With a legal weight up to 40 tons (16x that of the average automobile) and average length of 70-80 feet, commercial tractor-trailers or big rigs are especially dangerous when they collide with a passenger vehicle. Injuries as the result of a car vs. truck accident are often devastating, if not fatal. Common truck accident injuries include: broken bones and damage to vital organs, traumatic brain injury, loss of limbs, and paralysis.
If you or someone you love was injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, call our Kaufman County (or Terrell) personal injury attorneys today at 972-524-1903.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Negligence behind the wheel of a semi-truck can take many different forms. The list below outlines some of the more common causes of trucking accidents:
- Driver fatigue
- Improper maintenance
- Brake failure
- Distracted driving
- Driver inexperience / Lack of training
- Improper loading
- Prescription drug use
- Travelling too fast for weather conditions
- Illegal maneuvering
- Highway Hypnosis
- Blind Spots
- Carelessness / Recklessness
Knowledgeable Truck Accident Attorneys
Unlike a car accident where the liable party is typically the driver of the other vehicle, trucking accidents are much more complex. In addition to the driver and the company he works for (or is contracted out by), other potentially liable parties in semi-truck accident include: the truck manufacturer, the truck maintenance company, the person or company who trained the driver, or even the government agency or contractor that caused an unsafe road condition. Complex liability issues, combined with extensive state and federal regulations specific to semi-trucks makes it that much more important to seek the advice and counsel of an experienced attorney.
At the Law Offices of Houston M. Smith our attorneys are well versed in the intricacies of tractor trailer accidents.
Contact us today for your FREE case evaluation.