Corpus Christi Truck Accident Lawyers
Commercial Truck Accident Law Firm Serving Corpus Christi
Weighing between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds, commercial trucks far outweigh even the largest passenger vehicle on Texas' highways. Crashes involving tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks are far more deadly as a result, causing burns, catastrophic injuries, and even wrongful death. Trucking accidents virtually never cause anything less than a life-changing injury.
The Corpus Christi trucking accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin want to help victims of commercial truck accidents get their lives back. Our firm has won billions of dollars for our clients to get medical care, put food on the table, and replace their income while they recover. Our firm represents all parties who have been hurt in trucking accidents—from carrier employees to independent contractors to passenger vehicle drivers.
Call (888) 493-1629 today or contact us online to speak with our team—we'll review your options with you and help you make the journey back to normal life.
The Underlying Cause of Trucking Accidents
The trucking industry has made it a standard practice to take new drivers and churn them through a grueling, overly demanding system that causes people to drive themselves into an early grave. Using a pay scheme that only rewards truck drivers for the miles they drive, companies leave drivers unpaid for the vital non-driving work they do.
Vital non-driving work that every driver needs to do includes:
- Rig inspections at weigh-ins
- Waiting for loading and unloading
- Planning routes
- Getting a full night of rest before any drive
- Rig repair and maintenance (for independent contractors)
As a result, drivers are forced to drive long hours without breaks in order to "make the miles," leading to increased accident rates. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that 1 in 4 crashes happen after 17+ hours of driving without a break. These practices contribute directly to unsafe roads and vehicle accident fatalities. Of the thousands of truck accident fatalities that occur every year, around 700 of them are truck drivers themselves. Everyone pays the price for industry practices.
Truck accidents we've represented include:
- Box truck crashes
- Flatbed truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
- Tanker truck crashes
- Tow truck collisions
Industry veterans even instruct new drivers with "unofficial" curriculum that encourages them to use underhanded or deceptive tactics to get around federal trucking regulations. For instance, it's common practice for drivers to keep two hours-of-service logbooks, allowing them to always have a logbook that appears compliant with the law while allowing them to drive for several hours longer than is safe.
UPS Truck Accident Attorneys
UPS is one of the leaders of the freight delivery industry with a 27 percent overall market share. Unfortunately, they've also been party to a 27 percent increase in injuries caused by drivers from 2015 to 2017 (compared with the same length of time ending in 2012). In the two-year period between December 2015 and December 2017, UPS drivers were involved with 2,003 accidents that killed 49 people. They employ a total of 119,000 vehicles, including vehicles other than trucks.
See for yourself—find out how often trucking companies get into accidents on the FMCSA website.
FedEx Truck Crash Lawyers
FedEx is a close second to UPS' domination of the freight delivery industry. FedEx has a 23 percent market share and employs a fleet of more than 90,000 vehicles. It leads the industry in another way—according to the Center for Responsive Politics, FedEx had 51 lobbyists on its payroll in 2014. Thirty-seven of those lobbyists once held federal government positions. Their lobbying efforts did not seem to match their safety efforts: FedEx saw a 254 percent increase in its number of crashes from 2015 to 2017, with a 273 percent increase in the number of fatalities.
If you were harmed in a FedEx or UPS truck accident, call our Corpus Christi commercial vehicle attorneys for help holding either company accountable.
Get a Free Consultation with Corpus Christi Trucking Lawyers
Arnold & Itkin's job is simple: we help people get their lives back after a life-shattering accident. Our trucking attorneys have won billions of dollars for our clients, helping them get medical care, keep their homes, feed their families, and replace their present and future income. Every case begins with one phone call (or online form). If we can help you, we'll cover the cost of your case from start to finish, no matter how long it takes. We pay for court fees, expert witnesses, accident reconstruction—whatever is necessary to make your case as strong as possible. We even advance our fee so our clients never pay a single penny out of pocket. If you win your case, our firm receives an agreed-upon portion of it to pay for the case costs. If you don't, you'll still owe nothing–we absorb the costs.
Whether you're sure of your case or need to ask questions, our team is here to help. Call (888) 493-1629 today or contact us online to speak with us today.