Todd Law Firm September 2019

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18 Wheels of Danger Why Accidents Involving Trucks Are a Different Animal

It’s easy to see why accidents involving long-haul trucks can lead to catastrophic and life-altering injuries. The average passenger car weighs roughly 4,000 pounds. A loaded 18-wheeler tractor-trailer truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When your vehicle collides with a vehicle that is 20 times heavier, you lose. Laws and regulations surrounding the trucking industry attempt to reduce the frequency of such accidents. Trucking companies have serious standards they are supposed to follow when it comes to hiring and training drivers. They are also required to follow time limits for drivers, ensuring that nobody drives beyond the point when they are physically and mentally alert to do so. Furthermore, the trucks need to be regularly maintained and inspected. All of these factors should keep regular drivers who share the road with these massive vehicles safe, right? At least, that’s how it would work in a perfect world. Unfortunately, in an effort to reduce costs and increase profits, companies and drivers often cut corners on these requirements. Companies put financial pressure on drivers to haul more loads farther in less time. The faster the goods get where they’re going, the more money for the company. It’s just that simple. The law offers you a chance to get compensation when companies and drivers attempt to skirt regulation. But you have to understand that commercial truck accidents are different. And you have to move quickly. In a regular accident involving passenger cars, your normally deal with the at-fault driver and their insurance company. Even in that relatively straightforward situation, things can get complicated quickly, and you should seek out the advice of an attorney, especially

if you have serious injuries. Trucking accident cases can have multiple defendants, including trucking companies, insurance providers, parts manufacturers, shippers, and anybody else who may have played a role in creating a situation where a truck caused an accident. Given just how complicated these cases can be, you should absolutely call a lawyer if you’re involved in such an accident. And you should call them fast. The second the accident occurs, the trucking company is going to “circle the wagons” to get their story straight, try to make evidence disappear, and do whatever else they can to protect themselves. If you wait even a week to call an attorney, you may already be at a disadvantage as vital evidence is lost, key witnesses are fired or move away, and memories fade. Just as the weight of a truck is much bigger than your car, the might of the trucking and insurance companies’ legal teams is a lot stronger than what a single person can handle. It’s important to work with an attorney who has experience in such cases. In nearly every way imaginable, this is not your garden-variety

car accident. The case is more complex and the stakes are higher. You deserve to work with an attorney who will pursue every angle for justice and hold all responsible parties accountable. Your situation is too important to settle for anything less. If you or a loved one has been involved in a commercial truck accident, learn how these cases work and how to protect your rights. Before you negotiate with the insurance company or sign anything, go to and download my free guides: “The Shocking Truth About Texas Truck Accidents” and “How to Choose a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer.”Then contact us to learn how we can help you resolve your case.

-David Todd | 1

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