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Semi-trucks are a necessary part of our lives and are essential for our nation’s shipping infrastructure. Unfortunately, these large loads are also what make trucks potentially dangerous. When a large 18-wheeler collides with a smaller vehicle, it could result in serious injuries or even death to the driver of the smaller vehicle. Further, an accident between a truck and a standard-size vehicle will most likely result in considerable property damage.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, call our experienced Arlington truck accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group as soon as possible. Call (800) 863-5312 today to schedule your free consultation.
TRUCK ACCIDENT STATISTICS
The U.S. Department of Transportation has reported that in 2019, there were 36,096 traffic fatalities nationwide. This number is slightly lower than that of 2018, which saw 36,835 total traffic fatalities. Overall, this means that nationwide traffic fatalities have decreased by approximately 2.0%.
Further, 5,005 people died in large-truck related crashes in 2019. That number is almost identical to the deaths from large-truck related crashes in 2018, which saw 5,006 fatalities.
Sadly, one person was killed in Texas every two hours and 26 minutes in 2019 due to motor vehicle crashes. 256,338 total persons were injured in motor vehicle crashes in the same year in Texas. Although these are not all caused by semi-trucks, it is important to always drive safely and be vigilant on the road.
The Texas Department of Transportation reported that in 2019, there were 39,193 total crashes where a Commercial Motor Vehicle was involved. Of those accidents, there were:
- 543 fatal crashes
- 613 fatalities
- 1,124 suspected serious crashes
- 1,471 suspected serious injuries
- 5,639 possible injury crashes
- 8,937 possible injuries
Of the total 39,193 crashes, 2,067 of these accidents occurred in Tarrant County. Of those accidents, there were:
- 17 fatal crashes
- 17 fatalities
- 43 suspected serious crashes
- 49 suspected serious injuries
- 359 possible injury crashes
- 552 possible injuries.
As seen with these numbers, truck accidents in Texas are not uncommon. If you have been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, it is important that you contact an experienced truck accident lawyer right away to start your personal injury claim.
CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
There are many causes of trucking accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration put forth a study that outlined the most common large truck accident causes. The definition of “large trucks” included trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds. 141,000 truck accidents were involved in the study. The study categorized six basic reasons for large truck crashes:
Twelve percent of the trucks involved in the study were shown to crash due to non-performance. Non-performance includes the driver falling asleep, disabled due to a heart attack or seizure, or was impaired for another reason.
Twenty-eight percent showed the driver was inattentive, distracted, or failed to observe the situation adequately for some other reason.
Thirty-eight percent of the drivers were shown to have driven too fast for the road conditions, misjudged the speed of other vehicles, or followed other vehicles too closely.
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The study found that 9% of the drivers panicked, overcompensated, or otherwise exercised poor directional control.
Ten percent of the crashes were due to vehicle failure. This includes issues such as brake failure, cargo shift, or traffic flow interruption.
Three percent were caused by environmental conditions, such as the roadways or weather.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INJURED IN A TRUCKING ACCIDENT
1. Seek Medical Attention
The first thing you should do following any motor vehicle accident is seek medical attention from a medical professional. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, your adrenaline from the accident may be masking more serious injury. Further, there is always a concern for internal injury.
A medical professional may also find injuries that you were completely unaware of. will help in your truck accident claim, as it will allow you to properly document every injury you sustained as a result of the accident, which may affect the compensation you are entitled to.
2. Contact Law Enforcement
After the accident, it is important to contact local law enforcement. This will allow the police to review the scene and create an official accident report. This accident report may help identify potential causes of the accident and determine who is at fault. This may be helpful in your case when it comes to settlement discussions and negotiating compensation.
3. Document the Scene
Next, you should thoroughly document the scene of the accident. Not only should you take pictures of everything, including injuries and damages, but you should also write down everything you can remember about how the accident occurred. Your memory may fade as time goes on, so it is important to document everything you can, no matter how small, as it could help strengthen your case at a later date.
It is also important to get and maintain certain documents. These documents include:
- The name and contact information of both the truck driver and the trucking company
- The license plate number and vehicle identification number of all vehicles involved
- Names and contact information of any witnesses
- Copy of the official police report
4. Notify Your Insurer
You should also notify your insurance company as soon as possible. You should briefly explain what happened, who was involved in the accident, when the accident occurred, and where it happened. Decline to give a detailed recorded statement, however, as it is difficult to correct a statement that you didn’t mean. You don’t want to reduce the amount of compensation you may receive because you misremembered things or missed an important detail of the accident.
5. Contact a Trucking Accident Lawyer
Lastly, you should contact an experienced truck accident lawyer to help you with your case. At Zinda Law Group, we have the resources and experience necessary to help fight for you and get you the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries and property damage. Zinda Law Group attorneys are dedicated to their clients and give all of their cases the individualized attention they deserve.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE A CLAIM?
The time limit to file a claim depends on the state and type of claim you are making. This time limit is referred to as the “statute of limitations.” To file a personal injury claim in Texas, you must file your claim within two years from the date of the incident. That means you have two years from the date of the truck accident to file a claim, or you may be barred from receiving compensation for your injuries or property damage. One of the many benefits of hiring an Arlington semi-truck accident lawyer is your attorney may understand the applicable statute of limitations and help you file your claim on time.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be wondering how you are going to pay for your medical bills, property damage, or pain and suffering. Although each case is different, there are three general types of damages that you may be entitled to.
Economic damages are those damages that can be objectively verifiable and measured. These damages are meant to compensate the victim for their actual losses and out of pocket expenses. These damages may include:
- Medical bills
- Cost of medication
- Lost income (present and future)
- Property damage
- Rehabilitation costs
Non-economic damages are more subjective than economic damages and vary from case to case. These damages are not measurable, meaning they cannot easily be calculated. These damages may include:
- Emotional distress
- Disability or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
The last type of damages is punitive. Punitive damages are awarded to the victim to punish the wrongdoer and to discourage others from similar conduct. These damages are rarely awarded, usually in cases of extreme negligence or intentional misconduct on the part of the at-fault party. You should not expect this type of damages in every case.
If you have been injured from a truck accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and any property damages incurred from the accident. Contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer is important to help guide you through the legal process and get you the compensation you may be entitled to. An Arlington attorney at Zinda Law Group may help you by investigating the accident, identifying the responsible parties, and negotiating on your behalf. If you don’t reach a settlement, Zinda Law Group attorneys have ample litigation experience and have the ability to fight for you relentlessly in the courtroom.
GET HELP FROM ONE OF OUR ARLINGTON 18-WHEELER ACCIDENT LAWYERS TODAY
If you have been injured in a truck accident, the last thing you should have to worry about is being able to afford first-rate legal representation. Zinda Law Group’s Texas truck attorneys have experience helping personal injury victims get the compensation they deserve for their medical bills, lost income, property damage, and more. We offer peace of mind knowing that you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a Zinda Law Group attorney today to get started on your Arlington truck accident settlement. Zinda Law Group provides 100% free consultations.
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