San Antonio – a hotspot for big rig crashes
- A 31-year-old man was killed when the brakes failed on an 18-wheeler and the driver blew through the red light.
- An 18-wheeler carrying gravel hit and killed a 58-year-old man.
- A box truck crashed with an 18-wheeler on Interstate 10, leaving two victims hospitalized.
And these are just the latest San Antonio area headlines about the worst commercial truck crashes in and around the city. In 2019, there were 12 fatal commercial truck and big rig accidents in Bexar county and 2,717 total commercial truck accidents – making it the sixth most dangerous county statewide for commercial truck accidents.
Losing a loved one or being injured in a crash with a big rig is a terrifying and devastating event. If you or a family member were in an accident with a commercial truck, you’re probably worried about how you’re going to pay your bills and how the accident will affect the rest of your life. Big commercial trucks generally have big insurance policies, and an experienced commercial truck accident lawyer can get you the settlement you need to move forward with your life. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an accident with an 18-wheeler, call our personal injury attorneys at Jim Adler & Associates, today.
Why are there so many semi-truck accidents in San Antonio?
Of course, every big city has bad drivers and San Antonio is no different. If you live in Texas you also drive in one of the biggest states in the country and that means longer distances between locations, more highways and more chances for car accidents. And car and commercial truck accident statistics are a big problem in San Antonio and other big cities. Bexar county is number three in the state behind Harris and Dallas for DUI-related crashes and injuries – that means there are a lot of drunk drivers on the road. Last year there were 54 fatal, DUI-related crashes and 2,108 total DUI-related crashes in Bexar county.
San Antonio is also home to the I-35 Corridor, which is a long stretch of highway running north and south across the Lone Star state. It’s also a top roadway used by commercial trucks transporting goods. San Antonio, like other big cities in Texas, is also experiencing significant population growth, and these big commercial trucking vehicles add to the already congested traffic and increase the risk of crashes.
18-wheeler trucks are also much larger and weigh much more than regular vehicles. That makes them harder to drive and harder to control. There can be a mechanical failure, the driver might have been negligent, the driver could have been poorly trained, the cargo poorly loaded – or even simple evasive movements that would be easy for a smaller car or SUV are incredibly difficult, if not impossible, for commercial trucks and big rigs. It is for these same reasons that when 18-wheelers crash the injuries are almost always very serious, if not fatal.
How do I find an attorney after my accident with a big truck?
18-wheeler accidents cases are complicated because there are multiple parties and companies involved, as well as multiple insurance policies involved. The 18-wheeler (truck) might be owned and operated by one company, but the cargo could be owned and loaded by a different company. This means that there are multiple possible defendants and insurance companies to deal with.
Finding an attorney to represent you after an accident with an 18-wheeler or a commercial truck can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to settle for the money the truck driver’s insurance company is offering you. Let us help you get the maximum recovery for your San Antonio or south Texas truck accident case.
No matter if your accident happened in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio or somewhere else in Texas – the team at Jim Adler & Associates has the best personal injury lawyers in the state with over 45 years of experience. We’re ready to handle your case with the respect and attention you deserve. And we don’t get paid unless you get paid – so you know we’ll fight for your case!
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