Abilene Trucking Accidents Lawyer
Dedicated to Pursuing Maximum Compensation for Injured Clients
Trucking accidents are among the worst types of traffic mishaps that you can be involved in. Commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and cause disastrous damage to drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles. In most cases where a truck has collided with a passenger car, it is the occupants of the car who suffer the most in terms of physical damage.
The trucker often walks away unharmed while car occupants suffer severe injuries or even death. Injuries sustained in these accidents can include broken bones, internal injuries, and catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. In the worst cases, these accidents can cause permanent disability and a compromised quality of life for victims.
What to do if Injured in a Trucking Accident?
When you have suffered injuries caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another, you have the legal right to hold the other party or parties accountable. Through a personal injury claim, you can pursue compensation for all of your losses and damages. In the case of trucking accidents, this can be a complex process involving the determination of fault, federal trucking regulations, quantifying your damages, and more. You need an attorney who understands all of the facets of such a situation, how to investigate these areas, how to document evidence and build your case, and how to aggressively deal with insurance companies.
At Keith & Lorfing, we can take on the burden of this legal matter, handling all phases from initial investigation to settlement or trial. Your attorney will be able to forcefully negotiate for an optimum settlement based on a well-prepared case involving all of the evidence and facts. He will also know how to quantify intangible damages such as your pain and suffering and emotional distress and potential complications such as future medical expenses, permanent disability, and more, depending on your injuries. Your injury attorney’s sole purpose will be to advocate for you throughout the entirety of the claims process, taking your case to trial if necessary.
As mentioned above, trucking accidents are among the most horrific and deadly of all traffic accidents. Statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that, in 2019, 16 percent of truck occupants died in traffic accidents while 67 percent of passenger vehicle occupants died. The remaining deaths occurred to pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists.
It is a well-known fact that these massive vehicles take much longer to stop, have large blind spots, and weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger cars. All of these factors increase their risk for accidents. Add to that a common problem of driver fatigue; truck drivers are legally allowed to drive 11-hour shifts.
Both independent truckers and trucking companies can be found to be responsible for accidents in the following ways:
- Failing to obey state traffic laws
- Driving while tired or drowsy
- Driving while drunk or on drugs
- Using a cell phone, such as texting while driving
- Failing to properly maintain vehicles
- Hiring unqualified drivers
- Poorly training drivers
- Failing to obey federal trucking laws and regulations
- Improperly loading cargo
Engaging in any of the above violations can endanger the safety and lives of other motorists and their passengers.
Why You Need an Attorney for a Truck Accident Claim
Aside from the complexity of putting together all of the facets of a truck accident claim that may be impacted by violations of federal trucking regulations, state law, and more, you will be dealing with trucking companies and their insurers. These companies have their own representatives, accident responders, and legal staff designated to do whatever it takes to deny or reduce their liability. They commonly have extensive experience in such matters and have developed successful tactics created to protect them from being held accountable. They will work aggressively to do so, often offering you a quick settlement that is far less than what your case may actually be worth. Having an experienced attorney representing you is vital when it comes to taking an equally aggressive stance against them.
Our firm brings years of legal experience, trial skills, and an understanding of the time and effort it takes to build a strong case on behalf of accident victims. We know what it takes to get results and have built a reputation for unwavering commitment to the clients we serve.