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New Braunfels Truck Accident AttorneyWhen we think about the dangers of an auto accident involving commercial trucks, we usually assume that the height of the danger occurs during the initial collision. However, the aftermath of a truck accident can be wrought with additional dangers – especially if the truck is transporting flammable material such as gas or fuel, hazardous materials, or toxic materials.

Just recently, I-35 had to be closed while HAZMAT crews cleaned up diesel fuel that spilled from an 18-wheeler. The highway has since been reopened, but the crash is just a reminder of the dangers of commercial truck accidents.

Truck – Sedan Collision Causes Multi-Vehicle Accident

Everything from fuel to groceries is transported by commercial trucks throughout Texas and the U.S. When a truck accident results in spilled cargo, the cargo can create an even greater chance of injury or death. The accident that closed I-35 involved an initial collision between a semi-truck and a sedan. The truck ended up in a jackknife position on the highway, taking up three lanes of traffic. The truck also spilled approximately 75 gallons of diesel fuel. Fortunately, crews were able to clean up the fuel and make the highway safe for travel.

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New Braunfels Personal Injury AttorneyCommercial semi-trucks travel throughout Texas carrying everything from hazardous materials to household goods. When an 18-wheeler strikes another vehicle, the results are often catastrophic. Severe injuries and deaths are not uncommon in commercial truck wrecks. Many commercial truck accidents are caused by the negligent actions of the truck driver, trucking company, or another party. If you were hurt or your family member was killed in a truck wreck, you may be able to hold the negligent party accountable and recover compensation for your damages. However, bringing a successful truck accident injury claim is not easy and several factors can complicate your case.

Texas House Bill 19 May Influence Your Case

Texas House Bill 19 is effective as of September 1, 2021. The bill affects how and when a trucking company can be held liable for a truck crash resulting in injury, death, or property damage. Proponents of the new law claim that the legislation protects the trucking industry from “frivolous” lawsuits. However, critics worry that the bill will make it harder for truck crash victims to recover compensation for their damages. If you are interested in taking legal action after a commercial truck crash, make sure to work with an attorney who is familiar with how this new legislation will impact the case.

Evidence from a Truck Accident Must Be Preserved Quickly

To successfully recover compensation for a truck crash, an injured party must prove that:

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Texas Personal Injury LawyerFew would dispute the fact that driving a semi-truck is a brutal occupation. Drivers are expected to deal with tight deadlines, long days, and irregular sleep schedules. Laws and regulations have been instituted to reduce the incidence of fatigued-driver truck accidents, however, drowsiness is still a factor in a large number of truck crashes.

If you or a loved one were involved in a commercial truck accident, it is possible that a sleep-deprived trucker made crucial errors behind the wheel that led to the crash. The trucking company that employs the truck driver may be liable for damages. You could be entitled to reimbursement for past and future medical costs, vehicle replacement costs, lost income, and more. However, to bring a strong claim, you will need evidence that the truck driver’s actions caused the accident.

Sleepy Truck Drivers Can Make Deadly Mistakes

Research shows that not getting adequate sleep can affect our brains similarly to alcohol intoxication. Sleepy truck drivers are slower to react to obstacles or stopped vehicles on the road and more likely to make driving mistakes. They may not check their blind spots before changing lanes or pay close enough attention to other cars on the road. Some even fall asleep at the wheel. This can lead to horrible truck accidents resulting in severe injuries and property damage.

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New Braunfels, Texas Personal Injury AttorneySemi-trucks and other large commercial trucks are a vital component to our modern lives. Over 70 percent of the freight that is transported across the United States is moved via truck. Unfortunately, large commercial trucks can also cause severe truck accidents in which people are injured or killed. One recent truck accident turned fatal after a tire blowout caused the truck to roll off a bridge and burst into flames. The accident highlights the dangers of truck tire blowouts.

Tire Blowout Causes Fatal Crash

Two people were inside the truck when the tire burst, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The truck rolled off a bridge and down a slope where it caught on fire. The passenger did not survive the flames. The driver was taken to the hospital for injuries. Unfortunately, tire blowouts like these result in thousands of accidents every year in the U.S. – many of which are fatal.

What Causes Tire Blowouts?

Tire blowouts are not uncommon on large commercial trucks. Sometimes the blowout is caused by overinflation or underinflation. Tread separation caused by normal wear and tear, potholes and other road defects, and mismatched tires can also cause a blowout. Some tire blowouts are caused by tire design or manufacturing defects.

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"NewTexas House Bill 19 was signed into law in mid-June of this year and goes into effect on September 1, 2021. The legislation amends Chapter 72 of Texas’ Civil Practice and Remedies Code, specifically, the issue of liability for truck accidents. Car crashes involving large commercial trucks such as flatbeds and tanker trucks often cause catastrophic damage. Life-changing injuries, including disfiguring burns, amputations, and traumatic brain injuries are not uncommon in accidents involving commercial vehicles. Sadly, many truck collisions are fatal.

If you or a loved one were involved in a large truck crash or an accident caused by spilled truck cargo, you could be entitled to compensation for lost income and lost earning capacity, hospital bills, physical therapy, surgery, and more. You could also be eligible for non-economic damages that compensate you for your physical pain, mental and emotional distress, and lost quality of life.

It is important to know how HB 19 could affect your truck accident injury case.

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The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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