Wichita Falls Truck Accident Lawyers
Wichita Falls, Texas is home to over 100,000 people and is the end point for several major highways, including 287, 82, and 79. Highways 240 and 277 run straight through it. This means there are a lot of commercial trucks running through the town. In addition to the roads and population, Wichita Falls’ proximity to Mexico means that there are a number of foreign trucks on the roadways. Mexican commercial vehicles may not meet the same regulations required of U.S. trucks. The more large commercial trucks there are on the road, the greater the danger to other drivers.
Accidents on the road are often devastating. When the accidents involve a large commercial truck and a traditional car, motorcycle or pick-up, the results can be catastrophic. Any other vehicle is at an extreme disadvantage up against a large commercial truck, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds legally in Texas. If they are overloaded, they can weigh even more and be more difficult to control. The types of commercial trucks most often involved in Wichita Falls, Texas accidents are:
- Transfer trucks
- Mack trucks
- Big rigs
- Semi-trailer trucks
What are some common types of truck accidents?
The large size and construction of commercial trucks means that there is a variety of ways that large trucks pose a danger to the safety of other drivers. The following are just two examples of dangerous truck accidents:
- Jackknife Accidents: A jackknife accident happens when a driver loses control of his trailer. The name comes from the jackknife-like folding motion that happens when the driver loses control. This is extremely dangerous. The truck and trailer cover multiple lanes of highway when jackknifing happens, and the truck can topple over. This often causes multi-car pile ups in the span of mere seconds on fast moving highways.
- Bad Brakes: When the brakes are bad on any car, the results can be awful. Trucks are so large that they take extra time to slow down and stop. Getting rear-ended by an 80,000+ pound truck is much more devastating than being rear-ended by a slowing Ford Focus.
Why do truck accidents happen?
Unfortunately, many companies value profits over safety. Truck companies do this by overworking their drivers, overloading their trucks, skimping on maintenance and other ways. The result of the companies’ greed is the injury or death of innocent people. Truck companies and drivers must be held liable for their irresponsibility. Loncar & Associates’ priority is to ensure that companies who injure or kill Wichita Falls citizens are held responsible.
Some of the reasons truck accidents happen are:
- Poor maintenance on the trucks
- Overloaded trucks
- Tired drivers
- Drivers that ignore poor weather conditions and choose to drive anyway
- Speeding trucks
- Aggressive truck drivers
- Drunk truck drivers
The cause of the accident is incredibly important. Only once your attorney knows the cause of the accident can he or she know who to sue. Sometimes the appropriate person to sue is the truck driver. Sometimes, it is the trucking company. Sometimes it is the maintenance workers who are responsible for the upkeep of the truck. Sometimes, it is a combination of the above.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident with a large commercial truck, it is important that you contact an experienced and compassionate Wichita Falls truck accident lawyer at Loncar & Associates today for a free consultation.