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Why Do I Need A Strong Legal Advocate After A Trucking Accident In Texas?

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Commercial truck accidents and their aftermath tend to be more complicated than collisions that involve only smaller vehicles. For one thing, trucking companies have their own lawyers and insurance companies that are ready to start defending the trucking company and minimizing your compensation very soon after an accident. 

Trucking companies and their insurers are in business to make money, not necessarily to pay you the full amount you need for medical expenses, lost wages and other costs resulting from a crash. If you suffer injuries in a truck accident, you should have a powerful legal advocate on your side to stand up to the trucking company and protect your rights and interests. 

Truck Accidents Are Complicated Due To Regulations In The Trucking Industry 

Because of their size, weight, speed and capacity to carry hazardous cargo, large commercial vehicles are subject to strict safety regulations. After a collision with a large truck, it is in your best interest to have an experienced personal injury attorney investigate your case to determine whether any regulatory violations have occurred on the part of the truck driver, the trucking company or any other party whose actions may have contributed to the accident. 

Here are some regulatory requirements in the trucking industry to be aware of: 

  • Semitrucks, tractor-trailers, box trucks and delivery trucks must all be properly maintained, and truck and trailer parts must be properly manufactured and fitted to the vehicles.
  • Trucking companies must conduct thorough background checks and ensure that drivers are properly trained and licensed.
  • To prevent truck driver fatigue, truck drivers’ hours of service are strictly regulated. Commercial drivers are required to keep an accurate account of their time at work and on the road, although truck drivers have been known to falsify their logbooks.
  • Federal regulations and Texas state law prohibit truck drivers from texting while driving. 

There Are Many Factors To Consider When Determining Liability For A Truck Accident 

A thorough investigation may be necessary after a truck accident because multiple parties could be liable for the crash. Those parties include the truck driver, the truck manufacturer, the trucking company and the party responsible for loading the truck. 

Common safety issues that lead to truck accidents include: 

  • Improper loading of cargo, which can shift and cause a truck to tip over
  • Defective truck or trailer parts
  • Inadequate inspections and truck maintenance
  • Truck driver distraction
  • Truck driver fatigue resulting from hours-of-service violations
  • Truck driver impairment due to substance abuse
  • Speeding and other traffic violations 

An experienced personal injury attorney can investigate all of these matters, as well as work to prove your case and help you get the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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