Lubbock Truck Accident Lawyers
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.
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 are seriously injured in truck accidents, our Lubbock truck accident attorneys help them get back on their feet. As a firm, we've helped clients win billions of dollars to get medical care, provide for their families, and get their lives back to normal. By holding trucking companies accountable for their harmful practices—more on that below—Arnold & Itkin forces them to do right by our clients. We've represented survivors of all kinds, from company employees to independent contractors and regular motorists.
Get a free consultation to review your options with a trucking attorney—call (888) 493-1629 or contact us with our short online form.
FedEx & UPS Accident Law Firm
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.
Get a Free Consultation with Arnold & Itkin Today
Trucking companies spend exorbitant amounts of money to access investigators, adjusters, and lawyers who protect them from accountability. When people get hurt in serious trucking accidents, they make sure that the evidence from the crash paints of a picture of someone else's fault. Our Lubbock truck accident lawyers believe regular people deserve to have their own investigators and advocates.
That's what Arnold & Itkin provides. Our trucking law firm helps people put the pieces of their lives back together by putting pressure on companies to do the right thing. We've faced the largest corporations and insurers in the nation, forcing them to pay our clients billions of dollars to rebuild their lives. Every one of those cases started with a free consultation. Our lawyers want to help you. We want to fight for you. All you need to do is call us so we can review your options together. If we can help you, we'll cover the cost of your case from beginning to end, so you pay nothing out of pocket.
Call (888) 493-1629 or use our online form to schedule your free consultation. It's time to make someone answer for your accident.