The Guerrero Law Office help people who have been injured in traffic accidents involving trucks and other large commercial vehicles. Two of the nation’s major interstates, I-35 and I-20, intersect in Fort Worth, meaning that a great deal of Texas and U.S. trucking traffic runs through the Metroplex. When an 18-wheeler collides with a smaller, lighter motor vehicle, the results can be devastating, and attorney Roxane Guerrero is there to stand up to the major trucking companies and their insurers and hold them accountable when their negligence has caused serious personal injury or wrongful death.
Motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers are often much more severe than collisions involving only automobiles. The size and weight of a fully-loaded semi is immensely greater than even a large vehicle such as a van or SUV. The potential for devastating property damage and catastrophic injury or wrongful death is therefore much greater when an 18-wheeler is involved.
In addition to their ability to cause more damage, the size and weight of a truck make them more difficult to stop than smaller vehicles, requiring increased stopping distance and reaction time. The overall length of a truck creates several blind spots, often resulting in an accident when the driver fails to see another vehicle when changing lanes.
Driver Error, Trucking Company Negligence
The nature of the trucking industry is set up to move freight across the country as quickly as possible. This means that drivers may sometimes feel pressured to drive longer or faster than is prudent. Speeding, reckless or aggressive driving on the one hand, and driver fatigue on the other, can combine to create a deadly recipe on the roads and highways. The U.S. Department of Transportation has enacted detailed regulations through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) placing limits on the hours truckers may be on duty. However, the trucking industry has influenced these regulations, creating many exemptions. Even truckers who are not exempt can still be forced to work 14-hour days and six days a week, with 11 hours behind the wheel each day.
In addition to the driving itself, trucks must be laden and balanced correctly to avoid jackknifing when loads shift on curves and turns. Loading may be the responsibility of the driver or loading dock workers employed by a trucking company or shipper/distributor. The driver and the trucking company are also responsible to inspect and maintain the truck in good working order, including tires, brakes, signals and safety equipment which must operate correctly at crucial times. The FMCSA regulations require such inspection and maintenance routines.
Seek Experienced Legal Representation
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck accident, you need an experienced attorney who understands the unique issues surrounding truck-related collisions and the serious injuries that often accompany them. Roxane Guerrero has over 32 years experience dedicated to achieving the best possible results for her clients in personal injury and wrongful death in all manner of motor vehicle accidents. Contact the Guerrero Law Office for a free consultation regarding your trucking accident case.