Many Big Rig accidents often result in catastrophic injuries for truck drivers and occupants of passenger vehicles. Andrew Toscano fights for truck accident victims in Texas to recover the full compensation they deserve.
Have you been seriously injured in a truck accident?
When an 18-wheeler truck collides with a passenger vehicle or another truck, serious injury or death is likely to occur. Each year in the U.S. there are more than 400,000 accidents involving large trucks including commercial box trucks and tractor-trailer combinations. In 2005 alone, 3,920 fatalities occurred in truck accidents involving 18-wheelers or some other combination-unit truck. That's an average of 10 fatalities daily resulting from 18-wheeler truck accidents. Recently these numbers have not been getting any better.
In fact, in December of 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revealed that the data from 2010 showed that there was actually an increase in the number of fatal truck accidents.
- In 2009, there were 3,380 people that were killed in fatal accidents.
- In 2010 this number rose to 4,000 people killed in fatal crashes.
Many note this to the current unsafe hours-of-service (HOS) regulations and the tired drivers on the road. Even though tremendous strides have been made to make large commercial trucks safer and to encourage safe driving among truckers, there is still a long way to go; catastrophic and even fatal accidents still occur every day in Texas, the Gulf Coast, and throughout the United States. Regardless of whether the victim is a professional truck driver or the occupant of a passenger vehicle, our truck accident lawyers can help.
Who is responsible for your trucking accident?
The upmost important stage in any trucking accident case is the initial research and investigation. This is when we compile evidence that demonstrates how your accident occurred and who is responsible for your injuries or the death of a family member. We work hard to sift through information that can be collected at the accident scene and from the truck itself, including combing through logbooks and trucking company records and downloading data from electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) that are quickly becoming an industry standard.
The following may ultimately be responsible for your accident:
- Truck Driver: Failing to conduct proper pre-trip inspections, driving too fast for weather or road conditions, making illegal or unsafe turns and passes, failing to brake, driving drowsy, leaving loads unsecured, texting, using a cell phone behind the wheel, or driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs are all examples of reckless and negligent driving by big rig drivers.
- Trucking Company: Carriers expose their truckers, other motorists, and pedestrians on the road to the risk of injury by failing to adopt and execute adequate safety plans, encouraging drivers to engage in dangerous driving, or hiring drivers without conducting proper background checks that would reveal the driver's safety, criminal, and health history as well as their possible problems with driving while intoxicated. Trucking companies may also be liable for failing to inspect and maintain the rigs in their fleet, including outfitting them with safety and emergency equipment.
- Truck Manufacturer: Even the safest trucker or fleet operator may be involved in a collision if the truck and its components are defective, including tires, brakes, gears, hydraulics, and lights.
Our Areas of Practice
Truck accident cases can be complicated as they involve issues such as causation, multiple parties, and insurance disputes. Truck carriers and insurance companies will also do whatever it takes to keep from being held responsible.
You need to fight fire with fire. You need our firm.
Our law firm takes an serious aggressive approach to every case we handle. This means we actually research, investigate, and develop the case as if it is headed to trial. This helps to give us a strong position at the negotiating table and it allows us to be ready at a moment's notice to head into the courtroom and advocate on behalf of our clients. Our clients deserve fair and full compensation. We won't settle for less.
Just a few of the different issues we are able to help you with include the following:
- Causes of Trucking Accidents
- Employer Negligence
- Injured Motorists
- Injured Truck Drivers
- Jackknifing Accidents
- Truck Accident Investigation
- Truck Accident Statistics
- Truck Inspections and Highway Safety
- Truck Insurance
- Trucking Regulations
- Underride Accidents
Nationwide Representation for Truck Accident Victims
Your right to recover damages in a truck crash may be lost if you wait too long to pursue legal action. That's why it's important to contact the highly qualified trucking accident lawyers from Andrew Toscano today. If you have suffered a serious injury, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer who has the experience to properly investigate and handle your truck accident claim. As truck accident investigation can be complex, you need a lawyer with the resources and the experience to thoroughly investigate and build a strong case to hold those who are responsible accountable. We have the experience you need and will fight to protect your rights.
Free Consultations for Victims of Personal Injuries
Make the right choice for you and your family. Call the personal injury attorneys of Gene Toscano Inc. today at (210) 732-6091, the law firm that’s been trusted for over 50 years, to pursue maximum compensation for personal injuries.