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A semi-truck is one of the largest vehicles on the road. If a commercial truck is ever involved in an accident, its size and weight can cause incredible harm to other drivers and passengers.

In 1976, a semi-truck carrying 7,500 gallons of anhydrous ammonia lost control and crash-landed on the Southwest Freeway in Houston, Texas. The tank ruptured and released a deadly cloud of ammonia. Six people were killed because of the accident, and nearly 180 were injured. The cause of the accident was excessive speed.

An 18-wheeler plowed into an apartment complex in Fullerton, California in 2017. Five people were injured because of the accident, including a 2-year-old child.

Unfortunately, these stories are relatively common. At Whitfield Coleman Montoya, we take on truck companies whose negligence led to the injury or death of another person. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with a semi-truck, you may be entitled to legal recourse and financial compensation. Schedule a free legal consultation today to learn more. 

How Is A Truck Accident Different From A Car Accident?

In 2020, traffic fatalities in Tennessee were at an all-time high. Commercial freight trucks weigh 80,000 pounds or more—twenty times more than the average passenger car. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 3,000 people die every year due to truck accidents. An 18-wheeler also causes more property damage than the average passenger car, and an accident can cause catastrophic damage. Physical injuries tend to be more serious as well, leaving an injured driver with astronomical medical bills.

Trucks also have much larger insurance policies, and the total value of the policies can be millions of dollars. The stakes are high, and having the right truck accident attorney is key. While every case is unique, our firm has secured more than $1 billion for injured clients throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and Mississippi and we will fight just as hard to help you pursue compensation for your losses.

What Are The Main Causes of Truck Accidents?

Truck accidents have numerous causes. Some of the most common causes are reckless driving, improper maintenance, equipment failure, or improperly loaded cargo. Even though commercial motor vehicles are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, accidents still occur often.

Driver Fatigue

Property-carrying trucks may drive up to 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off the road. Drivers must also take a 30-minute break after driving for 8 consecutive hours. However, overworked truck drivers are often given financial incentives to drive longer distances faster. This rush on the driver’s part can directly impact the safety of other drivers on the road. Driver fatigue, unsafe road conditions, and unfamiliarity with the area are just a few factors that can cause a truck accident.

Improperly Maintained Vehicles

Trucks are often driven thousands of miles a week, far more than the average vehicle. If the truck is not maintained properly by the truck company, it is more likely it will break down and cause major accidents.

Unsecured Cargo

Cargo beds must be loaded in accordance with the law. Improperly loaded cargo is not only illegal, but it is also highly dangerous. The contents of the cargo could fall off of the truck and onto the road.

If you or a loved one has been injured because of a truck accident, it is important that you take action to protect your rights as soon as possible. Our motor vehicle accident attorneys can review your case for free to see if you may qualify for a truck accident lawsuit.

What Are Common Truck Accident Injuries?

Common truck accident injuries include:

Am I Entitled To Financial Compensation After a Truck Accident?

The after-effects of an accident can be incredibly stressful. Bills pile up, and you may feel overwhelmed by the new physical and financial burdens you face. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a truck accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses.

Potential damages could include past and future:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Funeral and burial costs, in the event of a fatality

Our personal injury attorneys can help you navigate the complexities of pursuing compensation and will fight to ensure you receive a fair settlement offer or verdict.

Who Is Eligible To File A Truck Accident Lawsuit?

If you were injured in an accident involving a semi-truck and another party was at fault, you may be eligible to file a truck accident lawsuit. Loved ones of victims who lost their lives in a truck accident may also qualify to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

One of our expert truck accident attorneys can analyze your case for free to determine whether filing a lawsuit is right for you and counsel you on the best way to proceed.

Who May Be Liable For a Truck Accident?

A number of parties could be liable in a truck accident lawsuit. Liable parties might include the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, or the company whose cargo was being transported at the time of the accident.

Truck accidents can be incredibly complex which is why an investigation is often necessary to determine who may be at fault. Our truck accident law firm has access to the resources and experts to thoroughly investigate your accident to determine the potentially liable parties. An investigation might include reviewing dashcam footage, obtaining accident reports, interviewing subject matter experts, gathering witness statements, and more.

Why Hire Whitfield Coleman Montoya?

At Whitfield Coleman Montoya, we understand how overwhelming an accident can be. Our law firm will help guide you and your family through each stage of litigation, and handle your case with the utmost care and dedication.

We care about you and your family because your rights matter—if you were injured by another party, you deserve to be financially compensated for your losses.

Our truck accident lawyers are backed by one of the largest consumer protection law firms in the world. Whitfield Coleman Montoya is the personal injury arm of Milberg Law Firm: a law firm that has advocated for victims’ rights for over 50 years and recovered over $50 billion for clients.

We are ready and willing to take your case as far as necessary to hold negligent actors responsible. Schedule a free legal consultation today. There are no upfront costs, and our services are free unless you win.

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