FAQs: Semi-Truck Accident Death Lawyers in Texas

Q: Why are more people killed in motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks than those without?

A: Commercial trucks weigh 10,000 pounds or more, depending on the weight of their load. An average car on the roads in the U.S. weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. When the need arises, it is much easier to maneuver a car out of danger, or to avoid a hazard because of the car’s size and weight. It is near impossible to maneuver a truck to avoid a hazard, collision, or some other danger. The weight and size of the trucks often cause them to jackknife when a driver has to turn, brake, or swerve suddenly. Many truck drivers are required to take safety courses as a part of their insurance and licensure, but many other drivers on the road are unaware of the limitations of trucks and drive around them as if they were another car and can respond like a car.

Q: If there were several cars involved and multiple people seriously injured (one killed) in an accident caused by a commercial truck, will I be able to recover damages for my injuries?

A: Yes, you should be able to recover damages for your injuries or loss if the commercial driver was negligent and the truck was responsible for the accident. When multiple parties are pursuing compensatory damage recovery from an accident with a commercial truck that caused serious injuries or death, there may be an issue in getting the company to fully pay all the settlements. If you are in this situation, you should make sure you have an experienced attorney working for you to recover what you deserve.

Q: If my spouse was killed in an accident caused by an 18 Wheeler, but had a life insurance policy, will I still be able to recover financial damages?

A: Yes. The fact that your spouse had a life insurance policy is completely separate from the personal injury case; the jury will never even be presented with that information. Since the accident was caused by the 18 Wheeler, you are entitled to recover all financial damages because of the negligence of the other party. The damages should include; loss of financial income, loss of future income, loss of benefits, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering.

Q: My sister was killed in an accident with a commercial truck because she was in the "no zone" when it changed lanes. What is the "no zone"?

A: The "no zone" describes all of the blind spots on each side of a large commercial truck. This includes the area directly behind the truck, the areas on each side that are directly behind the cab, and the area in front of the truck (when you change lanes, you should be able to see the whole truck in your rearview mirror).

Q: Why does Texas have the highest number of truck accident fatalities, more than all of the other states?

A: There are many factors involved in this number and the high number of accidents in Texas. One of the many reasons has been speculated that since Texas is a border state, and since NAFTA passed back in the 1990’s, Texas’ number of large truck accidents has gone up because there are more Mexican trucks on the road (delivering border to border) and not enough enforcement to compensate for the increased traffic and potential violations to the U.S. traffic safety laws. Some even believe there should be separate roadways for commercial trucks and cars.

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