Truck Accidents Attorney San Antonio
Commercial trucking accidents are an unfortunate commonality on the busy highways of today. Commercial trucks typically carry loads in excess of 26,000 pounds. Carrying such heavy loads, it is little surprise why most commercial trucking accidents attorneys handle cases involving serious personal injury or death for those involved.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established on January 1st, 2000, as a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, following the passing of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act in 1999. The primary function of FMCSA is to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.
Commercial trucking accidents can have a variety of causes, some of which include:
- Driver fatigue
- Improperly secured load
- Poor truck maintenance
- Irresponsible driving
- Defective trucking parts
There are two major types of truckers: “owner-operator” truckers and “company driver” truckers. Owner-operator truckers own their trucks and run their own business. Company drivers drive trucks provided to them by their employer. When company drivers are involved in a commercial trucking accident, their employers may be liable for injuries and damages if the trucker is viewed to be “at-fault.”
Truck drivers are required to abide by a strict set of trucking guidelines designed to severely limit the potential for accidents to take place; however, regardless of the safeguards, commercial trucking accidents invariably happen.
The south Texas area is one of the busiest commercial trucking corridors in the nation. For a truck accidents attorney San Antonio relies on most, call the Law Offices of Pat Maloney , P.C.