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Earlier this month in Grand Prairie, a driver of an SUV named Darrell Juarez was killed in an accident with a semi-truck when the driver collided with the truck that was disabled and legally parked with all required hazard lights and reflective triangles on the shoulder awaiting repair. According to a report by CBS, the accident occurred shortly after 9:00 p.m. on a Saturday night . According to police records, the driver of the SUV was driving erratically and may have crossed into the shoulder where the semi-truck was parked.

After colliding with the truck, the SUV rolled over and eventually burst into flames. The driver was unable to get out of the car and was badly burned and died. Fortunately the driver of the 18 wheeler was not injured.

At this point, police believe that the driver of the SUV may have been intoxicated, which seems obvious given his driving and the time and day of the needless collision.
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Earlier this week, one truck driver was killed in an accident involving two trucks that occurred in Smith County. According to a report by the local NBC affiliate, one truck was attempting to make a left onto County Road 21 to head south. Another truck on County Road 21 was heading north when it collided with the turning truck, killing the driver. The driver who was killed was driving a logging truck and the other driver was driving a semi truck that was hauling a flatbed trailer.

How a Truck’s Cargo Affects It’s Drivability

If you have ever driven a car full of people, you understand that there is a difference in the control, acceleration, and stopping distance when the car is full of people. This is because the additional weight that the passengers add to the car places a strain on the car’s engine, brakes, tires, and steering mechanisms.

The exact same is true with semi trucks. As a truck is loaded with more and more cargo, the added weight stresses several safety aspects of the vehicles. For example, an over loaded or improperly loaded truck will require a longer distance to come to a complete stop, especially when traveling at highway speeds. In addition, an overloaded truck may also tip over more easily than a driver expects.
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Two drivers that were involved in a near-fatal semi truck accident back in 2012 are experiencing mixed emotions after a jury verdict in their favor. On the one hand, a jury recently awarded the two drivers roughly $9.5 million after hearing their case against a semi truck driver who slammed into the back of their cars while parked at a stoplight. On the other hand, the semi-truck driver, who was speeding and intoxicated at the time of the accident, is still out there on the road because his commercial driver’s license was not revoked.

According to a report by KENS5.com, the lawsuit was filed by two unrelated parties, both of whom were hit by the semi-truck driver in Victoria, Texas, last year. One of the plaintiffs was with his family on their way to a soccer game when the semi-truck crashed into the back of their car; everyone in the family was injured.

This was not the first DWI-related offense that the semi-truck driver was involved in. The attorney for the plaintiffs asked the jury, “Who in the world would let somebody like that drive for you,” referring to A.W. Trucking, the company that had employed the truck driver.
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Being a Fort Worth trucking injury lawyer, I am always looking for data that supports my clients’ cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report recently that listed the number of work-related deaths from 2003 to 2010.

It is well known that more workers are killed on our nation’s highways than anywhere else.

This report further showed that:

More people 65 years and older were killed than anyone else — at a rate of about three times more than those 18-54.
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This law firm has aggressively represented many people over the past 33 years who have been injured in tractor-trailer collisions. They can be catastrophic.

I hope that you have not been injured in a crash with an 18 wheeler, but if, God forbid, you have been hurt in one it is essential that you hire the best local lawyer to fight for you immediately.

Why?
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I just took a key deposition in an 18 wheeler crash case in which my team rushed out to obtain damning evidence against the trucking company and I wanted to stress just how important it is for an innocent victim to hire the best attorney.

How do you know who to hire? Here are a few tips.

STEP 1: Meet with several lawyers. See if you like them. Ask them these questions:
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Truck driver fatigue is a factor in a shocking number of truck accidents. The risk of an 18 wheeler driver crashing dramatically increases as he drives longer hours. The driver is more likely to nod off and rear end another vehicle or drift into the next lane or across the centerline. But his company wants to increase its profits, and he wants to up his take home pay, so he keeps on trucking.

In an attempt to improve highway safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that new federal regulations that will further crack down on driver fatigue.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just announced that 3,757 of fatalities from motor vehicle collisions were the result of crashes with tractor trailers and other commercial trucks in 2011.

Even though they only comprise 3% of the vehicles on the road, these giant trucks caused a disproportionate 12% of the deaths. And worse, 72% of the people killed were in the smaller vehicle.

Consider these facts as you drive next to a tractor-trailer:

I was recently hired by a woman who was run off the road when an 18 wheeler suddenly moved into her lane. She was able to avoid getting hit by the truck, but she lost control of her vehicle, drove off the road, and did a complete flip before coming to a stop in a field.

My client and her grandson were rushed by ambulance to the local hospital for treatment of their injuries. They are currently being treated by a doctor and one may require surgery.

On the surface, this should have a pretty routine case: clear liability, significant property damage, and medical bills to date of $10,000.00. But as is often the case with 18 wheeler wrecks, things weren’t as simple as they should be.

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