The primary traffic veins flowing into and out of Dallas County are among the most congested in the nation, as the U.S. Census Bureau reports that more than 500,000 commuters drive into Dallas County for work each day. Among the heavy flows of traffic in Dallas are truckers, who continue to play a role in the busy city of Dallas’ daily operations. When truck drivers are not as careful as they should be, people like you can be seriously injured or killed.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury, or your loved one died, in an accident with a truck, then you may be eligible for compensation through a lawsuit. Call our team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 for more information about how a Dallas truck accident lawyer could execute your lawsuit.
Trucking Remains a Vital Yet Dangerous Industry
Trucking is a significant American industry, with over 1.8 million people employed as truck drivers as of May 2019, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Within Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth is part of what the Texas Freight Advisory Committee calls a “mega-region” known as the “Texas Triangle” along with San Antonio, Austin, and Houston.
These cities have several links and commonalities, which may include:
- A steady stream of freight between each, as businesses and whole industries in each city may breed demand for goods and services in the others
- A high volume of trucks traveling to and from each city in order to accommodate demand and facilitate the interconnected economies
- A high volume of passenger traffic, as each city may attract visitors from the others
With trucks and passenger vehicles sharing the roadways, accidents are a near certainty. Accidents involving trucks are not the same as those involving smaller vehicles, as they are far more dangerous for several reasons.
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Trucks Can Cause Massive Harm to Humans and Property
Popular Mechanics notes that an 18-wheeler truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when carrying a full load. While there are different classes of large trucks, even the smallest class of commercial trucks can cause significant harm when involved in an accident.
Some of the outcomes that may come from a truck accident include:
- Serious injury
- Partial or complete damage to vehicles struck by a truck
Statistics indicate that it is not truck drivers, but those in non-truck vehicles struck by a truck that are at the most danger during a truck accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2018:
- 137 large truck drivers died in traffic accidents in Texas
- 664 people died total in accidents involving large trucks in Texas
There are several reasons why passenger vehicle occupants may be at the greatest danger when a truck accident happens. These include:
- Large trucks generally weigh far more and therefore have more wrecking capacity
- Occupants of passenger vehicles are generally closer to the ground than large truck occupants, which may put them in the crosshairs of a collision’s impact
- Passenger vehicles may generally lack the structural protection of a larger, heavier truck
Truckers who drive large motor vehicles in Texas must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS). TxDPS adds that those who drive large trucks must undergo education and training to acquire a CDL, and the danger that large trucks can pose is a clear impetus to hold truck drivers to these heightened standards.
Training and education are not always enough to prevent others on the road from the dangers of large trucks. If you or your loved one has been harmed because of a truck accident, you may choose to work with a Dallas truck accident lawyer to pursue compensation. Call our team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation.
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You May Be the Victim of a Truck Driver’s Negligence
You may have an idea of how the driver involved in your truck accident contributed to the collision. Even if you do, a lawyer may be able to bring your attention to additional types of negligence that may have caused you or your loved one harm.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) details some threats to safety that may plague truck drivers, ultimately causing injury or death to others. They include:
- Engaging in distracted driving, which could be even more dangerous for truck drivers whose vehicles may not brake as quickly as smaller vehicles
- Being drowsy or in any other physical, psychological, or emotional state that diminishes the driver’s attention
- Failing to adhere to the training and education that allowed them to obtain a CDL
The CDC adds that one-third of truck drivers have been involved in a serious accident during their time as a professional truck driver, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) notes that 87% of examined trucking accidents stemmed from driver-related error.
These statistics suggest that if you or your loved one were injured or killed in a truck accident, the driver of the truck could have been negligent.
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Consider How a Lawyer May Help You Seek Awards
A lawyer can guide you through the necessary steps of bringing a lawsuit, which may include:
- Collecting evidence on your behalf
- Negotiating a settlement
- Arguing your case at trial if necessary
- Requesting the compensation that you deserve
- Defending your rights
Your lawyer will aim to secure compensation for you or your loved one, and you could receive awards for:
- Healthcare costs
- Forfeited income
- Pain and suffering
- Losses related to a wrongful death
- Any other truck accident-related losses you have suffered
Your lawyer may only get paid if you secure awards.
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You deserve representation if you became injured because of a truck accident, or if your loved one died in a collision involving a truck. Call in the Strong Arm today by calling our team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation regarding the ways in which a Dallas truck accident lawyer may assist you.