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Helping you take action following a truck crash

No matter the time of year it is, motorists can expect to share the road with large commercial trucks. While there are certain times of the year where they are in more abundance, the reality is that semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks are necessary when it comes to transporting goods across the state of Texas or across several states. No matter how long the trip or how long a driver has been behind the wheel of a truck, truck drivers and the trucking industry are required to comply with federal trucking regulations.

Taking action following a truck crash

Sometimes accidents just happen. Much like their name entails, they are not predetermined or known incidents. They suddenly occur when we least expect it, and in some cases, causes significant harm and damages. Although individuals in Texas and elsewhere seek to evade such terrible incidents, the unfortunate truth is that negligent drivers could be on the road at any time. Take for example truck drivers. These drivers tend to put a lot of miles on the roadways. Additionally, they have the tendency to travel long distances and during the late night hours. This can pose some risks, especially if they are violating federal trucking regulations.

Truck accidents and vicarious liability

A semi-truck can cause devastation when it is involved in an accident. The sheer size of these massive vehicles can leave cars and trucks totally destroyed and victims left with significant injuries. A family's finances can also be rocked in the aftermath of truck accidents, as medical expenses and lost wages can quickly add up.

Semitrailers have longer stopping distances than passenger cars

It's not uncommon for Texans to be afraid of driving near semi-trucks. When driven negligently, these trucks can cause serious accidents that leave victims with extensive injuries. In the worst cases, victims are killed. There are a number of reasons why truck accidents are so devastating, including the size of the vehicle involved. Although everyday cars and pickup trucks may be able to stop relatively quickly even when traveling at a high rate of speed, semi-trucks take much longer to come to a safe stop.

Injured in a truck accident? Our firm may be able to help

Many Texas motorists find semi-trucks intimidating, and for good reason. These massive vehicles can become deadly in a split second. Far too often, the truckers who operate these big rigs act negligently, thereby putting innocent motorists at risk of harm. Although federal regulations seek to reduce and even eliminate truck accidents caused by operator error or improper maintenance, the truth of the matter is that these wrecks will continue into the foreseeable future.

Are there regulations on how long truckers may drive?

While driving down a Texas highway, a motorist may see a variety of different vehicles. From small hybrid automobiles that barely make a sound as they pass to massive semis and 18-wheelers that take up every inch of their lanes, individuals must be prepared for whatever comes their way. While any tired driver can be a threat to a person on the road, truck drivers and their massive rigs are particularly hazardous when those drivers do not have enough sleep to stay alert.

Drivers of commercial trucks are not allowed to text and drive

Most Texans are probably aware that texting and driving is dangerous. Texting is one of many distractions that can take a driver's attention away from the road and cause that driver to create unsafe conditions on the road. Drivers who are distracted by texting and other diversions can fail to see other cars, pedestrians or bicycles in the road, may cause collisions when their distractions force them to brake too close to other vehicles and can miss important safety signage that could put others in dangerous situations.

Could a vehicle defect have caused my truck accident?

Vehicles are complex machines that must perform a variety of functions in order to keep their passengers safe and carry them to their destinations. Many Texas residents own personal vehicles that they must maintain to ensure that the cars, trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles are in their best working order. Large vehicles like semis and 18-wheelers also must be maintained so that they may perform safely; when big rigs and other large commercial vehicles experience mechanical problems, the results can be deadly for their drivers and other motorists who must share the roads with them.

Many causes can lead to truck accidents

The Law Offices of Chris Pettit & Associates represent victims of truck accidents. Located in San Antonio, attorney Pettit and his dedicated staff are available to work with individuals who have suffered losses as a result of collisions with big rigs, tractor-trailers, and other large commercial trucks and to help them explore their legal options for pursuing the compensation they deserve.

Semi-truck involved in crash with school bus

Many Texas students relish the opportunity to school-related field trips. Not only do the excursions provide kids with a chance to experience additional enrichment on the topics they are learning about in school but such trips also get them out of their classrooms for a break from the books. However, recently a group of Texas fourth graders had a very scary experience when the bus they were riding on during a field trip was involved in a crash with a semi-truck.

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