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Large Commercial Truck/18 Wheeler Accidents are a Different Creature. The McAllen Personal Injury and Car Crash Lawyer can help you. As drivers, we share the roadways with commercial vehicles/18 wheelers. It is a fact of life. You do not have to be an accident reconstructionist to intuitively know just how dangerous large trucks are. It does not require much imagination to visualize just how devastating a commercial vehicle/18 wheeler accident can be. News reports remind us what happens when these massive trucks collide with smaller passenger vehicle. When it is 18 wheeler vs. passenger car, the 18 wheeler wins, every single time. And if you have ever had a big rig cross into your lane without noticing you are there, you have a sense of just how dangerous and difficult these rigs are.
Truck driver fatigue is a well documented crash risk. Commercial divers of 18 wheelers are allowed to drive up to 11 hours at a time per federal regulations. Surveys, however, have concluded that many commercial drivers violate these safety regulations and drive for longer periods than they should.
Blind spots create gaps in vision for the driver. These blind spots mean the driver of the 18 wheeler cannot easily see you. Being an 18 wheeler driver is not an easy job. If the truck is poorly maintained, or the driver is committed to operating the truck safely and within the limits set by law, the road around becomes dangerous. It is dangerous for the driver of the truck, and for the other motorist.
Fatigue is the result of physical or mental exertion that impairs performance. Driver fatigue may be due to a lack of adequate sleep, extended work hours, strenuous work or non-work activities, or a combination of other factors. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) reported that 13 percent of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers were considered to have been fatigued at the time of their crash. It is not just the trucks that are complex. It is the litigation as well. 18 wheeler/commercial truck litigation is complex because when you are involved in a collision with a commercial truck, it is not just the driver that it is involved. It is also the business that employees the driver. You become involved in litigation with the business. And businesses are all about the bottom line. Fairly compensating you for the substantial injury you have incurred because of their driver is not their interest. Paying you as little as possible and getting back to business is.
I have extensive experience in personal injury litigation involving 18 wheelers and commercial vehicles. I will not be intimidated by the insurance company adjuster or the high priced lawyers the insurance companies hire. For years, I represented insurance companies and their insured in lawsuits. I am well aware of their tactics.
After an 18 wheeler accident the first concern is always the well-being of those involved. But this is just the start of the worries. The injured victims will have to worry about treatment, recovery, restoring their vehicle. A commercial truck accident-18 wheeler accident can be devastating. And the complexities of these types of events that can turn your life and health inside out. I can help guide you to make the best decisions to protect your rights. I will work to make sure that you get every dollar you are entitled to under the law.