FAQs: Semi and Tractor Trailer Truck Accident Attorneys in Texas

Q: What is a "commercial truck"?

A: Commercial trucks typically weigh over 10,000 pounds. It is a large truck used for the transport of any kind of commercial goods in the course of business. Examples are delivery truck/trailers, dump trucks, eighteen-wheeler tractor trailers, tanker trucks, and other large freight trucks.

Q: Is it true that if a commercial truck is involved in a traffic accident, it is more common to have serious injuries or death than one involving only passenger cars?

A: Yes. It is typical for a large commercial truck full for delivery to weigh at least 80,000 pounds and even more. On the other hand, 3,000 pounds is the average weight of a passenger car. Obviously, this size disparity shows that it makes sense that an accident involving a commercial truck and other types of vehicles may almost always result in serious injuries or even fatalities.

Q: What are some reasons for collisions between automobiles and commercial trucks?

A: In many cases, these accidents are caused by the limitation of a truck's performance capabilities and automobile driver’s ignorance of these factors. Commercial truck limitations include limits in acceleration, braking, and visibility. In other words, it can take a commercial truck a lot longer to brake or accelerate and since the truck drivers have larger blind spots, they may not be able to respond and maneuver as quickly to a danger they cannot see.

Q: If I was injured in a collision with a commercial truck and the truck driver was at fault, can I receive compensation for time out of work?

A: Yes. Compensatory damages should be awarded for any income lost due to missed work and for recovery time from injuries that resulted from the accident. If your injuries were severe and prevent you from going back to your job, you should be able to recover damages for lost earning capacity.

Q: Is it worthwhile to sue the truck driver's trucking company for my injuries?

A: Maybe. If the truck driver is directly employed by the trucking company and they supervise him, then the company may be held responsible for negligence. If the truck driver was an independent contractor hired by the company, then the liability of the company depends more on the amount of supervisory authority they had over the driver.

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