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San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyers

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A major transportation hub, San Antonio leads in big truck fatalities.

San Antonio is the cultural heart of Texas and an important economic center as well. The second largest city in Texas and the twelfth largest city in the United States, San Antonio is a key crossroad for goods moving into and out of the country. A large portion of those goods are moved by 18-wheelers or commercial vehicles.

Large trucks are a familiar sight on San Antonio roadways and they’re only going to become more common in the coming years as the amount of Texas truck freight increases. San Antonio already has one of the fastest-growing congestion levels in the nation due to a rapidly-growing population. More truck travel in and around the city, combined with increased congestion, is a recipe for trucking accidents. But at a time when truck safety demands greater attention, the trucking industry is pushing measures that make Texas roads less safe.

Everything is bigger in Texas, including truck crashes. If you were injured in a San Antonio trucking accident, you need Jim Adler & Associates on your side. We’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for Texans injured and killed in 18-wheeler accidents. There are many truck accident lawyers in San Antonio, but there’s only one Texas Hammer. Call or contact us to schedule a free truck accident 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 is the Deadliest State for Large Truck Crashes

Texas leads the country in a number of categories. It is the top state for export trade, population growth, and capital investments. It’s home to more farmland and cattle than any other state, leads the country in energy production, and is the leading state for job creation. However, Texas also is tops when it comes to a more dubious distinction: the number of large truck traffic fatalities.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are approximately 4,500 fatal truck crashes every year in the U.S. About 1 in 13 trucking fatalities occur in Texas.

Statewide, Texas had more than 32,000 commercial truck crashes in 2020, reports the Texas Department of Transportation. Bexar County was the third leading county for truck accidents, with more than 2,100. Fifteen of these San Antonio truck crashes were fatal. Many more resulted in serious injuries.

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The Trucking Industry in San Antonio

San Antonio is an economic force in the State of Texas and an important commerce center. The Port of San Antonio is one of Texas’ two intermodal logistics facilities, connecting air, ground, and rail transportation. The Port’s booming business activities include major employers from the aerospace, cybersecurity, technology, and defense sectors.

Created from the former Kelly Air Force Base, the Port’s strategic location makes it an ideal international logistics platform for North and South America. Port San Antonio offers easy truck access to three interstate highways: I-10, I-35, and I-37 and is capable of connecting to Mexico, Canada, and U.S. coasts. I-10 between San Antonio and Louisiana is among the Texas roadways carrying the most freight tonnage.

By 2045, 1-10 from El Paso to San Antonio is expected to carry more than 50 million tons of freight annually. That estimate comes from the 2017 Texas Freight Mobility Plan, which also estimates massive population growth in Texas, and in particular the cities of Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Economic and population growth will place a greater burden on the transportation system and lead to greater crashes between personal and commercial vehicles.

Mobility 2045, a comprehensive blueprint for meeting Texas’ future mobility needs, notes that there is currently an increase in truck traffic in the San Antonio region, especially along I-35 and I-10. San Antonio is also identified as having one of the fastest growing congestion levels in the country.

The Texas Freight Mobility Plan identifies the I-10, I-35, and I-37 corridors through San Antonio as locations for the proposed Texas Primary Highway Freight Network. In addition, the Texas Clear Lanes Project, a $3.8 billion congestion relief initiative, plans a number of highway infrastructure investments in the San Antonio area at a cost of nearly $1 billion. Major planned projects for San Antonio include expanding US 281, Loop 1604, and I-10.

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Causes of Large Truck Crashes

Large trucks account for only 4% of all registered vehicles and 7% of total vehicle miles traveled, yet they represent 10% of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes. The reason for the outsized role played by large trucks in fatal crashes is not a mystery. Large trucks outweigh passenger vehicles by 20 to 30 times.

Beyond size discrepancy, however, trucking is big business, and businesses sometimes cut corners to increase profits. And when corners are cut which affect roadway safety, more often than not, it’s the occupants of passenger vehicles that pay the price. Most of the injuries and deaths that occur from large truck crashes occur to the people in other vehicles, National Safety Council data shows.

Trucker Fatigue

Federal regulations limit the number of hours that large truck drivers can spend behind the wheel to 11 hours at a stretch. But the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) cites research showing that many drivers violate hours-of-service regulations and drive more than they’re legally permitted to. IIHS research has found that truck drivers who spend more than eight hours driving are twice as likely to crash. The bottom line is that truckers can be operating while fatigued even when they’re following the rules of the road.

Defective Truck Equipment

Tractor-trailers are impressive machines, capable of pulling more than 80,000 pounds thanks to massive turbocharged diesel engines that make around 600 horsepower. Antilock brake systems, required on semi-trucks since 1997, have significantly reduced jackknife crashes, but despite antilock brakes, big trucks require 20 – 40% more distance to stop than passenger cars.

Poor maintenance of braking systems significantly worsens large truck stopping distances. An IIHS study showed that brake defects were found in 42% of crash-involved trucks investigated. A recent San Antonio truck crash occurred when the driver tried to stop but the brakes allegedly failed, sending the vehicle smashing into a Circle K.

It’s not just defective brakes that cause truck crashes, either. The Large Truck Crash Causation Survey found that that more than 50 percent of crash-involved trucks had one or more mechanical violations. Around one-third had a mechanical condition serious enough to take the vehicle out of service immediately.

Other Truck Crash Factors

The Large Truck Causation Survey identified a number of truck driver crash factors, including:

  • Departing from travel lane
  • Distraction or inattention
  • Drug use (prescription or over-the-counter)
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Loss of control due to traveling too fast, a shift in truck cargo, or vehicle systems failure
  • Not familiar with the roadway
  • Rear-ending a vehicle in the same lane as the truck
  • Speed
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Truck Crashes Are On the Rise. So Why is Texas Deregulating the Trucking Industry?

The latest traffic safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is alarming. Fatalities involving large truck deaths have been increasing for several consecutive years and are now at levels not seen in decades. In addition to passenger vehicle occupants, more pedestrians are dying in crashes involving large trucks.

Some say truckers are driving faster to make up for a federal rule requiring them to take a rest break after driving for 8 straight hours. The trucking industry, which makes more money when its fleet can spend more time hauling, has long opposed hours-of-service regulations. Groups like the American Trucking Association (ATA), the Texas Trucking Association, and the Keep Texas Trucking Coalition supported a new law that makes it harder to sue trucking companies when their drivers cause an accident. And Governor Abbot waived some state commercial trucking regulations, supposedly to expedite deliveries.

But the IIHS cautions against such measures, citing the rise in trucking-related deaths as a reason why “we shouldn’t head in the direction of loosening safety rules proven to work to make trucking safer, and that help reduce the risks for people who share the road with trucks.”

The Texas Law Hammer Protects San Antonio Truck Accident Victims

Trucking is big business in Texas. The deep-pocketed trucking industry uses its power and influence to protect itself from truck accident lawsuits and increase its bottom line. If you were injured in a San Antonio trucking accident, you need an advocate. You need Jim Adler & Associates.

The Jim Adler Law Firm has won over a billion dollars for truck accident victims. Our 300-member team of personal injury attorneys and support staff 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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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.

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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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