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Commercial Truck Driver Negligence
Negligent Actions by Truck Drivers Can Impact Lives
Big truck accidents happen almost daily in Texas. Since a wreck with a tractor-trailer is no small event, these accidents are likely to cause serious damage and injury. Many 18-wheeler accidents happen because of truck negligence. The driver may not have followed proper protocol, was distracted, or had not inspected the truck carefully.
Occasionally, the actions of the truck driver fall under more than simple negligence. A driver or company may face criminal charges and have to pay punitive damages if they were:
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving over the hourly limit
- Breaking a law
The driver's employer could face serious charges if they were not compliant with federal or state laws at the time of the accident. For example, some trucking companies have:
- Allowed unqualified or inexperienced drivers to work
- Used unchecked or out-of-service vehicles
- Falsified logbooks to allow drivers to work longer hours
These behaviors are unsafe, and these decisions could be life or death for drivers and other people on the road. Irresponsible driving is dangerous—even more so when the driver has an 80,000-pound vehicle. In a semi-truck lawsuit, an experienced commercial truck lawyer can find out if the trucking company or driver have broken laws.
Putting Other Drivers At Risk
These behaviors are unsafe, and these decisions could be life or death for drivers and other people on the road. Irresponsible driving is dangerous—even more so when the driver has an 80,000-pound vehicle. In a semi-truck lawsuit, a lawyer can find out if the trucking company is breaking the law.
Drivers and trucking companies have to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) for interstate commerce. These regulations include how long a driver can work in one day, who can become a driver, and many more guidelines. An experienced lawyer knows these rules and can fight with your best interest in mind.
Work with a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident, contact the Stephens Law Firm Accident Lawyers at 281-623-1701. Don’t let an irresponsible driver change your entire life. With over 30 years of experience, Joe Stephens can get you the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.
Types of Trucking Accidents We Handle in Houston and Across Texas:
Truck Driver DWI
Wide Turn Accidents
Blind Spot Accidents
Read End Accidents
Lost Load Accidents
You Need an Experienced Truck Accident Law Firm
When your case requires the skill and knowledge of a seasoned semi truck accident lawyer in Texas, Joe Stephens is the expert you're looking to work with. Having tried over 100 cases to a successful verdict, he has a solid reputation for stalwart representation for his clients. Cases involving commercial truck wrecks can be very complex and present difficulty proving negligence of the truck driver, the trucking company, or both. Joe's experience with these cases allows him to get right to the heart of the matter, his clients rights and owed compensation.