Compassionate Car and Truck Accident Lawyers
The biggest risk most people take on a daily basis is when we get into our cars. According to TXDOT, over 14,000 serious motor vehicle accidents occurred in 2016 in Texas alone, leaving almost 18,000 people with a serious injury. The experienced auto and truck accident lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger apply decades of knowledge obtained through working with victims of car crashes and their loved ones to seek fair compensation for clients who have suffered life-altering injuries.
Auto and Truck Accident Attorneys With the Resources to Best Represent You
People are spending more time in cars than ever before, for both work and pleasure. Driving has become more dangerous over time, as we have seen an increase in the number of fatal crashes in proportion to miles on the road. Safety advocates link these troubling statistics to a combination of distracted driving and lax enforcement of seatbelt, speeding, and driving-while-intoxicated regulations.
The clients of Slack Davis Sanger depend on our highly knowledgeable team of auto and truck accident lawyers to represent them in the following types of auto and truck accident cases:
Over 250,000 Texans were injured in automotive collisions in 2016, with over 18,000 people seriously injured. Not a single day went by during that year without a death on a Texas roadway. A large percentage of crashes that resulted in serious injury involved a large commercial truck or tractor-trailer. Occupants of smaller vehicles will always be at a disadvantage when involved in a collision with a large truck, as these vehicles often weigh 20 to 30 times more than an average passenger car. The skilled attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger have successfully represented hundreds of Texas victims and families looking for truck accident lawyers to pursue justice in crashes involving personal injury or wrongful death.
The almost three million semi-trucks that are registered in the United States deliver about 68 percent of all consumer goods on our highways and other roadways. One of these tractor trailers can hold up to 80,000 pounds of building components, agricultural products, and hazardous materials. In 2016, truck tractors attached to a semi-trailer were involved in 62 percent of fatal large truck accidents. The most deadly crashes involving these large vehicles are rollovers. Experts suggest that these accidents occur most often when a semi driver navigates over a loose surface and then overcorrects while attempting to veer back onto the roadway. When tragedy strikes, the knowledgeable semi-truck accident lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger can navigate the complex set of highway safety regulations and laws to help you and your family hold accountable the parties responsible for the accident.
18-Wheeler Accidents and Crashes
The combination of a semi-trailer and the semi-truck is often referred to as an 18-wheeler, since these large trucks balance what is often a significant load between 18 tires. As with semi-trucks and their trailers, 18-wheelers tend to be more unstable than the average vehicle, since connection points put the driver at a higher risk for overturning, jackknifing, and slightly veering into another lane. When compared to regular passenger vehicles, 18-wheelers have a much longer stopping distance—sometimes as much as 20 to 40 percent farther when fully loaded. If brakes have been poorly maintained or a driver travels across slippery or wet roads, these distance can increase even more, putting passengers in smaller vehicles sharing the roadway at a higher risk for serious injury in a crash. These dangers, plus truck drivers’ long work hours, made for a deadly combination which resulted in a 13 percent increase in fatal crashes involving large trucks per million Americans from 2010 to 2016. Victims of these accidents and their families count on the 18-wheeler accident lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger to execute a sound legal strategy to pursue the best possible outcome in these claims.
Bus and Van Crashes and Accidents
Because of each vehicle’s size and the number of passengers they can carry, collisions involving buses and vans can result in catastrophic injuries to multiple victims. In particular, 15-passenger vans are particularly dangerous due to issues with stability, restraints, and crashworthiness. As is the case with other crash statistics, fatal crashes involving buses across the country are on the rise, with an 11% increase from 2014 to 2015, and a 9% increase in the bus involvement rate in accidents resulting in death during the same period. Slack Davis Sanger brings compassion and experience to its work with bus and van crash victims and their loved ones in seeking fair compensation for their losses.
Other Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Deadly or life-altering crashes can occur when an individual is in an accident with a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) or commercial motor carrier. These types of accidents might involve a large van transporting employees to a job site, a complimentary hotel shuttle, a company vehicle, a delivery truck, or even a tow truck. Although these accidents are widespread, Texas is one of 10 states that, combined, represented more than half of all fatal CMV crashes in the U.S. between 2014 and 2016.
Commercial vehicles register lots of miles on our roads and highways, putting other drivers at a higher risk of catastrophic injury in the event of an accident. Under significant pressure to meet high quotas and tight deadlines, CMV drivers may fail to comply with company safety regulations, with deadly consequences. Since CMVs are often far larger and heavier than an average passenger car, the resulting injuries for victims in an accident can be truly life-changing.
The attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger are well-versed in the complicated web of federal motor carrier safety regulations and related state statutes that govern these vehicles, including driver qualifications, training, hours of service, drug and alcohol testing, and insurance requirements. With this industry-specific knowledge, we can help you pursue justice in your case.