Semi Truck Accidents

The Laredo - San Antonio I-35 Corridor

Laredo Truck Accidents/ Laredo Eighteen Wheeler Accidents

The stretch of road of Interstate-35 between Laredo and San Antonio, Texas is one of the most crowded, deadly stretches of interstate in the United States. More than 210,000 vehicles a day travel on this section of the Interstate. And over 48% of the daily traffic is large 18-wheelers. Interstate - 35  is the corridor of choice out of Mexico and runs from Laredo to San Antonio, Austin, Waco, Dallas and on up thru the center of the Country on to Canada. According to the Texas Department of Transportation the traffic patterns on this roadway out of the City of Laredo will continue to rise. And the number of  large 18-wheeler truck accidents they cause will also continue to rise. According to the DOT the number of vehicle that travel on this Interstate from Laredo to San Antonio will grow to 234,000 a day in 2030 and 320,000 a day by 2050.

This website is written and updated by the attorneys of the Texas Law Firm of Carabin & Shaw, with offices in Laredo and San Antonio.  This site provides information on 18-wheeler trucking accidents, issues that can arise on trucking cases and the types of damages you and/or your family may be entitled to in the event of a loss. The Law Offices of Carabin & Shaw has offices across Texas.  We have represented victims and the families of victims in trucking accidents since 1992. Our Firm has been involved in some of the largest trucking cases recorded in the last 10 years. If you need advice on a trucking accident or just have questions as to your options call us day or night, we are available 24 hours a day seven days a week. For your convenience, we offer free initial consultations, without any obligation. We can come to you and your family, regardless if you in a Laredo Hospital or you are anywhere in Texas or anywhere in the United States.  Call 1.800.862.1260.

Truck Accident Overview - The Laredo Corridor

When a 18-wheeler truck and passenger vehicle collide the results are usually devastating. If you or a family member have suffered a personal injury or a tragic loss as a result of an accident with a  tractor trailer, we can help. You and/or your family may be entitled to the recovery of medical expenses, burial costs, mental anguish, pain and suffering, lost wages, bodily impairment, future damages, future cost and property damage to your vehicle or personal property. In some cases punitive damages are available.

As explained above I-35, Laredo and North Corridor can be a dangerous road.  The sheer numbers of large truck traffic, traveling out of Laredo at 80 plus miles an hour, 24/7 a day, presents dangers for us all.  Highway Safety is an issue of our highest concern. Carabin & Shaw has the experience, resources and dedicated staff members you need on your side for cases involving trucking safety and trucking accidents. It is important to understand that semi truck and eighteen wheeler accidents can present unique issues not necessarily associated with a typical motor vehicle accident. These differences include:

  • Greater likelihood of serious injuries or deaths  
  • Negligent hiring and supervision claims  
  • Negligent maintenance claims
  • Unique insurance coverage issues
  • Governmental regulations  
  • Federal regulations
  • State regulations  

MORE & MORE TRUCKS ON I-35 HEADING NORTH OUT OF LAREDO

With the explosion of large trucks on the Interstate from Laredo to San Antonio and across our Texas Highways, major accidents between vehicles and semi-trailer trucks are on the rise. Truck accidents are occurring by the dozens every day across Texas.  We have found that in many of these cases, the large trucks are traveling in an unsafe manner or are loaded in an unsafe manner or the driver is overly fatigued or he or she was speeding.  And when accidents occur the consequences they are causing are catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths.

In  the early 1980's the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) was formed in an effort to curb the unacceptable number of fatal truck accidents occurring on highways in Texas and across the Nation. Laws were enacted to prohibit truck drivers from having more than one license. By 1992, truck drivers were required to meet minimum national standards in order to operate a tractor trailer. Once a driver met these standards, he can be issued a Commercial Driver's License ( CDL).

Today, to help reduce fatal Texas semi truck accidents, each truck driver is required to be licensed in his or her State of principal residence. Additionally driving record must be kept in a centralized computer for access by each state. The new laws also required each state to adopt uniform testing standards for commercial drivers prior to being licensed.

A CDL is required to operate the following vehicles:
  • any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the GVWR of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds;
  • any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver; and any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
It should also be noted that certain large vehicles, special endorsements are required. There are five possible CDL endorsements and one restriction, which requires testing.

1. double/triple tractor trailers
2. oversized passenger vehicles
3. tank vehicles
4. semi trucks carrying hazardous materials
5. combination tank and hazardous materials
6. vehicles with air brakes

IF YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER HAVE SUFFERED A LOSS IN LAREDO, SAN ANTONIO OR ANYWHERE IN TEXAS CALL OUR LAW FIRM.  THE CALL IS FREE.  THE CONSULTATION IS FREE.  CALL US DAY OR NIGHT WE CAN HELP.  CALL 1.800.862.1260 TOLL FREE OR IN LAREDO 956.333.3333 OR SAN ANTONIO 210.222.2288.
 
Causes of Semi Truck Accidents

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act is considered the driving force behind the regulation of the trucking industry to reduce truck accidents. The Act covers issues such as driver qualifications, emergency equipment, safe loading, alcohol and drug usage and a number of other factors. Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents include:
  • Speeding
  • Running off the road
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Aggressive driving behavior
  • Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Dangerous or reckless driving
  • Mechanical failure
  • Lack of training
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Oversized trucks
  • Brake failure/defect
  • Poor driving conditions
  • Driver inexperience
  • Fatigue
If you are injured or suffer a loss in a trucking accident in Laredo or anywhere in Texas or in the United States, do not turn to the defendant’s insurance company for help. The insurance company will attempt to settle your claim as quickly as possible before you have a chance to consult an experienced trucking accident attorney. You should never sign documents or agree to a settlement without first consulting an experienced Texas truck accident lawyer. We will aggressively protect your rights if you have been injured in a trucking accident.

We understand the unique legal and practical problems associated with 18 wheeler accidents and other truck crashes and have experience dealing with the issues that arise in such cases. Our goals include protecting the individual where litigation is necessary, but also providing resources to help educate the public when injuries are caused by the negligence or carelessness of trucking companies, in hopes of increasing road safety. Contact us today for further information. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingent fee basis, which means that there is no fee unless we successfully resolve your case.

IF YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER HAVE SUFFERED A LOSS IN LAREDO, SAN ANTONIO OR ANYWHERE IN TEXAS CALL OUR LAW FIRM.  THE CALL IS FREE.  THE CONSULTATION IS FREE.  CALL US DAY OR NIGHT WE CAN HELP.  CALL 1.800.862.1260 TOLL FREE OR IN LAREDO 956.333.3333 OR SAN ANTONIO 210.222.2288.
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