Trucks are large, powerful vehicles that are extremely useful when it comes to transporting large amounts of materials from one place to another. We know, as we are considered among the best trucking accident attorneys here in Brownsville as well as throughout Cameron County. The trucks roll down Interstates 69E, 68C, and 2 as well as the major Texas highways, not to mention the busy streets of Brownsville, Harlingen, and even South Padre Island.
However, with such convenience comes a greatly increased degree of danger that presents itself whenever accidents involving trucks occur. Their sheer size puts all other motorists at great risk of injury when involved in a collision with trucks, and the variety of ways in which a person can be injured is unfortunate.
Trucking accidents happen, and when they do, people call one of the best – if not the best – trucking accident law firm in South Texas, the Villarreal Law Firm and our team of trucking accident lawyers. Others think of us as the personal injury lawyers that “do trucking.”
Trucks and Trucking Accidents: The Need for Attorney Representation
Trucks are sophisticated machines that require regular maintenance to ensure that they are working properly. If maintenance does not occur, then a truck may experience engine problems or brake failure. In addition, trailer hitches must be regularly inspected to avoid Texas runaway trailer accidents, and brake lights and side reflectors must all be functioning properly to ensure that motorists who are driving within close proximity to a large truck at night can see the truck and avoid accidents. Failure to see a large truck at night could result in either a rear collision or an under-ride collision, in which a passenger vehicle becomes wedged underneath the truck and is dragged by the truck, sometimes for quite a distance before a tired truck driver can even notice.
Truck drivers themselves pose another danger to motorists. According to national guidelines, truck drivers are not allowed to drive for more than 11 hours straight, and must take daily 10 hour breaks. Unfortunately, many truck drivers, in attempts to deliver their loads quicker and take on more delivery jobs, consequently increasing their own financial incentive, choose to drive longer than the allowed time frame, sometimes utilizing over-the-counter stimulants to keep themselves alert and awake. However, once the stimulants wear off, and even while under the influence of said stimulants, truck drivers are more of a hazard to the road than anything else. Factor in sleep deprivation, and you have a recipe for disaster where driver negligence can lead to truck accidents of deadly proportion.
With truck accidents in Brownsville or Harlingen, South Padre Island or McAllen, Texas, negligence can be attributed to truck drivers, trucking companies, and/or the owner of the involved truck. If mechanical failure caused the accident, then the truck’s owner can be held liable for damages. If a driver loses control of his truck, possibly because that driver is under the influence of an illicit substance, then the driver should be held liable for damages. In fact, if dangerous road conditions, such as poorly paved roads or obscured street signs/traffic signals are the cause of the accident, then even the city/governing body of the location in which the accident occurred may be held liable for monetary damages.
Consult a Trucking Attorney for a Case Evaluation
In any event, it is important to have a skilled Brownsville trucking attorney on your side that can sort through the details of your accident and determine the negligent party at fault. At the Villarreal Law Firm, our knowledgeable truck accident lawyers will help you seek monetary compensation to help cover medical bills, physical therapy costs, and possibly even lost wages in the event that injuries sustained have prevented you from being able to go about your daily routine in life.
Trucking Accident Attorney: Free Consultation
Please call us today at (956) 544-4444 for a free consultation, and a knowledgeable Texas truck accident attorney at the Villarreal Law Firm will examine every aspect of your case to ensure that your rights are upheld in a court of law, and negligent parties are rightfully held accountable for their actions. With our offices in Brownsville, Texas, we’re convenient to all of Cameron County – from Harlingen to Los Fresnos, and everywhere in between.