Midland-Odessa Truck Accident Attorneys
Fighting for Victims of Big Rig Crashes in Midland-Odessa & Beyond
Of the 253 million vehicles on the road today, fewer than 5 percent are commercial vehicles—and even fewer are large trucks. Despite making up a small number of vehicles on the road, large trucks take up a lot of room: they weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds. Their large weight and size ensures that every truck accident is life-changing. That's why our Midland-Odessa trucking lawyers represent truck crash victims and survivors.
Our Midland-Odessa truck accident attorneys have represented accident survivors who have suffered from catastrophic injuries, the loss of a loved one, or post-traumatic stress. People who get hurt in big rig accidents are left with serious medical needs, no income, and little hope of a stable future. By holding trucking companies accountable for their part in 18-wheeler accidents, we help our clients get what they need to restart their lives.
18-wheeler truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries like:
- Burn injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Neurological injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Blunt force trauma
Learn if we can help you—call our Midland-Odessa truck accident lawyers today (888) 493-1629 or use our online form to review your options with a lawyer in a free consultation.
The Reason 18-Wheeler Trucking Accidents Are Common
With unprecedented safety technology at our fingertips, why are trucking accidents not decreasing like they should? The issue might be with the industry itself.
Trucking companies set up the industry so that drivers work themselves to exhaustion just to make ends meet. As tired drivers get behind the wheel by the thousands, motorists everywhere, in Midland-Odessa and nationwide, are in danger—including the truckers themselves. The major issue is that drivers are paid by the mile, meaning they're not paid for all of the vital work that truckers have always had to do: wait for rig inspections, wait for loading and unloading, resting for at least 10 hours a day, driving "flying canaries" (empty trailers) to new jobs.
Some companies even give their implied approval to practices that help truckers violate hours of service regulations without discovery—an illegal practice. New drivers often "learn" bad habits, like keeping two logbooks that allow them to drive big rigs and 18-wheelers 15 hours or longer without alerting federal regulators.
Some trucking companies encourage "hard-driving" like this, but the consequences are steep. The data suggests that 13 percent of truck crashes are directly caused by fatigue—although the experts believe 13 percent is far too low, as fatigue is underreported as a crash factor. As many as 1 in 4 trucking crashes happened when a driver was hauling for 17 hours or longer. Sleep debt experts believe that driving while tired can impair your driving as much as drinking alcohol. As a result, trucking is one of the deadliest jobs in the United States.
Our Midland Odessa truck accident lawyers have represented people injured by:
- Box truck crashes
- Flatbed truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
- Gas truck crashes
- Tow truck collisions
- Tanker truck accidents
Cause & Liability: Big Rig Truck Accidents in Midland-Odessa
An in-depth truck accident investigation is one of the most important parts of handling a case of this kind. We need to know what caused the accident in the first place. Once we know this, we can determine who should be held liable, or legally responsible, for the victim's injuries. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit for a Midland-Odessa trucking accident will give a survivor or victim's family the opportunity to see justice served. The determination of fault and proof of liability will be essential to securing a settlement or award.
The following are examples of circumstances or behavior that can cause 18-wheeler accidents:
- Overloaded trucks
- Improperly secured truck cargo
- Unbalanced truck loads
- Fatigued truck drivers
- Inexperienced truckers
- Hours-of-service violations
- Poorly maintained trucks
- Defective truck or auto parts
- Dangerous roadways
- Drunk driving
- Heavy weather
A truck driver, loading company, shipping company, manufacturer, truck company, or any other party responsible for causing a truck accident may be held liable in civil court for the harm the collision caused. Our Midland-Odessa big rig accident attorneys know how to expose cause and establish liability so we can see justice served.
Midland-Odessa UPS & FedEx Accident Lawyers
In the freight delivery world, UPS and FedEx rank near the top in terms of volume and market share. Together, they command 50 percent of the market and utilize a fleet of 210,000 vehicles. FedEx is a major industry leader in another way: it alone employed 51 lobbyists in 2014, 37 of whom once held positions in the federal government.
Unfortunately, FedEx and UPS have not used their position as leaders to make the roads safer for motorists. From 2015 to 2017, UPS was involved in more than 2,000 crashes, injuring 689 people and killing 49. Each of those numbers represents an increase from the same period 5 years before. FedEx may have caused less damage, but its accident rate is far more alarming: crashes, injuries, and deaths have increased by 254 percent, 192 percent, and 273 percent respectively.
See for yourself—find out how often trucking companies get into accidents on the FMCSA website.
Get a Free Consultation with Our Midland-Odessa Trucking Lawyers
When one of their trucks gets into a crash, companies may deploy all their resources to make sure they're not found at fault. Adjusters, investigators, and attorneys all fight to shield carriers and insurance companies dodge the responsibility for helping 18-wheeler and big rig crash victims get back on their feet. It's only fair that crash victims get all the same resources on their side too. Arnold & Itkin levels the playing field between regular people—motorists, independent contractors, and carrier employers—and the insurers and corporations who cause them harm. Our Midland-Odessa trucking law firm has helped our clients get every dollar they needed to get treatment, replace their income, and rebuild their lives. We fight for the future.
Call us for a free consultation today—if we can help you, our Midland-Odessa personal injury law firm covers the cost of your case from start to finish. Our first goal is to ensure that you're focusing on your recovery and nothing else. While you get better, we'll be developing a strong case.
You only pay if you win—call our Midland-Odessa trucking law firm at (888) 493-1629 or use our short online form.