18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer in El Paso
No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, passing an 18 wheeler on the freeway is never fun, especially knowing what we know about the statistics and dangers of 18 wheeler accidents. Even when we’re cautious, we’re not immune to this kind of terrible accident. In fact, 18 wheeler accidents happen every day here in the United States, and they result in some of the worst accident cases on our roads. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving a semi truck, an 18 wheeler accident lawyer can help you build a case.
Facts About 18 Wheeler Accidents
There are many reasons why 18 wheeler accidents happen, and surprisingly, some reasons are to no fault of either driver involved. These reasons include:
- Exhaustion– Truck drivers spend many hours on the road. While they are required to take breaks regularly and for certain amounts of time, many opt to drive straight through to get to their destination faster. Or they forget to take breaks. Either way, this can cause the driver to become exhausted or fatigued, resulting in accidents. When making a case, a lawyer can take a look at the driver’s logs to see if he or she had been clocking out to take breaks or if they had been driving continuously, which can help build your case.
- Reckless Driving– While reckless driving in any vehicle can cause an accident, reckless driving in a semi truck is especially dangerous. Reckless driving, such as speeding, swerving, and driving while using a cellphone are all common reasons why many semi trucks are involved in accidents.
- Overly Packed Trucks– Sometimes 18 wheeler accidents are at fault of neither driver. Instead, some companies make the poor decision of over packing the cabin of the truck. This increases the chances of the semi truck tipping over during a sharp turn, and it makes it harder for the driver to brake quickly. After 18 wheeler accidents, an attorney can investigate to learn how much was loaded into the truck prior to the accident and whether or not that played any part in it.
In Texas alone, there are roughly 15,000 18 wheeler accidents every year. Of this 15,000, nearly 2,000 result in severe injuries and over 300 result in fatalities. In the nation, semi trucks account for 12 percent of vehicular accidents. That being said, it’s important to take precautions and be safe while sharing the road with a semi truck.
The Huerta Law Firm Can Help!
If you or a loved one was involved in an 18 wheeler accident, we can help. We’ll work hard to make sure you are properly represented and receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today for more information!