Truck Accidents

Harlingen Truck Accident Attorneys

Advocates for Accident Victims in Brownsville, Cameron County & Hidalgo County, TX

Truck accidents can be some of the state's most devastating motor vehicle accidents. Massive commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, tankers, cement mixers, dump trucks, and garbage trucks, are designed to transport large amounts of cargo. The heaviest can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and extend to 65 feet.

Their weight, length, and blind spots make commercial trucks dangerous; they take longer to stop and are harder to maneuver. When colliding with smaller vehicles, they can cause enormous damage. The occupants of passenger cars and light trucks have a significantly higher risk of injury or death in these crashes. 

Because of severe and even catastrophic injuries that can occur in truck accidents, it is essential that you turn to a skilled personal injury firm. At Ried Pecina Trial Lawyers,  we understand the struggles that you and your family may endure after a truck accident. Our attorneys have the experience and resources to effectively advocate for you and your family. We know how to navigate the complexities of state and federally-regulated commercial truck industry to seek the maximum compensation available. 

Arrange your free consultation with a Harlingen truck accident lawyer by reaching a team member via our online contact form or at (956) 225-2509. Hablamos Español.

Truck Accidents in Texas

Unfortunately, Texas leads the nation in fatal truck accidents. According to the latest National Safety Council figures from 2021, 806 fatal commercial vehicle accidents occurred in Texas. This was almost double that of the second-ranked state, California, with 437 deaths.

The high fatality rate is particularly devastating for passenger car occupants, who are often outmatched by the size and weight of large trucks on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 79% of large trucks involved in fatal traffic crashes in 2017 weighed more than 10,000 pounds, highlighting the significant threat posed to smaller vehicles. Furthermore, trucks often carry hazardous materials, adding another layer of risk in the event of an accident.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can involve rear-end, head-on, jackknife, side impact, rollover, and blind spot collisions caused by various factors.

These factors can include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver inexperience
  • Speeding
  • Texting and driving
  • Illegal or improperly loaded cargo
  • Poor road conditions
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Poor maintenance of the truck
  • Mechanical failures
  • Poor driver training
  • Other traffic violations
  • Violations of federal or state trucking regulations

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Complexities of Truck Accident Cases

Claims arising from truck accidents tend to be complex due to several factors. First, multiple parties could potentially be held liable, including the truck driver, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, and other third-party entities. 

Second, both federal and state laws govern truck operations, adding another layer of complexity. Federal laws regulate aspects such as driver hours, truck maintenance, and cargo limits, while state laws may dictate specific safety standards and procedures. These factors must be investigated to determine if they caused or contributed to the accident. 

Employer liability, product liability, and truck insurance issues can all be involved in a truck accident claim or lawsuit. For instance, if a trucking company fails to adhere to safety regulations or properly vet or train employees, they could be liable. 

If a truck's mechanical failure led to the accident, the manufacturer might be responsible under product liability laws. You may also be dealing with multiple insurers, such as those for the driver, the trucking company, the cargo loader, or the manufacturer, who often attempt to minimize payouts.

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