An accident involving an 18-wheeler can forever change your life. Catastrophic injuries can leave you facing long-term medical treatment while unable to work. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. If you were injured in a truck accident caused by a negligent driver, trucking company, or another party in Dallas, you shouldn’t have to face these burdens alone. The Dallas truck accident attorneys at The Wilhite Law Firm can help.
With decades of experience and a commitment to outstanding service, our attorneys are ready to step in immediately and help you demand the full and fair compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free case review. You don’t pay for our services unless we recover payment for you.
Life after a truck accident can be overwhelming. Many people struggle with pain caused by an injury. Often, they are unable to work. They fight to make ends meet while watching the bills pile up, and moving forward can seem impossible.
At the Dallas, Texas law offices of Ted B. Lyon & Associates, we help people move forward after truck accidents have changed their lives. Our team of experienced trial lawyers has a record of success in Texas truck accident cases involving catastrophic injury or wrongful death. We handle cases involving many types of trucks , including 18-wheelers, construction equipment, delivery trucks and other commercial vehicles.
5 Types Of Truck Accident
1. Head-on accidents
These crashes occur when an approaching truck impacts a vehicle going in the opposite direction. Since both vehicles are speeding toward one another, head-on collisions are some of the most severe types of truck accidents.
2. T-bone accidents
Also known as side-impact accidents, these crashes can occur when a truck strikes one side of a vehicle. These types of accidents frequently happen at intersections when one vehicle is turning and the other is going straight.
3. Sideswipe accidents
These accidents occur when a truck “swipes” up against the side of another vehicle. This may occur because the truck driver failed to check mirrors or blind spots when switching lanes.
4. Underride accidents
When a vehicle collides with a tractor-trailer and slides underneath the trailer, the result is often devastating injuries and vehicle damage.
5. Rollover accidents
These crashes occur when a truck flips over on its side, which can cause devastating injuries to any passenger vehicle occupants in the truck’s path.
Types Of Truck Accident Injury
Truck accidents can result in devastating injuries to anyone involved. However, people in passenger vehicles are much more vulnerable to injury and death than truck drivers. Some common truck accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (concussions, hematomas, etc.)
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Internal injuries (such as ruptured liver, ruptured spleen, punctured lungs, and internal bleeding)
- Broken and fractured bones
- Dismemberment/accidental amputation
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Burns, scrapes, cuts, lacerations
Who Are Liable After Truck Accident
There are many parties involved in getting a truck on the road. After an accident, those who could be held liable include:
- The truck driver – Truck accidents are commonly caused by truck driver negligence. Distracted driving (such as texting), driving under the influence, drowsy driving, speeding, and tailgating are all examples of negligent behavior.
- The trucking company – Sometimes, the truck company may share fault with the driver. For instance, the truck company may have pushed the driver to exceed hours of service limits set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which led the driver to doze off and cause an accident.
- The maintenance company – Third-party truck maintenance companies can also be held liable for an accident if they neglected to inspect the truck properly or failed to maintain it. If the truck company does its own maintenance, it could be held liable, too, if a maintenance issue caused the crash.
- Cargo loaders – If a truck’s cargo was improperly loaded or cargo loaders failed to secure it properly, and then shifting or falling cargo caused an accident, the cargo loaders could be held liable.
- Truck parts manufacturers – If a defective truck part that was badly designed or poorly manufactured causes an accident, then the manufacturer of that truck part could be held responsible.
Need Of Truck Accident Attorney In Dallas
Accident victims often make the mistake of assuming that a truck crash can be handled in the same way as the average passenger vehicle accident. However, these wrecks are far more complex. An experienced truck accident attorney at The Wilhite Law Firm will have the resources necessary to investigate an 18-wheeler accident and aggressively pursue the full compensation you need.
When you work with us, we will:
- Identify all liable parties
- Work quickly to gather and preserve evidence before it is lost or destroyed
- Document and calculate the full extent of the damages you are owed
- Work with top-tier experts to present a strong case on your behalf
- Negotiate aggressively for a fair settlement
- File a lawsuit and seek compensation in court if a settlement cannot be reached
Is Truck Accident Is More Complicated Case Than Other?
Truck accident cases in Dallas are often more complex because of the unique nature of commercial motor vehicles and the trucking industry. Some of the reasons these cases are so complicated include:
- More serious injuries and losses – Because a fully-loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, the injuries it can cause in a collision are often catastrophic. Victims often need expensive medical treatment and suffer other losses that have a ripple effect across their entire lives.
- Trucks are complex vehicles – Trucks are also highly sophisticated vehicles with systems that require specialized skills to inspect and maintain. Truck accident victims need knowledgeable injury attorneys who understand how commercial motor vehicles operate and how to investigate these cases.
- Unique rules and regulations – Truck drivers must also adhere to state and federal regulations regarding the number of hours they can work and when they need to take breaks for rest. As part of a truck accident claim, attorneys must investigate how the crash happened and whether these rules and regulations were broken.
- Multiple insurance policies might be in play – More layers of insurance may be available to compensate victims of semi-truck accidents. In a typical car accident, the other party’s insurance policy would likely be the only source of compensation available. When a truck accident occurs involving multiple liable parties, there could be multiple sources of compensation (multiple insurance companies) to pursue.
Kraft & Associates Truck Accident Attorney
At Kraft & Associates, P.C., our legal team investigates and litigates accidents involving all types of commercial trucks, including tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, box trucks, dump trucks, and delivery vans. We represent victims in truck accident cases, as well as families who have lost loved ones in accidents involving commercial trucks.
Let the law offices of Kraft & Associates, P.C., advise you about your rights after an accident caused by a negligent trucker. You should seek legal advice immediately – before you discuss the matter with an insurance adjuster and before you sign anything.
We’re an established and professional law firm with friendly lawyers and staff who are easy to talk to. Please contact us today for help with your truck accident case.
We handle personal injury and SSD claims on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay unless we recover money for you.