Truckers get paid based on the number of miles they drive. They don't get paid to eat, sleep or take breaks. Because drivers want to make money, they push themselves to travel more than they should. Unfortunately, when they fail to meet industry standards, the accidents they cause are usually fatal.
At the Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham, we are committed to holding the negligent drivers accountable for the wrongful deaths they cause. We are an aggressive and experienced truck accident law firm devoted to representing accident injury victims in San Antonio and throughout South Texas.
We pride ourselves in obtaining the very best results possible for our seriously injured clients, and we have recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of personal injury clients. Contact us to learn how we can help.
Causes of Semitruck Accidents
Every year, thousands of motorists and truck drivers are killed or severely injured by the negligence of semitruck drivers and the trucking companies that employ them. Many tractor-trailer drivers and their employers place the public in grave danger by ignoring necessary maintenance.
For instance, some long haul truck drivers are hired to drive for too many hours each day, and as a result, the drivers fall asleep at the wheel and cause serious accidents. Other drivers may drive over the speed limit or recklessly, losing control of their trucks and becoming involved in a truck jackknife situation or a collision with another vehicle. Whether the truck driver was at fault or another party, such as the trucking company for failing to properly maintain the truck, we can help you seek the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have suffered.
Here are some alarming U.S. truck accident related statistics:
- Every 16 minutes, a person is injured or killed in a truck-related accident.
- Approximately 1 million people are involved in truck crashes each year.
- Approximately 5,000 people are killed in truck accidents each year.
- More than 30 percent of people who are injured in truck accidents suffer catastrophic injuries.
Holding Trucking Companies and Drivers Accountable
Large trucks which weigh over 10,000 pounds represent only 3 percent of all registered vehicles on the road in the U.S.; however, they account for more than 25 percent of the deaths in multiple vehicle traffic accidents. Many times, the fatalities that are associated with large truck accidents do not involve the truck drivers. In fact, 98 percent of those killed or injured in trucking accidents will not be truck drivers.
Contact an Experienced Texas 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney
If your loved one was killed in a truck accident, our lawyer can help you hold the trucking companies and their drivers accountable. Contact us online or call 210-787-3312 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced San Antonio truck accident attorney.