Despite its small size, Wise County, Texas ranks fourth in the state for the number of deaths caused by large truck accidents. According to data from the state of Texas, residents of Wise County were more than 13 times more likely to die in a trucking accident than drivers in the nearby Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Many of the truck wrecks that occur in Wise County involve rock haulers that operate near the towns of Chico and Bridgeport. In many cases, these rock haulers are driven with faulty brakes, worn-out tires, or other safety violations that can increase the risk of a crash.
In other cases, these trucks are driven with payloads that exceed the maximum amount of cargo allowed under the law, or at excessive speeds that put the lives of other drivers at risk. Because the drivers who operate these rock haulers are paid by the number of loads they deliver, there is an incentive for them to driver faster and carry more cargo than is safe, putting other drivers at risk.
Injuries Caused by Trucking Accidents
Drivers and passengers who are injured in a trucking accident may suffer serious and potentially deadly injuries. Some of the most serious injuries that can occur in an accident with a large truck include:
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Head Injuries
- Internal Injuries
- Rib and Torso Injuries
- Seat Belt Injuries
- Skull Fractures
- Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
- Wrongful Death
HO&P Fights for Trucking Accident Victims
At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, our Board Certified attorneys* have tried dozens of cases involving accidents with 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles. Our attorneys have helped achieve a $36 million verdict for the family of a teenager injured in a bus crash in East Texas. They have negotiated a $15 million settlement of a case involving an 18-wheeler accident that killed several members of the same family. And they achieved verdicts or settlements of $7.25 million, $5.2 million, $5 million, and $1.8 million in other 18-wheeler cases, just to name a few.
If you or a loved one were injured in a trucking accident, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation. For a free legal consultation about your case, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form below.
You can also read more about truck accidents in Chico, Bridgeport, Decatur, and other towns in Wise County along U.S. Highway 287, U.S. Highway 380, and Texas Highway 144.
* Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson are all Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law — Texas Board of Legal Specialization.