DALLAS TEXAS TRUCK ACCIDENTS ATTORNEYS/ LAWYERS
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are over 500,000 truck accidents each year from 18 wheelers, semi trucks & tractor trailers. The number of deaths due to truck accidents is around 5,000 each year. Truck accidents cause 12% of all traffic deaths and 98% of the time, the person killed is in the passenger vehicle, not the truck. In 2003 in Texas, there were 5040 traffic accidents involving trucks and 438 had fatalities. Accidents can involve automobiles, passenger cars, bicycles, and pedestrians.
Truck accidents can involve normal head-on or side swipe collisions or when a car slides under the truck (an underride accident) or when a truck runs over the vehicle in front (an override accident).
Truck accidents can include accidents with the following types of trucks: delivery trucks (UPS or Fed Ex), dump trucks, cement trucks, garbage trucks, 18 wheelers, big rigs, cargo vans, delivery vans, tractor-trailers, semi trucks, and buses (school, public transportation (DART), or vacation).
A truck accident can occur because of the following reasons:
- Lack of driver training;
- Aggressive driving;
- Driving in dangerous weather;
- Driver log book violations;
- Defective truck equipment;
- Broken tail lights;
- Failure to use flashers or warning signs when stopped on side of road;
- Lack of nighttime reflective tape on truck or trailer;
- Driver is tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Driving in dangerous weather conditions;
- Poorly maintained brakes and other truck equipment;
- Overloaded and overweight trucks;
- Unsecured loads;
- Lack of safety systems such as reflectors, lights, and other warning devices;
- Failure to keep safe distance behind other vehicles.
A truck accident can include accidents with eighteen wheelers aka: 18 wheelers, semi trucks & tractor trailers, as well as, tanker trucks, and delivery trucks. Entities that may be responsible for a truck accident are: truck driver, truck drivers employer, truck inspectors, truck mechanics, truck driver supervisors, owner of tractor or trailer.
To get most value from your truck accident claim, we recommend you the do the following:
- Call the police after the truck accident;
- Get the names, addresses, and phone number of all witnesses to the truck accident;
- If accident is work related report to your employer and call OSHA at (972) 850-4145;
- Take pictures of your the truck, accident scene, vehicles, and your injuries;
- If injured, do not delay getting medical treatment and follow doctors orders;
- Document your pain, stress, swelling, and other injuries that cannot be seen;
- Do not give a recorded statement before talking to a truck accident attorney;
- Do not sign a medical records authorization or any paper before talking to a truck accident attorney; and
- Do not accept a settlement before talking to a truck accident attorney.
Hiring a Dallas, Texas truck accident attorney quickly after your could be beneficial to your case. One, hiring a truck accident attorney will relieve your stress in addressing your injuries and dealing with insurance companies. Two, the truck accident attorney will examine your case and gather necessary evidence, such as witnesses and photographs. Three, the truck accident attorney can protect your best interest by advising you and communicating with the insurance companies on your behalf. Four, a truck accident attorney will get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Truck accidents are different than other vehicle accidents because:
- Truck drivers employer may also be responsible for the truck accident;
- Special rules apply to truck drivers;
- Truck drivers must undergo drug and alcohol testing;
- Truck drivers are required to rest for certain periods of time before driving;
- Size and weight of trucks require more time to stop or slow down.
If you are injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the following: medical bills, future medical care, lost wages, future loss of earning capacity, pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, and impairment.
The truck accident attorneys at the Kipness Law Firm represent individuals and families that have sustained the following types of personal injuries in a truck accident.
- Traumatic Brain injury (TBI) or Concussion or Head Injury
- Spinal Cord injury (SCI)
- Paralysis and Speech Loss
- Quadriplegia and Paraplegia
- RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) and CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
- Amputations and Loss of Limbs
- Seizures, Numbness, and Loss of Consciousness
- Back injury (herniated discs or vertebrae fractures)
- Knee injury (torn meniscus or patella fractures)
- Shoulder injury (rotator cuff)
- Ankle injury
- Eye Injury, Blindness, or Vision Loss
- Broken bones
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other emotional injuries
If a loved one or relative dies because of a truck accident compensation may be given for: funeral expenses, medical expenses, future medical care, lost wages, future loss of earning capacity, pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, impairment, loss of emotional support and companionship provided by spouse or parent; and loss of household duties provided by spouse or parent.
Our firm is based in Dallas, Texas and handles truck accident cases throughout the State of Texas. If you have personal injuries or lost a family member due to wrongful death in an 18 wheelers, semi trucks & tractor trailers accident, please call Dallas Truck Accident Attorneys and Lawyers at The Kipness Law Firm. Call 214-800-3454.