Carrollton Truck Wreck Attorneys
Get Legal Help After a Truck Accident
There are a great many vehicles on our nation's roads comprised of different sizes, different colors, different engines, different tires, and even different purposes. Whether you live in Carrollton, Texas or a city with a population in the millions, you see a wide range of vehicles traveling along local roads and highways, the most intimidating of these being commercial trucks. Also referred to as 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, tractor trailers, or big rigs, these monsters on wheels can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and take up the space of at least three cars long and two cars high. It's no wonder the driver of a passenger car has heart palpitations when two of the giants pull up alongside in both neighboring lanes.
It is not simply the appearance of these trucks that causes worry, however. Accidents involving large trucks are particularly devastating for the occupants of smaller vehicles and so it is natural for other motorists to be wary of big rigs on the road. This need not be the case if truck drivers and trucking companies fulfilled their duty with regard to following federal regulations and safety procedures.
How Negligence Leads to Trucking Accidents
The dangers of commercial trucks are well known, which is why they are governed by strict regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The number of hours a truck driver is allowed to be actively on the road as well as the total truck weight, length, and height, and even how the trailer's weight is distributed over each axle, are all established under FMCSA regulations. Truck drivers must also hold a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and follow all applicable traffic laws, not to mention properly maintain their truck (especially the brakes).
Unfortunately, large truck operators and/or trucking companies often violate trucking laws and regulations for their own gain or simply due to negligence. This can increase the risk of a serious injury or even fatal truck crash. Common examples of negligence on the part of truck drivers and/or trucking companies include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Fatigued driving/Hours-of-Service (HOS) violations
- Distracted driving
- Poor maintenance
- Failure to repair vehicle issues
- Failure to identify and replace worn brakes
- Overloading the trailer
- Improperly inflating tires
- Avoiding/skipping inspections
Big rig accidents caused by any of the aforementioned forms of negligence can result in the serious injuries and deaths of innocent motorists and other road users.
Standing Up for Your Rights
A Texas truck accident victim faces many challenges. Trying to obtain rightful compensation on your own can just lead to added stress, frustration, and expenses. The truck owner's insurance company will try to give you the runaround and its attorneys will try to bury you in paperwork and fees to overwhelm you into backing off. What you need is the help of a Carrollton accident lawyer who has experience dealing with trucking companies, insurance companies, and other attorneys.
Dina Steele, founder of Steele Law, P.C., is committed to obtaining just compensation for victims of Texas semi-truck accidents and can help you stand tall while overcoming the financial, emotional, and legal obstacles in your way. To learn more about how Ms. Steele can help, contact our offices today at (214) 333-4357 for a free consultation.