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Truck Accidents in Texas

Trucks crisscross the interstates and surface roads of San Antonio, the surrounding areas, and the entire state of Texas every single day. Unfortunately, the drivers of many of these trucks and the companies that operate them often fail to conduct important safety checks, perform maintenance, or follow the regulations set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

This negligence can cause serious accidents, where anyone in a smaller vehicle can be catastrophically injured while the truck driver walks away. If you or a loved one has been in a tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, or commercial truck accident, you need a San Antonio truck accident attorney with the experience to pursue your truck accident case and the reputation to make the trucking company and its insurance carrier treat you fairly. Count on Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C.

The Legal Support You Need after an Accident

Give our truck accident lawyers in San Antonio a call at (210) 361-2997 or contact us online to get started on your case.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Unfortunately, trucking accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. We can help you take action if you or someone you love has been injured due to factors such as:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver errors caused by drug use, distracted driving, etc.
  • Driver negligence caused by insufficient safety training
  • Faulty equipment
  • Unsecured freight

Truck Accident Claims

Trucking companies and their insurance carriers will do everything possible to reduce their liability after an accident. We work hard to hold both companies accountable for the damage their driver has caused.

Who is Liable in a Truck Accident?

Commercial drivers are subject to strict trucking industry safety regulations. It is up to individual drivers and their employers to ensure they are following protocols and making responsible decisions on the road.

Unfortunately, many drivers are up against difficult timetables at work. The pressure to meet deadlines despite inclement weather, packed schedules, and long hauls can cause people with good intentions to cut corners — ultimately leading to serious accidents.

At Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C., we understand how the trucking industry and other commercial driver employers work. We have spent more than 30 years in law — long enough to gain an intimate knowledge of semi-truck and 18-wheeler accidents, how they could have been prevented, and who to hold accountable when someone has been injured as a result of a truck crash.

Why Are Trucking Accidents More Complex Than Car Accidents?

Having a car accident is stressful no matter who it is with, but many San Antonio residents find that things are more complex if their accident is with an 18-wheeler. Typically, people involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler truck experience worse injuries, which means a longer time of recovery and possibly the loss of income temporarily or permanently. That is why if you’ve been involved in a truck accident and the truck driver is a fault you need a team that will fight with you to make sure you are compensated properly.

Factors that can affect the outcome of your case:

How long has the driver been on shift? Did they follow the rest regulations?

One of the most common causes of trucking accidents is driver fatigue. Commercial motor vehicle drivers are limited to 11 cumulative hours of driving in a 14-hour period, following a rest period of at least than ten consecutive hours. Drivers employed by carriers in "daily operation" may not work more than 70 hours within any period of 8 consecutive days. Company records may be subpoenaed to see if a violation of these laws took place because it may assist in showing driver negligence or company negligence played a factor in the trucking accident.

Is the driver an independent contractor or company employee?

Many times companies will try to argue that the driver in the accident was driving outside the scope of their company route or that they are an independent contractor of the company and not an employee to protect themselves from the liability.

In many cases, it can be argued by your accident attorney that the argument that the driver was an independent contractor is prohibited, and the driver in fact was acting on behalf of the company. However, this isn’t always the case, and it’s important to know the driver’s relationship with the company at the time of the crash.

The cause of the accident

Getting hit by an 18-wheeler doesn’t automatically mean that the truck operator was at fault. It is important to properly document the accident after it occurs, when possible. Keep records of all medical visits, inspections or estimates and time taken off of work as a result of the accident (lost wages). Before filing a lawsuit against a trucking company be sure that you aren’t legally determined at fault.

The legal counsel you hire

It's important to know how to appropriately investigate trucking accident claims, so that the necessary records and discovery are obtained such as, black box data, GPS data, driver logs, scheduling sheets, maintenance records, and cell phone data.

Moreover, it’s important to know that your claims are prioritized. At Maloney Law Group, we have the resources, experts, and time to diligently fight on your behalf.

Do I Need an Attorney After a Trucking Accident?

One of the first things you should do after an accident is contacting an attorney Our San Antonio truck accident lawyers work closely with accident recreation experts to show how the accident happened and who was at fault. It is not uncommon for drivers to speed in order to make up lost time on their route, drive for longer than they should and get tired, or fail to perform adequate safety checks on their equipment. Whatever the cause, we will find it and use this information to further your case.

Once we have a complete picture of your accident and injuries, we can present this information to the trucking company and its insurance carrier. We are able to resolve many cases through negotiation but are not afraid to pursue just compensation in front of a judge and jury if need be.

Call a truck accident attorney from Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C. today at (210) 361-2997 to schedule a free consultation regarding your accident.

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