Temple Truck Accident Lawyers
Semi-Truck, 18-Wheeler, and Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Truck drivers provide essential services when they transport raw materials or finished goods to and from plants and retail centers in Temple, Texas. However, a fully loaded 18-wheeler can cause an incredible amount of damage when involved in an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded more than 70,000 injuries resulting from truck accidents in 2009. Nearly five percent of people involved in 18-wheeler accidents died that same year.
Most truck accidents are the result of driver error. Driver error may include:
- Aggressive driving
- Inadequate training
- Prescription or OTC drug use
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo
- Lack of familiarity with surroundings
Negligence is another major factor in 18-wheeler accidents. The following are just a few areas of negligence that big rig drivers and trucking companies are commonly guilty of.
- Tired and exhausted drivers: Fatigue is a common factor in 18-wheeler accidents. Truck drivers often do not get the rest that they need or that is required under the law. In fact, truck drivers are limited to 11 cumulative hours of driving in a 14-hour period, followed by a rest period of no less than 10 consecutive hours. They are also prohibited from working more than 70 hours within 8 consecutive days. Many truckers, however, disregard these federal regulations in order to deliver their load on time or to earn added bonuses for getting the load in early. This carelessness often leads to accidents, and in many cases, other people are the victim of this negligence.
- Unsafe Driving: A negligent driver is often a distracted driver; while operating their vehicle, they use a cell phone, send text messages, play with the radio or GPS, or read a map. They can also be distracted by pets or passengers in the truck cab, meaning their full attention is not on the task at hand: getting the truck safely to its destination. Driving too fast for road conditions or in bad weather is also a form of negligent driving.
- Intoxication: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a criminal offense and often leads to poor judgment and accidents.
- Failure to maintain equipment: Poorly maintained horns, brakes, tires, and other important safety features can result in malfunctions, blow-outs, and the inability to stop safely. As a result, 29 percent of all 18-wheeler accidents result from faulty brakes and their failure.
Experienced Temple Truck Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an 18-wheeler accident, you need a skilled Temple truck accident attorney. At Zinda Law Group, our trucking attorneys have a breadth of experience in handling these types of cases, and we have built a reputation for fighting aggressively to get our clients maximum compensation for medical bills, property damage, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and more.
The Temple truck accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you to seek the damages you deserve. Call us today at 800-863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our Texas trucking accident lawyers.
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