18 Wheeler Accident Attorney San Antonio
Studies show that 18 wheeler accidents are far more likely to be fatal or cause severe injuries than ones involving passenger vehicles. In Texas alone, per the state's Department of Transportation, there were more than half a million car accidents in 2015. Of those accidents, 23,623 involved 18 wheelers, and over 400 18 wheeler accidents were deadly, so approximately 1.8 percent of semi-truck accidents resulted in death.
Overall, 0.06 percent of all traffic accidents in Texas in 2015 were fatal, so it's clear that 18 wheeler accidents are far more dangerous than those involving regular passenger vehicles.
The Perils of 18 Wheeler Accidents
There are two reasons that getting in an accident involving an 18 wheeler is more dangerous than other types of accidents: the size and weight of the vehicle and how difficult these vehicles are to drive. The average vehicle weighs about 4,000 pounds. However, a fully loaded semi can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
The size and weight of the vehicle make it difficult to maneuver and stop in a timely manner. Another issue that regular drivers do not normally face is that truck drivers are expected to be on the road for days at a time. If a trucking company isn't ensuring that drivers are well-rested and aren't abusing substances to help them stay awake, it can increase the risk of a crash.
Why Reach Out To A San Antonio 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer
Depending on the circumstances surrounding an accident, you may need a lawyer in San Antonio who specializes in 18 wheeler crashes. While most passenger vehicle accidents involve obtaining compensation from an insurance company, it is not uncommon for a trucking company if a commercial vehicle was involved. This is because it is up to the trucking company to ensure that drivers are rested, sober and using vehicles that have been properly maintained.
If an 18 wheeler accident was the result of negligence on the part of the trucking company, it may change your legal case and the types of compensation you may be able to receive. However, even if you go through an insurance company for reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages from needing to recover from injuries and vehicle repair costs, you may still want a lawyer on your side.
Payouts related to 18 wheeler accidents in San Antonio may be large due to the amount of damage that these types of vehicles can cause. Large payouts frequently cause insurance companies to balk and start questioning fault in an accident. Additionally, insurance providers may attempt to downplay the costs of repairing your vehicle or paying for medical treatment.
At the J. Reyna Law Firm, we understand the issues related to large truck accidents and can help determine an appropriate payout from an insurance company or trucking company. We can also help to prove fault, and we help to determine if a trucking company's negligence may have been a factor in a crash.
If you or a loved one have been in an 18 wheeler accident, don't hesitate to contact us. We offer free consultations, and unless we win your case, there's no charge.