Advocating For Victims Of Commercial Trucking Accidents
In the bustling streets of El Paso, sharing the road with commercial trucks is a daily reality. While these massive vehicles are essential for our economy, they also pose significant risks to other drivers. At Mendez Isaac Joudi, PLLC, our lawyers are deeply ingrained in our community, fighting for the El Paso community every day. With a wealth of experience spanning over 50 years, our attorneys are the experienced and professional advocates you need when facing the aftermath of a commercial trucking accident.
Our attorneys are more than legal professionals; we’re dedicated allies ready to guide you through the complexities of commercial trucking accident cases.
Navigating Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Commercial vehicle accidents often involve multiple parties potentially liable for the damages. These may include:
- Truck drivers: Drivers who breach safety regulations or engage in reckless behavior.
- Trucking companies: Employers may be liable for negligent hiring, training or maintenance practices.
- Manufacturers: Defective truck parts or equipment could make manufacturers liable.
- Cargo loading companies: Improperly loaded cargo can lead to accidents.
- Government entities: Poorly maintained roads or inadequate signage may involve government liability.
After a commercial vehicle accident, consider these steps, which may differ from typical car accidents:
- Contact law enforcement: Report the accident and request assistance from local authorities.
- Seek medical attention: Even if injuries seem minor, prompt medical evaluation is essential.
- Preserve evidence: Collect evidence, take photos and gather witness statements.
- Notify insurance companies: Inform your insurance company and consult an attorney before speaking with the other party’s insurer.
- Consult an attorney: Given the complexities of commercial vehicle accidents, consult an experienced attorney to protect your rights.
Since multiple parties are often involved in a commercial vehicle accident, it is essential to get the support of a knowledgeable attorney. The vehicle accident lawyers at MIJ, can help you determine the next steps so that you can move forward with your life and recover from your injuries.
Driving Safely Around Commercial Vehicles
To avoid accidents involving commercial trucks, follow these safety tips:
- Avoid blind spots: Be mindful of truck blind spots (no-zones), especially on the right side and behind the truck.
- Maintain safe following distance: Trucks require more stopping distance. Keep a safe distance to avoid rear-end collisions.
- Signal clearly: Use turn signals early, allowing trucks ample time to react.
- Stay aware of braking distance: Commercial trucks have longer braking distances. Don’t cut them off.
Although commercial drivers go through extensive training, they are often dealing with large heavy vehicles that do not stop or turn quickly. It is important to take extra precautions so that you can avoid injuries, such as:
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal injuries
- Burns and scarring
- Fatal injuries
Injuries from an accident with a commercial vehicle can impact your health and your future. It is essential to get medical attention right away after an accident.
Talk To An Attorney
If you’ve been involved in a commercial trucking accident in El Paso, the attorneys at MIJ, are here to support you. We offer free consultations to discuss your case and help you navigate the legal complexities. We proudly serve the El Paso community and extend our support to clients throughout New Mexico and West Texas.