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When a truck or commercial vehicle is involved important steps are needed to take care of you damages. The insurance companies are going to resist any fault because to admit fault is to admit liability and depending on the severity of the injuries the company that owns that truck or commercial vehicle may be liable for your damages or injuries. That liability puts a special stress on the bottom line of that company. That’s why we need to help you if you have been involved in an accident that involves a truck, bus, or other commercial vehicle.
About 1 in 10 highway deaths involved a large truck.
Most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. The main problem is the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles underriding trucks in crashes.
Truck braking capability can be a factor in truck crashes. Loaded tractor-trailers take 20-40 percent farther than cars to stop, and the discrepancy is greater on wet and slippery roads or with poorly maintained brakes. Truck driver fatigue also is a known crash risk. Drivers of large trucks are allowed by federal hours-of-service regulations to drive up to 11 hours at a stretch. Surveys indicate that many drivers violate the regulations and work longer than permitted.
A total of 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in 2016. Seventeen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 66 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 16 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 27 percent higher in 2016 than in 2009, when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975. The number of truck occupants who died was 47 percent higher than in 2009.
THE FIVE MOST DANGEROUS INTERSECTIONS IN AUSTIN RANKED IN ORDER BY THE MOST CRASHES, RATE, AND SEVERITY:
- West Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road (South Austin)
- Lamar Boulevard and Rundberg Lane (North Austin)
- Lamar Boulevard and Parmer Lane (North Austin)
- U.S. 183 Service Road and Cameron Road (Northeast Austin)
- I-35 Southbound Service Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (near Downtown)
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El Abogado Alejandro Hernandez
Durante más de 20 años, el abogado Alex R. Hernández Jr. ha estado ayudando a la gente de Texas a través de su habilidad y efectividad en la ley. Es un aclamado abogado litigante que ha dedicado su carrera a proteger con pasión y éxito los derechos de las personas en su comunidad. Su objetivo es representar a cada cliente como lo haría con su propia familia, con trabajo arduo, perseverancia y concentración. Alex ha sido ampliamente reconocido por sus habilidades legales, incluso al obtener la membresía en el Foro Million Dollar Advocates, un selecto grupo de abogados que representan menos del 1% de los abogados en todo el país. También ha sido calificado por AVVO, con una calificación de 10.0-Superb, y es miembro de la Texas Trial Lawyers Association, una asociación solo por invitación. El abogado Hernández y su firma son bilingües en español e inglés.