When Passenger vehicles and 18-wheeler trucks collide the results are seldom minor and in most cases cause devastating personal injuries and/or wrongful deaths. If you or a family member have suffered personal injuries or a tragic loss as a result of an accident or collision with an 18 wheeler or tractor trailer, you and your family may be entitled to damages. In Texas, the law allows you to recover the cost of medical expenses, burial costs, mental anguish, pain and suffering, lost wages, bodily impairment, future damages, future cost, diminution of value and property damage to your vehicle or personal property. In some cases punitive damages are available.
Highway Safety is an issue of highest concern to Texans. The lawyers at the Law Office of Sean Cody have the experience you need for cases involving trucking safety and trucking accidents. Sean Cody has worked as a claims adjuster and has defended trucking companies in numerous injury cases in addition to representing those injured by tractor trailers.
Semi truck and eighteen wheeler accidents present unique issues not necessarily associated with the typical motor vehicle accident. These differences include:
The numbers of trucks on Texas Highways has exploded since NAFTA opened the Mexican border to Mexican trucks. This has caused accidents between personal vehicles and semi-trailer trucks to increase. Truck accidents generally occur when trucks are being operated in an unsafe manner. Another cause of trucking accidents is the improper loading of cargo on the trailers of these trucks. These two factors are responsible for numerous catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), formed in the early 1980ís, was given the mission of leading the effort to curb the unacceptable number of fatal truck accidents occurring on highways in Texas and across the Nation.
Laws were enacted to prohibit truck drivers from having more than one license in one state. In 1992, the laws required truck drivers to meet minimum national standards in order to operate a tractor trailer. Once a driver met these standards, he is issued a Commercial Driver's License ( CDL).
In a further effort to reduce fatal Texas semi truck accidents, each truck driver is required to be licensed in his or her State of principal residence. That operator's driving record must be kept in a centralized computer for access by each state.
The CDL laws also require each state to adopt uniform testing standards for commercial drivers prior to being licensed. A CDL is required to operate the following vehicles:
The following vehicle operators are NOT required to obtain a CDL:
Some vehicles, special endorsements are required. There are five CDL endorsements and one restriction, which requires testing.
1. double/triple tractor trailers
Causes of Semi Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) is considered to be the driving force behind the regulation of the trucking. Its primary goal is to reduce truck accidents. these regulations cover issues such as driver qualifications, emergency equipment, safe loading, alcohol and drug usage and many other factors.
Some of the common causes of trucking accidents include:
If you are injured or suffer a loss due to a driver and his company's negligent and unsafe operation of a tractor and trailer, do not turn to the trucking company's claims adjusters and their insurance company for help. The trucking company's adjusters and their insurance company will attempt to settle your claim as quickly as possible before you have a chance to consult an experienced trucking accident attorney. You should never sign documents or agree to a settlement without first consulting an experienced Texas truck accident lawyer. I will aggressively protect your rights if you have been injured in a trucking accident.
I understand the unique legal and practical problems associated with 18 wheeler accidents and other truck crashes. I have experience dealing with the issues that arise in such cases because of my experience defending them and protecting them from their negligent hiring practices. The goals of the Law Office of Sean Cody include protecting the individual whenever and wherever litigation is necessary, but I also provide resources to help educate the public when injuries are caused by the negligence or carelessness of trucking companies. I hope to increase road safety. Contact me at 281.451.4175 today for further information. I offer free initial consultations and work on a contingent fee basis, which means that there is no fee unless I successfully resolve your case.
For immediate assistance, call us me at 281.451.4175 or email me at SeanCody@HoustonAttorney.org
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