The Crecca Law Firm- Truck Accident Attorneys
Attorney Alexander D. Crecca has broad experience in handling truck accidents. Prior to starting The Law Firm of Alexander D. Crecca, PC, Mr. Crecca represented numerous trucking and insurance companies, large and small. He is intimately familiar with the tactics used by car companies, insurance companies and their lawyers in defending themselves against claims made by injured persons. Not all personal injury lawyers have this experience or training.
Here is some information on the trucking industry and injuries caused by its drivers and trucks:
Semi-truck driver’s and companies have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. A semi-tractor and trailer can way up to 80,000 lbs when fully loaded. Thousands of people have been killed or catastrophically injured by the negligent operation of trucks and tractor-trailers by their drivers and by trucking companies. Deaths or injuries can result from numerous actions including: unsafe driving, driver fatigue, drug and alcohol use, oversized loads, and improper maintenance.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association, driver fatigue is responsible for 30-40% of all large truck crashes. Almost 20% of surveyed truckers admitted to falling asleep at the wheel at least once in the previous three-month period.
In 2001, 429,000 large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 lbs.) were involved in traffic crashes in theUnited States. Of those, 4,793 were involved in fatal crashes. One out of eight traffic fatalities in 2001 resulted from a collision involving a large truck. More than 131,000 people were injured in those crashes. A person is killed or injured every 4 minutes of every day. Of those killed in trucking accidents, 86% will be a motorist or bystander, not the truck drivers.
Truck Accidents: The Cause of Serious Injuries
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The sheer size of a truck means that a collision between it and a smaller vehicle will almost always result in serious personal injury or even wrongful death. When a truck and car accident is the result of an act of negligence, the negligent party should be held responsible.
At The Crecca Law Firm, our attorneys help victims of truck accidents seek full compensation. We represent people in Albuquerque, and throughout New Mexico in these cases.
How do Truck Accidents Happen?
Unlike most people on the road, truck drivers are there to earn a paycheck. They have a job to do. There are laws in place that tell them how to do that job, laws that allow only a certain number of hours to be spent on the road, among other things.
In many cases, a truck accident is the result of one of these laws being broken. A truck driver may spend too much time on the road trying to get more work done. Driving while tired is a major reason for these types of accidents.
Other forms of negligence include speeding. Some acts of negligence are not the truck driver’s fault, but the trucking company’s. These include failure to maintain a vehicle or improperly loading a vehicle.
Determining Whether Negligence Took Place
Thorough investigation is necessary in trucking accident cases. Our lawyers may be provided with evidence, but it may not be the right evidence. Log books may have been falsified. Driving records may have been hidden. We know where to look to get to the truth of a matter and prove that an act of negligence caused an accident.
Our attorneys rely on experience to take on insurance companies in all types of motor vehicle accident cases, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Taxi accidents
- Bicyclists struck by cars
- Pedestrians struck by cars
From drunk driving-related car accidents to semi-truck accidents caused by improper vehicle maintenance, we know the steps to take to obtain positive outcomes in these cases.