Because of their size, weight, and nature, trucks are notoriously dangerous when they are involved in motor vehicle accidents. When you or a loved one is involved in a collision with a truck, the injuries could be catastrophic or even deadly. Hiring a truck accident lawyer like Rocky Walton could help you and your family determine what caused the accident and who is responsible for paying damages. Our legal team can help you recover compensation for medical expenses, as well as your emotional pain and suffering. To discuss your case with Rocky during a free consultation at his Arlington, TX, office, call the Law Firm of Roger 'Rocky' Walton, P.C. at (817) 429-4299 or reach out to us online.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that the top factors contributing to truck accidents included:
|Percent of Total Crashes|
|Brake issues||29 percent|
|Drug Use||17 percent|
|Driver Fatigue||13 percent|
|Work Pressure||10 percent|
|Illegal Maneuver||9 Percent|
|Distracted Driving||9 percent|
|Driving Under Influence||1 percent|
Because truck drivers are only compensated for the time they are on the road, many drivers skip important mandatory breaks and drive while extremely exhausted. Studies have shown that driving while tired is just as dangerous as driving under the influence. Additionally, defective design or manufacturing could be to blame for the accident.
Over the past 10 years, Texas has continuously ranked highest in the nation for fatal crashes and fatalities involving large trucks.
|Texas Average||California Average||Florida Average||Georgia Average|
|Number of Multiple Vehicle Fatalities in Crashes Involving Large Trucks||334||214||175||132|
|Fatal Crashes Involving Large Trucks||415||277||219||161|
|Large Trucks Involved in Fatal Crashes||454||301||237||175|
|Multiple Vehicle Fatal Crashes Involving Large Trucks||334||214||175||132|
The majority, or 64 percent, of fatal car crashes involved two or more vehicles. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, there were over 3,400 fatal crashes in Texas and over 3,700 fatalities in 2016. Of these fatalities, 47 were occupants of large trucks.
A lawyer works with experts to reconstruct what occurred during your accident. Determining the cause will often point to the party responsible. In truck accident cases, the liability could fall on several parties including the:
A lawyer can help determine liability by compiling evidence and establishing causation. The liable party will be responsible for paying damages. Often, truck accidents can result in devastating catastrophic injuries that affect you and your family for a lifetime. Rocky and his team can determine the full extent of your injuries and help you recover compensation for:
Rocky and his team prioritize your recovery above all else. Our firm performs services on a contingency-fee basis, which means you do not have to worry about paying for legal services until and unless we recover compensation. We also provide letters of protection for our clients. These help you get treatment at a lower cost once your case is settled or if it settles for less than expected.
Rocky is a certified specialist in personal injury law and has been representing victims of personal injury and wrongful death since 1987. He has helped many clients achieve favorable outcomes and knows where to look for answers in a truck accident case to help your family recover the compensation you deserve. To discuss your case during your complimentary reviews, contact us online or call us at (817) 429-4299.