Abilene Truck Accident Lawyers
Billions Won by Trucking Lawyers Serving Abilene, TX
There are 12.6 million commercial vehicles on U.S. highways—5 percent of a grand total of 253 million vehicles on the road, the average age of which is more than a decade. This small portion of the road's occupants are responsible for an outsize number of fatalities: more than 1 in 10 vehicle deaths involve a large commercial truck.
Truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries like:
- Burn injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Neurological injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Blunt force trauma
When people's lives are irreparably harmed by a trucking accident, our Abilene truck accident lawyers help them rebuild. By holding truck companies accountable, we can fight for the money people need to get medical care, provide for their families, and replace the income they lost as a result of the crash. Our clients have won billions of dollars because Arnold & Itkin invests our resources into developing each case as much as possible.
Call (888) 493-1629 or use our short online form to learn about your options. If we can help you, we cover the costs of your case from start to finish.
UPS & FedEx Truck Accident Lawyers
FedEx and UPS are the leaders of the freight delivery industry. Collectively, their operations run a fleet of 210,000 vehicles and own 50 percent of the U.S. general freight industry market. Their practices and policies shape the industry—and in more than just influence. In 2014, the Center for Responsive Politics revealed that FedEx employed 51 lobbyists in Washington, 37 of whom once held positions in federal government.
Over the last few years, both companies have seen a notable increase in the number of accidents, injuries, and fatalities involving their trucks. From 2015 to 2017, UPS trucks were in 2,003 crashes that killed 49 people and injured 689. In the same time period, FedEx had slightly fewer incidents across the board. However, their numbers showed a 192 percent increase or more in crashes, injuries, and deaths since 2012.
See for yourself—find out how often trucking companies get into accidents on the FMCSA website.
Why Truck Accidents Are Happening More Often
The trucking industry's practices are putting truckers—and the public—at risk.
The industry as a whole pays new truckers a few cents for every mile they drive—companies then assure drivers that if they just 'work hard,' they'll be able to make a good living. Never mind that a trucker spends hours of his or her life doing necessary but unpaid work—work like submitting to federally-mandated rig inspections, waiting for loading and unloading, driving to new loads from the dispatcher, and (of course) sleeping.
Pay-by-mile ensures that trucking companies only pay for the work that matters to them—while drivers end up paying for everything else. New truckers quickly learn the ways to deceive federal regulations designed to make the road safer, rules that force companies to allow drivers to sleep for 8 hours or rest for at least 10 hours a day. By getting around the rules, drivers haul as long and as far as they can, sacrificing rest in order to make ends meet. The result? Thousands of drivers getting behind the wheel while suffering from serious sleep debt.
Common truck accidents include:
- Box truck crashes
- Flatbed truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
- Tanker truck crashes
- Tow truck collisions
Sleep debt isn't just a personal health issue—statistics suggest that 13 percent of all truck crashes are directly caused by fatigue. Experts believe 13 percent is too low; the actual number of crashes affected by tiredness is far higher. Up to 1 in 4 crashes happened after 17 hours of hauling. Researchers on sleep debt believe that moderate tiredness impairs our driving as much as drinking does.
Get a Free Consultation from Abilene Trucking Attorneys
As soon as a truck accident happens, the company or their insurer will send out investigators to make sure they're safe from liability. If there's evidence that the company's practices or lack of maintenance contributed to the crash, investigators show up to document it (and then hide it forever). Meanwhile, victims are left to recover alone in the hospital without the income they need to afford care.
Regular people deserve experienced truck accident investigators, adjusters, and advocates just like the largest companies have. That's what our Abilene truck accident lawyers offer our clients. We provide them with the resources and guidance to level the playing field between them and large insurers and carriers. Our approach has helped our clients win billions of dollars to rebuild their lives and provide for their families.
Learn about your options—call (888) 493-1629 or contact us online for a free consultation. We cover the cost of cases from start to finish; clients pay nothing out of pocket.