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Crosley Law: Experienced San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyers
Struggling After a Truck Accident? Crosley Law Firm Fights for Victims
If you or a loved one has been involved in a devastating truck accident, your life has probably been turned upside down. You may not know where to turn. Medical bills or other expenses may be piling up faster than you can keep track, and the insurance company may be calling you with a settlement offer to try and make your case go away.
If this sounds like your situation, call Crosley Law for help right away. We assist victims in San Antonio and across Texas so they can get the answers and financial compensation they deserve. You may be entitled to compensation for your financial, psychological, and emotional losses.
Crosley Law Is Here to Help
We always offer free initial consultations for injury cases. During your free consultation, one of our lawyers will listen to your story and give you honest advice about your rights and legal options. And if we take on your case, we have a no-fee policy: we won’t charge you a cent unless we get you a settlement or win your case in court. Call 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000 or fill out the free consultation request form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you right away. Below is some additional information about trucking accidents and our approach to handling complex and challenging truck crash cases.
Bexar County Ranks Third in Texas for Commercial Vehicle Crashes
Texas’ roadways host a wide variety of commercial vehicles, including semi trucks, box trucks, vans, buses, and cars. As we buy more goods online, we increasingly rely on commercial drivers to deliver goods to our stores, businesses, and homes. Unfortunately, with so many commercial vehicles on the road and with many drivers working excessively long hours to keep up with demand, crashes are becoming more and more common.
In 2018, Bexar County ranked third in Texas for commercial vehicle crashes. That year, our community saw 2,420 of these collisions, and 14 people died.
Statewide, Texas sees more than 37,500 commercial vehicle wrecks each year, causing roughly 15,000 injuries and over 600 deaths. This number has steadily grown in recent years, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
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Truck Accidents Often Have Multiple Causes, and It’s Not Always Easy to Identify Them
At Crosley Law, we know that there’s no such thing as a truck “accident.” When a big rig crashes, someone acted negligently or recklessly and caused your injuries. There’s nothing accidental about it, and you deserve answers and accountability.
The agency that regulates safety in the trucking industry, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), has researched the top causes of large truck crashes. According to the FMCSA, those causes include:
- Brake and mechanical problems, both due to poor maintenance and defective parts
- Unfamiliarity with roads
- Road maintenance issues (potholes and other hazardous road conditions)
- Prescription and over-the-counter drug use
- Distracted driving
- Failure to keep a lookout for hazards
- Fatigue and drowsy driving
- Pressure from truck companies for drivers to work long hours or meet unreasonable expectations
- Illegal driving maneuvers, like improper lane changes and ignoring stoplights
- Tailgating and following too close
- Losing control of the vehicle (jackknifing)
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Driving while ill or injured
- Drugged and drunk driving
We know from experience that most truck wrecks involve multiple factors. Fatigue, speeding, and alcohol use are the overall three biggest risk factors for deadly truck crashes. A 2016 study of nearly 600 truck crashes also suggested that older truck drivers are more likely to make driving errors and cause crashes.
While the truck driver often receives most of the attention and blame after a wreck, there’s usually more to the story. Low profit margins and a truck driver shortage have put some trucking companies into a difficult position financially, and they’ve decided to cut corners to stay profitable. Some companies even skip inspections or fail to replace worn out or defective truck parts, putting both their drivers and other motorists at risk.
Besides skipping maintenance and inspections, trucking companies often push their drivers to break laws and regulations. For example, companies frequently pressure drivers to pull illegal extra-long shifts just so they can make more deliveries and move products faster. This pressure leads to speeding and drowsy driving. When you combine these dangerous behaviors with a massive truck that weighs up to 80,000 pounds, the results can be catastrophic.
Truck Accident Victims Often Suffer Catastrophic, Life-Changing Injuries
Most 18-wheelers can weigh up to 80,0000 pounds, and some specially permitted super-heavy trucks weigh more than 250,000 pounds. Even with cutting-edge sensors, lane departure warnings, and other safety systems, a single mistake while driving a big truck can lead to a chain reaction of events. Tragically, thousands of people suffer injuries or die in truck wrecks every year in Texas. Many of these injuries and deaths occur in Bexar County and San Antonio.
People who survive truck crashes often live with permanent, life-changing injuries. Our truck accident lawyers have represented truck accident victims who suffered:
- Traumatic brain and head injuries
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries, including whiplash, sprains, and strains
- Shoulder and arm damage
- Joint injuries involving the knees, hips, and other joints
- Chemical and heat burns
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Cuts, lacerations, and bruises
Ordinary drivers aren’t the only ones who suffer in tractor-trailer crashes. Truck collisions injure and kill other truckers, too. Truck drivers are more likely to survive a crash than people in smaller vehicles, but they often suffer devastating injuries, especially to their legs, knees, and hips.
Trucking Cases Are Some of the Most Complex Personal Injury Cases
Compared to your typical fender bender, a truck wreck injury claim is much more complicated. Because of this complexity, it’s essential to consult a lawyer after a crash involving a big rig or other commercial vehicle.
Victims and their loved ones face a variety of unique challenges:
- The laws that govern the trucking industry are very complicated. Understanding them requires lots of knowledge and training.
- Large trucks are complex vehicles that have more (and more complicated) parts compared to a passenger car. Proving that a truck part failed or that a truck company failed to maintain a truck properly requires detailed knowledge of how these trucks work.
- The at-fault trucking company and their insurers often have big legal teams and lots of money. The company will fight tooth and nail to avoid taking responsibility for their negligence.
- Truck wrecks often cause catastrophic injuries that require a lifetime of care. Calculating these damages requires expertise and guidance from medical and long-term care experts.
Additionally, tractor-trailer crashes usually involved multiple parties and insurance companies. As a victim, you may have legal claims against the truck driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer of a defective part, and other companies or people who caused the crash or made it worse. Plus, large trucks sometimes crash into more than one vehicle, so other victims may be filing lawsuits as well.
Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies Must Follow Federal Safety Laws
When trucks and other commercial vehicles transport goods across state lines, they must follow the FMCSA’s rules as well as Texas’ laws. Most truck drivers and trucking companies must:
- Limit the number of hours that drivers operate their vehicles
- Track hours of service in detailed logbooks
- Perform regularly scheduled inspections
- Repair worn or damaged truck parts
- Maintain records for each inspection and repair
- Pass a Department of Transportation physical and disclose certain health issues, illnesses, and injuries
- Meet federal drug and alcohol testing procedures
- Comply with strict rules when transporting hazardous materials
When truckers or truck companies violate these rules and cause your injuries, they are financially responsible.
Insurance Companies Take Extraordinary Steps to Avoid Liability, and You Need to Be Ready to Fight
Trucking companies and the insurance companies who cover them sometimes use extremely unethical methods to avoid paying victims fair compensation. We have seen unsafe trucking companies:
- Pressure injured victims to make recorded statements that may damage their case
- Set up surveillance to spy on injured victims
- Destroy or dispose of key evidence to cover up wrongdoing
- Make unreasonably low settlement offers to try and resolve the claim quickly
To level the playing field against these powerful companies, you need experienced, aggressive attorneys who will protect your interests while forcing the people who harmed you to take responsibility for their actions.
A Truck Accident Attorney May Be Able to Uncover the Real Cause of Your Truck Crash Using Black Box and Telematics Data
Many modern trucks and commercial vehicles contain complex sensors and tracking systems called telematics. These systems can monitor a truck’s every move and operation. A telematics system can identify when a driver is speeding, suddenly slams on their brakes, or veers out of their lane. Some telematics systems even monitor the truck’s mechanical health and record the driver’s behaviors.
However, trucking companies don’t have to keep telematics records forever, and many crash victims don’t realize that black boxes and telematics contain important evidence.
For example, we represented a young man who was hit by a delivery driver. The driver claimed that he did nothing wrong. However, during our investigation, we uncovered telematics data that proved the driver was speeding. The case settled for $9 million; after paying his medical bills, attorney’s fees, and expenses, our client received roughly $5.2 million.
Crosley Law Settles Million Dollar Claim for a Young Surgeon
Dr. Kelly B’s Story
Dr. Kelly B. was about to start work as a surgeon, but her life changed dramatically after a tractor-trailer rear-ended her SUV. The next thing she remembered was waking up in the hospital.
During the crash, Kelly shattered her leg and wrist and suffered a concussion. In less than 24 hours, she underwent two surgeries.
Learn What Your Truck Wreck Claim Is Worth
It’s hard to know the real settlement value of your truck injury claim without a detailed, personalized analysis from a San Antonio truck accident attorney. At Crosley Law, we spend time with our clients and carefully investigate their claims so we can calculate:
- Medical expenses and future medical needs
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage losses, such as repair and replacement costs
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Potential punitive damages
- The amount of insurance coverage that applies to their lawsuits
Then, we guide our clients through their settlement negotiations, educating them at every step. We’re not afraid to take a case to trial if the insurance companies are acting unreasonably, and we’ll never encourage you to settle for an unfair amount.
Crosley Law Has Experience Fighting for Truck Accident Victims in San Antonio and Throughout Texas
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Crosley Law understand the pain that trucking accident victims go through and the challenges they face. We use our experience and resources to stand up for them.
Our trucking accident attorneys have made themselves fluent in federal trucking regulations as well as state and local laws in Texas. We use this knowledge to hold trucking companies and truck drivers accountable for negligent behavior. We know how to prove whether your accident was caused by driver negligence, company negligence, or both.
To uncover the truth about what caused your crash and fight for justice, we may use the following strategies:
- Sending accident reconstruction experts to inspect the crash scene or the vehicles so they can gather vital evidence and help prove your claim
- Preserving and examining driver logbooks to see if hours-of-service rules were broken
- Hiring trucking safety and accident reconstruction experts to determine if the truck:
- Was overloaded with cargo
- Had a mechanical malfunction
- Lacked proper blind spot mirrors
- Investigating whether the trucking company performed inspections and repairs as required
- Interviewing witnesses and the truck driver to find out if the driver was doing any of the following:
- Driving aggressively
- Driving while drowsy or distracted
- Talking on a cell phone or using other distracting electronic devices
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Preserving and analyzing black box and telematics data
- Taking sworn testimony from corporate representatives
- Consulting with your physicians, therapists, and other experts to fully understand your injuries and calculate your damages
- Producing high-tech, detailed computer animations to show a jury exactly how the accident occurred
- Aggressively preparing your case for trial and combatting the insurance company’s delay tactics
When the trucking and insurance companies try to cover up the causes of the crash and minimize or deny your claim, Crosley Law has the resources and expertise needed to fight back.
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Crosley Law Fights for Texas Truck Accident Victims
If you’ve suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in an accident involving a semi truck or other large truck, Crosley Law is here to help. Schedule your free consultation with an experienced trucking accident lawyer by calling 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000 or filling out the quick contact form on this page.
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