Recover full compensation for your trucking accident case
Metropolitan cities, such as Houston, serve as a major center of business and industry. Many companies call the city home, and manufacture products that they then ship all over the world. Because of this, there is a heavy volume of 18-wheelers traveling in and out of the region. In a city where traffic is already a significant problem, the number of trucks on the road increases the potential of being involved in a trucking accident.
Unfortunately, due to the size of the vehicles involved, a trucking accident often results in extremely serious injuries. At PMR Law, our attorneys can help if you have had your life changed by one of these crashes. We have attorneys who are focused on personal injury claims and are ready to help you hold trucking companies and their insurers responsible for negligent acts.
Automobiles get the worst part in truck accident cases.
In a crash involving a truck, the driver of the car has the greater risk of becoming seriously injured, and the number of truck driver deaths increased by 7% in 2021 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The characteristics and the weight of trucks, added to the high speed and/or mechanical or human failures, can cause these types of accidents to result in a fatality.
Here are some factors that increase the accident rate for truck drivers:
1. Unsafe vehicles: Unfortunately, truck drivers receive job offers from trucking companies that do not follow the rules and regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Still, each truck driver must file a safety complaint and refuse to drive an unsafe vehicle if he/she believes that is the case. STAA also focuses on many other activities, such as Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, control of working time, or driving in bad weather.
2. Driving under bad weather conditions: Truck drivers have a unique lifestyle that requires them to be constantly on the road.
When the winter is in full swing, the truckers face roads covered with snow and ice. When weather conditions are extreme, truck drivers have the full right to refuse to drive, except for “Ice Road Truckers”, who deliver fuel, food, equipment and supplies across frozen waterways during the winter months. This is one of the truckers’ rights that is supported by the United States Code of Federal Regulations.
3. Exposure to different hazards: Exposure to different risks has led truck drivers to experience one of the highest death rates of all workers in all industries. According to the latest report from the Department of Labor (DOL), transportation was the second-most deadly industry last year, with 957 deaths.
Therefore, the rights of truck drivers, such as the right to claim exposure to different risks are important. In order to make truck drivers more prepared and educated, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established stricter regulations, as well as references to the dangers inherent to the main activities of drivers.
4. Too much time on the road: Normally, the lifestyle of any truck driver requires a certain amount of time on the road; some truck drivers can spend 2 weeks away from home, while others could be away for months.
5. Longer working hours: Having the ticking clock over someone’s head is the worst thing that can happen to any employee.
Therefore, trucking companies should be aware that driving on the road non-stop is dangerous, and they should not give truck drivers unrealistic load times since truck drivers put themselves at higher risk for crashes because of unexpected wait times on loading docks, according to the latest report from the DOT.
It is the best and safer way for everyone on the road if a tired truck driver takes a break instead of rolling on because he/she is at a greater risk of causing a truck accident.
A thorough review of the options available to you
We understand that this is a very critical time for you. You should be able to depend on an experienced truck accident lawyer to get you the compensation that you need to return to normal. We want you to know that we are committed to doing whatever is necessary to help you get back on your feet. We want to remove all the stress that may result from your truck wreck case. Some of the things that we do to help make this process easier include:
We know that the sooner your accident case is resolved, the better that things will be for you. Our main focus is to find a solution that pursues maximum compensation as efficiently as possible. You are always in control of your case, and will have the ability to ask us any questions that you may have about the process or the terms of a settlement offer.
While we are going to work tirelessly to find a settlement in your case, sometimes there may be a difference in opinion in the value of your claim. The other side may not see things the same way that we do, and we may have to go to court to do what is right for you. Our lawyers have previously taken many cases to trial in Texas. We know what needs to be done to present a clear picture of the value of your case to the jury.