Corpus Christi Truck Accident Lawyers
Highly Experienced Semi-Truck Accident Counsel for Victims & Their Families
Corpus Christi truck accident lawyer Christopher Bandas aggressively represents drivers, passengers, and others who share the road with commercial trucks and semi-trucks who have unfortunately been injured by them. Truck accidents can be devastating. The immense size and weight of a tanker truck, tractor-trailer, semi-truck, or other large commercial truck can cause catastrophic damage to other vehicles, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
Truck accidents require the immediate attention of an experienced personal injury lawyer before evidence is lost or memories fade. At the Bandas Law Firm, we offer a free consultation to answer your initial questions. Our law firm can handle all types of truck accident cases, whether the injuries were caused by truck driver error, defective brakes, breached fuel tanks, or misconduct of the trucking company.
For a free, private consultation and review of your semi-truck accident claim, call (361) 238-2789 or contact us online.
Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
Although there are many strict federal regulations in place to ensure that commercial truck drivers follow certain procedures and guidelines when they are on the road, there are various avoidable circumstances that can lead to serious trucking accidents in Texas. Truck and 18-wheeler drivers often work long hours and, although they are required to take a certain number of breaks while working, are often under intense pressure from their employers to get the job done on time. Unfortunately, this and other factors can cause commercial truck drivers to take shortcuts or drive at faster speeds, which can result in devastating trucking accidents.
The main causes of trucking accidents in Texas are:
- Driver fatigue
- Inadequate training
- Poor truck maintenance or bad equipment
- Driving at excessive speeds
- Unsecured load
- Unsafe road conditions
Trucking Accident Injuries
Determining liability is an important factor in collecting the financial compensation you deserve after sustaining injuries in a trucking accident. To prove harm done, the injuries must be linked to the truck accident, the collision itself, and/or exposure to the truck’s hazardous load.
Among others, injuries resulting from trucking accidents may include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Abdominal injuries
- Crush injuries
Although statistics show that commercial trucks are only responsible for 3% of injury-causing motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents typically cause more severe injuries and fatalities due to the large size and heavy weight of semi-trucks and 18-wheelers.
In fact, there are over 140,000 serious injuries or deaths every single year across the country from accidents involving these massive vehicles. Accidents like these are on the rise as well, up over 20% in the past two decades.
That means, despite new laws and regulations and ever-increasing awareness of the dangers they represent, truck accidents increase by 1% every year. It’s an unacceptable number, but until the problem abates, victims have little recourse but to seek compensation for the injuries they suffer.
Who Is Responsible?
One of the biggest challenges in pursuing a truck accident case is knowing who to hold responsible. Like any other injury case, a trucking accident claim requires proving negligence, the idea that the trucker acted irresponsibly, caused an accident, and that’s why you got hurt. However, with trucks, there is an unusual number of people who might be held accountable.
For example, while the driver often bears some level of responsibility, any trucking company for whom they work (even as an independent contractor) may also responsible for their actions. Essentially, if the company’s name is on the truck itself, or on the operations placard inside the truck, they may be held accountable.
Consider all the different causes discussed above, as well. If shifting cargo caused the truck to go off-balance, the shipping or loading company could be at fault. If the brakes failed, it could be the fault of the manufacturer of the brakes (if they were faulty) or the maintenance crew who failed to double check them or both. There are many people who might hold partial accountability for the accident you suffered, and none of them are eager to pay out.
Passing the Buck After a Semi-Truck Accident
Each potentially responsible party will try to shift the blame onto the others, deflecting their own responsibility in an effort to avoid paying a substantial claim. Each of these parties is likely represented by an insurance company, a for-profit business that doesn’t like seeing big settlements cut into those profits.
In the end, most of these parties will turn on you, the victim. They’ll say that you aren’t hurt as badly as you say you are. They’ll claim your injuries weren’t from the accident or that you’re not hurt at all. They might even look for reasons to claim that you caused the accident.
Why You Need an Attorney
When all you want is to have your injuries covered, this can feel like a betrayal. You’re already dealing with enough stress and financial strain and it feels like they hold all the cards. It doesn’t have to be that way.
By calling a trucking accident attorney at our Corpus Christi law firm, you can get someone in your corner who can take on the stress of fighting for your rights, who can defend your right to compensation, and who can work to prove negligence and hold the responsible parties accountable. At the Bandas Law Firm, we know how to fight back against the insurance companies, stop the blame game, and get you the best shot at compensation.
Call for Your Free Commercial Truck Accident Case Review
Semi-truck accidents typically result in devastating injuries, and an experienced personal injury attorney can help injured victims collect the financial compensation they deserve for their injuries, medical expenses, loss of past and future income, and pain and suffering.
To arrange your free consultation, contact the Bandas Law Firm at (361) 238-2789. We are available 24/7 to assist you.
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