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Laredo Texas

Experienced Truck Accident Attorney in Laredo - John R. Solis Offers Personalized Attention, Results

Drivers in Laredo see tractor-trailer trucks traveling down Interstate 35, the Bob Bullock Loop and other major arteries in the city every day. For most drivers, a big rig is just another vehicle - a much larger vehicle - to share the road with. But if you're in a car accident with a tractor-trailer, you may never look at a big rig the same again.

Because of the sheer size and weight of these tractor-trailers, a collision between a small car and a truck can lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities that may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. To make matters worse, drivers in smaller vehicles often did nothing wrong to cause the accident, but they may have a hard time getting compensation without experienced legal representation. That's because trucking companies and their insurance carriers often begin an immediate investigation to find ways to minimize liability. To level the playing field, you need to take aggressive action. Contact us immediately for a free case review.

The Law Office of John R. Solis is well-versed in the rules and regulations that the trucking industry must follow. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outlines strict safety requirements for truck drivers and trucking companies. This includes requirements for trucking companies to hire drivers who are properly trained and are properly rested. Trucking companies must conduct thorough background checks of their drivers. Trucking companies are held responsible for properly maintaining their vehicles. When the trucking companies fail to maintain safety standards, the chance of a catastrophic truck accident increases dramatically.

Common types and causes of truck accidents include the following:

Every truck accident is unique. That's why we take a personalized approach to each case we handle. We work tirelessly on every case, from taking the time to learn about your circumstances to conducting a comprehensive investigation with the help of experts in their fields. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, loss of earnings, loss of future earnings and other damages.

If your accident was caused by a trucking company's careless or reckless behavior, don't settle for less than you deserve. We know how to look for evidence others may ignore. We have access to appropriate experts who can help support your claim. In the course of our probe, we may review trucker log books, "black box" records and vehicle maintenance information, depending on the circumstances. We know how to take on big insurance companies that may try to keep your compensation to a minimum.

Don't wait a minute longer. Contact the Law Office of John R. Solis today to discuss your legal options with an experienced truck accident lawyer in Laredo. A delay may affect your rights. Call 866-465-9093 for a free case consultation. Our firm proudly serves the needs of English and Spanish speaking clients in Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio.

18-Wheeler Accidents

Accidents involving 18-wheelers are among the most serious cases we handle at the Law Office of John R. Solis. Occupants of smaller vehicles are often no match for 18-wheelers, some of which weigh more than 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. While you expect truck companies and truck drivers to follow the many rules and regulations governing the trucking industry, they sometimes cut corners in the name of boosting profits. Many of these catastrophic, potentially fatal accidents likely would not happen if trucking companies followed the rules.

What causes 18-wheeler accidents in Laredo? A list of potential causes is long and distressing. A trucker might be driving while fatigued, under the influence of drugs or alcohol or operating the big rig without proper training. In some cases, the driver may have falsified log books showing how long he was on the road. Trucking companies may have failed to properly maintain the truck or address safety issues before the accident occurred.

There are many factors that may play a role in an 18-wheeler accident in Laredo, which is why it's important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Call us today at 866-465-9093.

What to do after your 18-wheeler accident

If you've been involved in an 18-wheeler accident, take the following steps:

  • Contact police immediately, even if you believe no one has been injured.
  • Visit an emergency room or doctor as soon as possible if you suspect you are injured.
  • Obtain truck driver contact information, including name, address, phone number, license number, license plate number, insurance policy number and employer name.
  • Take photos of your accident scene, including vehicles, weather conditions, intersections and if skid marks are present on the roadway.
  • Make note of any statement that the truck driver gives you.
  • If you believe a driver was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, notify the officer at the scene of the crash.
  • Contact your insurance company to report your accident.
  • Contact a Laredo truck accident attorney. A delay may affect your rights.

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Fatigued Driver Accidents

Falling asleep at the wheel may not draw the same type of criticism as drunk driving or drug-related driving, but the outcome can be the same. That's because fatigued driving is a form of impaired driving that can easily lead to a catastrophic truck accident on Texas roadways. At the Law Office of John R. Solis, we work tirelessly to protect the rights of people who have been injured or lost loved ones as a result of a fatigued truck driver.

There is no excuse for a trucker to drive while tired. By law, truck drivers are required to take mandatory breaks. Truckers can only operate truck for a limited amount of time each day and each working week. These laws exist precisely to keep truck drivers alert and to keep all other drivers on the road safe from harm. However, accidents involving fatigued truck drivers still happen far too often in Laredo and across Texas.

Why do fatigued driver accidents happen in Texas?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) strictly regulates the trucking industry. The FMCSA's "hours-of-service" rules clearly spell out how long drivers can operate a vehicle per day and every week. Just because it's the law doesn't mean truckers - or trucking companies - choose to follow it. Unfortunately, they may put profit ahead of safety and violate these rules.

Truck companies want to deliver their goods as quickly and efficiently as possible. Drivers often are paid per mile. This means both trucking company and driver alike have incentive to ignore federal rules and stay on the road while fatigued. A driver facing trucking company pressure or willfully ignoring federal regulations may fall asleep behind the wheel, make an error in judgment or even use prescription or illegal drugs to stay awake behind the wheel.

Fatigued drivers pose a risk to everybody on the road. If a fatigued driver caused your accident, the Law Office of John R. Solis will work tirelessly to hold negligent truck drivers and trucking companies responsible.

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Drunk/Drug-Related Accidents

Every driver in Texas knows the risks associated with drinking and driving. This includes truck drivers, who are held to higher standards and required to undergo more training than drivers of passenger vehicles. But this doesn't stop some truck drivers from getting behind the wheel under the influence alcohol. Some truckers may avoid alcohol and instead may take illegal drugs or prescription drugs to stay awake while behind-the-wheel. Whether drunk or high on drugs, the tragic consequences can be the same.

In Texas, drivers of passenger vehicles can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 and higher. Truckers and other commercial drivers are held to a higher standard. They can be arrested if their BAC is .04 or greater. These laws exist for a reason: to keep the roads and highways of Texas safe. If an impaired truck driver caused your accident, contact us immediately. Call 866-465-9093.

The dangers of drunk driving are well-documented. A drunk truck driver may be unable to stop his vehicle in time. The driver may ignore traffic signals, weave in and out of traffic lanes or disobey posted speed limits. When these reckless behaviors are coupled with the size and weight of a typical big-rig - up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded - all other drivers on the road are put at immediate risk.

A Laredo truck accident lawyer at the Law Office of John R. Solis can help hold negligent truck drivers and truck companies accountable. We know how to obtain driver records and BAC results. We will put experience and resources to work for you to build a compelling truck accident claim on your behalf. This may be your only chance for justice after a drunk driving accident. We're ready to help.

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Overloaded or Unsecured Loads

The state of Texas imposes weight limit on trucks, vans and other commercial vehicles that use the roads and highways. These weight limits exist for a reason. When truck companies willfully ignore regulations, overloaded trucks put everyone on the road at immediate risk. Overloaded trucks may roll over or jackknife in a moment's notice due to the added weight. When such large vehicles come into contact with a smaller vehicle, the results are catastrophic and often deadly.

At the Law Office of John R. Solis, we understand that truck companies sometimes choose to put profits over people. This may include loading up their trucks with too much cargo. A truck in violation of weight and load restrictions can be dangerous for a number of reasons, including the following:

  • Overloaded trucks are more difficult to steer or stop.
  • Overloaded trucks are more difficult to turn.
  • Wear and tear may lead to equipment malfunctions, such as steering or brakes.
  • A trailer hitch may be unable to support the weight of the truck's cargo.

Trucking companies have a legal obligation to make sure a truck's contents are loaded properly. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) governs weight and load restrictions for all commercial vehicles. A trucking company that allows an overloaded truck on the highway or forces a driver to overload his or her truck should be held accountable in an accident.

It can be hard proving the truck involved in your accident was carrying too much cargo without the help of a truck accident lawyer. Truck companies may be unwilling to admit wrongdoing. They might even falsify information and even destroy evidence proving a truck exceeded the maximum weight. We can uncover the truth. The Law Office of John R. Solis is ready to help. We can hold negligent truck companies accountable.

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Poorly Maintained Trucks

Trucking companies have a duty to maintain their trucks so they are safe and adhere to certain standards. In order to keep their trucks safely operating on the road, companies are required to perform scheduled maintenance, address mechanical issues and to keep logs containing maintenance records. When they fail to do so and put a poorly maintained truck on the road, the results can be catastrophic for others using the road.

The Law Office of John R. Solis takes cases involving truck company negligence very seriously. These cases are often complex legal matters. There may be multiple layers of liability. The truck company might blame a part manufacturer for the accident. They may even try to blame you, claiming you did something to cause the accident. It takes an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney to protect your rights and determine who is liable. Common examples of poor truck maintenance can include the following:

  • Defective brakes
  • Bald tires
  • Broken headlights
  • Malfunctioning turn indicators
  • Broken windshield wipers
  • Malfunctioning steering systems

Unfortunately, damaged or malfunctioning vehicle components often go unnoticed by truck drivers. Trucking companies often fail to complete inspection reports. They might even let their vehicles on the road when they know a truck has a serious problem such as a brake issue or tires in need of replacement.

No matter the reason, trucking companies need to be held accountable for their careless or reckless behavior. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all trucking companies to properly maintain their vehicles and maintain records proving their vehicles are properly maintained. But these records can be difficult to obtain on your own. A lawyer can help uncover the true cause of your accident and recover the compensation you deserve.

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Bus Accidents and Other Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Accidents can happen anywhere in Laredo where commercial vehicles operate, from highways to parking lots or bus stops. These accidents can cause severe and lifelong injuries and disabilities. You may have done nothing wrong to cause your accident. You may think you will have an easy time obtaining compensation. However, in some cases the driver of the vehicle, the company that owns the vehicle and its insurance will deny any wrongdoing and fight any claims from injured victims.

At the Law Office of John R. Solis, we understand how difficult life can become after an accident. When involved in an accident with a truck, bus or another commercial vehicle, you're rarely just dealing with the driver. You're dealing with large corporations, insurance providers and even lawyers representing them. Knowing what to do can be confusing without the help of an experienced truck accident attorney in Laredo.

What are examples of commercial vehicles commonly involved in accidents?

  • Buses
  • Delivery vans
  • Construction vehicles
  • Taxi cabs
  • Trailers
  • Box trucks

What are common ways a commercial vehicle accident might occur?

  • Speeding or reckless driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Texting while driving
  • Mechanical defects
  • Poorly maintained vehicles

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Contact a Laredo truck accident lawyer today

Commercial vehicle accidents in Texas can have serious consequences that last a lifetime. Soon after the accident, you might face mounting medical bills. You may be unable to work. You may face household expenses you didn't anticipate. We know how to launch a thorough investigation that leaves no stone unturned. We scour for the right evidence. We know how to deal with insurance companies and consult with appropriate medical experts. You shouldn't have to settle for less than you deserve.

Don't wait a minute longer. Contact the Law Office of John R. Solis today to discuss your legal options with an experienced injury lawyer in Laredo. A delay may affect your rights. Call 866-465-9093 for a free case consultation. Our firm proudly serves the needs of English and Spanish speaking clients in Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio.