18-Wheeler Accident Attorney Rio Grande

Helping Clients in the Rio Grande Area after Serious Commercial Truck Accidents

A crash with a large commercial 18-wheeler can change your life in an instant. One moment, you may be taking your kids to school or heading home from work in the Rio Grande area and the next, you may face months or years of dealing with serious injuries and other struggles. As with any type of traffic accident, victims of 18-wheeler crashes often have the right to hold another party accountable for their losses. If you believe that someone else may have caused or contributed to your truck accident, you should seek legal guidance as soon as possible.

Thousands of commercial trucks are involved in accidents each year, often with smaller passenger vehicles. Semi-trucks can cause devastating damage in a collision and truck accident victims often suffer severe or catastrophic injuries. There are a significant number of commercial trucks that take routes through the Rio Grande, Texas area each and every day so anyone who is on the road is regularly at risk of a crash with an 18-wheeler.

If a huge tractor-trailer collided with your car or otherwise caused you injuries, you need to discuss your legal rights with a highly skilled 18-wheeler accident lawyer. These cases can be extremely complex and trucking companies will not admit to liability easily. The Law Offices of George Salinas knows how to handle this type of case and protect your rights, so please contact us for more information today.

How 18-Wheelers Crash

18-wheelers can crash in many ways and for many reasons. One particularly dangerous type of crash is a jackknife accident. This involves the trailer of the truck folding on on the cab - much like a jackknife. A jackknifing trailer can sweep across several lanes of traffic on the highway, crashing into any vehicles in its path and can cause a “runaway truck” situation in which the driver is unable to stop the 18-wheeler. You can only imagine the devastation that can result from this type of crash.

In addition, because they are so tall, 18-wheelers are particularly prone to rolling over on their sides. This can happen due to a collision with another vehicle, excessive speed on turns, hitting a curb or shoulder, or even from high winds. When a truck rolls over, there is often an increased chance that the cargo will spill out, which could cause many hazards for motorists.

With regular passenger vehicles, rear-end crashes are often called “fender-benders” and considered to be minor incidents. However, rear-end crashes involving large commercial trucks are a completely different story. These trucks have high ground clearance so they often do not hit the fender of a car but instead hit much higher. For smaller cars, there is the risk that the truck will drive onto the back of the car (if the truck is the rear vehicle) or that the car will drive underneath the trailer (if the car is the rear vehicle). These override and underride accidents are often deadly.

Not only are there many types of truck accidents but there also many causes of truck accidents. Often - but not always - these crashes occur because the driver of the 18-wheeler acted negligently. Some common reasons for 18-wheeler accidents include:

  • Distracted driving, such as texting, eating or drinking, grooming, or engaging with passengers.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The standards for drunk driving are much stricter for commercial drivers than regular drivers, however, these accidents still occur.
  • Aggressive driving, including speeding, tailgating, dangerous lane changes, and road rage.
  • Violating traffic laws by speeding, failing to yield, running red lights, and more.
  • Not sufficiently inspecting an 18-wheeler before a driving shift.
  • Violating hours of service regulations (that limit driving time) or driving while overly fatigued.
  • Driving with serious health conditions that may affect the ability to operate the truck.
  • Not following procedures for pulling to the side of the road.
  • Not properly maintaining trucks in a company’s fleet.
  • Improper loading or securement of cargo.
  • Allowing unqualified or unlicensed individuals to operate a commercial truck.
  • Hiring drivers with a history of drunk driving, reckless driving, or other dangerous behaviors on the road.

Determining the cause of a truck crash can be challenging and you need a law firm with the required resources helping you discover the reason for your truck accident.

Your Rights after an Accident

Truck accidents can cause devastating injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding and organ damage, among many others. Many accident victims must be hospitalized, miss work for an extended period of time, or even suffer permanent disabilities due to their injuries. It is important to know your rights to compensation for all of your overwhelming losses.

If another party was negligent, the law allows you to hold that party liable for your losses. Such losses include:

  • Medical bills for past and future treatment
  • Lost income and future lost earning power
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Our attorneys not only can advise you whether someone may be liable for your losses but can also help determine the full value of your claim.

Often, 18-wheeler accident cases begin with an insurance claim against the truck driver, trucking company, or another negligent party. These cases regularly involve more than one insurance claim and can get complicated. Trucking companies and insurers will usually fight against liability and it’s important to have a lawyer who is a skilled negotiator handling your claim. If necessary, we can file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court and handle each step of the litigation process to ensure that you receive the full amount you deserve for your losses.

Consult with a Rio Grande, TX 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer for Free Today

If you want to learn more about your rights after a crash, do not hesitate to call The Law Offices of George Salinas for a free case evaluation with an 18-wheeler accident attorney. We have successfully represented many clients in the Rio Grande area and we are here to help you. Call us at 210-225-0909 or contact us online today.

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Accidents and injuries can happen to anyone at any time, but they can be particularly devastating when sustained in an 18-wheeler accident. You need a personal injury attorney who is available to you. You need an attorney that is tough, experienced and aggressive.

At the Law Offices of George Salinas, PLLC, a boutique personal injury law firm in San Antonio, serving all of Texas and Arkansas. We are here for our clients and their loved ones. You may be qualified to compensation for medical bills and more. We will aggressively fight for you in court to ensure you get the means for a full recovery.


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