Updated: Aug 25, 2019
What's going on in Laredo? Have you seen an increase in commercial, 18-wheelers or commercial/construction vehicle, traffic from the previous year? Fatalities resulting from car crashes in Webb County, Laredo almost doubled in 2018 from the previous year, according to data provided by the Texas Department of Transportation. From January 2018 to December 2018, there were 9,099 major car crashes that resulted in 35 fatalities, an 84 percent increase in deaths since 2017, with 19 fatalities in 8,890 car or truck accidents occurred. Webb County's deadliest roads for last year were Mines Road and Interstate 35.
Drivers in Laredo see tractor-trailer and commercial vehicles of all types, traveling down Interstate 35, the Bob Bullock Loop, and other major arteries in the city every day. For most drivers, an 18-wheeler is just another vehicle, a much larger vehicle. This changes when you're in a collision with a tractor-trailer, you may never look at a commercial truck the same again.
TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY, DO NOT DELAY!
Due to 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 much smaller cars and trucks often did nothing wrong to cause the accident, but they may have a hard time getting compensation without experienced attorney and legal representation. This is the case because trucking companies and their insurance carriers often begin an immediate investigation to find ways to minimize liability. You must level the playing field and take action just as swiftly. Our attorneys here at Martinez & Associates live and breathe South Texas, our founder Desi Martinez was born here and proudly represents the citizens of Laredo in all personal injury cases. He understands the people of this city need someone advocating for them as if they were family--not as mere transaction.
Every lawyer at Martinez & Associates is well-versed in the rules and regulations that the trucking industry are mandated to adhere to. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outlines strict safety requirements for commercial vehicles, construction vehicle operators, trucking companies etc. These rules mandate the company to ensure drivers are properly trained and rested, above all else! Trucking companies must conduct thorough background checks of their drivers. These companies are held liable for properly maintaining their commercial vehicles. Failing to maintain safety standards for all their commercial vehicles increases the chances of a catastrophic truck or 18-wheeler accident dramatically.
OUR VIGILANT AND DEDICATED ATTORNEYS WILL INVESTIGATE ON YOUR BEHALF
Every car crash or truck accident is unique. If your car crash or truck accident was caused by negligence, or the carelessness of a trucking companies failure to adhere to regulations, don't settle for less than you deserve. We are dedicated and vigilant researcher who know how to look for evidence others may ignore. Our firm has access to, industry specific, local experts in Laredo who can help support your claim. Throughout the course of our investigation, on your behalf, we may review trucker log books, "black box" records and vehicle maintenance information, depending on the circumstances. All this must me done in a timely manner to avoid any "lost evidence". Do not delay. We know how to take on "big" insurance companies that may try to keep your compensation to a minimum.
Contact your local Laredo attorney here at Martinez & Associates today to discuss your legal options with an experienced Laredo truck accident attorney. A delay may affect your rights and the evidence we need to bring both the trucking company and the insurance company to justice. Our firm proudly serves both the English and Spanish speaking clients of Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio.
HAVE YOU HAD AN 18-WHEELER ACCIDENT IN LAREDO?
What causes 18-wheeler accidents in Laredo? Would a trucking company allow fatigued drivers to operate these mammoth vehicles knowingly? A trucker, driving while fatigued, under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and lacking proper training is a tragic accident waiting to happen. Did your driver falsify log books showing how long he was on the road? Did the company fail to maintain proper maintenance checks?
There are major factors that play a pivotal role in an 18-wheeler collision in Laredo, which is why it's vital to reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Call us immediately at 210-337-1111. We will discuss the details of your case free of charge with the first evaluation.
WHY TRUCK DRIVERS DRIVE THROUGH FATIGUED SYMPTOMS, AND THE DANGERS.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) strictly regulates the trucking industry. The FMCSA's "hours-of-service" mandates how long drivers can operate a vehicle per day and each week. Still, companies all too often put their bottom line ahead of the risk. and violate these rules.
These companies main objective is to deliver the good or product as efficiently as possible. Safety, it seems, gets put on the back burner. Incentivizing drivers per the mile is often a recipe for a fatigued driver on the road in order to earn a higher pay check. The pressure to stay on the road from their trucking company could be enough for them to override the initial feeling of fatigue and stay behind the wheel. Do you feel a fatigued driver cause your accident, or that of a loved one? Call our law firm, The Law Offices of Martinez & Associates will proudly represent you and work to hold all negligent parties responsible.
POORLY MAINTAINED OR OVERLOADED TRUCKS THE CULPRIT?
Regardless of the reasoning behind it, trucking companies need to be held accountable for their careless or reckless behavior in efforts to improve their bottom line--even at the direct risk of a human life. Trucking companies often fail to complete inspection reports. Recovering these details and ensuring accidents resulting in any injury or tragedy could have been prevented is vital to your case, and justice. 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. These records can be difficult to acquire on your own. The lawyers at Martinez & Associates can help uncover all the details of your accident and recover compensation for you and your family.
CONTACT OUR LAREDO TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS NOW
Commercial Big Rig or 18 wheeler accidents in Laredo, Texas can have catastrophic injuries that will last a lifetime. Don't wait for medical bills to pile up before you contact an attorney for assistance--we can help. We will deal with the insurance and trucking companies together, to ensure no detail is left out of our investigation and we reach maximum compensation. You deserve nothing less and justice needs to be brought onto those who were negligent and proven to be at fault. Do not settle for anything less.
Contact the lawyers at Martinez & Associates, your Laredo personal injury attorney today and discuss your legal options with an experienced truck accident attorney. A delay may affect your rights. Call 210-337-1111 for a free evaluation. Proudly serving the needs of English and Spanish speaking clients in Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio.