Corpus Christi semi 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 because when a truck or semi truck strikes another car, motorcycle or pedestrian, the size of the truck often translates into a violent collision and severe injuries.
Truck accidents and semi truck accidents require the immediate attention of an experienced truck accident lawyer before evidence is lost or memories fade. 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 or semi truck.
Causes of Corpus Christi Truck Accidents
Although there are a number of strict federal regulations in place to ensure that commercial truck drivers follow certain procedures and guidelines when they are on the road, there are a number of avoidable circumstances which can lead to serious trucking accidents in Texas. Truck drivers and 18 wheeler drivers often work long hours and, although they are required to take a certain number of breaks while working, drivers are often under intense pressure from their employer to get the job done on time. Unfortunately, this, among other things, 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 directly 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
Although statistics show that commercial trucks are only responsible 3% of injury-causing motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents typically cause more severe injuries and more 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 that 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 requires proving negligence, the idea that the trucker acted irresponsibly, caused an accident, and that’s why you got hurt. However, with trucks there are 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) at the time of the accident is 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 can be held accountable.
Consider all of 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
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 bad as you say you are. They’ll claim your injuries weren’t actually 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 and compensation for the loss of your life, 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, 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 prove negligence and hold the responsible parties accountable. A good attorney like Bandas Law Firm knows how to fight back against the insurance companies, stop the blame game, and get you the best shot at compensation.
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Corpus Christi Truck Accident Lawyers
Trucking accidents typically result in devastating injury, 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.
Bandas Law Firm is a leading personal injury law firm in Corpus Christi, Texas that serves all of South Texas. Our law firm specializes in practice areas such as car accidents, truck accidents, oil field accidents and railroad cancer lawsuits. To schedule a consultation with one of our practicing attorneys, please give us a call at (361) 222-2222 or complete our inquiry contact form.