Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers
As experienced truck accident lawyers practicing in Austin, Texas, we’ve seen firsthand the catastrophic injuries our clients have suffered because the truck driver was not paying attention, tired, or even drunk.
500,000 Truck Accidents each year in the US
A trucking accident occurs when large trailers (10,000+ lbs.) collide with other vehicles or pedestrians. Around 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States. Of these, approximately 5,000 trucking accidents result in fatalities. In fact, one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision. If you’ve been injured by an 18-wheeler, you should definitely hire experienced truck accident lawyers.
Types of trucking accidents
Interstate trucking accidents occur on our freeways and highways with trucks hauling goods between the states. Typically, these trucks have to carry more insurance than intrastate trucks.
Wheel blowout accidents occur when the treads on the trucks tires are not examined properly before the driver starts his run.
Jack knife accidents occur when the trailer of the truck skids outwards and comes to a 90-degree angle to the front of the truck's cab. These types of accidents occur most often when the truck driver brakes too quickly and with too much force.
Truck under ride accidents are unique to tractor-trailers and can be devastating. In this type of accident, a smaller vehicle is caught under a truck, getting trapped under the rear of the truck, the side, or even the front. More often than not, these accidents are fatal for the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
Impaired truck driver accidents occur when the driver
Truck Accident Facts
In 2002, 434,000 large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds) were involved in traffic crashes in the United States; 4,542 were involved in fatal crashes. A total of 4,897 people died (11 percent of all the traffic fatalities reported in 2002) and an additional 130,000 were injured in those crashes – many hospitalized.
- One out of nine traffic fatalities in 2002 resulted from a collision involving a large truck.
- Of the fatalities that resulted from crashes involving large trucks, 79 percent were occupants of another vehicle, 7 percent were non-occupants, and 14 percent were occupants of a large truck.
- Of the injuries that resulted from crashes involving large trucks, 77 percent were occupants of another vehicle, 3 percent were non-occupants, and 20 percent were occupants of a large truck.
- Large trucks are much more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash as opposed to a fatal single-vehicle crash than are passenger vehicles (84 percent of all large trucks involved in fatal crashes, compared with 61 percent of all passenger vehicles).
- In 29 percent of the two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a large truck and another type of vehicle, both vehicles were impacted in the front. The truck was struck in the rear nearly 2.5 times as often as the other vehicle (17 percent and 7 percent, respectively).
Why you need Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck accidents often end in fatalities, or serious and sometimes permanent injuries. Trucking companies and their insurance companies usually offer little help to the victims of a truck accident. Truck accident lawsuits are very expensive for both the victim and the company involved and often the truck company will attempt to settle the case for pennies on the dollar. Experienced truck accident lawyers can help level the playing field so that you are able to reach a just and equal settlement.
Most of the deaths and injuries involve the passengers of vehicles while the drivers of the tractor trailers usually escape trucking collisions with little or no personal injury.
Due to the large size of trucks, an 18 wheeler accident can greatly endanger the lives of other smaller vehicles unnecessarily when tractor trailer operators fail to consider proper crash prevention.
Trucking injuries can be prevented if passenger vehicle drivers take special care when driving near tractor-trailers. If a trucking collision does occur, record as much information as possible, including names and contact information of witnesses.
Common Causes of an 18-wheeler accident:
- Failure to properly to accommodate blind-spots
- Brake failure
- Debris or articles in the road
- Exhaustion or fatigue on the part of the driver
- Excessive speed and failure to follow rules of the road
- Tire failure or separation
- Driving under influence of drugs or alcohol
- Unsecured cargo or freight shifting in the payload section
- Unsafe driving practices
There are many reasons why 18-wheeler accidents are so catastrophic. The pressure for speed and efficiency by the trucking companies and the deregulation of the industry are both major factors – 18-wheeler drivers are typically required to work long hours with little or no sleep. Large trucks consistently break the speed limit in order to deliver goods quickly – adding fuel to an already dangerous fire. The sheer size of an 18-wheeler makes for a massive impact and hinders the ability of the truck to make sudden stops. The results are too often fatal.
Big Rig Trucking Accidents Lawyers
Alarmingly, big rig accidents have increased each year as unsafe driving, over-sized loads and various other treacherous practices put the public and the truck operators in danger. Because of the commercial greed and pressure from trucking companies to deliver goods as quickly as possible, as well as the deregulation of the trucking industry, these type of accidents account for one of every eight traffic fatalities. This intense sense of urgency proves to be a deadly one – federal crash statistics have determined that 20% of big rig accidents are due to excessive speed.
Big rig accidents are especially dangerous for vehicles nearby. Due to the large size of trucks, a trucking accident can greatly endanger the lives of other smaller vehicles unnecessarily when truck operators fail to consider proper trucking accident prevention. In fact, most of the deaths and injuries involve the passengers of vehicles; truck drivers usually escape trucking accidents with little or no personal injury.
There are unique laws and regulations that are designed specifically to protect motorists from the negligent actions of truck drivers and trucking companies, but fault must be aggressively proven. It’s extremely important to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who can meticulously scrutinize all of the records and logs leading up to the accident in order to prove the driver’s negligence.
If you were involved in an truck accident, call the Traub Law Office at (512) 246-9191 to speak to an attorney today.