Corpus Christi and Galveston Area Truck Accident Lawyer – Attorney Scott Nelson
With its proximity to the Mexican border, and with the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Texas is experiencing a rapid increase in large truck traffic. Though state and federal agencies attempt to regulate the trucking industry, many unscrupulous trucking companies do not comply with the safety and maintenance guidelines that have been established. Combined with increasingly congested roads and highways, this flagrant negligence only compounds the risk of serious accidents and injuries. At the Law Office of Scott A. Nelson in Corpus Christi, serving Galveston, our truck accident lawyer has extensive experience handling these complex cases. Attorney Scott Nelson will aggressively pursue the compensation to which victims are entitled.
Responsibilities of Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies
Trucking companies are accountable for ensuring that they have hired competent drivers with appropriate training and experience. To that end, they are responsible for performing proper drug testing and criminal background checks while also providing ongoing training, if necessary.
Additionally, state and federal laws and regulations require truck drivers to maintain logs that track on- and off-duty status and activity. These logs document miles driven and hours worked in a given time period. Commercial truck drivers must comply with regulations governing maximum driving and on-duty time. Truck drivers are also required to make rest stops at specific intervals.
By law, drivers are not permitted to operate their vehicles while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs (even legal ones). They are also responsible for performing necessary safety inspections and maintaining the safe condition of their trucks.
Common Truck Accident Causes
Many truck accidents occur when drivers or their employers are in violation of state and federal regulations. Common truck accident causes include:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver inexperience
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Reckless and unsafe driving
- Overloaded trucks
When these conditions lead to catastrophic wrecks, Galveston and Corpus Christi area truck accident lawyer Scott Nelson has the resources and determination to help victims obtain the justice they deserve.
Truck Accident Injuries
Trucks are the behemoths of the nation's roads and highways. If a truck collides with or rolls on top of a normal-sized passenger vehicle, the latter is likely to suffer the brunt of the damage. For this reason, truck accidents are more likely to cause catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries than any other type of motor vehicle accident. These injuries have life-changing consequences for victims, including paraplegia and permanent brain damage, often requiring continued medical and/or family care. Apart from the physical and emotional toll such injuries have on victims and their families, the aftermath of truck accident injuries can also include financial hardships in the face of rising medical bills. In many cases, victims are unable to return to work indefinitely and are deprived of necessary income.
More frequently, a truck accident results in a victim's wrongful death. The unexpected death of a loved one is one of the most difficult tragedies a family can face. Our Corpus Christi and Galveston area truck accident attorney is committed to helping victims' families obtain compensation for their loss.
Truck Accident Injury Compensation
If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident, attorney Scott Nelson may be able to help you obtain compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of future medical care
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
Consult Our Corpus Christi Truck Accident Lawyer
Our Corpus Christi and Galveston area truck accident attorney understands that being involved in any motor vehicle accident, let alone a truck accident, can be a frightening and traumatic experience. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a truck accident, you need an experienced attorney who will ensure that your rights are protected. Corpus Christi and Galveston area truck accident lawyer Scott Nelson will pursue the compensation you deserve to help you put your life back together. Contact the Law Office of Scott Nelson to schedule a free consultation.