If a car the size of your own car hits you in a head-on collision, you and the other driver are both likely to be injured. But if a large commercial truck collides with your car, small truck, or SUV at the same speed, because of the truck’s mass and momentum, you’re almost certain to sustain extremely serious injuries – that is, if you survive. A total of 3,602 innocent victims did not survive truck accidents in the United States in 2013. Sixteen percent of the fatalities were truck occupants, 67 percent were the occupants of cars and other vehicles, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicycle riders, or motorcyclists. If you or someone you love is injured in a truck accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, obtain medical attention immediately. After you receive medical treatment, consult as quickly as possible with an experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer.

Driver Fatigue

Trucking in the United States is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Commercial truck drivers may not drive more than 11 hours a day or 70 hours a week, and there’s a good reason for that – driver fatigue is the number one cause of accidents involving commercial trucks. Drivers are also required to maintain a complete log of their hours and driving activities. Civil penalties may be imposed on truck drivers or trucking companies that violate federal regulations.

The statistics tell us that truck crashes result in more injuries than auto-vs-auto collisions, and the injuries that happen in truck accidents are almost always severe, long-term, and disabling injuries. If you or someone you love is injured in a crash with a large commercial truck, let a good personal injury attorney fight for the full compensation you need and the justice you deserve. If you’re injured in a truck crash anywhere in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, speak at once with an experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer.