El Paso Truck Accident Attorneys
We’ve Secured Billions of Dollars for Our Clients
Commercial trucks can weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds—making them significantly bigger than even the largest passenger vehicles you can find on the highways throughout El Paso. That’s why crashes involving tractor-trailers and other large trucks are more deadly, often causing catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.
After these serious crashes, the El Paso truck accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP are here to help victims rebuild their lives. Every case we take becomes personal to us, and we have a history of securing record-breaking victories for our clients. This allows them to cover the costs of medical care, put food on the table, and replace their income while they heal. We have handled all kinds of 18-wheeler accident cases in El Paso and throughout the U.S. and have represented carrier employees, independent contractors, and passenger vehicle drivers.
Let us review your options and help you make the journey back to normal life. Call our El Paso truck accident lawyers for your free case review: (888) 493-1629.
Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle
After a big rig accident, hiring an attorney may be the last thing on your mind. You may believe that the insurance company will treat you fairly and that you'll get the medical care and money you need, when you need it. Instead, you may find yourself dealing with an insurance adjuster who thinks the accident is your fault, bills that pile up because you can't work, and more questions than answers.
Our El Paso 18-wheeler accident attorneys can step in and help with:
- Cement truck accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Tanker truck accidents
- Tow truck accidents
- Underride accidents
- Box truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
There are many benefits to hiring an attorney to handle your case. Our team has experience investigating truck accidents, determining fault, and identifying all sources of compensation. We know how to take on insurance companies, big corporations, and the teams of attorneys they deploy to try to avoid liability. And while we will work to negotiate a settlement, we are always ready to go to trial if this is what it takes to secure the best result.
Questions to Ask After an El Paso Big Rig Accident
If you were involved in a collision with a big rig in the El Paso area, you're probably wondering whether you have a truck accident claim. This will depend on a number of factors, so your best bet is to talk to an attorney who has experience in these matters. You can also ask yourself a few basic questions to assess the situation on your own.
After a truck collision, ask yourself:
- Did someone else cause the crash?
- Were you seriously injured?
- Are you unable to work?
- Has the accident affected your quality of life?
- Is the insurance company treating you fairly?
- Are you unsure of where to turn or what to do?
Now is the time to get these questions answered. At Arnold & Itkin, we offer a free consultation to talk to you about what happened. We can answer your questions and help you consider your options. If we take on your truck accident claim, you pay no upfront costs and no legal fees at all unless we win. There's no risk and no obligation.
18-Wheeler Accident Cases Are Complicated
Any motor vehicle accident can cause serious harm, and any resulting lawsuit can be difficult to handle. With commercial truck accidents, however, there are more challenges to consider. Fortunately, our El Paso truck accident law firm knows what to expect and has the resources (and willpower) to overcome any obstacle.
Truck accidents are more complicated because:
- They are more likely to cause catastrophic injuries. The sheer size and weight of a big rig or 18-wheeler, plus the cargo it holds, make it a powerful force on the road. When a commercial truck is involved in a collision, it is far more likely to cause considerable damage to other vehicles. This translates to more serious injuries sustained by the occupants of those vehicles.
- There are multiple parties who may be liable (legally responsible). When two cars collide, there are usually only two parties who could be at fault: the drivers. With a truck accident, there are other parties to consider. The trucking company, the truck driver, the loading company, or the company responsible for maintaining or manufacturing truck parts could be responsible.
- The trucking company may not be forthcoming in providing evidence. Logbooks, employment records, and the truck's "black box" (event data recorder) are all key pieces of evidence in a truck accident claim. Unfortunately, some trucking companies have been known to hide or bury this documentation to make it more difficult to prove the cause of a crash.
- State and federal trucking laws will come into play. Commercial trucks are regulated by complex state and federal laws. When shipping companies, truck drivers, and manufacturers violate these laws, they can be held accountable for any resulting collision. In-depth knowledge of trucking regulations will be crucial in any El Paso truck accident claim or lawsuit.
These complications will make an 18-wheeler accident case more difficult, but they can be addressed. The right strategy and an unrelenting commitment to finding answers and seeing justice served have helped our El Paso personal injury firm secure life-changing results for clients who have been seriously injured in trucking accidents.
Non-Driving Tasks, Trucker Fatigue & El Paso Trucking Accidents
It seems that trucking companies are structured in a way that makes accidents almost inevitable. Truck drivers are paid only for the miles they drive, which means there are tasks that they perform off the clock. These tasks are often vital for the safety of the drivers themselves as well as others on the road. But since they don’t get paid to perform them, some drivers may cut corners and leave these tasks undone.
The following are examples of non-driving work that every trucker must do:
- Rig inspections at weigh-ins
- Getting a full night of rest before driving
- Rig repair & maintenance
- Waiting for loading & unloading
- Route planning
If drivers do perform these tasks, they may end up driving long hours to help make up for their unpaid time. Studies have shown that these long drives can lead to more truck accidents. Fatigued drivers who drive in violation of hours-of-service regulations put themselves and others on the road at risk. Too many people have had to pay the price for these unsafe practices, and Arnold & Itkin is committed to holding trucking companies and drivers accountable for the harm they cause.
El Paso Truck Accident FAQ
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents may be caused by distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, and many of the other factors that contribute to all motor vehicle collisions. They also involve some causes unique to commercial trucks, like unsecured cargo, overloaded trucks, poorly maintained vehicles, and blind spot collisions. Whether you were injured driving a truck or another vehicle, our El Paso truck accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin can help determine what caused your crash and how to help you recover the compensation you need to rebuild.
What Are Some of the Most Common Types of Truck Accidents?
The El Paso truck accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP have seen it all, and we’ve helped clients move forward after every kind of truck accident that you can imagine. Some of the common types of truck accidents include tractor-trailer and 18-wheeler crashes, dump truck accidents, delivery vehicle collisions, underride accidents, rear-end truck accidents, and jackknife accidents.
With our wealth of experience handling truck accident cases, you can feel confident that we know how to secure the compensation you deserve. We know how the trucking industry works, and we understand the harmful practices they encourage as well as the tactics they will use to try to avoid accountability. Our El Paso truck accident law firm will not accept low-ball offers or half-hearted excuses. Let us fight for the justice that you deserve after a truck accident has left you injured.
What losses will a successful El Paso truck accident Case cover?
A successful truck accident case should include compensation for any and all losses, expenses, and injuries you have experienced. This might include money for medical treatment, ongoing care and physical therapy, medication and assistive devices, lost earnings, loss of future/potential wages, and emotional trauma like pain and suffering. The purpose of a truck accident lawsuit is to help a survivor rebuild and move on. That's what we work to accomplish when we take on a new big rig or 18-wheeler case in El Paso.
UPS Truck Accident Lawyers in El Paso
Between December 2015 and December 2017, UPS drivers were involved in over 2,000 accidents that lead to the death of 49 people. In recent years, delivery drivers have emerged as a new threat to the public. Because these drivers are often rushing to make the large number of deliveries that they are responsible for on their route, they make careless decisions. The large size of UPS trucks means that they can do serious damage to passenger vehicles or pedestrians in an accident.
El Paso FedEx Truck Accident Attorneys
Another major player in the freight delivery industry is FedEx. Their fleet of nearly 100,000 delivery vehicles does serious damage. Not only are these trucks involved in accidents quite often, but FedEx also had over 50 lobbyists on its payroll in 2015. These lobbyists fight to keep federal regulations on delivery vehicles to a minimum. That may be good for business, but it is not good for the victims of freight delivery truck accidents.
Harmed in a UPS or FedEx truck accident? Our El Paso commercial truck accident lawyers know how to hold these companies accountable: (888) 493-1629.
We Bring the Fight Our Clients Deserve
As El Paso truck accident lawyers, our mission is simple: to help clients get their lives back after 18-wheeler accidents have turned their lives upside down. We have won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, helping our clients move forward without worrying about the cost of medical care or how they will provide for their families. We want to help you too.
When you work with Arnold & Itkin, we’ll cover the cost of your case from start to finish—no matter how long it takes. Court fees, expert witnesses, accident reconstruction, and other costs will be our responsibility. If we win your case, we receive an agreed-upon portion of your verdict or settlement to pay for the case costs. If we don’t, you owe us nothing.
If negligence has changed your life, let our El Paso truck accident attorneys help you rebuild. Call now for your free case review: (888) 493-1629.