Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer
Every day thousands of semi-trucks cross the nation’s roadways transporting goods from one location to another. The drivers of these trucks are subject to a plethora of federal, state and local driving regulations enforced by their respective trucking companies. However, devastating accidents continue to happen resulting in catastrophic injuries.
Truck and Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Semi-truck accident lawyers know there are many federally mandated rules and regulations that all truck and commercial vehicle drivers and their employers must follow to ensure safety. Unfortunately, when accidents occur, they are often caused by these laws being broken resulting in victims sustaining severe injuries. Some of the most common reasons for trucking accidents include:
Driving Regulations Are Often Violated
Regulations on the number of hours worked, drug/alcohol use, dangerous driving and cell phone use have been put into effect in an effort to prevent accidents. However, some drivers choose to work more than the legally maximum number of hours per day to meet deadlines and make more money, drink and drive, and disregard safety by using their cell phones to talk or text while driving. Many accidents have occurred from such driving distractions.
Companies Have Hired Dangerous Drivers
If an individual has DWI’s , excessive history of tickets and prior at-fault collisions, a trucking company should not put him behind the wheel of a 80,000 pound truck. The company is also required by law to check the trucker’s driving record and contact past employers to ensure he/she is a safe driver. Unfortunately, trucking companies neglect their duties putting dangerous drivers are still put in charge of a truck regardless of their history.
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Bad Drivers Are Kept on Staff
If drivers acquire three tickets in three years, industry standards require companies to terminate the driver. Companies are also required to conduct thorough review of their safety record every year, but many neglect to do so. This failure leaves dangerous drivers on the road and presents more opportunity for serious accidents.
Drivers Are Not Properly Trained
Driving a semi-truck or commercial vehicle is quite different than operating a car, pickup truck, or SUV and requires extensive training. However, providing this training is costly for the trucking companies, and many drivers are permitted on the road with little to no training.
Defective Equipment Is Not Repaired or Replaced
Truck drivers are federally obligated to inspect their trucks for defective equipment each day before beginning their trek. However, repairing and replacing equipment can be expensive and many companies and drivers cut corners which result in disastrous consequences.
Contact Our Experienced Dallas/Fort Worth Trucking Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries in a trucking accident, contact Texas trucking accident lawyer Todd Clement. He is dedicated to fighting for the compensation you deserve for your injuries as well as helping you get to the bottom of why your accident happened.
Todd Clement has dedicated his practice to helping victims of trucking and distracted driving accidents. “Truckers: The Bullies of the Road” is a speech he has given to thousands of lawyers throughout Texas teaching them how to effectively handle truck wrecks. Todd is here to guide you through the personal injury process, investigate your case and fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. With over 25 years of experience with Dallas/Fort Worth trucking accidents, attorney Clement has the knowledge, resources, and skills to work tirelessly for the best possible outcome.