Tyler Truck Accident Lawyers
Billions Won by 18-Wheeler Accident Attorneys in Tyler, TX
According to U.S. DOT data, more than 4,000 people died in large truck crashes nationwide in 2018—the most large truck fatalities in over a decade. More than 80 percent of those deaths were the occupants of passenger vehicles, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians. In fatal two-vehicle crashes between a large truck and a passenger vehicle, passenger vehicle occupants accounted for 96 percent of the fatalities. The sheer size of an 18-wheeler, at 40 tons fully loaded, means it takes longer to stop and inflicts incredible force on other vehicles in a crash.
The Tyler 18-wheeler accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP hold trucking companies accountable for the harm they cause to make sure the victims of truck accidents get the compensation they need to fully heal and recover. We also take trucking companies to court to make sure the same accident doesn’t happen a second time, making our highways and communities safer as a result. In just the last few years, our firm has won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, helping our clients pay for medical care, recoup lost income, and more.
How Trucking Companies Contribute to Trucking Accidents
According to federal data, roughly 14% of large truck accidents are caused by fatigue. The actual numbers may be even higher—as many as 25% of 18-wheeler crashes happened when a driver was behind the wheel for 17 hours or longer, which is far above the federal hours of service maximum. Given that most truckers do not self-report how rested they are, we may never know how many accidents are truly caused by tiredness.
Sleep experts have shown that being moderately tired can impair driving like drinking does.
Unfortunately, industry practices and trucking company policies seem almost designed to incentivize breaking the rules. Trucking companies pay most drivers by the mile, which means drivers are unpaid for anything else. Sitting in traffic, waiting for loading or unloading, or driving an empty trailer to pick up a new load are all unpaid. Drivers can end up working a 12-hour day and lose money. That’s why many drivers resort to driving longer than the federally mandated maximum, ultimately leaving them tired out and unable to drive safely.
Can Trucking Companies Be Found Liable for Unsafe Drivers?
In short, absolutely. Trucking companies are legally and ethically bound to the behavior and conduct of their drivers. When a driver is overworked, poorly trained, poorly equipped, or reckless, the responsibility also falls on the trucking company’s hiring practices. Holding employers accountable for their truck drivers is key to ensuring that only good drivers get hired in the future.
Trucking companies have been held accountable for accidents caused by drivers with:
- Bad driving records
- Serious health issues
- Inadequate training
- Lack of compliance with the law
Call Our Truck Accident Lawyers in Tyler, TX: (888) 493-1629
Our Tyler 18-wheeler accident attorneys have some idea of what you’re going through. You’ve been badly hurt, leaving you with huge hospital bills and no way of making a living. The only way to fight for what you need, to pay for your medical costs and recoup your lost wages, is to take the trucking company to court for what they allowed to happen to you.
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our team has recovered billions of dollars for our clients, helping them rebuild their lives while ensuring their accident never happens to anyone else. We’ve won hundreds of results worth $1 million or more, and dozens worth $10 million or more, each result giving our clients a second chance at life. If you want to know what can be done for you and your family, speak with us in a free consultation.
We take no fee unless we win your case—call (888) 493-1629 to learn your options.