El Paso Truck Accident Lawyers
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Trucking accidents in El Paso are often particularly dangerous given the increased power, size, and weight of large trucks. These accidents can be devastating for pedestrians, bicyclists, and occupants of passenger vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you should contact an experienced El Paso trucking accident lawyer at Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation. If we cannot win your case, you will not owe us anything.
TRUCK ACCIDENT STATISTICS
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 16,243 vehicle crashes in El Paso in 2019. Of these accidents, 65 were fatal, with 67 total fatalities. Meanwhile, at least 4,000 of these crashes resulting in injuries to drivers or passengers.
COMMON CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
As with most automobile accidents, there are various causes of trucking accidents, including:
Truck drivers, more than other drivers, may often be much more likely to drive while fatigued without properly adhering to maximum daily drive times for truck drivers. Truck drivers may have a financial incentive for exceeding recommended drive times. Trucking companies may also impose tight turnaround times, causing drivers to try to make up for lost time after maintenance issues or delays.
When truck loads are not properly secured, these heavy loads may shift while the truck is in motion and cause the driver to lose control of the truck. Unsecured loads may be caused by the driver or loader failing to use proper fasteners for the type of load being hauled or using defective straps or fasteners. Loads may also have been improperly situated which may negate even proper securing methods.
Without proper maintenance and repairs, trucks can become unsafe due to the long hours and number of miles the truck is on the road. Large trucks have complex braking systems that require regular maintenance to avoid malfunctions, while tires must also be continuously checked to avoid blowouts.
Blind Spot Accidents
The size of 18-wheelers and other large trucks often results in significant blind spots for the truck driver. As a result, the driver may not see a vehicle in an adjacent lane, causing an accident when the driver attempts to merge or switch lanes.
Speeding remains a common cause of many accidents on the road. However, speeding may be especially dangerous for truck drivers as a result of the increased size and weight of the truck causing serious or possibly fatal injuries if the truck is involved in a crash with a passenger vehicle.
WHO MAY BE LIABLE FOR TRUCKING ACCIDENTS
In most truck wreck cases, the driver of the truck may be liable for any injuries or damages you suffered if the driver caused the accident. The driver may have caused the accident by speeding, merging or switching lanes without properly checking blind spots, or by driving while fatigued as a result of strict schedules set by the driver’s employer.
Trucking Company or Employer
In some cases, the driver’s employer or the trucking company that owns the truck may be liable. If the driver was driving while fatigued or failed to take necessary rest stops as a result of pressure or expectations set by the employer, or the trucking company hired the driver despite a history of accidents or traffic infractions, the trucking company which owns the truck or employs the driver may be liable.
Further, the truck’s manufacturer may also be liable in some cases. If the truck was defectively manufactured, such as with a defective gas tank that led to an explosion, the manufacturer may be liable for the accident as well as the retailer or dealer who sold the truck.
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Finally, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining the road may also be liable if improper maintenance of the roadway may have caused the accident.
HOW TO FILE A CLAIM AFTER A TRUCK ACCIDENT IN EL PASO
Contact an Experienced Lawyer
While all automobile accidents may be complicated, truck accident claims are often especially complex. There is an increased likelihood of severe injuries, a number of factors that may have led to the accident, and a good chance that employers or insurance companies will be involved in negotiating any potential claim.
An experienced El Paso trucking accident lawyer may help you determine if you may be entitled to any compensation for your injuries as well as help you file a claim and gather evidence documenting your injuries or proving the other party’s liability for the accident. Your El Paso truck lawyer may be the difference in successfully pursuing the compensation you may be entitled to.
Document Your Accident
It is important to thoroughly document your accident as much as possible to make sure your lawyer has enough evidence to prove your damages and the other party’s liability for the accident. Thus, you should be sure to maintain any medical records or bills for any treatment you receive, as well as documentation of any diagnoses or treatment received or any future treatment that may be required. You should also attempt to gather statements and contact information from any witnesses to the accident. Pictures of the accident scene and vehicles may also help your El Paso trucking accident lawyer prove your case.
Filing a Claim
If your lawyer is unable to reach an early settlement with the insurer after your accident, your truck accident attorney may then file a lawsuit on your behalf to help seek any compensation you may be entitled to. Your lawyer may use any documentation you provide as well as evidence gathered in their investigation to support your claim.
Negotiating a Settlement
Insurance companies may be especially difficult to negotiate with in trucking accident cases. The cases can be very complex, and the truck companies’ insurers often hire teams of attorneys to help dispute your claim and minimize your payout. An attorney may help make sure you aren’t being taken advantage of by these large companies.
If your lawyer is unable to successfully negotiate a settlement that is agreeable to both parties, your case may then proceed to court. Here, your lawyer may use the evidence and documentation gathering the attorney’s investigation and from you to prove your claim to a judge or jury, showing the extent of your injuries as well as why you may be entitled to compensation.
HOW MUCH COMPENSATION MAY I BE ENTITLED TO?
The amount of compensation you may be entitled to as a victim of a trucking accident may often vary greatly depending on the extent of your injuries and the treatment required to help you recover in addition to other factors. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for any of the following:
- Medical bills and costs of future treatment
- Lost income from missed work
- Property damage to your vehicle
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress and trauma
- Wrongful death of a loved one in the trucking accident
The extent of the compensation you may be entitled to will vary based on these factors, as well as how much supporting evidence your lawyer may be able to use to prove the accident was caused by the truck driver. Your lawyer may use documentation of your medical bills, letters from your insurer after totaling your vehicle, estimates or bills from a mechanic detailing the cost of repairs or replacing your damaged vehicle, as well as pay stubs detailing time you missed from work while recovering from your injuries.
BENEFITS OF CONTACTING A TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER
While the insurance company may attempt to convince you to quickly settle your claim, you should always contact an El Paso trucking accident lawyer first. Trucking accidents are often much more complex, especially in proving liability and negotiating with insurance companies.
Your attorney may help you better understand relevant traffic laws, state and federal regulations governing truck drivers, as well as the insurance process of working with the other party’s insurer to pursue compensation. Your lawyer may also help ensure you are able to thoroughly document your injuries and damages to support your claim.
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GET HELP FROM A TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY TODAY
At Zinda Law Group, our El Paso lawyers are here to assist you with your truck wreck claim. The team at Zinda Law Group may help you navigate the claim process for pursuing the maximum compensation you may be entitled to while allowing you to focus on recovery.
Call (800) 863-5312 today for a free consultation with one of our experienced El Paso truck accident attorneys. You will not pay anything unless we can win your personal injury case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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