Dallas Truck Accident Lawyer
A knowledgeable Dallas truck accident lawyer is critical if either you or a member of your family has been involved in an accident with a commercial truck. Unfortunately, such crashes are anything but rare. And, when they do happen, the results are usually devastating.
But, medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages may be recoverable. A knowledgeable Dallas truck accident lawyer like those at Braden & Varner can help you enforce your rights and get what you deserve to compensate for your loss.
Trucking is a huge component of interstate commerce. After all, trucks are responsible for most of all the over land freight movement in the United States. Trucks haul anything and everything you can imagine – rocks, dirt, gravel, cars, windmill blades, houses, finished goods, raw materials, gases, liquids, appliances, fish, livestock and on and on. On average, semi trucks drive almost 200 billion miles per year in the United States moving all of this freight.
According to Federal Highway Administration data, each individual truck in the U.S. drives about 100,000 miles per year. And, there are about 1.9 million semi-trucks registered in the United States. You can do the math. This means a lot of trucks on the road all of the time.
Plus, trucks can be extremely heavy. The maximum weight for a semi truck and trailer in the United States is 80,000 pounds. The average weight of a car is only about 4000 pounds, yet these trucks are sharing the roads with you and your family. What do all these numbers mean? The likelihood of an accident is high and, any such accident is likely to be catastrophic.
Where a case is pursued depends on a variety of factors, such as where the accident occurred, where the company is based, where the driver lives or where the truck is registered, just to name a few. About a third of semi trucks are registered in California, Texas and Florida. But, truck drivers need a commercial driver’s license, which is usually issued by the driver’s home state. The company the driver works for may be based or incorporated somewhere else altogether. And with trucks traveling far and wide, an accident could happen anywhere.
There are a number of industry organizations with guidelines that may come into play too. One is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Its mission is to reduce crashes, injuries and deaths involving commercial trucks and busses, and it provides safety and regulatory oversight and sets forth medical requirements for drivers. It also sets alcohol and drug testing policies. Another is the Federal Highway Administration. Its mission is to monitor highway safety data and information and work with other transportation units within the Department of Transportation to develop more effective safety programs.
If a trucking accident happens to you or a family member, you’ll need a skilled lawyer to pursue your rights. Please contact a Dallas truck accident lawyer at Braden & Varner for a free, no obligation consultation.