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Trucker Browsing Facebook on Phone Causes Fatal Accident

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on November 5, 2013

18-wheeler-on-highwy-wt-johnsonOn May 6th of this year, several emergency medical officials were responding to a car accident on Interstate 8 in Arizona. The scene’s response team had been wrapping up the rescue operation when another emergency struck. A paramedic on the scene reported that he had just put the last victim in the ambulance when 33-year-old Juan Espinoza’s fuel tanker rammed into the parked emergency response vehicles. He struck three police cars and two fire trucks before he rolled to a stop. Witnesses say that an officer had seen the trucker barreling down the highway at 65 mph and began waving his hands at Espinoza for him to slow down. He didn’t see the officer or the emergency vehicles and the officer jumped out of the way just in time before the impact. Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer, Tim Huffman died from injuries sustained from the impact. Read the rest »

3 Tips for Avoiding 18-Wheeler Accidents

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 8, 2013

18-wheeler-on-highwy-wt-johnsonWhen driving down the interstate, it’s hard not to be reminded of the horrible accidents we see on the nightly news involving an 18-wheeler. The causes are endless. The combination of their huge mass with the long, hard hours the truck drivers have to work; it is no wonder the accidents are so common. Truck driving accidents are commonly more fatal due to the size of the vehicles involved. From a normal driver’s position, we need to accept half of the responsibility when driving near an 18-wheeler. You owe it to yourself and the others with whom you share the road. Listed below are some helpful tips that we can follow to make it safer for everyone on the road. Read the rest »

5 Common Causes of Truck Accidents

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 4, 2013

5 Common Causes of Truck AccidentsIf you are ever the victim of a truck accident, you know you will most likely be seriously injured or even killed due to the impact of the 80,000-pound truck. Around 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the U.S. and approximately 5,000 trucking accidents result in fatalities. To learn more about how to prevent truck accidents, here are five common causes of truck accidents:

  • Drug use: In a recent study, the most common cause of truck accidents wasn’t driver fatigue, but drug use. In 26 percent of the truck accidents, prescription drugs or illicit drugs affected the truck driver’s reaction time.
  • Speeding: If a truck is speeding, since it weighs so much it usually causes fatal truck accidents if it hits another vehicle. Often truck drivers speed because they want to get to their destination on time, but it’s not worth it if a driver causes a deadly truck accident.
  • Driver Fatigue: One of the most common causes of truck accidents is when a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel, or is so tired they aren’t alert enough to prevent a truck accident. It’s vital that truck drivers stop driving the moment they feel fatigue.
  • Truck Equipment Failure: If the truck accident isn’t caused by driver error, it’s usually because the truck had equipment problems. The problems can range from design and manufacturing errors like defective tires or failure to provide reverse-detection warning devices, or mechanical issues such as improperly maintained brakes or tires.
  • Weather Conditions: Weather conditions can make it hard for a truck to stop fast enough to prevent a truck accident. Many times truck drivers don’t slow down enough in bad weather because they think they will be fine, but instead they get in a tragic truck accident.

Even if you follow truck safety tips, many others don’t. If you or a loved one were a victim of a Texas truck accident due to the negligence of a driver, you deserve justice and compensation for you emotional and physical turmoil. Contact the Dallas truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation today.

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4 Driving Tips for Truck Drivers

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on August 12, 2013

4 Driving Tips for Truck DriversTractor trailer drivers have a unique job delivering goods all over the country. Though many truck drivers enjoy their job, it can be extremely dangerous—around 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States. To help truck drivers stay safe while on the road, here are four safe driving tips:

  • Wear your seat belt: Many truck drivers don’t wear seat belts because they think they are safe since they sit higher than other vehicles. But a truck driver’s chances of being killed are almost 25 times higher if they are thrown from their vehicle during a crash.
  • Slow down in bad weather: When there is bad weather, some truck drivers assume that they can drive fast since they are used to driving in any kind of weather condition. But adverse weather conditions contribute to 25 percent of speeding-related large-truck fatalities. It’s wise to reduce your speed by at least one-third when driving in bad weather.
  • Take care of yourself: Some truck drivers might assume they can handle driving even when they are tired, but research shows that being awake for 18 hours is comparable to having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent. In order to protect your life and those around you, get rest, eat well and stay fit so you feel ready to drive.
  • Keep your distance: Large trucks have a much greater stopping distance than other cars, and if a truck driver hits someone from behind, they are always considered at fault. Take advantage of your driving height by anticipating when you will need to brake hard.

Even if some truck drivers follow the rules of the road, others don’t and end up creating tragic truck driving accidents. If you or a loved one were the victim of a truck accident due to the negligence of someone else, you deserve justice and compensation. Contact the experienced Dallas truck wreck attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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What to Do After a Truck Accident

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on May 20, 2013

Around half a million trucking accidents occur every year in America and around 5,000 of these accidents end in a fatality. If you or a loved one were ever the victim of a trucking accident, it is overwhelming to know what to do next. To help you be prepared, here are tips from our Dallas truck wreck attorneys for what to do after an accident:

  • Seek medical treatment: After any car accident, it’s important to first check to see if anyone has been injured in either vehicle. Even if you don’t think your injuries are serious, you should call 911 immediately to get medical help because your injuries might be worse than you think.

  • Contact the police: It’s vital to contact the police right after a trucking accident. The police will conduct a police report, which is important evidence for the insurance company and if you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit. The police report is so valuable because it’s an official, unbiased perspective of what occurred during the trucking accident. When sharing with the police what happened during the tractor-trailer accident, only share the facts. Don’t ever state fault.

  • Take evidence: In order to have the most amount of evidence, take pictures with your cell phone or camera of the accident scene. You should also write down important information before you forget it, such as:

    • License plate number for both the truck and the trailer (these numbers are usually different)

    • Names or other identification on the cab and/or the trailer

    • Any skid marks made by the truck

    • Condition of the truck’s tires and trailer

    • Condition of all vehicles involved in the collision

    • Truck driver information, such as his or her license and insurance information

    • Insurance information for the truck owner and trailer owner

    • Names and contact information of any witnesses

  • Contact a truck accident attorney: Even before speaking to your insurance company, it’s important to contact a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies can be hard to deal with, so that’s why it’s vital to speak with a knowledgeable truck accident attorney who can help you get the compensation you are entitled to.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a trucking accident, the Dallas truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson are here to help you get the justice you deserve. Contact us today to set up your free, no-obligation consultation.

 

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