Texas Truck Accident Lawyer
An Overview of 18-Wheeler Accidents in the United States
Most semi-trucks and 18-wheelers weigh over 70,000 pounds and are over 110 feet long. Research suggests that fatigued driving is one of the most common contributing factors in 18-wheeler accidents and is responsible for more than half of all single-vehicle accidents on U.S. roadways. At Waltman & Grisham, we believe there is only one solution to negligent truck driving: holding truck drivers and big trucking companies responsible for the injuries and accidents they cause.
If a negligent truck driver caused your injury, speak with a Texas truck accident attorney from Waltman & Grisham Attorneys at Law.
What Makes a Truck Driver "Negligent?"
Like any personal injury case, truck accident lawsuits depend on one integral factor: negligence. Negligence refers to any action that deviates from the standard of care a reasonably prudent person would exercise in a similar situation. In some cases, negligence can mean a lack of action.
Possible forms of truck driver negligence are:
- Texting while driving
- Fatigued driving
- Drugged driving / drunk driving
- Aggressive driving
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
- Illegal turns
- Exceeding legal driving hours
By law, truck drivers are not allowed to exceed a certain number of hours behind the wheel within a given time frame. The purpose of these laws is to prevent fatigued drivers from causing serious traffic collisions. A variety of reasons could motivate a driver to falsify driving logs and drive over the allotted hours, but the result is always the same: dangerous driving conditions for everyone else on the road.
Who is Legally Responsible for Truck Accidents?
Generally speaking, liability determines who you can sue for your damages. Liability doesn't always fall on the driver; in some cases, you may be able to sue the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, or another third party. If a driver exceeds the number of safe driving hours because he / she was pressured by the trucking company, the trucking company may be responsible for the accident. Similarly, if the trucking company negligently hired an under qualified driver, it could be liable for ensuing traffic collisions.
Work with the Right Truck Accident Lawyer in Texas
If you've been hurt, you need the right truck accident attorney on your side. The legal team at Waltman & Grisham has more than 30 years of experience helping clients recover the compensation they both need and deserve after a serious accident. With our help, you may be able to seek full and fair compensation for your physical damages, financial suffering, and non-economic losses.
Don’t wait to place the most important call you can make. We’re ready to start fighting for the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a FREE consultation.