Truck accidents are not the same as auto accidents. Due to their massive sizes and heavy weights, semi-truck and trailer combinations cause serious and fatal injuries to about 100,000 people every year.
- In 2014, 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes nationwide.
- The number of injury crashes involving large trucks or buses increased from approximately 60,000 in 2009 to approximately 93,000 in 2014 – an increase of 55%.
- In 2014 there were 3,744 reported fatalities involving large trucks.
- In Texas alone, there were 481 fatalities involving large trucks in 2014.
- Large trucks are nearly twice as likely to be involved in a fatal accident as passenger vehicles.
Truck Accidents are complicated
Determining fault in a trucking accident is more complicated than most car accidents. It is important to understand the trucking industry and the players involved.
- Insurance: Insurance carriers for truck drivers and trucking companies have a lot of money at stake, and defend these cases very aggressively.
- Investigation: Trucking companies have accident response teams ready to investigate accidents as soon as they happen. These teams are generally on-call 24 hours a day, and include an investigator, a company safety person, and a risk management team.
- Attorneys: Usually, trucking companies have a lawyer involved immediately after the crash is reported.
Trucking companies respond immediately and aggressively to accidents: you need your own attorney to protect you and your family.
Your attorney will investigate the accident, and force the trucking company to preserve valuable evidence. Attorneys can work with a truck accident reconstructionist to determine the dynamics and cause of a crash.
Whether it happened in Texas or any other state in the Union, contact Haun Mena to discuss your trucking accident.
An experienced trucking attorney will know both federal and state laws, in addition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), including:
- Licensing requirements for truck drivers
- Required documentation
- Limits on consecutive work hours by hours
- Training requirements
- Weight, size and route limitations
- Trucking insurance minimums
Over ten years experience
Doug Mena has been handling trucking accidents for the nearly ten years. He has personally handled over 100 commercial vehicle accidents. He has the experience and the understanding needed to help you with your accident.
Call Doug Mena to today to learn how he can help you get justice from the trucking company.