Texas Truck Accident Attorneys
Get Help from Texas Tractor-Trailer Lawyers—Billions Won
Tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds—the same as an empty passenger train car. At speed, an 18-wheeler can cause devastating damage and loss of life. Our Texas trucking accident lawyers have represented people who suffered from permanent disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, or were killed in large truck crashes.
Arnold & Itkin is often contacted by the victims of truck accidents because we've helped our clients win billions of dollars to rebuild their lives. Their recovery amounts equipped them to do exactly that—to recover from high medical costs, loss of income, and loss of future earning ability. Our truck crash law firm represents every type of accident victim: from passengers in commuter cars to independent contractors or employees who have been mistreated by their own companies.
Do you know if you have a case? Review your options with an experienced trucking attorney for free—call (888) 493-1629 or send us a short message.
Why Truck Crashes Happen
Trucking companies choose to pay truck drivers by the mile—regardless of whether they're an employee of the company or an "independent contractor" who has an exclusive contract. As a result, drivers are encouraged to disregard federal regulations, especially the one concerning hours of service and "restarts"—both of which are vital for public safety. Many drivers can work (off the books, of course) up to 100 hours a week...and end up owing money to the shipping company.
Pay-by-mile forces drivers to haul for long hours, incentivizing them to go for days without adequate sleep. When truckers are even moderately tired, they are many times more likely to get into a deadly crash. Companies could fix this by providing good wages and benefits for their drivers. Instead, they force drivers to put themselves and the public at risk—while the largest trucking companies reap record profits.
More than a tenth of trucking accidents happen due to fatigue—but experts believe the true percentage is far higher, as fatigue also contributes to other crashes in small, sinister ways. The impairment from moderate tiredness is equal to driving drunk, according to some safety experts. At least 1 in 4 truck crashes happen when a driver was hauling for 17 hours or longer without a break.
Industry practices affect everyone on the road—of the 3,000+ people who die every year in large truck accidents, several hundred are truckers. Being a truck driver is one of the most dangerous 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
Texas UPS Trucking Accident Lawyers
United Parcel Service is one of the leading freight haulers in the trucking industry, with a commanding total market share of 27 percent. They have more than 119,000 delivery vehicles on the road, many of them weighing 10,000 pounds or more. Unfortunately, they are also a leader among trucking companies with a record of fatalities.
From 2015 to 2017, UPS trucks were involved in 2,003 crashes that injured 689 people and killed 49 (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration).
Texas FedEx Truck Accident Attorneys
Federal Express (FedEx) is another major player in the trucking landscape. Their market share is approaching 25 percent, and more than 90,000 vehicles on the road bear their name and logo. FedEx is a major player in another arena—in 2013-2014, the company had 51 lobbyists in Washington, 37 of whom were former federal government employees.
The lobbying is working—few people know that FedEx has seen their annual number of crashes increase by 254 percent, with the injuries and fatalities growing at a commensurate rate.
See for yourself—find out how often trucking companies get into accidents on the FMCSA website.
Get Answers from a Texas Truck Accident Attorney
When people lose their jobs, their homes, and their lives in tractor-trailer accidents, our Texas trucking lawyers step in. We help families rebuild, helping them provide for their families while getting their lives back on track. How? By holding trucking companies and insurance providers accountable for the cost of your recovery period.
Here's how we can help you: call us (or send us a short message), and we'll schedule a time for you to review your options with a Texas trucking accident lawyer. He or she will consult on your case for free, getting you immediate answers. If we can help you, we'll cover the costs of your case from beginning to end—no invoices, no bills, no upfront payment. Our fee, the investigation costs, even some of your basic expenses are all advanced against the verdict or settlement. However, our firm takes on the risk: if you win, we'll take a portion of it. If you lose, we eat the costs. No matter what, the risk is on us—you just have to choose what you want to do.
Schedule the consultation as soon as possible: call (888) 493-1629 or use our short online form to speak with a Texas 18-wheeler accident law firm today.