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Whether you’re on a small road or a five-lane highway in Texas, you are bound to see several trucks, large and small. Trucking companies and their drivers have an important job – but they also pose a risk to other drivers who they share the road with. Given their size, trucks are capable of causing extensive property damage and serious injuries if they are involved in an accident. Truckers have a huge responsibility when performing their job and must be held accountable if their negligence or mistake leads to an accident.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, call the injury attorneys at Casillas & Christian, PLLC right away. The trucking company whose vehicle was involved in the accident is equipped with comprehensive insurance and a team of lawyers who are ready to mitigate their liability and build a case against you. Make sure you have representation, too, by seeking assistance from our San Antonio truck accident attorneys.

Get in touch with us today by calling (210) 224-5010 or completing our online contact form. Your initial consultation is completely free.

What Leads to a Truck Accident?

Negligence and a failure to adhere to trucking laws and regulations are common culprits in truck accidents. Trucking companies are expected to keep their drivers compliant with state and federal laws regarding their operation.

Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Fatigued drivers: Many trucking companies impose unreasonable quotas that their drivers are supposed to meet. This causes many drivers to work more than the number of hours legally permitted each day.
  • Aggressive driving and traffic violations: Truckers are not immune to road rage, speeding, and aggressive driving that can lead to accidents
  • Drunk driving: Truckers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs commonly cause accidents
  • Lack of driver training: A trucking company that hires an underqualified driver or that fails to properly train their drivers can be held liable for any accidents
  • Defective truck equipment: It’s possible that a mechanical error or defective part led to the accident. In this case, we can pursue a case against the truck manufacturer(s).

How Many Accidents Are Caused by Semi Trucks?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported the following most recent statistics for trucking accidents in the U.S.:

  • On average 148,000 individuals were injured in trucking accidents in 2017
  • This breaks down to over 400 injuries caused by trucking accidents each day
  • In 2017 the reported fatal injuries caused by semi truck accidents was 4,761
  • This broke down to 13 fatalities per day as a result of accidents caused by semi trucks

When it comes to trucking accidents in Texas, the NHTSA reported the following for the year 2018:

  • 4% of the total traffic fatalities in Texas in 2018 were from accidents involving large trucks, adding up to a total of 137 fatalities
  • In 2018 there were 664 fatalities caused by accidents with large trucks

Work with Casillas & Christian, PLLC

We take truck accident cases seriously and work tirelessly to achieve a favorable resolution on your behalf. Our San Antonio truck accident attorneys understand the trauma that you have endured and want to right the wrongs against you. Let us serve as your voice and fight on your behalf so that you can move on from this incident with the compensation you need to recover.

If you are ready to move forward with your case, call us at (210) 224-5010 and schedule a free consultation today.

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