Unfortunately, Texas is one of the most dangerous states for fatal trucking accidents. In 2015, Arlington led the nation in number of large truck and bus fatalities per vehicle miles traveled, accounting for 13.7% of the national total. If you’ve been hit by a truck, you need an experienced Arlington truck accident lawyer from Thompson Law!
Any type of motor vehicle accident can be frightening and overwhelming, but collisions with large trucks, vans, buses and other larger automobiles can cause particularly devastating injuries and property damage. The magnitude of these accidents can result in additional challenges through the process of gaining your rightful determination and settlement. Trucking companies have legal and insurance resources at their fingertips that individuals simply do not, not to mention a wealth of experience protecting their interests in the aftermath of accidents.
As a victim of a serious truck wreck simply working to heal your injuries and put your life back together you may find that you need the help of a specialized accident attorney. Thompson Law has the experience, expertise, and tenacity to stand up to big companies and collect your rightful compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact Thompson Law today for the help you need at (844) 308-8180.
Trucking Fast Facts: Statistics for Arlington Truck Accidents
As of 2017, the most popular model in Texas is the Ford F-150, and pickup trucks in general are the most popular vehicle sold in the state.
Arlington’s major highways (I-30, I-20, TX-360, US-287, Pioneer Parkway) sustain one of the largestareas of concentration of long-haul truck traffic in the US.
Theaverage car on the road weighs 4,044lbs, meaning the conventional 18 wheeler, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, is nearly 20 times heavier!
Tarrant County had 2,067 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crashes in 2017, and Texas had 37,515 CMV’s, putting Tarrant county at a slightly higher per capita rate of CMV collision than the state average.
In 2017, there were 14,103 people working in the Transportation & Warehousing sector in Arlington, about 7.16% of the population, and about 2% higher than the national average.
American Trucking Association (ATA) released its 2018 revenue report for the industry, showing nearly $100 billion in growth over last year, for a total of $796.7 billion.This is higher than the GDP of over 150 nations.
Causes of Truck Crashes in Arlington
What Factors Cause Arlington Truck Accidents?
Trucks can be notoriously dangerous on the road. Their weight, payload size, overall size, and handling ability make them exceedingly precarious when they are not being operated with the driver’s full attention and uncompromised ability.
Despite what we know about the damage these vehicles can cause when things go wrong, modern expectations of long-haul and commercial truck drivers can be extremely demanding, forcing the owner-operators and employees to take risks in order to meet tight timetables and cover as much mileage as possible. Individuals driving trucks as their personal vehicle sometimes make risky or negligent choices too, in the way that they load their trucks or with the items they decide to haul.
Poor visibility: Often she sheer size of trucks as well as cab layouts can lead to blind spots, blocking a truck driver’s ability to see surrounding cars and other objects on roads.
Driver fatigue and road time limits: Drivers working night shifts on little sleep after long hours can be mentally and physically draining. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that truck drivers take a break after their 14th hour driving. Further, FMCSA also places similar restrictions on truck drivers, which when violated can lead to truck accidents.
Cargo issues: When cargo is improperly secured, unbalanced, or overweight, truck drivers can experience difficulty stopping, spills, leaks, and other dangerous trucking conditions.
Mechanical issues: Brake failures, tire failures, and improperly maintained trucks all can lead to dangerous driving conditions for trucks and the cara around them.
Weather creating dangerous road conditions: Bad weather leading to wet or icy roads, low visibility due to rain or fog, or low light create safe driving issues for every vehicle. However, poor road conditions related to weather are especially dangers for semis, as their size and weight lead to greater stopping distances and more difficulty altering direction.
What Trucking Companies Don’t Want you to Know About Arlington Truck Accidents
In a nearly $800 billion dollar industry, the resources at the disposal of the largest companies are nearly limitless. In many ways, the industry is so large for important reason. Trucks move at least 70% of all good transported throughout the US, and many grocery stores would run out of food in only 3 days if theirlong haul deliveries were interrupted or stopped. Despite overwhelming importance and vast capital, the industry does experience a notoriously highturnover rate in employee drivers, in recent years reaching as much as 136%. This revolving door can drain resources for appropriately vetting and training drivers, leading to negligent or poor drivers continuing to gain new employment or prolonging their tenure at companies already suffering from turnover loss.
Additionally, there are approximately 400,000 owner-operator truck drivers in the United States, and on average they operate vehicles that are over ten years old. When you have been hit by one of these individuals it can be difficult to determine who the actual at-fault parties are and the sources of liability in your case. Despite an accident that involves one driver, there may be negligence and poor practice on an organizational level of the driver’s contracting company, which also contributed to the dangerous circumstances leading to your event. The expert legal team at Thompson Law will do the work for you to make sure all those liable for your accident are held accountable.
What Happens After a Truck Accident in Arlington?
What to do after a Collision with a Truck in Arlington?
If there are serious injuries at the scene, call 911 for emergency medical help. Emergency professionals such as EMS, police and firefighters will direct the next steps to take care of people and property. Take care to fully follow the instructions of the emergency responders, and cooperate with them to provide an accurate report.
Recording events of the accident is extremely important to arming your Thompson Law team with the best information possible as they represent you in your claim. Take photos, and note the identification information such as ID’s, plates, insurance policies, and contact information.
Do not make a statement to any representatives from insurance companies or representatives of the others involved. Do not apologize to anyone involved in the crash, because even as a figure of speech this can be construed as an admission of guilt.
Leave the scene carefully by instruction of the emergency professionals. As soon as you safely can, call Lion Law (844) 308-8180 for assistance. Our exceptional team will discuss the details of your accident and assist with your next steps to rightful repair and recovery.
Common Arlington Truck Accident Injuries
The size of these vehicles results in some of the most devastating and high impact damage that occurs in roadway accidents. Larger size vehicles are capable of causing more damaging, catastrophic collisions, and involving multiple vehicles. Common injuries from truck wrecks may be:
The most important thing you can do following a serious truck accident is take care of your valuable health. At Lion Law, our goal is for every client to enjoy the best care and fullest recovery possible, and to fight for the compensation you deserve. Please reach out anytime 24/7 at (844) 308-8180 and give us the opportunity to help you after the accident.
The Thompson Law Difference
If you have been hurt in a truck accident, now is the time to call Thompson Law right now toll free at (844) 308-8180 or locally at (469) 444-4444! Call 4 and get the roar. Your dedicated team will guide you through the process of seeking treatment, protect your interests in negotiations with the at-fault parties, and go to battle for your deserved compensation. Your dedicated Lion Law team is fully prepared to take a case as far as necessary to win your rightful outcome. After suffering a truck wreck injury you need an expert advocate and a tenacious attorney to have your back, while you focus on the most important task – recovering.
Ryan “The Lion” Thompson is the truck accident lawyer you need to feel protected and empowered at the negotiation table.
Texas law limits the time to file a claim, so reach out now to speak with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate representatives about your accident. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Lion Law team (844) 308-8180 is here to help.
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