If you or a loved one experienced serious injuries caused by a reckless truck driver, an El Paso truck accident lawyer can help you. Each case is different and depends upon the details of the accident. Types of compensation typically include medical bills, missed time from work, and pain and suffering.
The sheer size and weight of a large truck can intimidate you while driving a Texas highway. When the driver behind the wheel loses control, the injuries you suffer can leave you in need of possible medical care throughout your lifetime.
Some truck accident victims never survive the impact or die later at a hospital. Close family members left behind are often entitled to filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you suffered serious injuries and need a lawyer but are too injured to travel, we can make accommodations to assist you. At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, most of our legal services are on a contingency basis. This simply means you owe us nothing unless and until we win your case.
Your injuries or the death of your close loved one demand justice. Call us today for a free case evaluation: 800-777-7777.
When Truck Drivers Cause Serious Injuries on Texas Roadways
There is no doubt that the trucking industry plays a vital role in the transport of products and materials. Drivers must hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL), per the Texas Department of Public Safety, and follow state and federal regulations regarding hours spent driving and having regular inspections.
Maintaining control of a large truck, like a semi-truck, requires strict discipline when it comes to road conditions, traffic laws, and their own behavior. Truck drivers spend long hours on the road and away from home. Many trucking companies pay their drivers per mile.
This form of payment can lead to truck drivers taking risks to reach their destination faster. Speeding truck drivers contribute to approximately one-fifth of fatal truck traffic accidents, according to JOC.
A tractor-trailer truck requires a longer brake time than a passenger vehicle. Under the following conditions, the truck requires the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop.
- Fully-loaded at 80,000 pounds
- Normal road and weather conditions
- Traveling at an average speed of 65 mph
When one or more of these conditions changes—or driver behavior changes—the results are often catastrophic for those traveling near them.
Dangerous types of driver behavior that can lead to negligence include:
Distracted driving: Research by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finds that most truck driver distraction is the results of scenery or objects outside of the truck.
Drunk driving: the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level for those with a commercial driver’s license is .04 percent or higher; a lower percentage than the .08 percent for other drivers.
Drowsy driving: limited hour-of-service and required rest breaks do little to help a truck driver stay awake behind the wheel if they are unable to rest.
These are just a few examples of the responsibility required to operate a large truck and the types of behaviors that can compromise that responsibility. Add faulty brakes or poor tires and there is an even higher risk for potential harm to other drivers.
If you suffered traumatic injuries or lost a loved one due to a dangerous truck driver, a poorly maintained truck, or both, an El Paso truck accident lawyer can get to work for you.
Identifying and determining responsibility for your accident injuries or your loss is how we start building your case. Call us now for your free case evaluation: 800-777-7777.
For a free legal consultation with a truck accidents lawyer serving El Paso, call 800-777-7777
How Loncar Lyon Jenkins Can Protect Your Best Interests
Contacting a personal injury lawyer is an important first step after your truck accident injuries. The team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins understands Texas law as it pertains to the statute of limitations. We work to file your case in a timely manner and we prepare each case we represent for trial.
Insurance companies and opposing attorneys know this, leading to most cases settling out of court. Despite their aggressive efforts with accident victims, they generally do not want to face our team in court.
Do not speak with anyone regarding your case without legal representation. This is especially true for insurance companies. If you accept their settlement offer on your own, you may lose your opportunity to pursue compensation later. This is troubling if your medical condition worsens—you may not have the funds needed to pay for your care.
State law allows just two years to pursue a civil lawsuit. This may sound like plenty of time, however, twenty-four months is not very long. If you miss your opportunity for pursuing possible compensation, you may be barred from civil action forever.
Your medical care is too important to risk due to a missed deadline. The days following your truck accident often include great stress and physical pain. If you lost a loved one, you are probably dealing with grief and trauma.
By entrusting an El Paso truck accident lawyer with your civil case, you can rest easier knowing someone is at work on your behalf. There are no more calls from aggressive insurance companies—if they do call, you can refer them to your lawyer.
Our team is aware of the tactics insurance companies use to avoid a fair settlement. Let us handle them so you can focus on your medical treatment and procedures.
Medical costs continue to escalate and your time missed from work can leave you feeling anxious about your expenses. The injuries you experienced or the loss of your loved one is not fair. Let Loncar Lyon Jenkins protect your best interests during this most stressful time. Call in the Strong Arm of Loncar Lyon Jenkins now for a free case evaluation: 800-777-7777.