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Road Warriors

Navigating Commercial Trucking Accidents with Lonestar Legal

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THE HAZARDS OF COMMERCIAL TRUCKING

Commercial trucking crashes are especially hazardous for a few key reasons. First, these trucks are huge and heavy, often weighing as much as 40 tons when fully loaded. That's like having a giant rolling down the road next to you. Because of their size, they take much longer to stop than regular cars and are harder to maneuver, so collisions involving them tend to be more serious.

Another big issue is that truck drivers often have to cover long distances in a short time, which can lead to exhaustion, driving too fast, or driving for too long. Imagine trying to drive for hours and hours without a break – it's tough work! But tired drivers behind the wheel of these big rigs are prone making reckless errors or falling asleep, increasing the risk of a serious crash. Plus, there's all the other stuff that can distract drivers, like checking their phones or eating while driving.  We have even seen cases of bored drivers watching movies - all while driving 40 tons of danger next to our families! When you add it all up, it's no wonder commercial truck wrecks are such a big threat to our safety on the roads.

What To Do If You Are Involved in a Commercial Truck crash:

If you find yourself in a collision involving a commercial truck, it's crucial to take certain steps to ensure your safety and protect your rights. Here's what to do:

  • Check for injuries: First and foremost, check yourself and others involved in the crash for any injuries. If anyone is hurt, call emergency services immediately.

  • Move to safety: If possible, move your vehicle to a safe location away from traffic to prevent further collisions or injuries.

  • Contact law enforcement: Call the police to report the crash, even if it seems minor. Having an official report can be essential for insurance claims and legal proceedings.  Also, many injuries do not seem initially apparent due to the effects of adrenaline.

  • Exchange information: Exchange contact and insurance information with the truck driver and any other parties involved in the accident. Be sure to get the truck driver's commercial driver's license number and the trucking company's information.  These companies generally carry at least $1,000,000 worth of insurance, so do not leave without knowing who may be responsible for your injuries.

  • Document the scene: Take photos of the crash scene, including vehicle damage, skid marks, road conditions, and any relevant signage. This documentation can be valuable evidence later on, and you can be sure that the truck company will be sending representatives out almost immediately to put the crash in a light most favorable to them.

 

Once you've taken these initial steps, it's essential to seek medical attention for any injuries you may have sustained, even if they seem minor at first. Additionally, contact Lonestar Legal. We can help you navigate the complex legal process, protect your rights, and pursue fair compensation for your harms and losses sustained in these crashes.

Why Choose Lonestar Legal?

If you're involved in a commercial truck crash, choosing Lonestar Legal means you'll have a dedicated team of experts on your side who understand the ins and outs of these complex cases.  Todd Kelly is board certified in personal injury trial law, and a member of the Association of Truck Accident Attorneys.

 

We know how devastating these collisions can be, and we're here to fight for you every step of the way. With our experience and proven track record of success, you can trust us to navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

 

From investigating the accident and negotiating with insurance companies to representing you in court if necessary, we'll be your relentless advocates, ensuring your rights are protected and your voice is heard.

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