Nueces County Truck Wreck Lawyers for Crashes Caused by Speeding or Other Traffic Violations

Collisions involving commercial vehicles can be very dangerous, and due to the large size and weight of 18-wheeler trucks, people in other cars and trucks are likely to suffer serious harm. While there are a variety of reasons why truck accidents may occur, truck driver negligence is often a major factor in these cases. In some cases, this negligence may involve issues that affect a person's ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle, such as driver fatigue. However, accidents can also be caused by a truck driver's violations of traffic laws or other behaviors that put others at risk.

Victims of commercial truck wrecks may be able to seek compensation from a negligent truck driver, a trucking company, or other parties who were responsible, and when doing so, they will want to make sure they are represented by a lawyer who has experience in these types of cases. At The Edwards Law Firm, we understand the laws and regulations that apply to the trucking and transportation industries, as well as the legal issues that may play a role in determining commercial truck accident liability. Our attorneys have over 100 combined years of experience, and we work to protect the rights of our clients and ensure that they are fully compensated for injuries that were caused by other people's negligence.

Collisions Caused by Truck Driver Negligence

Because they have the potential to cause serious injuries to others, truck drivers must take precautions to drive safely at all times. However, the profitability of the trucking industry rests on the ability to deliver cargo as quickly as possible. This means that truck drivers may act unsafely in an attempt to get to their destination more quickly. In some cases, trucking companies may encourage their drivers to violate laws or regulations, or they may fail to provide the proper training to ensure that drivers can avoid unsafe behaviors.

Truck drivers may put other people at risk by violating traffic laws or engaging in aggressive driving, and these forms of negligence may include:

  • Speeding - On most highways, the speed limit for large trucks is lower than for other vehicles. When truck drivers exceed the speed limits, they will take longer to slow down or come to a stop. This may make it difficult or impossible to avoid a collision in situations involving unexpected traffic congestion or obstacles in the road. Speeding will also increase the chances that a truck driver will lose control of their vehicle when negotiating curves or responding to inclement weather.
  • Tailgating - 18-wheeler trucks require a large amount of distance to slow down and stop, especially when traveling at high speeds. If a truck driver follows too closely behind another vehicle, they may be unable to avoid colliding with the vehicle from the rear if the driver needs to slow down or stop suddenly. Commercial trucks can inflict severe injuries on drivers and passengers in rear-end collisions.
  • Illegal lane changes or turns - Tractor-trailer trucks have large blind spots, and truck drivers must take great care to ensure that a lane is clear before changing lanes or merging into traffic. Drivers who make sudden lane changes may collide with another vehicle or force a car off the road. Truck drivers may also cause collisions when making turns at intersections or highway interchanges, including when they disobey traffic signals or fail to watch for oncoming vehicles.

Contact Our Corpus Christi Truck Driver Negligence Lawyers

Following a truck accident, our attorneys can perform an investigation and gather evidence to show that a truck driver acted negligently. We will work to identify all liable parties and help victims take steps to recover compensation for their damages. Contact our office today by calling 361-320-6752 and setting up a complimentary consultation. We assist with truck accident cases involving driver negligence in Portland, Kingsville, Aransas Pass, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Nueces County, Rockport, Alice, and Robstown.

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