Dallas Underride Truck Accident Attorneys
Were you involved in a wreck that involved your vehicle sliding under a semi-truck? Underride truck accidents are the most dangerous and deadly type of accidents. If you or a loved one have been involved in an underride truck accident in Dallas, you need an experienced Dallas big rig accident lawyer. Underride truck accidents account for 25 percent of fatal truck accidents. They can be deadly, even at low speeds. They generally occur when the larger vehicle is attempting a u-turn or attempting to cross a street. Underride truck accidents happen when the on-coming vehicle doesn't see the truck, despite its size. Despite their size, sometimes trucks and the trailers do not stand out from the background or they are moving too slowly for the passenger vehicle driver to slow down.
These types of wrecks generally occur at night. Trailers are often poorly lit using only a few small lights. Many times those lights do not provide enough illumination to allow a passenger vehicle driver to realize how slowly the semi-truck is crossing the road.
Underride truck accidents also happen because trucks are slow to accelerate and slow to stop. Passenger vehicles traveling on a highway travel at speeds between 55 and 70 miles per hour. It can be hard for a driver to tell that a truck is traveling at a much slower speed until it's too late. Many underride truck accidents could be prevented with the use of a guard on the truck to prevent passenger vehicles from sliding under the truck. The guard helps prevent the destruction of the passenger compartment and roof of the passenger vehicle.
Trucks manufactured after 1998 are required to have a rear guard to act as a prevention measure for underride truck accidents. However, trucks manufactured before 1998 are not required to use a rear guard. In 1999, it became required that trucks use reflective tape to help alert passenger vehicles of their presence. The reflective tape should be placed in a spot that is easily seen. This is sometimes neglected by truck drivers who push to keep an unrealistic schedule imposed by the company.
First, you should seek medical care. Second, contact a lawyer that is knowledgeable and experienced in the areas of law that covers underride truck accidents. These accidents can be very complex and include more than one claim. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, property loss, and pain and suffering. Insurance companies like to offer settlements for less than what is deserved. Don't sign anything without talking to a lawyer.
Sadly, the bottom line for trucking companies is profit. As a result, drivers are often sleep deprived or break the law in order to keep their schedule. These sad factors often result in the loss of human life.
The Law Office of WT Johnson understands that it is impossible to put a price on someone's life. You are entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, property loss, brain injuries, and even wrongful death.
We have successfully advocated judgments and settlements for our clients, totaling more than $110,000,000 over the last 25 years. The Law Office of WT Johnson works on a contingency fee basis. You don't pay any money at the beginning of the case. You only pay us if we settle your case or win at trial. We understand the stress caused by underride truck accidents. We want to help. Let us handle the insurance company and the trucking company.
We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your underride truck accident. Contact The Law Office of WT Johnson right away: (800) 738-4046. Don't delay. We want to help you protect your legal rights and help get you the consultation you deserve.
We accept cases in Dallas, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Collin County, Denton County, and others. If you can't come to our location, one of our Dallas underride truck accident attorneys will come to you in your home or hospital. We also offer a web form that allows you to submit your contact information and general basis of your claim. One of our courteous firm members will contact you.
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If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don't hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We're ready to help you, and won't rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.