Midland Truck Accident Lawyers
Pursuing Fair Compensation for Victims of Negligence
Few vehicular accidents are as deadly or as serious as 18-wheeler accidents. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that over 4,800 large trucks were involved in motor crashes in 2017 alone, a 9% increase from the previous year.
The situation is even more dangerous is Midland, Odessa, and surrounding counties. With so much 18-wheeler traffic to service the oilfields, TXDOT reports that 11 percent of all highway fatalities happen in the Permian Basin, even though only two percent of the state’s population lives here.
Because of the sheer size of tractor trailers and “big rigs,” truck drivers have a clear responsibility to be alert and vigilant. Drivers of oil tanker trucks have even greater duties to behave responsibility because their cargo is flammable, explosive, and the weight load shifts in the tank depending on how the tanker is driven. Trucking and oilfield companies also have an obligation to hire and train drivers who have the skills and experience for this kind of work.
If you’ve been catastrophically injured in an 18-wheeler accident in Midland, Odessa, or surrounding areas, our truck accident attorneys can fight for fair compensation on your behalf. With over a century of combined experience, our legal team at The Ammons Law Firm LLP can investigate and prove your claim, relying on skilled investigators, advanced technology, and a deep knowledge of the laws in Texas. At our firm, we’ve helped hundreds of people across the country recover maximum compensation in vehicle accidents: Let us help you today when you call for a consultation.
Consultations are always free and confidential. Contact us at (281) 801-5617 or message us onlinetoday.
What Causes Trucking Accidents?
In addition to causing almost 5,000 fatalities annually, there are almost half a million truck accidents across the United States each year, all of which have the potential to cause lasting, life-altering injuries. Due to their size and complexity, most 18-wheeler accidents occur when the massive trailer portion of the truck hits another vehicle or a pedestrian – and these incidents are almost always more dangerous for the other parties than for the truck driver.
Some of the most common causes for truck accidents in the United States:
- Ignoring traffic safety rules
- Cell phone use and other distracted driving
- Truck driver fatigue
- Failure to yield to other drivers
- Shifting weight loads
- Truck tire defects
- Failure to seek appropriate motor vehicle inspections
- Overloaded trailers
- Mechanical and brake failure
- Lack of training and monitoring for new truck drivers
Because of their potential for damage and destruction, there are many federal and state regulations that govern large trucks, big rigs, and tractor trailers of all types. For one thing, drivers must be fully-licensed and carry an active Commercial Driver’s License or CDL. For another, they must comply with federal hours of service regulations to avoid dangerous fatigue while driving. Trucking companies also have a responsibility to monitor their employees, maintain their fleet of trucks, and avoid pressuring drivers to meet unrealistic deadlines that would violate hours-of-service regulations.
Truck Accident Injuries
When the victim of a tractor-trailer accident is fortunate enough to survive, the injuries may still be devastating, ranging from paralysis to amputation. At our Midland truck accident law firm, we routinely see traumas that can take decades of medical supervision, physical therapy, and in-home care assistance to even begin to heal. These kinds of catastrophic injuries mean mounting medical bills and long-term expenses that few families have the resources to afford out-of-pocket.
Here are some of the most common truck accident injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Fire and burn injuries
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia from spinal cord injuries
- Amputation and limb loss
- Loss of hearing and eyesight
- Severe internal organ damage
How The Ammons Law Firm LLP Can Help
Between complex federal regulations and the resources available to major trucking and oilfield companies, truck accident cases can be incredibly complicated to litigate. Thus, it is critical to have an experienced attorney on your side after you’ve sustained losses in an 18-wheeler accident. By carefully investigating the accident independently of the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) and law enforcement, our skilled attorneys will work hard to ensure that the evidence is preserved – and that you have the strongest possible case for compensation.
Our investigation may include any of the following:
- Taking meticulous photographs of the crash scene, along with injuries, vehicles, and property damage
- Interviewing key witnesses in the truck accident and gathering statements
- Reviewing the full accident condition report
- Inspecting the vehicles for defects and to help recreate the accident
We’re here to help you file a truck accident claim in Midland, Odessa, and throughout the Permian Basin. For more information, contact The Ammons Law Firm today at (281) 801-5617.