The founders of El Paso del Norte might have predicted their indispensable mountain pass would become a major commercial corridor, but they could not have foreseen the volume of traffic flowing across this primary entry point for United States trade with Mexico. Nor would they have imagined the network of interstates, U.S. highways, and state roads and the number of tractor-trailers rumbling through El Paso every day.
While all this commercial traffic benefits the region and the nation financially, large trucks create risks for motorists and pedestrians. At Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC, we’ve seen the carnage caused by high-speed commercial truck accidents, and we’ve helped the victims of such accidents obtain compensation for their losses. If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a commercial truck accident, our firm has the resources, skill, and determination to fight for your legal rights.
Common Injuries in Commercial Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks traveling at high speeds can cause tremendous damage to property and catastrophic injuries to people in their path. Smaller trucks and delivery vans on surface streets can also inflict great harm. Such harm is most frequently experienced by the occupants of the smaller vehicle, or by pedestrians, motorcyclists, or bicycle riders, who are particularly vulnerable to injury.
Common injuries caused by truck accidents include:
- Bone fractures
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Spine and neck injuries
- Toxic exposure
- Whiplash injuries
- Wrongful death
Recoverable Damages in Truck Accident Cases
Because passenger cars are no match for the immense size and weight of a tractor-trailer, truck accident injuries tend to be more severe and require a greater level of compensation for:
- Medical bills, past and future
- Loss of wages, past and future
- Rehabilitation costs
- Costs of modifying a home to accommodate a disability
- Pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and loss of enjoyment of life
Getting fair compensation from a trucking company or its insurer is not an easy task and requires professional assistance from an experienced El Paso truck accident attorney.
Proving Fault in a Commercial Truck Accident
No matter the severity of a truck accident and the injuries you have experienced, you cannot obtain compensation from the at-fault party unless you prove his or her responsibility. To prove fault, an attorney must have an in-depth understanding of how and why truck accidents happen and commit to a thorough investigation of all facts related to the crash.
Our attorneys have experience with truck accident cases arising from a variety of negligent acts and omissions including:
- Driver error, such as following too closely or failing to yield the right of way
- Aggressive driving, speeding, and unsafe maneuvers
- Poor truck maintenance
- Drowsy driving, DUI, or distracted driving
- Weather conditions
- Poorly loaded cargo or overloaded vehicles
If a truck driver is at fault, the trucking company can be held liable. The company might also be liable for policies and practices that violate federal or state trucking regulations. Finally, a truck accident in the El Paso area can be even more complicated if the truck in question is licensed in Mexico. Fortunately, our truck accident lawyers have the experience and resources to pursue justice no matter who the defendant might be.
Contact Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC today at (915) 206-5154.