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.
What are the Recoverable Damages from a Truck Accident?
A devastating truck accident can leave you with serious physical, emotional, and financial harm. As your chosen San Antonio truck accident attorneys, it will be part of our job to make certain you are fairly compensated for all of your injuries and damages in all of their forms. Using our advanced legal experience and in-depth knowledge of truck accident liability laws and insurance policies, we are confident that we can fully calculate your damages and pursue every penny of compensation owed to you.
Damages that could be recoverable in your truck accident claim are:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Physical pain and suffering
- Permanent disfigurements
- Household care costs
- Loss of freedom and mobility
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Lowered enjoyment of life
There might also be the chance that you could be awarded punitive damages by the court overseeing your truck accident lawsuit. Punitive damages are used to punish the defendant for truly unacceptable wrongdoing. For example, if you were hit by a truck driver who was deeply intoxicated, exhausted, and impaired by narcotics, then the court might approve punitive damages to add to your total recovery by penalizing the defendant.
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.
When you need a San Antonio trucking accident attorney to investigate your accident and find the cause of the crash, you will want to work with legal professionals who genuinely care about your future recovery. Contact The Doan Law Firm as soon as you can after being in an accident. We can begin the process of filing a claim almost immediately if we get the chance to respond to the crash the same day. As professional truck accident attorneys, we at Doan Law understand the entire process and will fight to secure fair compensation on your behalf.
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