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Dallas 18 wheeler accident lawyers, Kraft & Associates, P.C., understand just how dangerous being hit in an involved in a truck wreck.
A collision with a commercial truck is exceptionally dangerous for occupants of a car, van, pickup, or other passenger vehicle.
A fully loaded semi weighs as much as 80,000 pounds, which is significantly more than an average 4,000-pound passenger car.
When a heavy truck hits a lighter vehicle, there is a very high likelihood of serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries for the people in the passenger vehicle.
About Our Truck Accident Lawyers
All types of commercial trucks, including tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, box trucks, dump trucks, and delivery vans, can be subject to accidents.
We represent victims in truck accident cases, as well as families who have lost loved ones in accidents involving commercial trucks.
Let the law offices of Kraft & Associates, P.C., advise you about your rights after an accident caused by a negligent trucker. You should seek legal advice immediately – before you discuss the matter with an insurance adjuster and before you sign anything.
We’re an established and professional law firm with friendly lawyers and staff who are easy to talk to. Please contact us today for help with your truck accident case.
We handle personal injury and SSD claims on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay unless we recover money for you.
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Texas Truck Accident Statistics
An article by the legal examiner using data from the Texas Department of Transportation in 2020 reveals surprising facts about commercial vehicle accidents in Texas. In a single recent year there were 580 fatalities from crashes involving trucks and other commercial vehicles.
Data from a recent NHTSA report in 2020 reveals that:
- Texas had the highest number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes at 622, and the largest number of total vehicles involved in fatal crashes.
- The highest number of occupants of large trucks killed was 116 in Texas, followed by 45 in Florida.
Gathering Evidence After a Commercial Truck Accident
After an accident involving a heavy truck, it is important to get help from a truck accident lawyer who can work with experts and accident reconstructionists to find out what really happened. Truck accidents are often very complex. Special regulations govern truckers and the trucking companies that employ them. Violations of these rules may indicate fault for the accident.
For example, hours-of-service rules limit how long a trucker can drive without taking a break. This means that truck drivers’ logbooks are often important in an investigation of an accident that may have been caused by driver fatigue. Because logs are sometimes falsified, investigators may look at other evidence that shows how long a driver was behind the wheel. This could include toll tickets, fuel receipts, and cell phone records, for example.
Many tractor-trailers are equipped with data recorders similar to the “black boxes” that are often discussed in airline crashes. Retrieving information from these black boxes may provide critical insight into the cause of a truck accident. The physical condition of the truck may also hold clues. Because these kinds of information can quickly disappear, it is crucial to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after a crash so a completely independent investigation can start right away.
Determining Liability After a Truck Accident
There are a number of potential parties that could be responsible for paying damages after a truck accident. These may include the trucking firm, the truck manufacturer, the maintenance company, the shipper of the cargo or others, based on the facts in the case. Because the stakes are often much higher in a truck accident case, you can be assured that every potentially liable party will have a legal team fighting for them. You need a lawyer who will stand up to them and fight for your rights.
Identifying all parties who hold responsibility for the accident is a critical part of the process of recovering full compensation for all damages. Our firm is highly skilled at investigating truck accident cases, and we have access to highly respected professional resources to call upon to assist us.
Truck Accident FAQ
In a collision with a large commercial truck, passenger vehicle occupants are likely to suffer serious injuries because of the differences in the weight and size of the two types of vehicles. Injury claims for truck accidents are often complicated, both because of the extent of injuries, as well as the multiple.
Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about truck accidents. For answers to your specific questions, contact us now for a free consultation and claim review.