Your Trusted Truck Accident Advocates

Skilled legal representation from McCraw Law Group will level the playing field, increasing the chances of recovering maximum compensation. It is impossible not to notice that semi-truck traffic is increasing on the highways in Texas. The increased truck traffic poses a serious risk to all drivers sharing the road. The truck accident lawyers at McCraw Law Group bring compassionate client care and exceptional trial skills to every truck accident case we represent. You can trust that our team will give your injury claim the full attention it deserves.

What Are the Main Causes of Truck Accidents?

Truck accidents occur due to many contributing factors. The most common causes include the following:

Truck Driver Error:

Driver error is by far the most common cause of truck accidents. Truckers can cause deadly accidents when they fall asleep at the wheel, become distracted, drive too fast for conditions, misjudge the speed of other vehicles, tailgate, exercise poor control, or perform unsafe merges or turns. 

Inadequate Training:

With the increase in truck accidents and considering that driver error is the number one contributing factor, a trucking firm that has failed to train a driver properly may be held liable in a serious truck crash.

Equipment Failure:

In more than half of truck accidents that have caused injury, at least one mechanical failure occurred on the truck. Common equipment problems include worn or improperly inflated tires, poorly maintained or faulty brakes, defective or missing underride rails, and defective lights and turn signals.

Trucking Company Priorities:

Accidents are more likely to occur when trucking companies set unrealistic delivery deadlines, improperly load cargo, and contribute to driver stress and fatigue. A trucking firm engaging in these activities may be liable in a truck accident injury claim or lawsuit.

Substance Abuse:

Researchers found an overall drug consumption prevalence among truck drivers of 27.6% in a recent study published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene. Of the truck drivers studied, 21.3% were using amphetamines, and 2.2% were using cocaine. 

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What Types of Injuries Do Truck Accidents Cause?

A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh 80,000 lbs. or more. In a collision with a 4,000 lb. passenger vehicle, it is likely to cause severe, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. Common truck accident injuries include:

  • Head and brain injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Amputations
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Internal organ damage
  • Bone fractures
  • Severe burns
  • Wrongful death

The Frightening Truth: Truck Accident Statistics

  • In 2021, 4,714 people were killed in large truck crashes in the U.S., representing a 17% increase from the previous year, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 
  • Of these fatalities, 68% were passenger vehicle occupants, 15% were motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians, and 16% were truck occupants.
  • Truck accident deaths have increased by 50% since 2009.
  • 97% of fatalities in collisions involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck were occupants of passenger vehicles.
  • Large truck crash fatalities accounted for 11% of all motor vehicle accident deaths.
  • Most deaths in large truck crashes occurred on interstates, freeways, and other major roads.
  • 31% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle truck accidents were stuck head-on by the truck.
  • 24% were side struck by the truck.
  • 23% collided with the rear of the truck.
  • Texas led the nation in truck accident fatalities, with 806 deaths in 2021, as stated by the National Safety Council (NSC). 
  • 155,000 truck accident injuries occurred in 2021, representing an increase of 5%.
  • 71% of truck accident injuries were sustained by occupants of other vehicles.

Why Choose McCraw Law Group?

Our founding attorney, Lin McCraw, is a board-certified personal injury trial law specialist. Our firm has an excellent track record of favorable case outcomes, recovering tens of millions of dollars for our clients every year. We are skilled negotiators and seasoned truck accident attorneys who can take your case to court if necessary to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact McCraw Law Group if you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a Texas truck accident. 


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If you are in need of a personal injury attorney in North Texas, please contact the team at McCraw Law Group today. We are ready to help you in a broad range of serious accident and injury legal issues, and offer multiple ways to reach us.

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