Dallas trucking accident lawyers / Attorneys Eberstein & Witherite, LLP
Many motorists are injured or killed or in motor vehicle collisions with 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and other large transport vehicles. In 2005, a nationwide report stated that there were 442,000 collisions involving large trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds. These collisions killed 5,212 people, and 114,000 others were seriously injured. Occupants of other vehicles involved in a collision with trucks accounted for 76 percent of the deaths, due to the significant difference in the size of the vehicle. Texas drivers on highways and roads are included in these terrible statistics.
Most truck drivers abide by the many rules and regulations put in place to make Texas highways and roads a safe place to travel. However, due to the mistakes of some truck drivers and trucking companies, motor vehicle accidents still occur at a frightening rate. The frequent causes of accidents with trucks include:
- Sleepy or fatigued drivers
- Alcohol or drug impairment
- Drivers with little experience
- Insufficient training
- Reckless driving or speeding
- Aggressive drivers
- Tailgating other vehicles
- Not yielding the right of way to other drivers
- Poor condition of truck brakes
- Oversized loads
- Overloaded vehicles
- Hazardous safety systems
- Missing underride protection
When truck drivers are tired, inexperienced, fatigued, or inadequately trained, the trucking companies are often at fault. Our attorneys also represent these truck drivers who are victimized by the trucking companies’ economically motivated decisions to generate and impose illegal schedules, overextended shifts, and false logbooks to cover up these unlawful practices. Trucking companies often hold back on safety equipment and maintenance costs, and they disregard the need to maintain essential qualifications to avoid hiring and training requirements. Truck drivers are pushed beyond their limits to save money for their companies, and it can lead to disastrous injuries and death.
Collisions involving commercial vehicles kill and injure thousands of people each year, and due to the significantly larger size of these vehicles compared with smaller automobiles or motorcycles means that most of these accidents are major, often resulting in terrible injuries that require many years of considerable compensation and rehabilitation for lost wages, medical bills, and long-term care. The truck accident attorneys at Eberstein & Witherite, LLP, have lots of experience with insurance company defense, and they are aware of the strategies and tactics the insurance companies will employ to deny or delay a claim. A large percentage of insurance companies will employ on-site investigative teams, and they can arrive at the scene of an accident within hours, as they gather evidence with the sole intention to dispute a personal injury claim and reduce their financial obligations.
The attorneys at Eberstein & Witherite, LLP, and our truck accident legal staff have considerable experience in truck accident litigation, and they have won millions of dollars for Texas clients and their families after negligence, irresponsibility, or carelessness on the part of truck drivers and trucking companies resulted in a wrongful death or serious injury.
Attorney Brian Eberstein and our team once helped the surviving family members of a mother who was killed when a large truck collided with her vehicle, which was immobilized and partially placed in the traffic lane. The family received $704,320.50 to help them cope with their considerable loss.
In another case, our team of professionals won $787,321.79 for the surviving members of a family who lost their father in a collision with an 18-wheeler in Dallas County.
The truck accident lawyers at Eberstein & Witherite, LLP, also successfully negotiated a $1.6 million settlement to compensate a client for damages involving the death of our client’s loved one. Sadly, the deceased driver ran out of gas while driving on a state highway in Texas. He was soon struck by an oncoming truck after pulling his vehicle off to the side of the highway. The engineering experts on our team utilized sophisticated computer modeling to demonstrate how the truck driver should have been able to see and avoid the collision.
In another truck accident dispute, a commercial truck collision with our client aggravated his two prior back fusions, which caused serious back problems. Our client was awarded $316,989.66 to compensate him for the back injury he sustained when his vehicle was hit by the 18-wheeler.
These drivers and many other clients have benefited from the expertise, considerable resources, and dedication to go the extra mile to hold truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for terrible injuries or deaths occurring on Texas highways and roads. Having an experienced Texas truck accident attorney on your side is very important if you or a loved one has been victimized by a truck accident in Texas.
Contact the leading trucking accident attorneys at Eberstein & Witherite, LLP, for a private consultation. We will answer all your questions and carefully explain all of the legal options that are available to you. It will not cost you anything to contact us, and our firm is owed nothing unless we successfully acquire compensation for you.