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Exceptional Texas Trucking Accident Lawyers

Trucking accidents cause over twelve percent of traffic fatalities each year, and that figure is on the rise. The vast majority of those killed in trucking collisions are occupants of other vehicles — innocent drivers and passengers like you.

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

The most common causes of trucking accidents are avoidable and include:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of familiarity with the road
  • Distractions

There are also many more causes of trucking crashes that could be avoided if trucking companies weren’t trying to gain profits at the expense of safety:

  • Overloaded trucks
  • Overweight trucks
  • Unreasonable delivery deadlines
  • Inadequate safety training
  • Brake failure
  • Defective equipment

Trucking companies that make unreasonable demands of their drivers are often more concerned with financial incentives than drivers’ safety. This encourages negligent, dangerous behavior on the roadways and leads to hundreds of thousands of accidents, injuries, and lawsuits every year.

As fuel prices rise and trucking competition increases, some trucking companies will cut corners to stay profitable. This might include delayed inspections or failing to replace worn out or defective parts. These reckless practices will continue to contribute to the rapidly growing number of traffic deaths caused by large trucks each year.

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Trucking Cases Present Unique Challenges

Injured victims of trucking accidents face a unique set of challenges:

  • Commercial trucking companies are governed by an extensive and intricate body of local, state, and federal law that requires specialized knowledge and experience to apply.
  • Proving liability can involve complex mechanical issues.
  • The at-fault trucking company and their insurers are often well funded and willing to fight hard to avoid responsibility for their negligence.

Common tactics used by trucking companies and their insurers include:

  • Pressuring injured parties to make recorded statements that may be damaging to their case.
  • Setting up surveillance to spy on injured parties.
  • Destroying or losing key evidence to cover up their wrongdoing.
  • Making unreasonably low settlement offers to resolve the claim before victims speak to an attorney about their rights.

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These may sound paranoid, fictional, or both – but we have seen trucking and insurance companies employ these strategies against our clients frequently. To level the playing field against these powerful companies, you need experienced, aggressive attorneys who will protect your interests while forcing the motor carrier to take responsibility for their actions.

Experienced Texas Truck Accident Attorneys

Crosley Law Firm attorneys are well versed in Texas law as well as Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations so we can hold negligent trucking companies and drivers accountable. We know how to prove whether your accident was caused by driver negligence, company negligence, or both.

To do so, we apply the following strategies:

  • Sending our accident reconstruction experts to the scene to gather vital evidence and help prove your claim.
  • Examining the driver’s logbooks to see if he or she was driving longer hours than the law allows.
  • Hiring trucking safety experts to determine if the truck:
    • Was overloaded with cargo.
    • Had a mechanical malfunction.
    • Lacked the proper blind spot mirrors.
  • Investigating whether the truck had the required maintenance or repairs
  • Interviewing all witnesses to determine if the driver was doing any of the following:
    • Speeding
    • Driving aggressively
    • Driving tired
    • Driving distracted
    • Talking on a cell phone
    • Under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs

Crosley Law Firm has the financial resources to comprehensively prepare your trucking accident case for trial. To do so, we employ the following tactics of our own:

  • Collecting under-oath statements from corporate representatives.
  • Retaining multiple experts for accident reconstruction or medical life care planning.
  • Producing high-tech, detailed computer animations to show a jury exactly how the accident occurred.

Crosley Law Firm has the experience and resources to see your case through to its successful completion. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can help you.

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Reference:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. (2014, May). Pocket guide to large truck and bus statistics.Washington, DC: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Retrieved from
http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/FMCSA%20Pocket%20Guide%20to%20Large%20Truck%20and%20Bus%20Statistics%20-%202014%20-%20508C.pdf

To learn more about how to protect yourself after being involved in a car accident, you can download our free e-book: “DOs and DON’Ts in an Auto Accident: Your Rights and Responsibilities.”

If you think you may have a case or if you just want free expert legal advice about your situation, call Crosley Law Firm today at (877) 535-4529 to schedule your free consultation. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can help you.

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