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18-wheelers are a common sight on the roads in and around San Antonio. While commercial trucks are essential for transporting goods in an efficient and cost-effective manner, they pose a risk of harm to people on the road due to their immense size and weight and must be operated with appropriate care. Unfortunately, however, not all tractor-trailer drivers employ proper driving techniques, and truck accidents are common. Collisions involving 18-wheelers often cause catastrophic injuries, and people hurt in such crashes can frequently recover substantial damages. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a truck accident, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your potential claims. At Parra Law Firm, our skillful San Antonio truck accident lawyers can advise you of your rights and assist you in pursuing the full amount of damages recoverable under the law.Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Parties that own or operate commercial trucks in Texas must adhere to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations (the Regulations) and Texas Administrative Rules. Generally, the Regulations dictate the maximum number of hours drivers can operate a truck per day and per week. If a driver fails to abide by the limits imposed by the Regulations, they may become fatigued and fall asleep behind the wheel, causing a collision. The Regulations also establish weight limits for commercial trucks, and if a company or driver loads a truck with cargo that exceeds the limit, it can cause a tire blowout or rollover crash. Truck drivers have an obligation to abide by the Texas traffic laws as well. Numerous truck collisions are caused by drivers exceeding the speed limit, failing to check their blind spots before changing lanes, and following too closely behind other vehicles. 18-wheelers must also be adequately maintained and inspected to ensure that their brakes, headlights, and other parts are in good working order, and when they are not, it often leads to crashes.Pursuing Claims Following Truck Accidents
While many factors can bring about truck accidents, the root cause of most collisions is carelessness. As such, a person who wishes to pursue claims following truck accidents will generally set forth negligence claims against the truck driver in a civil lawsuit. Under Texas law, a plaintiff pursuing a negligence claim has to show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty. In some instances, the duty owed may be to act with reasonable care under the circumstances, but in truck accident cases, it may also be a duty imposed by a Regulation or traffic law. The plaintiff then has to prove that the defendant breached the duty in some way. Finally, the plaintiff must show that they suffered quantifiable damages and that the defendant’s breach caused the losses sustained. In other words, the plaintiff has to prove that the defendant’s breach was a primary factor in bringing about the collision and the plaintiff’s harm. If the defendant driver was working for a trucking company at the time of the crash and was acting within the course and scope of their job duties, the trucking company may be deemed vicariously liable for any harm sustained in the accident as well.Meet With an Experienced San Antonio Attorney
18-wheelers allow companies to move products across the state and country quickly, but if they are not properly maintained and operated, they can cause cataclysmic collisions. If you suffered losses due to a truck accident, you might be owed compensation, and it is smart to meet with an attorney. The experienced San Antonio attorneys of Parra Law Firm possess the skills and resources needed to hold the parties that cause truck accidents accountable, and if you engage our services we will work tirelessly to help you seek the best legal outcome possible under the facts of your case. We have an office in San Antonio, and we frequently represent people in truck accident cases in San Antonio and in nearby cities. You can contact us via the online form or at (210) 332-5454 to set up a free and confidential conference.