18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers in El Paso

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Whether you call them big rigs, semis or tractor-trailers, trucks equipped with 18 wheels are involved in a higher percentage of injury-causing and fatal accidents that other types of motor vehicles in Texas and around the country. Each year, around 85,000 people are injured or killed due to accidents involving large trucks. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a collision or crash with an 18-wheeler, the attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help you determine if filing a personal injury lawsuit can provide you with the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.

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How 18-Wheeler Crashes Differ from Collisions Other Motor Vehicles

Big rigs consist of a tractor or truck that’s attached to one or more weight-bearing trailers. The lead trailer is connected at the front of the tractor’s rear axle to allow the tractor to share the weight of the load. 18-wheelers use air pressure instead of hydraulic fluid to brake, which means that coming to a full stop takes significantly longer than in a passenger vehicle. The most common contributing factor to crashes involving 18-wheelers in El Paso, TX, is problems with brakes.

Interstate tractor-trailers have a maximum weight limit of 80,000 pounds but with special permits may carry loads as high as 200,000 pounds. When a heavy-weight semi collides with the 3,500-pound weight of the average car, it’s not surprising that around 95 percent of the fatalities are the occupants of passenger vehicles, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Establishing Fault and Liability

Texas insurance law requires drivers to pay for the accidents that they cause, but under federal law, companies that own trucking permits can be held liable for accidents involving 18-wheelers that have the company’s placard displayed on their tractor-trailers. In cases where a defect in equipment caused injury or death, the truck’s manufacturer may share responsibility as well. Even those responsible for loading the semi with cargo may be at fault if improper loading was a contributing factor. It takes the skills of an experienced person injury attorney to identify the responsible parties and to undertake the appropriate actions to achieve just and fair compensation.

At Zinda Law Group, our attorneys practice personal injury cases exclusively. Working to ensure that you or your loved one receives compensation for your damages, injuries and lost wages as well as pain and suffering is our primary focus. Our team of attorneys will strive to see that justice is served and that you receive the compensation for which you’re entitled. If you or someone you know in El Paso, TX, has been harmed in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, take action. Call Zinda Law Group today to schedule a free and confidential consultation that will help determine if a personal injury lawsuit is your best option.