Big rig victims need an experienced 18-wheeler accident attorney.
A fully loaded 18-wheeler is legally allowed to weigh 80,000 pounds. The average automobile weighs around 5,000 pounds. The force from a fully-loaded 18-wheeler collision at 80 miles per hour is catastrophic. Being involved in an accident with a big rig is frightening to consider, but it’s more common than you may realize. Every sixteen minutes, someone dies in an 18-wheeler accident.
Not only are trucking company vehicles big, so are their lawyers. So when a regular person is involved in an 18-wheeler accident, they’ll need a strong attorney at their side. At Shamieh Law, we not only have one of the 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Texas, we have a track record of recovering multi-million dollar awards for our clients.
Why an 18-Wheeler Accident is Deadly
Although 18-wheelers are less than 3 percent of vehicles on the road, big rigs were responsible for one out of every nine traffic fatalities over the last 10 years. The average 18-wheeler operates at 400 to 600 horsepower, compared to 100 to 200 horsepower for cars. When fully loaded and at top speed, it takes longer for an 18-wheeler to come to a complete stop, compared to the average automobile. When they can’t stop in time, the sheer mass and speed of these vehicles leaves catastrophic injuries and death in their wake.
Companies Push Drivers Over the Line
Clearly, an 18-wheeler’s mass combined with the inevitable risk of human error, creates a recipe for disaster. The majority of big rig drivers are skilled, courteous professionals. Unfortunately, a small percentage of reckless drivers can create big problems on the roads. This problem is exacerbated by the demands of business owners and the occasional exhausted driver. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations has guidelines for the number of hours a driver may be on the road, however, these rules are often broken. Trucking companies are a business, and their pursuit of profit sometimes pushes drivers over the line.
The Driver or Trucking Company – Who is at Fault?
Truck drivers may forgo adequate rest in order to fulfill the trucking company’s demands. Twenty percent of truck drivers report falling asleep on the road within the last 30 days, according to studies.
Trucking companies sometimes follow unscrupulous practices, such as hiring drivers with license suspensions or previous reckless driving convictions. Drivers with speeding convictions are likelier to go on to cause fatal accidents. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis over 25 percent truck drivers involved in crashes resulting in a fatality had a speeding conviction on their record.
Consult with an 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in an 18-wheeler accident, the trucking company may be liable. However, these companies will go to great lengths to deny responsibility. That’s why it’s important to have a legal advocate who knows state and federal laws governing motor carriers.
At Shamieh Law, we have won 99% of our cases. We are ready to fight for you and your family if you or a loved one has been involved in an 18-wheeler accident.
First, we can help you get the medical attention you need. Next, we will fully investigate the accident, liability issues and available insurance coverages. Finally, we will aggressively represent your interests and achieve the best possible outcome.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident in Dallas, New Orleans or anywhere else in Texas or Louisiana, contact Shamieh Law today to schedule a free consultation on how we can help you. Remember, you do not owe us anything unless we win your case.
Call 214-888-3333 now for your free consultation.