Because of the wide open spaces and long stretches of open highways in Texas, it is considered a trucker’s dream. But because so much truck commerce passes through the state each day, accidents involving big rigs are a common occurrence. Due to the size difference between trucks and passenger cars, most of those accidents do result in serious injuries and deaths.
While truck drivers are well-trained professionals, sometimes conditions will conspire to work against them. Under the demands of deadlines, truckers can oftentimes drive while fatigued, or be forced to “put the pedal to the metal” and go above safe speed limits. There is a number of factors that can make driving a truck even more dangerous than it already is.
When a truck is involved in an accident with a car, an attorney specializing in truck accidents will work on behalf of the victim to try and determine if the trucker was negligent or if their conduct pushed beyond those limits and into territory that could be considered criminal. Criminal activity might include driving while drunk, falsifying log books or putting equipment out on the road that a driver or his employer knows is unsafe. It is not unusual to extend a lawsuit to include an employer if they can be linked to negligent or criminal behavior as well.
It makes a big difference when a lawsuit is filed. With negligence only, an attorney is limited to seeking damages that entail payment for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. But if a truck driver is criminal in their actions, an attorney can also seek punitive damages, which are applied to punish the driver and serve as an example to others.
The Law Office of Christopher Kalis serves Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and surrounding Texas communities.