Truck Accident Lawyer in Dallas
Helping Victims of Trucking Accidents Throughout Texas & the Nation
Large commercial trucks—commonly referred to as tractor-trailers,
18-wheelers, semi-trucks, and big rigs—are involved in some of the
most catastrophic accidents throughout the nation. In fact,
1 out of every 8 traffic-related deaths involve a large truck and 4% of all injuries from an auto accident can be attributed to them.
Due to their large size and weight, accidents involving big rigs are substantially
more dangerous than other motor vehicle accidents. That is perhaps why
77% of the injured and 86% of those killed in trucking accidents are the
drivers of passengers of the smaller vehicles—not the individuals
in the truck itself. It is for this reason that our team at Gresham, P.C.
is so committed to helping people who have been injured in truck accidents
fight for the full and fair compensation that they deserve. Backed by
a history of being able to resolve these claims, we remain committed to
helping our clients pursue justice.
Compensation in Truck Accident Cases
The amount of compensation recovered in a trucking accident case will differ
based on several different factors.
Victims and their families, however, may be entitled to compensation for
- Medical Bills
- Loss of Future Earnings
- Loss of Ability to Work
- Pain & Suffering
- Funeral Expenses
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Trucking accidents can be caused by many different factors, including:
- Aggressive Driving
- Tired / Fatigued Drivers
- Failure to Monitor Blind Spots
- Use of a Cell Phone When Driving
- Following Too Closely ("Tailgating")
- Improperly Maintained Tires, Brakes & Lights
- Speeding Over the Limit or Too Fast for Current Conditions
Trucker Fatigue & Serious Accidents
One of the most common causes of trucking accidents are drivers who get
behind the wheel when fatigued. It is such a problem, in fact, that the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) instituted hours of
services (HOS) rules to limit how long drivers can work.
Currently, the FMCA enforces the following HOS regulations for property-carrying drivers:
- 11 hour driving limit after 10 consecutive hours off duty
- May not drive after 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty following
10 hours off duty
- May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days
- Driver may restart 7/8 consecutive day period after 34 or more consecutive
hours off duty
Unfortunately, truckers are often pushed past their limits in an attempt
to meet impossible deadlines. This results in them ignoring HOS regulations.
This is such a problem that the U.S. National Transportation Board
blames driver fatigue in 20 to 40% of truck accidents.
Alcohol, Drug Abuse & Trucking
In today's trucking industries, drug and alcohol testing is commonplace.
In fact, anyone who has a commercial driver's license is subjected
to it on a regular basis. This is done to combat truckers who are driving
while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. It, however, is not
always enough as these substances still factor into far too many trucking
accidents throughout the nation. In fact, a study by the Insurance Institute
for Traffic Safety found 15% of drivers had marijuana and 12% had non-prescription
stimulants in their blood.
Some of the most commonly abused substances include the following:
Alcohol - Drivers do not need to be "intoxicated" to be considered impaired.
Even when mildly buzzed, a driver may experience a reduced reaction time
and a slowed decision making. For this reason, the legal blood alcohol
content (BAC) level for commercial drivers has been cut in half. Whereas
most drivers can legally drive under a 0.08% BAC, commercial driver as
held to a 0.04% limit.
Marijuana - Drugged driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. In fact, the
use of marijuana can affect concentration, perception, and reaction time
for up to 24 hours after it was smoked, which is significantly longer
than the impact of alcohol. Perhaps this is why statistics show marijuana
as being a large factor in truck accidents, with a 1990 report by the
National Transportation Safety Board finding that of 182 fatal truck accidents,
more than 12% of them were caused by drivers using marijuana.
Methamphetamine - With truckers constantly looking for ways in which they can drive for
longer periods of time, many have turned to stimulants such as meth. In
fact, 17 of 20 drivers interviewed by CSAP said that meth was easily acquired
as truck stops. This has led to its increased use by truckers with statistics
showing that while drunk driving is decreasing, use of meth is on the rise.
Representing Families in Wrongful Death Claims
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
nearly 4,000 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2012.
This was a 4% increase from the year before. Of those accidents, 72% of
those killed were occupants of other vehicles in the crash and 11% were
non-occupants (ex: pedestrians). If you have lost someone you love in
a fatal 18-wheeler accident, you should not hesitate to secure reliable
legal representation from someone you can trust. At Gresham, P.C., we
have the experience and the resources necessary to help our clients see
that justice is done. We understand the complex group of laws associated
with such cases and can help you navigate them successfully while bringing
a wrongful death action.
We may be able to hold the following parties responsible:
- Truck Driver
- Trucking Company
- Trailer Owner
Contact Gresham, P.C. to Schedule an Initial Consultation
If you or someone you love has been involved in a serious trucking accident,
the first step that you need to take is to get the help of a knowledgeable
lawyer from Gresham, P.C. Throughout the years, our firm has helped countless
people recover just compensation following a serious accident, and we
are ready to help you too.
Contact Gresham, P.C. today to schedule an appointment with our law firm!