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San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyer

Trucks are large, powerful vehicles that are extremely useful when it comes to transporting large amounts of materials from one place to another. However, sharing the road with commercial trucks is inherently dangerous for commercial vehicles, which are likely to bear the brunt of injuries and damages when accidents occur. The sheer size of big rigs puts all other motorists at great risk of injury when involved in a collision with trucks. The variety of ways in which a person can be catastrophically injured in these types of accidents is alarming.

The Villarreal & Begum Law Firm can help

In Texas, truck accidents can be devastating, and you need to secure an attorney you can trust both personally and professionally. At the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm, we work for you until your issues are solved because we are dedicated to your recovery. Contact us today to speak with one of our lawyers in a free consultation.

  • We are a full-service law firm dedicated exclusively to personal injury cases. By focusing only on personal injury law, we have gained specialized knowledge that gives us an advantage over firms that work in multiple practice areas.
  • We are aggressive in seeking the maximum possible compensation for you and your needs. Our experienced truck accident lawyers do not settle for low-ball offers, and we will not hesitate to take a case to trial if it means you receive the compensation you deserve.
  • You will not have to worry about any upfront or out-of-pocket costs related to your case. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not collect legal fees until we achieve a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf.

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What will an attorney do for a truck accident case?

Truck accident cases in San Antonio can become complex. These cases are not like typical car accident cases where you are dealing with only another driver and an insurance carrier. A truck accident often involves various parties, including the truck driver, the trucking company, insurance carriers, and legal teams. Your San Antonio truck accident attorney will have the resources and experience necessary to:

  • Obtain all evidence related to your case. This includes police reports, video surveillance, eyewitness statements, and more.
  • Ensure you are evaluated by a trusted medical professional who will fully assess your injuries and determine your total medical costs.
  • Negotiate with all parties involved in your case to reach a settlement that covers all of your truck accident-related expenses.

Truck accident statistics and injuries

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for regulating the commercial truck industry in the United States. According to the FMCSA, a fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. During the latest reporting year, the U.S. saw around 148,000 total injuries and 4,761 total fatalities in large truck crashes.

The Texas DOT states that there were several thousand crashes involving large trucks during the latest reporting year. Out of those, there were:

  • 465 fatal crashes
  • 786 suspected serious injury crashes
  • 2,530 suspected non-incapacitating injury crashes
  • 3,406 possible injury crashes

These incidents can cause severe injuries. Our San Antonio truck accident lawyers help accident victims who have sustained the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries and other head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries (possible paralysis)
  • Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Severe lacerations or amputations
  • Wrongful death of a loved one

Common Causes of Truck Accidents in San Antonio

Improper Truck Maintenance

Trucks are sophisticated machines that require regular maintenance to ensure that they are working properly. If maintenance does not occur, then a truck may experience engine problems or brake failure. In addition, trailer hitches must be regularly inspected to avoid runaway trailer accidents, and brake lights and side reflectors must all be functioning properly to ensure that motorists who are driving within close proximity to a large truck at night can see the truck and avoid accidents. Failure to see a large truck at night could result in either a rear collision or an under-ride collision, in which a passenger vehicle becomes wedged underneath the truck and is dragged by the truck, sometimes for quite a distance before a tired truck driver can even notice.

Truck Driver Fatigue

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Texas regulatory agencies prohibit truck drivers from operating more than 11 hours in a single day. Commercial truck drivers are also prohibited from operating more than 60 hours of driving time in a workweek, or more than 70 hours of driving time over the course of eight consecutive days.

Unfortunately, many truck drivers, in attempts to deliver their loads quicker and take on more delivery jobs for financial incentive, choose to drive longer than the allowed time frame, sometimes utilizing over-the-counter stimulants to keep themselves alert and awake. Factor in sleep deprivation and you have a recipe for disaster where driver negligence can lead to truck accidents of deadly proportion.

Who is Liable for Negligence in a Trucking Accident?

With truck accidents in Bexar County, negligence can be attributed to truck drivers, trucking companies, and/or the owner of the involved truck. If mechanical failure or safety violations caused the accident, then the trucking company can be held liable for damages. If a driver loses control of his truck, possibly because that driver is under the influence of an illicit substance or is driving distracted, then the driver should be held liable for damages. In fact, if dangerous road conditions, such as poorly paved roads or obscured street signs/traffic signals are the cause of the accident, then even the city/governing body of the location in which the accident occurred may be held liable for monetary damages.

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How much compensation is available for a truck accident case?

Each San Antonio truck accident case is different. The total amount of financial compensation available will differ from case to case and will depend on various factors. These factors include the severity of your truck crash injuries, how much work you miss due to the crash, whether or not you are disabled, and more. Our San Antonio truck accident lawyers regularly help clients recover the following:

  • Medical expenses related to the crash
  • Property damages, including damage to your motor vehicle
  • Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the truck driver or trucking company

Get Help from a San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyer

In any event, it is important to have someone on your side who can sort through the details of your accident and determine the negligent party at fault. At the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm, our skilled San Antonio personal injury lawyers will help you seek monetary compensation to help cover medical bills, physical therapy costs, and possibly even lost wages in the event that injuries sustained have prevented you from being able to go about your daily routine.

If you were injured an accident with a truck or other commercial vehicle, or if you lost a loved one in such an accident, please call us today for a free consultation. Our knowledgeable Texas truck accident attorneys will examine every aspect of your case to ensure that your rights are upheld in court and negligent parties are rightfully held accountable for their actions.