San Antonio, TX Truck Accident Lawyer
1777 NE Interstate 410 Loop, Suite 600
San Antonio, TX 78217
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As much as the Texas Department of Transportation is trying to reduce the speed limits in the state, trucking accidents are still on the rise in San Antonio. This might be attributed to the high number of truck routes, which encourage high truck traffic. Some of the routes include US 10, US 35, US 37, TX 87, TX 91, and TX 281. Driving on these roads exposes you to dangers uncommon on other routes.
Causes of Truck accidents in San Antonio
According to Federal regulations, truck drivers are not allowed to drive more than 14 hours straight in one day. However, truck companies want to get the most out of a 24-hour day, which is why they place strict deadlines on their truck drivers. This prompts drivers to put in more hours to meet the target. Truck drivers become stressed with traffic, which results in making wrong decisions on the road. Driving at high speeds to beat deadlines leads to accidents.
Another cause of San Antonio trucking accidents is mechanical malfunction. A faulty braking system can lead to loss of control. With the additional weight that the truck is carrying, resulting accidents are fatal.
The desire to make money quickly causes truck companies to employ drivers who are not fully trained. Truck accidents usually cause more damage than car accidents and trucks can be especially disastrous when controlled by unskilled hands.
The problem arises from not only human failure or a faulty truck, but also the nature of the business itself. A typical passenger vehicle weighs approximately 3,000 pounds, while a fully loaded truck can weigh more than 80,000 pounds. Imagine what happens when a regular car collides with a truck. There are often serious injuries, even death.
Some of these trucks carry flammable and/or hazardous material. An accident that involves such a vehicle can lead to more severe injuries.
Common Injuries Seen in San Antonio Truck Accidents:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Burn and crush injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
All of these injuries come with psychological effects that you need to handle with a professional counselor. The results of these injuries are also multiple. For instance, you might end up losing your job, or becoming disabled.
Who is Liable in San Antonio, TX?
Determining the responsible party can be challenging. This is because the cause of the accident might not be solely due to the negligence of the truck driver. Liability can also fall on the owner of the trucking company. In some cases where there is a defect with the truck, the manufacturer might also be held responsible.
You need a San Antonio trucking accident attorney to investigate the accident and find the cause of the crash. Contact The Doan Law Firm the moment the accident happens. The process of filing a claim starts immediately after the accident happens. As professional truck accident attorneys, we at Doan Law understand the entire process and we will help you get fair representation.
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