Collisions between 18 wheelers and passenger vehicles are widespread.  In 2017, 4,657 fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in the United States. The U.S. Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Administration estimates over 500,000 truck accidents a year where approximately 81% occurred in multi-vehicle crash situations.  Often a driver may have been negligent and their actions may lead to criminal prosecution, including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and or reckless driving, that could cost a truck driver his commercial driver’s license if those activities are proven to be the cause of the accident.  If you are involved in a truck accident and are concerned about losing your commercial license, job or the ability to drive and maintain a living, contact an experienced attorney to guide you through the litigation processes.

 Types of truck accidents.

Common types of truck accidents include rollover, jackknife, and underride situations.  Rollover and jackknife accidents occur when the driver brakes, causing the trailer to slide around toward the front of the cab, and in a rollover the truck will turn sideways and begin to roll.  Any of these types of accidents can cause damage to nearby vehicles due to the extreme difference in size and weight.

Because truck driver negligence is costly, accident victims may file personal injury lawsuits against a driver who has a pending criminal charge for the accident.  Most truck accidents leave victims with severe, life altering injuries that can cause future loss and pain and suffering.  Even minor injuries because of a tractor trailer accident should be investigated by insurance and legal professionals who can help figure out if you still have a claim since any type of injury requiring medical professionals or hospitals may still rack up expenses you cannot cover.

Damages and insurance.

Claims can be made for medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering and future earnings.  If a death occurs due to the accident, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed.  Legal professionals may assist with the burden of collecting and analyzing the data related to your case.  Determining the percentage of fault is a matter for those who have reviewed police reports, witness reports, car damages, roadway marks and other factors present at the time of the accident.  Determining charges based upon acts of negligence that caused the truck-involved accident is a matter for the law enforcement agencies.

Texas is a “fault state” which means that the party found to be responsible for the accident will have to compensate the other party involved in the accident.  Damages covered include medical bills, lost wages, property damages.  Depending on the extent of damage to property, or injuries sustained by a person in an accident, the minimum might not cover the whole recovery amount. Texas utilizes the 51% rule, whereby an injured person can be up to 50% responsible for an accident and still collect damages in a Texas personal injury claim but if you were more than 51% responsible for the accident, you are not able to recover compensation for your accident expenses.

Hire an attorney.

If you have been involved in a truck accident and criminal charges have been placed against you, contact a professional experienced criminal attorney for a free consultation, as they can research specific case facts and interpret the law to support your case’s best outcome so you can avoid a criminal record which will negatively impact employment as a professional truck driver.

Tijerina Law Firm, PC

4016 N. 22nd Street

McAllen, Texas 78504

Phone: (956) 261-5609

Phone: (512) 900-1126

FAX (877) 395-1707

 

Sources:

https://www.statista.com/statistics/191544/fatal-large-truck-crashes-in-the-us/

https://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/auto-insurance.html

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/TN/htm/TN.601.htm#601.051

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/SDocs/CIVILPRACTICEANDREMEDIESCODE.pdf