Odessa Truck Accident Lawyer
Do You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer?
Truck drivers are a crucial part of the modern American economy. According to Cardinal, without truck drivers, our commerce would grind to a halt. However, when drivers are clocking in 500 miles a day on average, they can become fatigued. With a fatigued driver carrying around 80,000 pounds of freight, the chances of an accident increase.
In 2017 alone, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 4,102 people were killed in truck collisions. Of those fatalities, 68 percent were drivers and passengers of cars and other vehicles. Due to the massive size and weight of large trucks, truck accidents tend to be serious and, oftentimes, fatal.
There are a number of ways an accident can happen and, unfortunately, you cannot prevent every collision. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a truck, you may need an Odessa truck accident lawyer on your side. Our attorneys at Robert White Attorney at Law are experienced personal injury lawyers. We care about what you’ve been through and want to help you receive fair compensation for your losses.
Why Are Accidents Involving Trucks So Common?
Due to strict delivery deadlines, truck drivers are often forced to choose between being safe and getting the job done. Fatigued driving is extremely dangerous and frequently leads to serious accidents. Here are some of the other reasons that truck accidents occur:
Extremely Heavy Loads
According to IIHS, a tractor-trailer takes 20-40 percent farther to stop than smaller vehicles. This is due to the extremely heavy loads that trucks carry. The needed distance for a truck to stop increases when conditions are wet or slippery.
When a truck owner or the trucking company hasn’t taken proper care of the vehicle, there could be issues with the brakes or other elements of the truck that can lead to an accident.
If a trucker’s freight load has not been properly secured, it could split from the truck and end up in front of another driver, causing an accident.
Due to budgets and strict deadlines, a defective part on a truck might be overlooked. If there is a part on a truck that does not work, the whole truck is at risk of breaking down or causing an accident with another vehicle.
How Can I Avoid a Collision With a Truck?
Truck drivers have a lot of things to worry about on the road. Even if everything is going smoothly, a car trying to pass a truck could end up in the trucker’s blind spot, known as “no man’s land,” and collide with the truck. To help keep our Odessa community safe, we have compiled this list of tips to avoid a dangerous collision with a truck:
1. Remain Alert and Vigilant
If you are tired, pull over! Your safety is more important than getting to your destination quickly. A quick rest or cup of coffee can make a big difference and help keep you alert and safe on the roadways.
2. Avoid Blind Spots
You don’t want to ride in “no man’s land” for too long, as the truck driver cannot see you in their mirrors. To warn the driver that you plan to pass, engage your blinker early and pass with caution.
3. Give Yourself Plenty of Distance
Riding the bumper of a truck is highly dangerous. You could be susceptible to tire blowouts and sudden braking. Leave at least the distance of a car between you and the truck to avoid a sudden collision.
4. Merge Carefully
Merging can be scary with an oncoming truck blocking your lane. Stay calm and merge with caution to avoid an accident.
I Was Injured in a Truck Accident. What Now?
The moments after an accident can be overwhelming, and many people don’t know what to do next. Your first priority should be seeking medical attention, even if you believe your injuries are minor. If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses. However, the process of obtaining compensation can be confusing and intimidating without legal guidance.
Trucking companies will usually have well-paid insurance adjusters who may push you to settle for less than what you deserve. For this reason, it is important to remember not to sign anything unless you’ve spoken with an attorney, as it may jeopardize your chances of receiving compensation. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side can be a huge asset when dealing with the aftermath of a truck accident.
Our attorneys at Robert White Attorney at Law will review your case to help you determine who is at fault and what you may be entitled to receive. If you have a case, we’ll speak to the insurance adjusters on your behalf and answer any legal questions you have throughout the process.
Who Is at Fault for My Accident?
Truck accident cases are complex legal matters. According to Texas law, in order to receive benefits from a truck accident case, you have to prove the other party acted negligently in the events leading up to your accident.
Proving fault can be difficult, especially in truck accident cases. For example, many people assume the driver of the truck is immediately at fault, however, there are several other parties that may have contributed to the accident.
The following is a list of parties that may be held liable in truck accident cases:
A trucking company can be held liable for your injuries if they enforced their drivers to follow reckless standards that ultimately led to your accident. Forcing drivers to choose between meeting deadlines and stopping to rest puts the driver at risk for a collision and endangers those sharing the road with the driver.
The Owner of the Truck
A number of drivers own their own trucks, making them responsible for its maintenance. If they failed to properly maintain the truck and an accident occurs as a result, they can be liable for damages.
If the manufacturers of the truck produced a defective part that contributed to your collision, they may be held responsible for the accident.
The Company Leasing the Truck
If a truck is being leased, maintenance falls to the leasing company. If an issue with the truck’s maintenance led to your accident, the leasing company may be at fault.
Having a knowledgeable attorney on your side who is familiar with the trucking industry and all of the parties that can potentially be held liable will be to your advantage.
What Am I Entitled To?
In addition to proving fault, it can be complicated to calculate a fair amount of compensation for damages. If you were involved in a truck accident due to no fault of your own, you may be compensated for the following:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Cost of lost property
- Wrongful death
- Past and future lost wages
How Long Will My Case Take?
When you call our law office, we will sit down with you to determine whether you have a truck accident case. If so, our legal team will get to work right away, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Many injured individuals wonder how long their case will take. We will work as hard and efficiently as possible, but an exact estimate for the duration of your case is difficult to predict.
Every case is different, as there are many factors and potential parties involved. Your case could take anywhere from a few months to years, although trucking accident cases rarely take two years to settle.
Patience is necessary when it comes to these types of cases but you can be sure our attorneys at Robert White Attorney at Law will handle your case with care and determination. If you have any questions or concerns throughout the legal process, we’re always here to help.
How Robert White Attorney At Law Can Help
These types of accidents are traumatic and happen every day. We care about what our clients have been through, and strive to fight ferociously for them while they recover.
The insurance adjuster will likely have experience pushing injured individuals to settle for a low-ball amount, or worse, getting their cases thrown out completely. Our attorneys have experience going up against insurance adjusters and winning! We have served Odessa, Midland, and the Permian Basin area for 30 years and are prepared to serve you and your family, too.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, don’t wait to call our Odessa truck accident lawyers today. We offer free case evaluations and work on a contingency fee basis. That means we don’t get paid unless we win for you!
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