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Lubbock Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Helping People with Life-Changing Injuries in Lubbock, TX
Our serious injury law firm has assisted with cases of all kinds—many of which involved catastrophic injuries. These are injuries that resulted in lifelong consequences, leaving the victims unable to work and often requiring around-the-clock care. Often, what makes these already impossible situations even worse is the responsible party’s refusal to do what’s right. Instead of stepping up to help the injured, they instead focus on ways to reduce their own liability. At our firm, we are there to help these victims even the playing field.
We assist individuals and families dealing with catastrophic injuries such as the following:
- Brain injury
- Burn injury
- Spine injury
- Hearing loss
- Vision loss
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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Lubbock Wrongful Death Attorneys
Billions Won for the Injured & Wronged
Losing a loved one is one of the worst experiences a family could endure. When the death was caused by negligence, the pain might be worse knowing that their loved one's death could have been prevented. In the midst of this, families often suffer other hardships, like the loss of household income, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and emotional trauma. When someone is killed by the negligence of another, the victim's family deserves answers. The Lubbock wrongful death lawyers at Arnold & Itkin fight for grieving families to get everything they need, including money to pay for basic needs, pay medical bills, and provide for the future.
Wrongful Death Defined
A wrongful death occurs when a company or person exercises negligence that leads to the untimely death of another person. When someone is killed unexpectedly, they often leave people who depended on them for companionship, emotional support, and financial stability. Those suffering from the unexpected loss of a family member are entitled to compensation in certain instances.
Even if the at-fault person is already facing criminal charges, they may also face a civil suit from those their actions harmed. Wrongful death claims resemble personal injury claims. Just as with personal injury claims, wrongful death cases seek damages from neglect. However, these cases are filed by family members of the decedent.
The Rules & Definition of Wrongful Death Claims
Texas law specifically defines a wrongful death as caused by the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” that causes the death of another.
Texas law requires that claims are filed within two years of the day that the wrongful death occurred. Those seeking to file a wrongful death claim must be related to the person who was killed. These family members include spouses, children, parents, and grandparents of the deceased. In some instances, if no family members file a claim, the person in charge of the decedent’s estate may pursue a wrongful death case.
Texas allows family members of the deceased to seek various damages for their loss:
- Medical costs incurred by the decedent's fatal injuries prior to death
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages that the individual would have made if still alive
- Lost benefits the individual would have received if still alive
- Services that the individual would have provided
- Emotional suffering of family members
- Pain and suffering experienced by the decedent before their passing
Causes of Wrongful Death
Wrongful deaths may occur from criminal acts as well as accidents caused by negligence. Claimants must prove that the death was caused by the defendant and that the defendant exercised some sort of disregard for the life of their loved one. Once you prove that the actions of the defendant led to your loved one's death, the jury award you punitive damages to compel the company to change its policies.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit in Lubbock, TX?
According to § 71.004 of Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, wrongful death lawsuits are filed "for the exclusive benefit of the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased." Any of those parties may come forward and file a lawsuit against the individual or company that caused their loss. If no family members come forward within three months, however, the executor or administrator of the deceased's estate may come forward with a wrongful death lawsuit.
Is It Hard to Prove Wrongful Death?
It can be extremely difficult to prove a wrongful death, mainly because the at-fault party and their insurance company may try to do everything in their power to deny responsibility. As Lubbock wrongful death attorneys, we have seen employers claim they did nothing wrong when their desire to cut corners put dozens of workers' lives at risk. We've seen multi-billion dollar corporations try to hide behind antiquated laws designed to protect shipping companies in the 1800s.
Arnold & Itkin has the resources and determination to take on any opponent. Our wrongful death attorneys believe in helping families find answers and see justice served, and we stop at nothing to see this happen.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Worth?
No two wrongful death cases are the same. The value of your case will depend on the financial losses and trauma you've endured, such as medical expenses, loss of support, and pain and suffering. While we know it's impossible to put a price on the loss of a family member, we also believe in setting things right by holding at-fault parties accountable and helping surviving family members recover the compensation they need to face stable futures. We are committed to pursuing the best possible outcome and highest settlement or award in every case.
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Lubbock Work Accident Lawyers
Building Brighter Futures for Work Injury Survivors in Lubbock & Nationwide
Any worker in any field may experience a work-related injury or illness. This is as true for an administrative assistant as it is for an industrial worker or a commercial farmer. While the risk is higher in certain fields, like offshore drilling or construction, the truth of the matter is this: all workers deserve the chance to rebuild their lives after sustaining serious on-the-job injuries. At Arnold & Itkin, we believe in fighting for injured workers and their families to make this chance a reality.
Our Lubbock work injury attorneys have taken on some of the most catastrophic industrial accident cases in the country, exposing employer wrongdoing and helping our clients recover the level of compensation that changes their lives for the better. We secure record results because we fight to win. No matter what. When oil and gas companies, truck companies, insurance providers, and other large corporations try to sweep our clients’ cases under the rug, we take them to court. And win.
Types of Workplace Accidents & Injuries in Lubbock, TX
Whether it’s a fall from scaffolding, a fire at a chemical plant, or an injury at a factory, a workplace accident has the potential to cause the type of physical and emotional trauma that lasts with a person for life. At Arnold & Itkin, we are committed to helping workers get the treatment they need and the financial support it will take to rebuild.
Our Lubbock work injury attorneys can handle workplace accident cases such as:
- Industrial accidents
- Mining injuries
- Maritime injuries
- Offshore accidents
- Oilfield accidents
- Chemical plant accidents
- Refinery accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Assembly line injuries
- Occupational diseases
- Construction site accidents
- Overexertion injuries
- Exposure to chemicals
- Truck accidents
- Falls from heights
- Boating accidents
No two work injuries are the same. That is why it is so important to choose the best attorney for your case—a legal professional who has the know-how and resources to fully investigate what caused your accident and therefore who may be responsible.
Work Accidents by the Numbers
5,333 workers lost their lives in the United States in 2019, according to work injury statistics presented by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). That averages to about 15 worker deaths every single day. About one-fifth of these fatalities were in the construction industry. Although the number of workplace fatalities is less than half of what it was 50 years ago, we still have a long way to go. And the truth of the matter is that there is no excuse for unsafe working conditions.
OSHA carries out its mission to “ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” Enforcement is a crucial part of maintaining workplace safety in the U.S.
From Oct 2019 through September 2020, the most frequently cited workplace safety standards were:
- Fall protection (construction)
- Hazard communication (general industry)
- Respiratory protection (general industry)
- Scaffolding requirements (construction)
- Ladders (construction)
- Hazardous energy control (general industry)
- Powered industrial trucks (general industry)
- Fall protection (training requirements)
- Eye and face protection
- Machinery guarding (general requirements)
Steps to Take After a Lubbock Industrial Accident
Industrial accidents are a primary focus of our firm. Workers in factories, plants, warehouses, and refineries across the U.S. play an integral role in helping our economy flourish, but their safety is too often placed second to profits and productivity. Some employers overlook safety standards, delay turnarounds, or fail to replace aging equipment—at the expense of their workers. Our Lubbock industrial accident attorneys expose such practices and help injured workers find justice.
We recommend taking the following steps after an industrial accident:
- Get medical attention. Your well-being comes first. If you were involved in an industrial accident, seek medical care as quickly as possible. There may be a company doctor you can see, but remember that you have the right to seek a second opinion and that you should not return to work until you have clearance from a medical professional you trust.
- Report your injury. You have a responsibility to report any industrial injury to your employer, or your right to workers’ compensation or other benefits could be in jeopardy. Inform your manager or supervisor, in writing, and be sure to keep a copy for your records.
- Talk to an attorney. One of the best ways to protect your interests is to involve a Lubbock industrial injury lawyer. If your employer is denying responsibility, the insurance company is offering an unfairly low settlement, if you’re being pressured to return to work, or if anything is happening that you’re not comfortable with, you can trust that a competent attorney will know how to help. This might include negotiating a fair settlement or taking your industrial accident case to court. It might even include recouping your losses or getting you your job back if your employer retaliated against you for reporting an industrial injury. A skilled attorney will be able to protect your rights in every way possible.
What Types of Injuries Are Caused by Industrial Accidents?
Industrial accidents, due to their very nature, have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries or even death. This is because industrial workers often operate or work near heavy machinery, complex equipment, and hazardous substances. They also perform physical labor. This combination of factors can lead to injuries such as severe burns, electrocution, crush injuries, amputation, broken bones, internal organ damage, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. As Lubbock industrial accident attorneys, we recognize the severity of these injuries and fight for the care our clients need—for life.
When Should I Call a Lubbock Work Injury Lawyer?
It’s never too early to talk to a lawyer about a work injury. Even if you are still receiving treatment or are unsure whether you have a case in the first place, a Lubbock work injury lawyer can talk to you about what you experienced and can offer insight on your options. Work accident cases are complex. A lawyer can make sure your interests are protected through the entire process, helping you secure a beneficial result. So, if you’re thinking about contacting a lawyer, there’s no need to wait. Put your needs first and pick up the phone. You can reach our team at Arnold & Itkin for a free consultation at (888) 493-1629 or online.
I Don’t Have Any Money. How Can I Hire Your Firm?
You don’t have to pay any upfront fees when you work with a work accident lawyer at our Lubbock law firm. We take these cases on contingency, which means we only get paid if you do. In fact, we front all costs associated with our clients’ cases so they can focus on recovering while we get the answers and compensation they deserve. There is no risk and so much to gain by choosing Arnold & Itkin for your work injury case.
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Lubbock Oilfield Accident Attorneys
Our Land Rig Accident Lawyers Have Recovered Billions for Clients
Working on an oil rig pays well, even for entry-level positions like floorhands or roustabouts. Skilled workers can get higher-paying jobs as drillers and rig managers, but any of these positions can become dangerous when drilling contractors and oil and gas companies put production before safety. When oilfield accidents happen, workers and their families turn to Arnold & Itkin for powerful, proven counsel. Our Lubbock oilfield accident firm has a reputation for standing up to companies for regular people who need help after serious accidents.
We represent all types of oilfield workers, including:
- Rig managers
Oilfields in Lubbock, TX
Since the discovery of the Levelland field in 1945, the Lubbock area has been recognized as one of the major oil-producing regions in Texas. About 3.5 million barrels of oil were produced in Lubbock County in 2011 alone.
There are numerous oilfields in Lubbock County, including:
- Lubbock Oil Field
- Symer Oil Field
- Standard Energy Services
- Diamond B Energy Services
- Texland Petroleum
- Divine Energy Services, Inc.
- Kendrick Oil Co
- Clearfork Petroleum Inc.
- Bergstein Enterprises, Ltd.
Although oil and gas operations boost the Lubbock, TX economy, they pose risks to workers and the environment when companies fail to take proper safety precautions. Failures to replace aging equipment, inexperienced rig workers, defective equipment, faulty valves and pressure gauges, and a host of other situations can cause serious or even deadly oilfield accidents.
Lubbock Oilfield Injury Lawyers with Proven Results
The time after an oilfield accident may be filled with pain, confusion, and uncertainty. Arnold & Itkin is here to provide answers and stability in your time of need. Our Lubbock oilfield injury lawyers have what it takes to successfully handle your case.
We have represented oilfield workers across the U.S. with astounding results:
- We secured a record $72 million settlement for an oilfield worker who lost his arm and suffered other traumatic injuries due to the negligence of multiple companies. We held them accountable and helped him recover compensation to would provide for his lifelong care.
- Our team won a massive $18.75 million settlement for an oilfield worker whose case seemed nearly impossible to win. We meticulously investigated the case to find the single detail that would give the defendants no choice but to settle—and they did.
- We fought for a $1.68 million settlement on behalf of a man who was working on a drilling rig when he was struck and pinned down by a pair of tongs that malfunctioned. He suffered severe injuries to his ribs and back, but we secured a settlement to cover his complete care.
Lubbock Oilfield Explosion Attorneys Helping Injured Workers & Families
The volatility of extracting oil and gas from the ground is a well-known danger with oilfield work. However, this doesn't mean that companies shouldn't be held accountable after explosions. Every oilfield company has the responsibility to train workers, provide them with safety equipment, and ensure that work sites are safe and adequately maintained. Even the slightest lapse with any of these things can cause a serious explosion.
Common causes of Lubbock oilfield explosions include:
- Improper training
- Poorly maintained machinery
- Unsafe company practices
- A lack of safety gear
- Exhaustion/Overworked employees
- Inadequate planning
Explosions are notable for how devastating they are to workers. If a worker survives an oilfield accident, they likely have extensive medical bills, face difficulties earning a wage as they once did, and can have every aspect of their life uprooted by financial instability. Additionally, oilfield explosions often leave grieving families with medical bills, funeral costs, and an uncertain future. Our Lubbock oilfield explosion lawyers fight to make sure workers and their families don't have financial burdens so they can move forward after serious accidents.
Why Do Oilfield Accidents Happen?
Oilfield accidents happen when equipment is not properly maintained, safety standards are overlooked, and people are careless. Even the slightest wrongdoing can cause a catastrophic incident that jeopardizes the life of every worker on the rig.
We handle oilfield accident cases in Lubbock, Texas, and nationwide that involve oil rig equipment failure, well blowouts, safety violations, oilfield transportation accidents, oil rig explosions, fires, machinery accidents, slip and fall accidents on slick surfaces, fatal oilfield injuries, and more.
Rig workers entrust their well-being and their very lives to their employers, on the belief that they uphold industry standards regarding safety, equipment, and training. When oil and gas companies put profits first and workers are injured as a result, our firm stands prepared to hold them accountable.
Who Is Responsible After a Lubbock Oilfield Accident?
One or more parties may be responsible for an oilfield accident. When we take on an oilfield injury case, we’ll conduct an independent investigation into the incident, reviewing official accident reports and using investigators and experts that can help us paint a clear picture of what occurred in the months, weeks, days, and moments before the incident. At times, liability may be shared between an oil company and the manufacturer of a defective piece of equipment. Legal responsibility may be established by showing safety violations or other failures by one or more companies to maintain reasonably safe work environments for rig workers. If you have questions about who may be responsible for an oilfield accident that caused you or someone you love harm, we have answers.
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Lubbock Construction Accident Attorneys
Billions Won by Proven Construction Injury Lawyers
Each day, construction workers walk into some of the most dangerous workplaces in America. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released data that reveals just how dangerous construction jobs are: construction workers make up 1 out of every 5 fatalities in private sector jobs.
In fact, OSHA’s data from 2016 shows that of 4,693 deaths, construction workers accounted for 991 of them, or 21 percent of all workplace fatalities.
Workers at a construction site face safety risks including heavy machinery, elevated heights, and hazardous materials. Though these things are necessary to have a functioning construction site, employers are legally obligated to mitigate workplace risks as much as possible. Any time a construction injury or death happens, it is a result of an employer's failure to provide a safe work environment.
The Lubbock construction accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin have held some of the largest construction companies in Texas accountable for unsafe practices. We've represented workers who lost their ability to walk, lost limbs, suffered serious burns, or suffered other types of grievous harm in construction accidents. Our firm made sure these workers received everything they needed to pay for medical care, provide for themselves, and rebuild their lives.
The Four Fatal Threats to Construction Workers
While examining the causes of workplace deaths, OSHA noticed a set of four common perils that commonly play a role in deadly accidents. These factors account for 63 percent of the industry deaths in 2016 and are known as the Fatal Four. If employers properly protected employees from the Fatal Four through compliance with safety regulations, 631 workers that died in 2016 might still be alive today.
The Fatal Four consists of the following:
- Falls (38.7%)
- Struck by object (9.4%)
- Electrocutions (8.3%)
- Caught in-between (7.3%)
If construction deaths were random and unpredictable, regulators would have a greater challenge in making workplaces safer. However, data shows that hazards are predictable, and, as a result, preventable. Employers must take responsibility for the well-being of their workers. Lives are invaluable—and profits are never a valid reason to cut corners with safety.
Types of Construction Site Accidents
Though deaths are not always the result of an accident, injury to workers can change their lives forever. After a serious accident, an individual may experience exorbitant debt, severe pain, and a decreased capacity to earn a living.
Common construction accidents include:
- Slips and falls
- Scaffolding accidents
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Accidents involving machines
- Electric shock
- Roofing collapse
- Struck by falling tools or debris
- Trench collapse
Recent Lubbock Texas Construction Accidents
Lubbock is one of the largest cities in West Texas. With a population of about 250,000, the city is projected to have over 320,000 residents within the next few years. As more people decide to call Lubbock home, there will be more expansive construction projects to accommodate them. Without accountability, the growing city may be subject to construction accidents in the coming years.
Recent construction accidents include the following:
- In October of 2008, a construction worker was killed after he was crushed by a concrete block. The accident was caused when a backhoe experienced a critical failure and dropped the heavy block.
- In March 2004, a construction worker’s pipe crane fell into a ditch. Once rescue crews reached the man, medical workers were unable to save his life.
- In July 2017, a worker was killed when a crew member of a team that was paving the Marsha Sharp Freeway fell into the path of a machine.
What Are the Most Common Construction Accidents?
Falls are the most common type of construction accident, accounting for about one-third of construction worker injuries in the U.S. each year. This includes falls from heights, such as ladders or scaffolding, and also slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. A serious fall could leave a construction worker with life-changing injuries or may even be fatal. Other common construction accidents involve being struck by a swinging or falling object, electrical injuries, and being caught in or between equipment or materials.
What Causes Construction Accidents?
Construction work is hazardous, but this is no excuse for accidents that leave workers seriously injured or killed. Every accident can be traced to a specific cause, and as Lubbock construction injury lawyers, our goal is to identify that cause so we can seek answers and accountability for survivors and families.
The following are common causes of construction site accidents:
- Inadequate or incorrect fall protection for workers on scaffolding or other elevated structures
- Inadequate protection for ground workers to prevent falling objects or debris
- Slip and trip hazards caus1ed by debris, materials, or other substances at the construction site
- Missing or defective guards or protection on power tools and heavy machinery
- Defective or dangerous machinery, tools, or equipment
What Can a Lubbock Construction Accident Lawyer Do to Help Me?
After a construction accident, you need help. You need medical treatment and you need financial assistance to cover medical care and your lost earnings, but you may find that help is hard to come by. Instead of treating you fairly and giving you the aid you deserve, your employer may try to avoid their responsibility. You might find that your workers' compensation claim is ignored, delayed, or denied. You might be pressured into returning to the construction site before you're ready. If your employer is not covered by workers' comp, you may be confused about how to recover benefits for your injuries.
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Lubbock Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
Helping Traffic Accident Survivors & Families in Lubbock, TX & Nationwide
While motor vehicle accidents can sometimes be "fender benders"—resulting in sore necks and dented bumpers—they can also be catastrophic. When vehicles collide head-on, when they roll, or when a car strikes another on the side (a “T-bone”), for example, the damage can be long-lasting. Even life-threatening. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we’re here to help people throughout the Lubbock area who have had this happen to them.
We help with motor vehicle accident cases of all kinds, including the following:
- Ambulance accidents
- Car accidents
- Bus accidents
- Boat accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
We understand how damaging these accidents can be and the need for comprehensive compensation. In accidents involving vehicles such as busses, there might even be multiple parties who played a part in failing to prevent an accident. That's why our Lubbock motor vehicle accident lawyers always work to diligently investigate every accident case that they handle.
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Lubbock Car Accident Lawyers
Billions Won in Life-Changing Compensation for the Injured
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the monthly average of fatal crashes in Lubbock has increased since 2017. Additionally, Lubbock has a higher average of fatal car crashes than the state average. These accidents have a terrible effect on our neighbors and our community. Car accidents leave people with serious injuries, leading to significant medical costs and income loss. Serious or fatal car accidents can make a family financially insecure, leaving them without money for medical care, funeral expenses, or basic needs.
Common Causes of Lubbock Car Accidents
Any car accident can be caused by a variety of factors, but almost every accident occurs as a result of someone driving recklessly or negligently. Negligent driving is more dangerous than it seems—it only takes a second of distraction to cause a fatal car accident. Accidents can also be caused by negligent maintenance or manufacturing, but proving who is at fault for an accident requires an experienced car accident attorney.
Common causes of Lubbock car accidents include the following:
- Aggressive Driving & Road Rage: Aggressive driving can be extremely dangerous, especially when it leads to tailgating, excessive lane changes, and speeding.
- Defective Equipment: Defective auto parts can also be a contributor to severe car accidents. This may include improperly inflated tires, defective brakes, or a locked steering wheel.
- Distracted Drivers: Distracted driving can be dangerous, especially while texting and driving. It only takes a second for an accident to occur.
- Drunk Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is pure negligence. There is no reason any driver should get behind the wheel of their car while drunk or drugged.
- Tired Drivers: Driving fatigued is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Driving tired means a driver will have slower reflexes, poorer judgment, and may fall asleep at the wheel.
- Unsafe Roadways: If the local municipality fails to fix problems on the road, it puts motorists at risk. Hazards can include potholes, roads with limited visibility, and lack of proper traffic signs.
The First Step in Pursuing Compensation After a Lubbock Car Crash
The first step in seeking compensation for your losses is to contact an attorney who can thoroughly investigate your accident to determine who should be held liable for the accident. An attorney will also be able to handle all communication with your insurance company to ensure they provide you with a fair payout on your claim. If a negligent party was at fault for your injuries, an attorney will also be able to file a lawsuit against them.
Below are helpful questions to ask after being in a car accident:
- Could the accident have been prevented?
- Was the other driver operating his/her vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
- Was the other driver talking or texting on his/her cell phone?
- Was the other driver driving faster than the posted speed limit, or too fast for weather conditions?
- Was the driver distracting in some way other than those listed above?
If the car accident could have been prevented and was caused because of another driver’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim and hold the person responsible for their actions. Our firm can explain the different legal options for your case.
How Do I Deal with a Lubbock Car Accident During COVID-19?
Dealing with a car accident in the middle of a pandemic can present unique challenges. How do you handle the exchange of insurance information? Should you wear a mask? Take care to comply with local ordinances regarding wearing a mask and social distancing, but a general rule of thumb is to play it safe. If you can, put on your mask before getting out of your vehicle. Maintain a safe distance from the other driver and see if you can exchange information through text instead of physical paperwork. You can take a photo of your license and insurance and text it to the other driver, for example. Use your best judgment, but remember that you need to remain at the scene if there was any property damage or injury.
How Can I Tell if a Car Accident Settlement Offer Is Fair?
After a car accident, you're left dealing with the insurance company. They may even send you a check in the mail, ask you to sign a statement, or offer a settlement in another way. Before you accept or sign anything, think about talking to an attorney. The insurance company may try to underpay your claim, and if you were seriously injured, you could be entitled to a significant settlement. A Lubbock car accident lawyer at our firm can review your claim and determine if the offer is fair. If it's not, we have the resources and know-how to push for the compensation you deserve. With every car accident claim, our goal is to help our client get the highest recovery—because that's how we pave the way to a brighter future and protect others from suffering similar fates.
What If My Car Accident Was Work-Related?
Work-related car accidents should be covered by workers' compensation. In some cases, however, a third party (someone other than your employer or someone you work with) can be held responsible. In these cases, a personal injury lawsuit may be the right way to get the medical treatment and support you need. Our team can talk to you about what happened and how to help you get the help you deserve.
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Lubbock Truck Accident Attorneys
$10+ Billion Won by Trucking Law Firm Serving Lubbock, TX & Beyond
The latest truck accident statistics reveal that 1 in 10 vehicle fatalities involve a large commercial truck—trucks that weigh anywhere between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds. Commercial vehicles comprise only 5 percent of the vehicles on the road, but their fatality rate is more than double that.
FedEx & UPS Accident Law Firm in Lubbock, TX
Together, FedEx and UPS own 50 percent of the market share for the U.S. general freight delivery industry. Their vehicles number in the hundreds of thousands, and their earnings go toward maintaining their profit margin—one report revealed FedEx had 51 paid lobbyists, 37 of whom once worked in federal positions. Where FedEx and UPS go, so goes the industry. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that they're going anywhere good.
From 2015 to 2017, UPS was in 2,003 crashes that injured 689 people and killed 49. UPS crashes, injuries, and fatalities have all increased by at least 25 percent since 2012. In the same period, FedEx was in slightly fewer crashes, but compared to 2012? The FedEx crash rate jumped by 254 percent and fatalities increased by 273 percent. If you were injured by a delivery truck, call the UPS and FedEx accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin. Let us help you fight for what you need to rebuild.
The Trucking Industry's Secret Problem
Most truck carriers pay their drivers by the mile. The Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of labor costs and report that most companies pay between 28 and 40 cents per mile. These companies will train new drivers and convince them that if they simply drive "hard enough," they'll be able to make a good living. Never mind that much of trucking is unpaid hours—waiting in traffic, getting the rig inspected, driving a "flying canary" to pick up a new load, waiting for loading and unloading, resting. Never mind that paying by the mile barely keeps drivers afloat, and on many days drivers will end up spending more than they make.
The hard reality of living on the road (a reality designed by the trucking industry) practically forces drivers to use dishonest methods of getting around federal regulations—especially hours of service. Trucking school instructors will (unofficially) imply that drivers need to keep two logbooks so that they always have a compliant record to show regulators.
With the means of fooling federal regulations, drivers are "free" to drive for 15, 16, or 19-hour shifts, all to make ends meet. One driver was killed after a 34-hour marathon drive—a drive that would have only netted him $1,000 total. Thanks to trucking company practices of encouraging unsafe driving habits, thousands of big rig truckers are getting behind the wheel while exhausted. That has serious consequences for motorists all over Texas.
See for yourself—find out how often trucking companies get into accidents on the FMCSA website.
Driving While Sleepy Kills Motorists
Tired truckers are harming themselves and others. Experts believe that at least 13 percent of trucking accidents are caused by fatigue—if not more since fatigue goes unreported when it contributes to a crash. At least 25 percent of crashes occurred when a driver was hauling for 17 hours or more.
Sleep deprivation researchers believe that even moderate tiredness has the same effect on our driving that drinking does. The hardships of long-haul trucking—a direct result of trucking company practices that keep people trapped in a cycle of driving long stretches in order to make a few dollars more—are life-threatening.
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Lubbock Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Fighting to Set Things Right for Injured Riders, No Matter What
Motorcycles are an American tradition. In fact, some of the world’s earliest and most successful manufacturers of the modern motorcycle came from the United States. Indian Motorcycles was founded in 1901 and built what is considered one of the first successful production motorcycles. Harley-Davidson was founded in 1903 and grew to be an iconic symbol of Americana.
Today, motorcycles remain popular. The freedom of riding on the road with two wheels is an aesthetic that lures many Lubbock residents to purchase a motorcycle of their own. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders experience a high rate of devastating accidents on the road. According to NHTSA data, there were 5,286 fatalities nationwide among motorcycle riders in 2016.
Though motorcycles only account for 3 percent of all registered vehicles, 14 percent of traffic deaths were motorcycle riders.
Studying motorcycle accident data from 2016 reveals even more lopsided statistics. Though motorcycles only travel 0.6 percent of the miles traveled by vehicles in the United States, their accidents still represent an overwhelmingly high rate of death. In fact, motorcycles are 6 times more likely to be in an accident when compared to other registered vehicles on the road.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
After over 100 years of production, very little has changed regarding the general design of a motorcycle. The vehicles still (mostly) travel on two wheels, are powered by small engines, and are lightweight in comparison to other vehicles. Though effective, these qualities contribute to the risks motorcycle owners face. A motorcycle’s small design and lack of safety features make them a mismatched opponent for a larger vehicle in a collision.
Right Turn Accidents
Many accidents involving motorcycles are caused by someone making a right turn into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. Motorists often only scan for other cars when deciding if a turn is safe to make. A motorcycle’s small size and speed often cause drivers to misjudge how much time they have to make a turn, causing a serious or fatal collision.
Motorcycles are small and fit perfectly into a car’s blind spot. When a driver doesn't check their blind spot for motorcycles specifically, they might fail to see the rider in the next lane over. With a lack of awareness, there is a heightened risk of motorcycle riders getting sideswiped or pushed off the road by negligent drivers.
A motorcycle's size gives them the agility needed to quickly move between cars. However, inattentive drivers may not look for riders before changing lanes, causing a potentially devastating collision. As Lubbock’s population grows, so will its traffic. Without accountability, more bikes will be hit by inattentive drivers.
Highways across the nation are aging, accommodating an ever-increasing volume of traffic, and becoming increasingly worn down. While potholes and bumps provide for a rough ride in four-wheeled vehicles, these same hazards can be deadly to a motorcycle rider. Other hazards that pose a threat to motorcyclists include gravel, wet or icy weather conditions, and roadkill.
Motorcycle Crash Injuries
Motorcycles lack the protective features that most automobiles have—there are no airbags, safety belts, or other systems designed to save lives. Motorcycles also lack a “cage.” This is the term is used to describe the structure of a vehicle that protects occupants in an accident. That's why, when a motorcycle collides with a car, the results are devastating. There are usually hundreds of pounds in difference between a car and a motorcycle, this puts a motorcyclist's safety at a fundamentally higher risk in an accident.
Serious motorcycle accident injuries include the following:
- Brain Injuries: Brain injuries harm a person's cognitive function or mobility. Either one of these effects can leave a person unable to earn a living or provide for themselves.
- Spinal Injuries: The spinal cord allows us to move. Compression injuries to the spine’s vertebrae cause pain, paralysis, and other serious issues. When the spinal cord is broken, the damage is permanent.
- Road Rash & Burns: This injury often resembles burns and damages multiple layers of skin. Some road rash is severe enough to require skin grafting and surgical procedures to repair damage.
- Bone Fractures & Breaks: Difference in size and the lack of restraints on motorcycles subject riders to an immense amount of force. This results in broken bones and fractures that require an extensive healing process. In some cases, doctors are forced to perform surgery to rebuild severely damaged bone.
- Amputation or Loss of Limb: Sometimes, injuries to hands, feet, arms, and legs are irreparable and require amputation. These injuries cause more than just physical pain. Psychological trauma is common among individuals who have lost limbs.
Motorcycle Accident Fatalities in Lubbock, TX
According to the Lubbock Police Department, there are between 20 and 30 fatal accidents in Lubbock each year. When fatal car accidents spiked in January of 2018, a spokesperson for the police department mentioned that many fatal accidents in the Lubbock area involved motorcycles. In fact, the department revealed that of Lubbock’s 26 fatal accidents in 2017, 23 percent involved a motorcycle.
What's a Good Settlement Offer for a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
It's tough to say what a motorcycle claim should be worth, without carefully considering every part of a rider's losses. This includes medical treatment, the cost of ongoing therapy or care, lost earnings, loss of future earnings, repairing or replacing the bike, and even emotional trauma like pain and suffering. All of these losses should be covered, and many insurance companies and large corporations will try to offer lowball settlements that do not begin to compensate a rider for what he or she has experienced.
A good settlement offer is one that covers every single part of your losses, expenses, and trauma. It should bring peace of mind because you know your future is provided for.
Who Is Responsible for Causing Most Motorcycle Accidents?
Like all traffic accidents, the majority of motorcycle collisions are caused by unsafe driving. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, driving too fast for current road or weather conditions, and failing to check blind spots are all examples of how a driver can cause a motorcycle accident. Some crashes can be attributed to dangerous roads and defective motorcycle or auto parts. Determining the cause of your motorcycle accident is an important part of the counsel provided by our Lubbock attorneys. We can then see how to help you recover fair compensation so you can recover and move on.
What Can an Attorney Do to Help Me If I Was Injured on a Motorcycle?
Injured riders in Lubbock and across Texas typically find it hard to get a fair settlement that covers damage to their bike and the physical injuries they've experienced. Insurance companies are notorious for delaying claims, denying payment, and undervaluing losses. Having an attorney in your corner shows you mean business. It levels the playing field and gives you the opportunity to get your claim paid fairly, because you'll have a professional who knows the playbook and how to protect your rights.
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Lubbock Train Accident Lawyers
Get Experienced Legal Counsel After a Railroad Accident
Accidents involving railroads and trains are almost always destructive and devastating for victims and survivors. Whether you've been hurt because of a crossing accident or are suffering because of a derailment, our Lubbock train accident lawyers are ready to help you.
At Arnold & Itkin, we have a reputation for handling complex cases such as those involving train accidents. For example, our Lubbock railroad accident lawyers held Union Pacific accountable for failing to make a safe crossing. Our team fought to help a family receive the $10.9 million settlement that they deserved. When the other side wasn't being fair, we pressed harder to make sure our clients received the justice they needed.
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Lubbock Aviation Accident Attorneys
Helping Plane & Helicopter Accident Victims in Lubbock & bEyond
We provide powerful representation for individuals affected by catastrophic aviation accidents.
Regardless of whether you were injured while on the job at the airport or as a passenger of an airplane, we can help you to fight for full, fair compensation that will provide the security that you and your family deserve. In addition to commercial and private plane accidents, we also represent offshore workers who are injured in helicopter accidents that occur while being transported to and from oil rigs. No matter the circumstances surrounding your case, you can trust in our legal team to represent your needs and help you recover.
You can't rely on the insurance company, your employer, or any large corporation to treat you fairly after a serious injury. Put a powerful team in your corner and you'll have the best opportunity at getting the care and support you deserve.
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About Lubbock, TX
Lubbock is the 11th most populous city in Texas and is the seat of Lubbock County. As of July 2021, the city had an estimated population of 260,993 residents. Nicknamed “Hub City,” Lubbock is known as a center of economy, education, and healthcare in the South Plains, which is an area encompassing the region south of the Texas Panhandle and north of the Permian Basin. The Lubbock area is the largest cotton-producing region in the world.
Named after Thomas S. Lubbock, a Texas Ranger, Lubbock County was established before the city. The county was founded in 1876, and a small town named Old Lubbock was settled soon thereafter. Old Lubbock merged with Monterey and became the county seat in 1891. The city was incorporated in 1909. It was the site of a Quaker Colony established by the Paris Cox family and began to grow steadily as stores opened and cattle ranchers saw Lubbock as an ideal site for their trade. Around the same time, the Santa Fe Railroad expanded through Lubbock, spurring even more growth.
On May 11, 1097, an F5 tornado tore through Lubbock with such force that scientists had to recalculate the Fujita scale, which is used to rate tornadoes. The storm is still recognized as one of the most powerful tornadoes to ever strike the state of Texas. Lubbock rebuilt and continues to thrive today.
The city’s economy is primarily based on agriculture, primarily cotton, and the top employers in the area are Texas Tech University, Covenant Health System, United Supermarkets, AT&T, and Lubbock Independent School District. Texas Tech University, which was established in 1923, is one of the largest in the state. The TTU System had a record 63,498 students in 2021. Its students and faculty play an important role in supporting the Lubbock economy.
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We understand that you likely have a lot of questions surrounding your case if you or a loved one have been seriously injured. We also realize you deserve to have the best Lubbock injury lawyers on your side. We want you to know that we are here to help you through it. If you’re unsure about where to turn or what to do next, we encourage you to get in touch with our law firm today. We offer completely free consultations where we can review your case, listen to your story, and provide insight into your different legal options.
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