Midland-Odessa Truck Accident Attorneys
Representing Victims of Big Rig Crashes in Midland-Odessa—Billions Won
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 the vehicles on the road, large trucks take up a lot of room: they weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds. Their mass ensures that any truck accidents are life-changing.
Truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries like:
- Burn injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Neurological injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Blunt force trauma
That's why our Midland-Odessa trucking lawyers represent trucking crash victims and survivors. People who get hurt in truck 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 causing 18-wheeler accidents, we help our clients get everything they need to restart their lives.
Learn if we can help you—call (888) 493-1629 or use our online form to review your options with a lawyer in a free consultation.
The Reason Trucking Accidents Are More 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 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.
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 15 hours or longer without alerting federal regulators.
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 sleeping-while-tired can impair your driving as much as drinking.
As a result, trucking is one of the deadliest jobs in the United States.
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
UPS & FedEx Accident Lawyers Serving Midland-Odessa
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: the delivery giant alone employed 51 lobbyists in 2014, 37 of whom once held positions in 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 Midland-Odessa Trucking Lawyers
When one of their trucks gets into a crash, companies 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 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 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 (888) 493-1629 or use our short online form today.