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There are many different types of trucks on the highways, and each can cause different types of accidents. For example:
- Tank trucks: When a truck’s cargo consists of liquids such as oil or gas, a spill means two things: hazardous materials on the road, and an instant potential for a fire or combustion. Severe injuries resulting from losing control of the car due to a slip or sheer panic, or collision/burns are all possible.
- Dump trucks and sanding trucks: A spill of gravel, sand or dirt can crash onto the windshield of a car, potentially damaging the windshield and obscuring the vision of the driver, leading to a deadly crash in seconds.
- Tractor-trailers: Rollovers, jackknifing and underride collisions are all too common with tractor-trailers. Due to their sheer size, the amount of force they have is enough to cause a fatal accident. They also have plenty of blind spots, making a collision with them a horrifying possibility.
If you were injured in a highway truck accident, you need representation so you can focus on recovery. Our attorneys have handled many truck accident cases for Dallas residents, and know that insurance companies are out for money, not your well-being. That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your side.
Our legal team knows how to investigate highway truck accidents and where to look for signs of negligence. We will review all related documents, interview witnesses, seek employment and maintenance records from the trucking companies, and seek hours of service logs and the truck’s black box data.
Some of the factors that led to the accident may include:
- Distracted driving: Texting, eating/drinking, and cell phone activity takes a truck driver’s eyes off the road, and it only takes a second for a crash to happen.
- Improper maintenance: Tires with a worn tread, failure to measure up to safety standards, broken lights and a lack of upkeep with a vehicle are all significant contributors to increasing the probability of an accident.
- Improperly trained drivers: Companies are supposed to verify qualifications, but not all drivers are properly trained. An inexperienced driver behind the wheel of a commercial truck is an accident waiting to happen.
- Speeding or tailgaiting: Dangerous when done by any driver, a truck’s size makes it more likely to cause a fatality when rules of the road are ignored.
- Substance use: A truck driver under the influence of alcohol or other drugs makes poor decisions and has a slower reaction time.
- Lack of sleep: Many drivers skimp on getting the right amount of sleep necessary to function safely. They may spend more time on the road than the law allows because of unrealistic delivery times set by the trucking company.
If you’ve been injured in a highway truck accident, you need an experienced and dedicated attorney on your side. Contact us today, and schedule a free case evaluation. We know each case and client are unique, and we are dedicated to maximizing your compensation.