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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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Texas Truck Accident LawyerCollisions involving commercial semi-trucks, tanker trucks, flatbed trucks, and 18-wheelers typically cause a much greater degree of damage than accidents involving smaller vehicles. If you or someone you care about was recently involved in a truck accident, you may be interested in seeking monetary damages through an injury claim. The liable party, or the party responsible for paying damages, may be the truck driver, the trucking company, the party who incorrectly loaded truck cargo, or even a third party such as a manufacturing company. In this blog, we will explore how a trucking company or carrier may be liable for a truck crash.  

The Trucking Company May Be Liable for Accidents Caused by Driver Error

When a truck driver is an employee of a trucking company, the truck driver may be liable for damages if an accident is caused by truck driver error. Truckers may fall asleep at the wheel, use an electronic device while driving, speed, and make other unsafe choices at the wheel that endanger the lives of other motorists. Traditionally, the trucking company is ultimately responsible for negligent driving. However, Texas House Bill 19, which was recently passed by the Texas Legislature, will limit trucking company liability. The bill goes into effect on September 1, 2021.

After September 1, truck accident victims will need to demonstrate evidence of “grossly negligent” actions in order to successfully sue a trucking company for an accident caused by an employee. If there is not sufficient evidence of grossly negligent behavior, liability may fall to the truck driver himself or herself.

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new braunfels truck wreck lawyerThree people were transported to the hospital following a dump truck rollover in San Antonio two weeks ago. The truck accident occurred at a gas station located at the intersection of O’Connor Road and I-35 shortly before noon on June 28. Police say the truck’s driver was seriously injured, while the other two victims suffered what appeared to be minor injuries.

Accident Details

According to information released by the San Antonio Police Department, the truck driver, who was hauling asphalt, suddenly lost control of the vehicle as he was exiting I-35. The truck flipped over, pushing a work truck into the gas station.

The driver later told police that the brakes had stopped working, and he lost control trying to steer. He was transported to the hospital with serious arm injuries. The man in the work truck was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Both he and another victim were at the gas station on a service call.

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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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