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Dallas Trucking Accident Lawyers

Big truck accidents can be catastrophic. We can help.

Dallas is the second-deadliest county in Texas for truck crashes.

Texas is the deadliest state in the country for trucking accidents. Dallas County is the second-deadliest county in Texas for truck crashes. A large amount of freight moves through the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Most of that freight is moved by large commercial trucks.

As Dallas grows and more cars and trucks share the city’s already stressed road infrastructure, the risk for commercial trucking accidents increases. This is bad news for passenger vehicle occupants. Large trucks weight 20 -30 times more than a car and when the two collide, the smaller vehicle almost always gets the worst of the collision.

Truck accidents are different from car accidents not only because of how dangerous they are, but because of how commercial trucks are regulated and the way trucking lawsuits are governed. Adding to the complications is a new Texas law that shields trucking companies from liability.

Jim Adler & Associates has recovered over a billion dollars for injured Texans. There are many truck accident lawyers in the Dallas and Fort Worth region but there’s only one Texas Hammer. Call 1-800-505-1414 or contact us to schedule a free consultation.

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What do I do after a truck accident?

You may be wondering what to do after a truck accident. If you’ve already had one, much of the following advice may be too late. But from this point onward, you can protect yourself and your loved ones with knowledge of how to proceed after a big rig crash.

  • Stop. Do not leave the scene. If you do, you can be accused of being a hit-and-run driver, which is a serious offense. Even so, while remaining in the vicinity of the crash, you can attempt to remove yourself, your passengers and your vehicle from further harm by moving out of a traffic lane.
  • Call 911 to report the emergency. If don’t have a phone, find someone who does and have them call 911 for you.
  • Check on the other people who are involved in the accident. Assess their injuries and your own.
  • Take photos and capture video footage of the big rig wreck. Perhaps by using your cell phone, if not a separate camera. Capture images of the entire scene, including each vehicle involved from different angles, the nature of the roadway, road signs, road conditions (such as slickness from rain) and injuries to you or your passengers. Also note skid marks on the roadway and any debris flung onto or off the road.

Texas Leads the Nation in Fatal Truck Crashes

Large trucks account for 4% of all registered vehicles and 7% of total vehicle miles traveled, but they represent 10% of all vehicles involved in deadly crashes. The number of large trucks involved in fatal and injury crashes has steadily increased in recent years, data from the National Safety Council (NSC) shows. Most of the injuries and deaths occur to occupants of passenger vehicles.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are approximately 4,500 fatal truck crashes every year in the U.S. About 13 percent of those occur in Texas.

Statewide, Texas had more than 32,000 truck crashes in 2020, reports the Texas Department of Transportation. More than 1 out of 10 Texas truck crashes occurred in Dallas County, where there was a total of 3,735 total reported crashes. Thirty-one of these Dallas truck crashes were fatal; hundreds more resulted in serious injuries.

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Dallas Truck Crashes

Dallas is a car dependent city. Like most of the country, it’s also a truck dependent city. Trucks move nearly 12 billion tons of freight annually, an amount equal to about 72.5% of the nation’s freight. Registered trucks travel 305 billion miles per year, says the American Trucking Associations.

Dallas’ central location makes its one of the country’s most important logistics hubs. Freight transportation is a key component of the Dallas-Fort Worth economy. Freight is moved, distributed, and transferred from Dallas-Fort Worth to destinations across Texas, the country, and the world. Dallas is located along Interstate 35. I-35 has been a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) corridor for more than 25 years and handles many of the trucks that cross from Mexico into the U.S.

Within 48 hours, 98 percent of the U.S. population can be reached from the DFW region by truck, according to the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The Council has identified three significant truck transportation issues within the region. They include inadequate highway infrastructure, growing congestion on Interstate highways, and safety concerns.

These issues come to a head at certain chokepoints. An analysis by the American Transportation Research Institute (ARTI), which publishes an annual study on traffic congestion that affects truck-borne freight, concluded that three of the 100 worst truck bottlenecks are found in the Dallas-Fort Worth region:

  • I-45 at 1-30 in Dallas
  • US 75 at I-635 in Dallas
  • I-35W at I-30 in Ft. Worth

Truck traffic can make DFW’s congested and dangerous roads even more dangerous. The Dallas Observer lists sections of I-35, I-30, I-20, and I-45 as among the most dangerous in DFW. Commercial trucks spend a larger proportion of miles traveled on interstates compared to passenger vehicles.

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Causes of Truck Accidents

Although truckers are involved in crashes at a rate nearly identical to the rate for passenger vehicle drivers, truck crashes tend to have different causes than car crashes.

Fatigue

Proportionally, large trucks travel many more miles than passenger vehicles, and large truck drivers spend many more hours behind the wheel than passenger vehicle drivers. Federal regulations limit the number of hours that large truck drivers can operate, but they’re still allowed to drive up to 11 hours at a stretch. And as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) notes, surveys indicate that many truck drivers violate these regulations and work longer than permitted. Not surprisingly, truck driver fatigue is a known crash risk. Truck drivers who spend more than eight hours are twice as likely to crash, IIHS research has found.

Defective Equipment

Another trucking accident risk is braking capacity. Large trucks take 20 – 40% further to stop than cars, especially on slick roads or with poorly maintained brakes. One IIHS study showed that brake defects were found in 42% of crash-involved trucks investigated.

The Large Truck Crash Causation Survey, one of the most comprehensive studies ever performed on the subject, found that almost 55 percent of crash-involved trucks had one or more mechanical violations, and nearly 30 percent had a condition serious enough to take the vehicle out of service immediately.

Other Truck Crash Factors

Other truck driver crash factors identified in the Large Truck Causation Survey include:

  • Inattention or distraction
  • Departing from lane of travel
  • Loss of control due to traveling too fast, cargo shift, or vehicle systems failure
  • Rear-ending a vehicle in the same lane
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Prescription drug or over-the-counter drug use
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New Texas Law Makes It Harder to Sue Trucking Companies

Unlike car accidents, where liability claims are almost always filed against another driver, truck accident lawsuits can be filed against numerous parties. It’s not uncommon for the truck driver, as well the company they drive for, to be named in a trucking lawsuit. However, a Texas law that took effect in September 2021 protects trucking companies when their drivers hit other motorists.

The law splits truck lawsuits into two phases. Only if the truck driver is found to be negligent during the first phase can the crash victim proceed with a negligence claim against the driver’s employer. House Bill 19 was pushed by the trucking industry. A sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin told the Texas Tribune that the legislation protects large corporations from liability.

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The Texas Hammer Protects Truck Accident Victims

Trucking is big business in Texas. The trucking industry has used its power and influence to shield itself from lawsuits. It’s additionally protected by big insurance companies and their corporate lawyers. If you were injured in a Dallas trucking accident, you need somebody to protect you. You need Jim Adler & Associates.

The Adler Law Firm has won over a billion dollar for our clients. Some of the firm’s largest verdicts and settlements have been on behalf of truck accident victims, including recoveries of $17 million, $13.78 million, and $12.2 million. Our team of Dallas personal injury attorneys and support staff, led by Jim “The Texas Hammer” Adler, is ready to fight for you and your family.

For a free truck accident case review, call 1-800-505-1414 or contact us.

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With Thousands Of Lawsuits Filed, The Numbers Speak For Themselves.
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18-Wheeler Accident
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I was rear ended by a 18-wheeler earlier this year. This accident left me physically and emotionally damaged. I was even more devastated that the trucking company tried to disregard me although their driver was at fault. If it wasn’t for Bill Adler I don’t know where I would be today. His staff guided me through the process of getting my car taken care of, which was totaled, all of my medical needs attended to, and even alleviated my emotional stress. Thank you, Jim Adler & Associates. If you’re reading this, you deserve the best lawyer and that’s Bill! Let the best fight for you! Thank you, Bill!

– Bethani J.

A company truck hit me and my daughter from the back in standstill traffic. We suffered injuries. I hired Jim Adler as my lawyer. They were always professional, effective and efficient. They always responded quickly to my e-mails and phone calls. They were thorough in explaining the process to me when it came to the steps of getting justice for me and my daughter. We were blessed to have them.

– Ronnie R.

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Contact us today, either by filling out the form on this website or by calling us at 1-800-505-1414. Either way, you will quickly speak to a legal professional who can help you with your case. And that starts with a free legal review.

You want justice. You want to be paid for your injuries caused by a negligent truck driver or truck line. You want the best truck accident lawyer you can find.

So give us a call. Then let us show you we mean business in dealing with balky truck lines or insurance companies who try to low-ball you by underpaying on a claim, or who even deny a claim outright.

Our truck accident attorneys know how to deal with the delays, underpayment offers and denials of claims which are standard procedure for trucking lines or insurance companies. They do not have your best interests at heart, but rather only their bottom lines.

We can begin by amassing the facts and evidence of your case, and then filing a claim with the trucking line or its insurance company, while providing documentation. Then we can negotiate with the truck company or its insurer to reach an out-of-court settlement that’s fair to you and your family. And if such a settlement is not offered, we can represent you in litigation with a truck accident injury lawsuit.

If you live in or near Houston, Dallas or San Antonio, Texas, contact us today and let’s get started claiming the payments and justice you legally deserve with help from an Adler truck accident lawyer.

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