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San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents are amongst the most serious personal injury accidents. Victims of large truck accidents in San Antonio may incur thousands of dollars in property damage, exorbitant medical bills, and severe physical and psychological injuries. Some Texas families lose their loved ones to large truck accident injuries.

If you or your family member was involved in a significant truck accident, the San Antonio personal injury attorneys at The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC, want to help.  

Why Choose The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC, for Your San Antonio Truck Accident?

The attorneys at The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC, have decades of experience working for injured victims and their families. We are a small law firm backed by the resources and results of a large firm.

At The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC, there is no fee to have a truck accident attorney review your situation. If you choose to retain The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC, for your claim, we only get paid when we earn compensation for you.

Schedule your appointment today and find out why we are:

  • Highly recommended by former clients;
  • Rated a 10.0 on AVVO; and
  • Award-winning members of the local and national legal communities.

Do not face your truck accident claim alone. Learn more about your legal rights and the accident claims process by contacting The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC.

San Antonio Truck Accident Resources & FAQs

How a San Antonio Truck Accident Attorney Can Help

Truck accidents can be much more complex than other types of vehicle accidents. These accidents can involve multiple vehicles, more than one liable party, massive amounts of damage, severe injuries, and fatalities. 

As a victim, you may be unsure of where to turn for payment of your medical bills, compensation for missed work, and repair or replacement of your property. That is why it is vital to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney right away. 

At The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC, a skilled attorney will review your claim and immediately begin an independent accident investigation. An investigation into your accident will determine every party liable and source of compensation for your injuries.

In addition, your attorney from The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC, may do the following:

  • Compile and review all of your medical records;
  • Assess all of your damages and losses including current and future medical needs;
  • Determine a just settlement amount;
  • Negotiate with any insurance companies on your behalf;
  • Settle your claim; or
  • Proceed towards litigation.

Most truck accident claims settle before trial. However, The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC, is unafraid to face even the largest insurance companies in court when appropriate.

What are Large Trucks in San Antonio?

Large trucks are classified differently and are subject to separate regulations from passenger vehicles. The Department of Transportation (USDOT) categorizes trucks based on gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR). The GVWR is a safety standard used to prevent overloading. 

There are light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty trucks. Light-duty trucks weigh 14,000 pounds and under. Medium-duty trucks weigh between 14,001 and 26,000 pounds, and heavy-duty trucks exceed 26,000 pounds.

Medium-duty trucks include:

  • Box trucks;
  • Fire trucks; and
  • School buses.

Heavy-duty trucks include:

  • City transit buses;
  • Long-haul tractor trucks; and
  • Garbage trucks.

Why Does Truck Classification Matter?

Truck classification determines the type of commercial driver’s license (CDL) needed to operate any vehicle weighing over 10,000 pounds. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) governs CDL classifications and requirements.

The FMCSA CDL classifications and requirements include:

  • Driver hours-of-service laws;
  • Truck weigh station guidelines;
  • Truck permit requirements;
  • DOT number regulations; and
  • Truck maintenance and repair needs.

When these safety requirements are ignored, the chances of truck accidents multiply.

Causes of San Antonio Truck Accidents

Human error is a major cause of catastrophic accidents in San Antonio. Truck drivers may be liable for accidents when:

  • Lacking in required experience or training;
  • Fatigued, drowsy, or ill;
  • Pressured to keep an unrealistic schedule;
  • Intentionally disobeying traffic laws and regulations;
  • Failing to stop at weigh stations;
  • Driving while distracted by cell phones, eating, or GPS; and
  • Using drugs or alcohol.

Other parties may also cause truck accidents. For instance, cargo handlers may fail to:

  • Distribute the weight of cargo evenly;
  • Overload cargo by weight; or
  • Overload cargo by size.

Any of the above can result in a cargo shift and loss of control. At times, loss of control or an accident may occur due to improper maintenance by the truck owner, truck company, or maintenance crew.

Finally, there are times when human error plays little or no role in a truck accident. This may be the case when a truck or truck part is defective and is the direct cause of an accident and the resulting injuries.

Common Injuries in a San Antonio Truck Accident

The trucking industry must follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requirements for safety. When the industry and its employees are negligent in doing so, truck accident injuries follow.

Some common truck accident injuries in San Antonio are:

  • Back and neck injuries;
  • Broken and fractured bones;
  • Burn injuries;
  • Head and brain injuries;
  • Internal injuries; and
  • Bruising and lacerations.

What are Catastrophic Injuries?

Many truck accident injuries are catastrophic injuries. Catastrophic injuries are those injuries resulting in significant or permanent disability, or disfigurement. 

Examples of catastrophic injuries include:

The long-term or lifelong nature of catastrophic injuries increases their financial, physical, mental, and emotional impact on victims and their families.

Compensation Available in a San Antonio Truck Accident Claim

The compensation available in a San Antonio truck accident claim varies. No two accidents and injuries are exactly alike. However, there are certain types of damages eligible victims may receive.

These include:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Rehabilitative care;
  • Medication;
  • Home and vehicle modifications;
  • Needed medical devices;
  • Lost wages;
  • Loss of earning potential;
  • Property damage;
  • Loss of consortium;
  • Pain and suffering; and
  • Mental and emotional trauma.

A jury may also award punitive damages in a truck accident case. Punitive damages are uncommon and reserved for cases of extreme recklessness and willful disregard for safety on the part of the defendant. 

Punitive damages are meant to punish or send a message deterring similar future conduct.

Contact a San Antonio Truck Accident Attorney Today

Texas has the highest number of fatal truck accidents in the nation. There were more than 513 truck accident fatalities in 2020 alone.

If you or your loved one was seriously injured or killed in a San Antonio truck accident, contact The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC. One of our skilled, compassionate truck accident attorneys will review your claim at no cost and advise you of your legal rights.

Do not hesitate to contact The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC. Texas has strict time limits to file a truck accident claim. Our attorneys can guide you through the claims process from start to finish so you can focus on regaining your health.

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