McAllen Truck Accident Attorney
Perhaps because we have grown accustomed to the prevalence of semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, tractor trailers, and other large freight-bearing motor vehicles on our roads and highways, many drivers tend to forget that these trucks pose incredible dangers to drivers of passenger vehicles. These massive machines can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which makes them unresponsive to the quick maneuvers and sudden stops needed to avoid collisions. When accidents do happen, injuries and fatalities are common. Victims and families who have suffered injuries in a truck accident can file personal injury claims that can allow them to obtain monetary compensation.
Learn About Truck Accidents
We designed this website to help people who have been injured in truck accidents or who are simply seeking more information on this important subject. You can find helpful tips, statistics and information in this portion of our site, which is dedicated solely to collisions with large trucks. In addition to reviewing the subjects listed below, you can always call a McAllen truck accident lawyer at our firm to discuss a specific crash and any questions or concerns you may have. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents may have various causes, and at times a single collision may occur due to a number of contributing factors. Identifying the cause of a crash is an important aspect of the legal counsel our firm provides. We can determine what caused the collision and therefore who or what party should be held liable.
Improper Loading of Commercial Trucks
An overloaded truck, unbalanced load and improperly secured cargo are all serious hazards. Improper truck loading may affect maneuverability, and unsecured cargo may fall from the truck and strike another vehicle, causing a serious collision. Our attorneys help victims of truck accidents caused by improperly loaded vehicles.
Injuries Caused by Large Trucks
Truck accidents can cause serious, life-threatening injuries – most often in occupants of other vehicles rather than in truck drivers. From whiplash to paralysis to amputation, truck accident injuries can completely alter or claim a victim's life. Our attorneys fight to help our clients rebuild after serious physical and emotional trauma.
Truck Driver Fatigue
When truck drivers work long hours without sufficient rest, they may become fatigued. This presents a danger to their health and also increases the likelihood of an accident. Fatigued truck drivers are less aware, with delayed reaction times and impaired judgment. Vision may even be affected, and a driver could fall asleep at the wheel, leading to an accident.
Truck Mechanical Failures
Large trucks require constant maintenance to be in proper working order. Brakes, suspension and steering systems, engine parts and all other systems see a great deal of wear and tear due to constant use and drives across states or the entire U.S. If a trucking company or driver is negligent in inspecting or maintaining a truck, an accident may occur.
Why a Truck Accident Attorney
If you were involved in a truck accident, you may be wondering whether you should hire an attorney. This is a decision you must make for yourself, but you may be in need of professional legal counsel if you were seriously injured, if the cause of the accident is disputed or if you are experiencing delays or other problems with your insurance claim. An attorney can handle your case to seek a swift and favorable resolution – all while protecting your rights and best interests.
Causes of Commercial Trucking Accidents
In order for your claim to be successful, you must be able to establish liability. This means that you have to clearly and convincingly present a case for who is at fault for causing your accident and injury. In claims involving truck accidents, this step can be difficult, as there are numerous potential causes. Potential causes of trucking accidents include:
- Driver error
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Overloaded trucks
- Poorly maintained trucks
- Overworked and tired drivers
When investigating the cause of an accident and determining the extent of liability, our legal team of McAllen personal injury attorneys leaves no stone unturned. We also have a strong familiarity with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) laws that regulate the trucking industry and the actions of truck drivers. When truckers and their companies fail to meet these requirements or when driver negligence can be proven, they can be held liable for compensating injured victims.
Hold Trucking Companies Liable with Help from Stern Law Group
Trucking companies are ultimately responsible for ensuring that both their vehicles and their drivers are safe and that others on the road are free from preventable harm. When they fail to do so and injury-causing accidents result, they must be held accountable. At Stern Law Group, we fight to win and will do whatever it takes to ensure that your right to fair compensation is protected. With more than $500 million recovered in settlements alone, our legal team knows how to deliver the results you need. Contact our firm today.