Texas often leads the
nation in fatal truck accidents.
Texas often leads the nation in fatal truck accidents.
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injuries - or death. Unfortunately, Texas often leads the nation in fatal truck accidents.
Why Truck Wrecks Happens?
Accidents involving large trucks are unfortunately common and can result in catastrophic injuries - or death. Unfortunately, Texas often leads the nation in fatal truck accidents. There are numerous reasons for this, including the high number of trucks we see on the state’s highways.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are more than 550 fatal truck accidents in Texas every year. That is the most in the nation by far, followed by California (300+) and Florida (275). The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has implemented several important programs to reduce the number of fatal truck wrecks. Yet, the Lone Star State continues to see these deadly crashes regularly.
If you find yourself in an accident with a commercial vehicle or large truck, contact The Meyerson Law Firm today. We understand what you are going through and are here to answer your questions. If the truck driver acted negligently, you might be able to hold them liable for your injuries and other damages.
Due to the sheer size, weight, and volume of big rigs, these types of accidents often lead to devastating injuries that require years of rehabilitation. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
There are many reasons why truck accidents occur. Here are the most common causes of large truck wrecks, according to the FMCSA:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving, such as texting
- Failure to properly maintain the truck
- Reckless or unsafe lane changes
- Vehicle defects
- Unbalanced or improperly loaded trucks
- Driver fatigue
- Break problems
- Interruption in the flow of traffic
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for the road conditions
- Unfamiliarity with the road or route
Any of the above can contribute to a serious truck accident that could leave you with injuries that require years of medical attention.
How to Prove Truck Driver Negligence
Litigating a truck wreck can be an overwhelming and expensive prospect, which is why it is so important you hire a legal team experienced in these types of cases and who has successfully represented accident victims. The Meyerson Law Firm was established in 1995 and has represented thousands of truck accident victims throughout the last 25 years. Proving negligence requires gathering facts that show the following:
- The defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff.
- The defendant breached that duty by acting negligently or driving without safety in mind
- The defendant’s negligence caused harm to the plaintiff.
The truck driver is the most common party who can be held liable for a truck wreck. However, the following parties may also face charges following a large truck accident in Austin
- The manufacturer of the truck
- The owner of the cargo
- The local government or company responsible for maintaining or designing the highway
- The carrier company
- The vendor providing services to the carrier