Grapevine Speeding Truck Accident Lawyer
Speeding laws in Texas exist to keep us safe. Drivers who break the speed limit are more likely to cause accidents resulting in property damage, injuries, and even fatalities. When truck drivers speed, accidents are often catastrophic.
Were you involved in an accident with a speeding truck? If so, you may be owed compensation. A speeding accident settlement can help pay medical bills, cover lost wages, or replace a damaged vehicle. Don’t let an accident with a speeding truck disrupt your life.
Our Grapevine, TX legal team has handled many accident cases involving speeding trucks. We can answer any questions you may have. Our accident lawyers can also help determine liability, figure out how much compensation you deserve, and discuss the legal options available to you. We’ll create a unique strategy for your case.
Best of all, consultations are always free. There’s no obligation to use our services and if we don’t win your case, you won’t pay. Schedule your speeding accident consultation today by calling (469) 998-4069 or using our online contact form.
The Danger of Speeding Trucks
The fatality facts associated with large trucks are alarming. In 2018 alone, over 4,100 people died in large truck crashes. 67% of fatalities occurred among occupants of other cars and vehicles. In the majority of accident cases, the truck drivers are protected from severe injury and death due to the size of their vehicles.
There’s a reason large trucks require special training and licenses to operate. Even under the best circumstances, these vehicles are more difficult to control safely. Speed limits for commercial trucks are usually set lower than other vehicles because of the damage these trucks can inflict. When a truck driver breaks the speed limit, they may lose control of their vehicle and cause a severe accident.
Large trucks like tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers often weigh 20-30 times more than a passenger car. These vehicles are also much wider, taller, and longer. Due to their dimensions, a speeding truck poses unique dangers to other drivers on the road.
There are two factors that present the greatest danger in a speeding truck accident:
First, let’s consider impact force. Impact force in a motor vehicle accident is calculated by multiplying a vehicle’s mass (weight) times its acceleration (speed).
Imagine a crash involving another car traveling 35 mph. The average passenger car weighs around 3500 pounds. At a speed of 35 mph, the impact force in this accident scenario is 122,500 Newtons (units of force).
Now imagine a similar crash involving a semi-truck. In the United States, a semi-truck with a full cargo can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. At the same speed (35 mph), this truck delivers an impact force of 2,800,000 Newtons.
In other words, even a slow-moving semi-truck can inflict serious damage in an accident. If the truck driver is speeding, you and your passengers may suffer debilitating injuries or even death.
This extreme size also means that large trucks have greater momentum. It takes a fully-loaded tractor-trailer 20-40 percent longer to come to a complete stop. If there’s a hazard in the road or another driver behaving recklessly, the truck driver may not be able to avoid the problem in time to prevent an accident.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a large truck traveling at normal speeds requires the distance of two football fields to stop safely. If the truck is speeding, this distance increases. As a result, speeding accidents involving trucks are often very serious.
Risk Factors in Speeding Truck Accidents
Several factors can contribute to the likelihood of a speeding accident involving a truck. These factors include:
Did you know that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol? A fatigued truck driver experiences impaired judgment, slower reaction times, and problems with perception. A tired driver may speed without realizing how fast they’re going. Fatigue also affects a driver’s ability to control their vehicle, which can make speeding accidents worse.
Truck drivers are also more likely to speed and cause accidents when they are impaired. A speeding driver who is distracted or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can exhibit reckless behavior. Impaired truck drivers can cause accidents involving multiple vehicles, motorcycles, and pedestrians.
Bad Road Conditions
Did you know that bad road conditions contribute to speeding truck accidents as well? Common examples of bad road conditions include weather-related hazards and problems like potholes or gravel. Issues affecting a road’s surface can cause truck tires to lose their traction. As a result, a truck driver may unintentionally accelerate to dangerously high speeds.
Finally, certain types of mechanical failure may increase speeding truck accident risk. When mechanical failure causes a speeding accident, the truck driver’s employer may be held liable. Always be sure to collect the driver’s employment information when you ask for their insurance information.
Speeding Accident Injuries
If you’re involved in a crash with a speeding truck, you and your passengers may suffer serious injuries. These injuries may require surgery, physical therapy, and long-term care. In some cases, accident victims may be permanently disabled. You may be unable to work or lead a normal life.
Common speeding accident injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Head and neck injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries, including nerve damage and paralysis
- Cuts, burns, bruises, and broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Damage to internal organs
Victims may also suffer from PTSD and other mental health issues in the aftermath of a speeding accident involving a truck. They may need years of therapy to recover.
If you or someone you love is hurt by a speeding truck, don’t wait. Call our Grapevine, TX law offices today at (469) 998-4069 to speak to an attorney. Legal consultations are always 100% free. There’s no obligation to you. If we don’t win your case, you won’t be billed for our services.