’s your timetable?  What can and should the big truck’s insurance company pay?

The sooner you contact us, the better.  It’s not that you don’t have enough to do.  It’s because you have too much to do.  We can help guide you through the process, from taking on the insurance companies to coordinating with medical providers.  No matter how you or a loved one were injured, let us see how we can help you.  Give us a call for a free consultation today.

 

 

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Learn How Our Team Can Help You. Call 713-352-8888 For A Consultation.

Will Denham of Counsel, Drucker Hopkins, LLP serves the Houston, Texas, metro area, Harris County and the surrounding areas.

 

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