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​Providing Legal Assistance to the Victims of Truck Accidents​ across the United States

Fueled by the increase in drilling for oil and natural gas, the United States has experienced a significant increase in commercial truck traffic in recent years. One of the consequences of this increase is a rise in the number of accidents involving these large vehicles. Whether you are the victim of a truck accident in Los Angeles, Miami, in a metropolitan area in Dallas or at a rural intersection, you will need the assistance of a personal injury attorney to assure that you receive the financial compensation to which you are probably entitled. This type of help is available from the Doan Law Firm.

The Risks Posed by Large Trucks
According to U.S. government figures, truck accidents in this country have increased by some 10 percent in the past two decades. Approximately half a million truck accidents occur on American roads and highways every year, and about 5,000 of these wrecks result in at least one fatality. Nearly 70 percent of all fatal accidents occur in rural areas, and two-thirds of them take place in evening or early morning darkness.
Whether it be on an interstate highway or in Austin, El Paso, Houston or some other urban area, commercial trucks present a particular hazard to smaller vehicles and their occupants. In collisions between large trucks and automobiles or light trucks, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are three times more likely to be injured and four times more likely to be killed than those in the big rig.

The Responsibility for an Accident
Despite federal and state regulations that are designed to enhance safety, lapses often occur in trucking operations. Some vehicles are driven with faulty brakes or other mechanical deficiencies. Although most collisions between trucks and automobiles are the fault of the smaller vehicle, speeding and driver fatigue are factors in many big rig accidents. A disturbingly large number of truck accidents result from driver intoxication.
Whether it occurs in the Midland/Odessa or McAllen/Harlingen areas, in San Antonio or in some tiny community, assessing the responsibility for an accident is no simple task. It will require a careful examination of the known facts, of the vehicles involved and of the actions of their drivers. Financial responsibility may have to be shared among the parties who owned, operated and even manufactured the truck. Determining liability will require the expertise of a personal injury attorney.

The Need for Legal Representation
After a truck accident, the victims could be both physically and emotionally traumatized. They may also be at the mercy of lawyers representing the truck driver or company, who may attempt to force a settlement that does not provide adequate compensation. A personal injury attorney can under the circumstances be the best advocate for the victims and their families.
Damages may be sought to cover medical expenses or to compensate for lost wages. They can also be sought to compensate for the emotional pain accompanying a physical injury and by family members who have lost loved ones. If you are the victim of a truck accident in Houston, San Francisco or elsewhere in the United States, you should consider turning to the services of the Doan Law Firm to help you obtain the justice that you deserve.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.

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