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Jourdanton, Texas Truck Wreck Injury Lawyers

Attorneys for Semi Accident Victims Throughout Atascosa County and Wilson County

Jourdanton, Texas Truck Wreck Injury Lawyers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicates truck crashes are on the rise nationwide. A 34 percent decrease in fatal truck accidents between 2005-09 was followed by a 40 percent increase from 2009-17. The 4,657 tractor-trailers involved in fatal crashes in 2017 was a 10 percent jump from the previous year.

Because of their size and weight – sometimes up to 80,000 lbs. for a fully-loaded 18-wheeler – when a semi collides with a standard passenger vehicle, the results are often catastrophic. If you were injured in a trucking accident, or a loved one lost their life in a truck collision, the diligent personal injury lawyers at Barrera, Cavazos & Powers are here to help. We aggressively represent our clients in truck accident claims and wrongful death cases, to hold negligent truck drivers and trucking companies accountable and secure maximum compensation.

Truck Accident Causes

The recent uptick in trucking accidents is due to a variety of factors, including instances of:

Speeding: The No. 1 cause of trucking collisions in the U.S. Because of the time and distance it takes a large truck to slow down or come to a complete stop, driving over the speed limit greatly increases the likelihood of a truck wreck, especially in heavily populated areas and work zones.

Distracted Driving: Truckers are susceptible to the same distractions as everyone else, but the risk is heightened because of the potential for a disastrous collision and the number of hours your average trucker is behind the wheel each day. Texting while driving and checking email and social media are one of the primary reasons for the ongoing increase in truck collisions.

Prescription Drug Abuse: While alcohol DUI and illegal narcotics impairment contribute to some truck crashes, the use of opioids and other medications is a far more frequent issue. The problem is amplified because many of these drugs do not show up in a standard urinalysis, so there is little deterrent in place.

Driver Fatigue: Recent changes to federal law limit an interstate truck driver to 11 consecutive hours of driving time before a 10-hour rest break, all recorded by an in-truck monitoring device. While this reduces the likelihood of record falsification that allows a trucker to drive longer, the rule does not apply to every trucker on the road, and many of these devices have proven to be inaccurate.

Improper Maintenance: Brake failure is the most common mechanical issue cited in truck accidents. Even a small air leak can be the difference between life and death. If signaling lights are not functional, it endangers other drivers who may not recognize a trucker's intention to switch lanes. Improperly inflated or bald tires and cargo areas past their useful life are additional causes of wrecks.

Truck Accident Lawsuit Settlements

The experienced trucking accident attorneys at Barrera, Cavazos & Powers are prepared to fight for the financial award you deserve as a truck crash victim. We will investigate the facts of your case to establish negligence on the part of the offending truck driver and/or trucking company. This includes a complete analysis of accident reports, eyewitness accounts, driver logs, maintenance records, driver history, and more. We will accumulate the evidence necessary to prove your case and attain the compensation you need, whether through a pre-trial settlement or courtroom litigation.

Contact a Frio County Personal Injury Attorney

At Barrera, Cavazos & Powers, we understand the short- and long-term difficulties that often result from a truck accident. We are ready to serve as your dedicated legal advocate. For a consultation with a Karnes County accident lawyer, contact us today at 830-769-1010. We also serve clients in Floresville and Pearsall.

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