Head-On Truck Collision Attorneys
If you’ve been hurt or if you lost a loved one in a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler or another large commercial vehicle, the experienced San Antonio trial attorneys of Ketterman Rowland & Westlund are ready to put their knowledge and resources to work for you.
Head-on collisions, especially those involving trucks, can cause devastating damage and potentially fatal injuries to the occupants of smaller vehicles. Those who survive a head-on crash may face a lengthy recovery period that could lead to a significant loss of income. With so much on the line, don’t make the mistake of treating a truck accident like a regular car accident. Turn to a powerful legal team that will aggressively defend your rights and work to hold the party(s) responsible for the crash accountable for their actions.
At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, our team of aggressive truck accident lawyers will stand strong for you after a head-on 18-wheeler collision. You will be supported every step of the way by an experienced legal team and compassionate staff. We have recovered maximum compensation for numerous truck accident victims, and we are prepared to put our experience and resources to work for you. Please call us today for a free consultation at (855) 569-7767 to get started on your head-on truck accident case.
Causes of Head-On Truck Collisions
Head-on truck collisions usually happen so quickly and unexpectedly that victims never see them coming and are unable to avoid them. Most often, they occur when a vehicle crosses a median or center line into oncoming traffic, but they can also occur when drivers enter on-ramps going the wrong way, or when drivers travel the wrong way down a one-way street.
The most common causes of these collisions include:
Driving Under the Influence: When a truck driver drinks alcohol or takes another substance that impairs judgment, this can inhibit the driver’s capability to operate safely and reasonably. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a leading cause of head-on collisions. Even legal prescription drugs can be dangerous and cause these types of accidents if they alter the user’s mental state. It is always the user’s responsibility to pay attention to medication warning labels, and truck drivers should be held responsible for any damage caused by their actions.
Drowsy Driving: Truckers often drive long hours so that they can make up time lost from traffic, weather, construction, or other factors. While there are federal laws in place that dictate mandatory rest periods, drivers may falsify their trucking logs to stay on the road. Many drivers push themselves to deliver loads faster to increase their pay, or they can be “unofficially” encouraged by their trucking companies to ignore the mandatory rest requirements.
Distracted Driving: Distracted truck drivers are responsible for many accidents, including head-on collisions. Distractions can come from many different sources, including texting, talking on the phone, changing the radio, reaching for something in the cab, or just daydreaming. A truck traveling 60 miles per hour spans the distance of 88 feet per second. Standard highway lanes are 12 feet. This means that if a truck driver gets distracted, they can travel across a highway lane into oncoming traffic in less than a quarter of a second, or across multiple lanes and a median in still less than 1 second.
Tire Blowouts: We’ve all seen rubber from truck tires on the side of the highway. Blowouts are always potentially dangerous, but when truck drivers are carrying heavy loads, or if a blowout occurs while changing lanes, the driver could lose control of the truck and veer into oncoming traffic. Some blowouts can be caused by equipment failure, while others may be due to wear and tear.
Medical Condition: A medical episode can cause a truck driver to lose consciousness and drive into oncoming traffic. It is vital for drivers and their employers to keep up on medical conditions that may prevent the driver from safely operating an 18-wheeler. If a driver gets behind the wheel knowing that he or she has a condition that could potentially cause a loss of consciousness, that driver should be held liable for any damages caused.
Vehicle Malfunctions: In some circumstances, other equipment or vehicle malfunctions may cause a truck to veer off course into head-on traffic. This can be due to a steering column locking up or unsecured cargo in the truck’s trailer shifting after a turn or lane change, causing the driver to lose control. If the result is for the truck to drive into oncoming traffic, a head-on accident can occur.
Proving Fault in a Head-On Truck Accident
The nature of a head-on truck accident is that one of the drivers was on the wrong side of the road. The responsibility, or liability, of the crash, usually rests with the driver who was traveling on the wrong side of the road. However, in some cases, there may be other factors to consider, such as if a truck sideswipes another vehicle, pushing it into oncoming traffic.
Some of the evidence that may be used to prove fault in a head-on 18-wheeler accident include:
- Positioning of vehicles at the crash scene
- Damage to the vehicles
- Skid marks or other roadway evidence, such as damage to medians
- Witness statements
- Photos or video surveillance
- Event data recorder information from the truck
- Hours of service logs for the driver, indicating fatigue
- Cellphone records indicating the driver was distracted
- Truck maintenance records
Our experienced head-on truck accident lawyers will work quickly to preserve all the evidence from your crash before it can be destroyed or cleaned up. We will immediately begin an investigation into the accident to build a strong case for who was at fault.
At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, we know how hard trucking companies and insurance companies will work to avoid taking the blame for a serious head-on accident. Our team will work even harder to demand justice for you.
Compensation After an 18-Wheeler Head-On Collision
If you or a family member has been the victim of a head-on collision accident with a truck, you may be entitled to monetary damages for your injuries. Compensation could include:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy for your injuries
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
To seek the maximum compensation possible for your injuries, it is essential to document all of your injuries, expenses, and lost opportunities. You could be eligible to recover damages that will help you rebuild your life and make you whole after an accident that was not your fault.
Head-On Truck Accident Injuries
Head-on collisions between two vehicles are always terrifying events, but they are even more frightening when one of the vehicles is a large commercial truck, potentially weighing up to 80,000 pounds. The injuries that occupants of smaller vehicles suffer can be catastrophic or fatal. If the driver and passengers do survive the collision, they could be forced to deal with serious and lasting physical harm, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Burns and scarring
- Internal organ damage
Truck accident victims may be eligible to secure significant compensation to ensure that they and their family do not have to suffer financially in the aftermath of such a devastating accident. If you suffered life-threatening injuries in a head-on crash with a truck, be sure to seek qualified legal guidance right away to deal with the situation. While no amount of money can replace your health, you can at least rest easier knowing that you have a powerful legal team working to protect you from further financial harm down the line.
Statute of Limitations on Truck Accident Claims
In Texas, you have two years from the date of a truck accident to initiate a personal injury claim. It’s always better to act quickly on a claim to preserve evidence and begin documenting your losses. If you do not file a claim within the established statute of limitations, the court will refuse to hear your case.
How to Protect Your Rights After a Head-On Crash
If you’ve been hurt in a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler, it is crucial to protect your rights and assist your lawyer in building a solid claim for damages from the responsible party. You can do this by:
- Not saying anything at the scene of the accident that could be interpreted as accepting fault (i.e., do not say “I’m sorry,” or anything that might be construed as taking responsibility)
- Getting immediate medical treatment and attending all follow-up appointments
- Not speaking with any insurance adjusters before talking to a lawyer
- Refusing to accept any insurance settlements without speaking to a lawyer
Talk to an Experienced Head-On Truck Accident Attorney Now
If you or a loved one experienced a head-on accident, we understand the situation you are in. Get the help you need today by calling Ketterman Rowland & Westlund at (855) 569-7767. Your initial consultation is free, and you will not pay us anything unless we secure an acceptable settlement or favorable verdict.