18-Wheeler Accidents

When a large commercial truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the injuries that result may be catastrophic or even fatal.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Commercial truck accidents may have a variety of causes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), which have been adopted in Texas, set limits on how long commercial drivers can be on duty per day and per week. When drivers exceed these limits, drowsy driving can result in a crash. Other accidents may be caused by negligence, driver error, intoxication, speeding, reckless driving, or poor maintenance.

Damage Caused by Truck Accidents

The difference in the size and weight of a passenger vehicle compared with an 18-wheeler or big rig, which can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds, leaves the driver and passengers in the car at much greater risk of injury. When a truck crashes into a passenger vehicle, people in the car may suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries. The serious consequences of these accidents make the need for quick legal action all the more pressing. Critical evidence may be lost or destroyed if immediate steps are not taken to preserve the evidence.

Accidents with a truck may result in injuries that include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Death

You may be able to recover economic damages, such as medical bills and lost wages, as well as non-economic damages, such as physical impairment, and pain and suffering and mental anguish.

Experienced trucking accident attorney in Bryan/College Station, TX

If you need a trucking accident lawyer in Bryan/College Station, contact Brian C. Gutierrez, PLLC for experienced representation.

We can help you build a strong case. We will obtain the crash report, conduct our own investigation, gather evidence, interview witnesses, hire experts, inspect the tractor-trailer, and if necessary, file a lawsuit and subpoena records to prove the negligence of the truck driver and the carrier.

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