Every year, commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers are involved in more than 500,000 accidents. In central and south Texas, our long, interwoven highway system, coupled with speed limits that reach 80 miles per hour and upwards, provide all too many opportunities for these accidents to occur more frequently.
According to industry statistics, there are more than 15 million trucks on America’s roads, operated by more than 500,000 trucking companies. Each year, these trucks drive over 500 billion miles and generate more than $250 million in revenue. The motivation to maximize revenues while decreasing their costs can sometimes lead to these companies, truck owners, and truck drivers cutting corners when it comes to safety. Unfortunately, when that happens, accidents occur and people are injured. Some examples of negligent practices by these companies and drivers include:
- Delaying or skipping vehicle inspections
- Failing to replace broken or defective parts
- Falsifying driver logbooks to cover more miles without violating rest requirements
- Using illegal stimulants to combat fatigue
All of the above practices, among countless others, constitutes negligence on the part of the trucking company, truck owner, and/or truck driver, making one or all of these parties liable for injuries and other damages when that negligent conduct causes an accident.
Due to the sheer size and weight of these large tractor trailers, passenger vehicles typically sustain tremendous amounts of damage when involved in an accident with these big rig trucks. Some common injuries resulting from an auto accident involving a commercial truck include burns, broken bones, severed limbs, traumatic brain injuries, back injuries, herniated discs, crush injuries, and fatalities.
How a Local Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler or other large commercial vehicle, it’s likely that your injuries are severe. Such devastating injuries can prevent you from returning to work, which will likely have a negative impact on your finances as the medical bills continue to rise.
The experienced truck accident lawyers at Pribble Law, PLLC are here to help you. When you hire our firm, we will perform a thorough investigation into your accident and construct the strongest possible case in support of your claim. You may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical Impairment
Contact Pribble Law, PLLC at (512) 829-1558 or by using our online contact form to learn more about how we can help you following a catastrophic commercial trucking accident. We offer a free initial consultation and charge no fees unless we obtain compensation for you.