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El Paso, Texas Truck Accident Attorney

El Paso County semi-trailer truck accident lawyer

Lawyer Representing People Injured in Truck Accidents in New Mexico

Western Texas and southeast New Mexico are home to some major highways, including I-10, I-20, and I-25. These high-traffic transportation routes regularly see many semi-trailer trucks, and due to the region's open space, many of these vehicles travel at a high rate of speed. This means that collisions involving big rig trucks can be incredibly dangerous and are likely to cause serious injuries to the drivers and passengers in other vehicles.

If you have been injured in a truck crash that occurred because of the negligence of a truck driver or their employer, let Attorney James Kennedy help you get the compensation you deserve. Attorney Kennedy knows how devastating semi-truck wrecks can be, and he can provide you with the legal representation you need during a difficult time. Attorney James Kennedy is Board Certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he fights for justice for clients in Texas,  New Mexico, and Arizona. Representing a law firm with more than 25 years of experience, James Kennedy is prepared to fight to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Common Types of Semi-Truck Wrecks

Big rig truck wrecks can take a variety of forms, and all of them are dangerous. Some common types of truck accidents include:

  • Rollover accidents - A truck that rolls over can crush other vehicles, and it is likely to cause obstacles in the road, which can be very dangerous on highways with a high speed limit.
  • Head-on collisions - If a truck travels into the opposite lane and strikes another vehicle head-on, the size, weight, and speed of the truck make it likely that the impact will result in severe or fatal injuries.
  • Rear-end collisions - A truck that strikes another vehicle from behind is likely to cause injuries to occupants of that vehicle, and additional injuries may result if the vehicle is pushed into one or more other cars.
  • Jacknife collisions - Semi-trailer trucks that skid out of control can cause the cab of the vehicle to face in a different direction than the trailer. This can lead to obstructions in the road that can result in pileup crashes.

Causes of Big Rig Crashes

Commercial truck drivers are required to abide by strict regulations intended to protect the safety of people in the vehicles around them. Unfortunately, the desire to deliver cargo as quickly as possible leads drivers and trucking companies to bend these rules or commit outright violations in the name of profit. Truck drivers or others involved in the trucking industry may also cause injuries by acting negligently and carelessly. Some common reasons semi-truck wrecks occur include:

  • Speeding and reckless driving - Truckers will often exceed speed limits, and they may also violate the laws by driving aggressively, including tailgating, making illegal lane changes, merging incorrectly, or failing to respect other vehicles' right of way.
  • Driver fatigue - Truck drivers are only allowed to drive for a certain number of hours at a time, and they are required to get a certain amount of sleep between shifts. However, trucking companies often encourage drivers to push their limits, resulting in drowsy driving, which can drastically affect a truck driver's reaction time and ability to avoid a collision.
  • DWI - Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is dangerous in any vehicle, but it can be deadly in a big rig. Alcohol can impair a truck driver's vision, coordination, reaction time, and judgment, causing them to lose control of their truck. Truckers may also use illegal drugs or other stimulants in an attempt to combat fatigue, and these drugs are likely to impair their ability to properly operate their vehicle.
  • Improperly loaded trucks - If a truck is overloaded, or if cargo is not properly secured, this can make a truck difficult to control and affect a driver's ability to drive safely. In addition, cargo that falls from a truck can severely damage other vehicles and injure their occupants.
  • Equipment failure - Tractor-trailer trucks have a large number of complex systems, and the failure of parts such as brakes, tires, engines, or trailer couplings can cause serious wrecks. These parts may fail because they were not properly inspected or maintained, or because of manufacturing defects.
  • Dangerous roads - Truck wrecks can occur because roads or highways are damaged or because intersections or interchanges were designed in a way that did not properly protect the safety of all types of vehicles.

Contact a Texas and New Mexico Commercial Truck Wreck Lawyer

James Kennedy is a tough, family-oriented lawyer that is ready to help you pursue compensation for injuries suffered in a semi-truck wreck. Contact my office today by calling 915-544-5200 to schedule a free consultation. I can provide legal help to victims of truck crashes in the Permian Basin, including El Paso County, Odessa County, and Ector County, Texas, as well as areas surrounding Carlsbad, and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Se Habla Español.

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