Truck Driver Negligence
Dallas Truck Driver Negligence
An 18-wheeler under power and in control is a formidable sight on the road; few vehicles on the highway match their strength and superiority. When placed in the hands of an irresponsible or incapacitated operator, these machines can become lethal weapons – capable of terrible damage. During our two decades of service in the greater Dallas region, the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson have represented hundreds of truck accident victims; and more often than not, we’ve discovered the driver’s negligence, whether pressed to overextend his long-hauling abilities by company officials or simply lacked good judgment, was responsible for the wreck.
We encourage anyone who has been victimized by an irresponsible truck driver’s actions to contact us as soon as possible. The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson is committed to upholding your rights and the continued well-being of your family in the court of law. If you have experienced the death of a loved one or serious injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Please use the contact form on this page to set up an appointment or call (972) 325-5302.
One of the primary goals we have, as a dedicated truck accident law firm, is establishing a chain of custody or liability prior to the accident in question. Was there direction from company management to complete a delivery in an inordinate amount of time? Did the driver take every precaution, as mandated by federal and state law, to ensure that both he and the vehicle were in any condition to be on the road? These questions are just two of many that we will thoroughly investigate on your behalf. Some of the more common reasons include:
Fatigue – As of July 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) put into law tighter regulations on rig operator sleep patterns. During a typical week, drivers are permitted only 14 hours of total driving and work time per day. Any truck drivers completing a 70-hour work week must take 34 consecutive hours to recuperate. Exceeding any of these limits can put the driver, his delivery, and everyone else on the road in danger.
Incapacitated – Like every other motorist, truck drivers are prohibited from using drugs or alcohol while driving. Unlike every other motorist however, truck drivers can inflict far more damage if they are in an accident while driving under the influence. Unfortunately, the number of fatalities involving intoxicated truck drivers has increased exponentially each year.
Driver Error – In the trucking industry, getting the delivery there ahead of schedule is the name of the game. Anything less than that can mean all sorts of penalties and loss of job security. This leads to speeding, cutting corners, and unsafe driving practices. Anyone who has driven on a Texas highway knows what a speeding 80,000 lbs truck looks like; driver’s who fail to compensate or calculate their rig’s abilities at such high speeds put everyone at risk, including themselves.
Your Truck Accident Attorney
The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson are committed to continued safety in the trucking industry. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a large truck, it is imperative you speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Negligent truck drivers are often shielded by the shipping agency and their legal team – that is where we come in. Our team will aggressively pursue your claim and make sure those who caused the accident are held accountable for their actions. For additional information give us a call at (972) 325-5302 – and remember – we don’t get paid until you do!