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New Braunfels truck wreck attorneySharing the road with other motorists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians is something we deal with on a day-to-day basis, but sharing the road with large trucks adds a whole other level of risk to our daily commutes. Driving with large trucks, in particular, presents an entirely different challenge for those operating any other vehicle.

Large trucks, including tractor-trailer vehicles, can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. They require far more time for acceleration and deceleration than regular automobiles. Additionally, they can have more blind spots than the average passenger vehicle, and those spots can vary in number and location. These factors combined pose a number of risks to others sharing the road. If you operate a regular automobile, the Texas Department of Transportation recommends the following:

Avoid blind spots - Large trucks have multiple front and rear blind spots. It’s important to make sure you can see the driver in the truck’s side mirror. If you can’t see him, then he cannot see you and your vehicle. Do not obscure your view of the road and risk remaining invisible to the truck drivers around you.

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truck wreck, I-35 crash, New Braunfels truck crash lawyerAs the North American Free Trade Agreement is now well into its second decade, there are more and more large trucks pouring across the border and into South Central Texas on I-35. In fact, the traffic is so heavy that, last year, officials had to open a new rail link to accommodate some of the freight.

The West Rail Project took fifteen years and $120 million to build, but officials say it was money and time well spent. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, the border sees about $1.5 billion in goods pass through either side on any given day, and the road network simply cannot handle all that traffic. More traffic also means more new drivers, many of whom are unfamiliar with the San Antonio area.

The product of all these things – more traffic, new drivers, and unfamiliar locations – is more large truck crashes, and these events present unique legal problems.

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truck rental, Graves Amendment, New Braunfels truck wreck lawyerMost people move between May and September, and with the moving season upon us, there will be more U-Haul, Ryder, and other rented large trucks on area roadways. As a general rule, these vehicles are unwieldy and difficult to drive, particularly for drivers with little or no experience in handling these trucks and who are unfamiliar with the area.

Traditional third-party liability theory does not apply in this area, thanks to an obscure federal law on the subject. However, in many cases, the vehicle’s owner or agent (normally a franchisee) may be liable for damages in a truck crash case.

The Graves Amendment

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Truck wrecks are among the most complex personal injury cases, and these collisions occur with alarming frequency here in South Central Texas, mostly on major freeways like Interstate 35 and Interstate 10. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in one of these crashes, it is important to partner with an attorney who is highly experienced in these matters because truck wrecks require a unique approach.

Gathering Evidence

Just like most new cars, most trucks have an Event Data Recorder (EDR) that electronically records key metrics that often contribute to a crash. However, truck EDRs are often more sophisticated, in terms of the amount of data they capture and record. Specifically, many EDRs store information about operation hours and safety status. This information is also in a driver’s log book. But, while almost anyone can fake a log entry, almost no one can fool an EDR. Finally, more and more trucks are now equipped with dash cams, and their images may provide nearly irrefutable proof of distracted driving or substance abuse.

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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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