Were you hurt in an 18-wheeler truck accident in McAllen?
McAllen TX 18-wheeler truck accident attorney
Getting hurt in an 18-wheeler truck accident can devastate your life and your family. Of all the types of motor vehicle accidents that can occur, semi-truck accidents pose the highest risk for serious, permanent, and fatal injuries. The Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz is a personal injury law firm with 20 years of experience handling Texas 18-wheeler truck accidents and we can help you.
18-wheeler truck versus a passenger vehicle
When a passenger vehicle is pitted against an 18-wheeler there’s no doubt about who will be injured. An average passenger car weighs about 3,000 pounds versus a semi-truck that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds—making a collision of the two an unfair fight. And though some passenger vehicle drivers use as much care and caution as they should when driving near big rigs, many times it is the truck driver who is at fault in an accident.
Common causes of truck accidents in Texas
Texas has some of the most congested roads and highways in the country and unfortunately truck accidents are not a rare occurrence. Statistics show us the most common causes of big rig accidents:
Vehicle maintenance failure.
Mechanical defects, such as faulty brakes and worn tires are often the culprit in a trucking accident. Texas law holds both the truck driver and the trucking company responsible for ensuring that their vehicles are properly maintained. Should an accident occur due to maintenance failure, the driver and trucking company can be found at fault.
Truck drivers are often required to work long hours and have to deal with unrealistic delivery schedules, which can cause fatigue. Studies have shown that driver fatigue can be a prominent factor in as many as 40 percent of truck crashes.
Thanks to our predisposition stay connected via our electronic gadgets, distracted driving has also become an issue. Many truck accidents have occurred because truck drivers were texting or talking on their cell phones while driving.
Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is also a problem in commercial trucking accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board reports that drivers under the influence accounts for a high percentage of fatal injuries.
Contact a McAllen 18-wheeler truck accident attorney for a free consultation
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a fatal 18-wheeler truck accident, get legal advice right away. Michael R. De La Paz is an experienced McAllen truck accident attorney and can help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries and losses. Call (210) 225-HURT (4878) or toll free (800) 645-8553 to schedule a free consultation today. Spanish speaking clients, se habla español.
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The Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz has its principal office in San Antonio, Texas, however, we can represent your personal injury case no matter where you live in Texas, the U.S., or Mexico.