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When the unexpected happens, and you find yourself reeling from a truck accident, the road ahead can seem daunting. Out in Mansfield, Texas, where the roads are as wide as the state’s reputation, 18-wheelers and semi-trucks are a common sight. And while they’re essential to our economy, when accidents happen, they can be life-altering. That’s where we come in. For over three decades, the Adley Law Firm has stood by the side of people just like you—real folks with families, jobs, and dreams put on hold because of a truck accident.

Common Causes of 18-Wheeler & Semi-Truck Accidents

The reasons behind these colossal collisions can be as varied as Texas weather. Sometimes it’s a moment of distraction or a lapse in judgment. Other times, it’s something out of your control—a mechanical failure or a sudden storm that turns roads into slip ‘n slides. Let’s talk about what we often see out there:

  • Driver Fatigue: It’s no secret that truck drivers have grueling schedules. Despite regulations, exhaustion can take its toll.
  • Distracted Driving: Whether it’s a text message or an interesting podcast, distractions can lead to disaster.
  • Speeding and Reckless Driving: Big rigs need more time to stop. Speeding is not just risky; it’s a gamble with lives.
  • Impaired Driving: Alcohol and drugs have no place behind the wheel—yet they sometimes find their way there.
  • Poor Vehicle Maintenance: When companies cut corners on maintenance, they’re not just breaking down; they’re breaking trust.

Common Injuries in Truck Accidents

Injuries from truck accidents can range from bruises and whiplash to life-threatening conditions. Some folks walk away with scars that heal, while others carry the impact with them for years to come:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries: A bump on the head can mean a lifetime of change.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: These can alter your way of life in an instant.
  • Broken Bones: They mend, sure—but they remind us of our vulnerability.
  • Internal Injuries: What you can’t see can hurt you and requires immediate attention.

What To Do After an Accident

If you’re reading this after an accident, first off—breathe. You’ve been through a lot. Here’s what you need to do next:

  1. Check for Injuries: Safety first. Check yourself and others for injuries. Call 911 if needed.
  2. Get to Safety: If you can move your vehicle, get it to safety. If not, stay put until help arrives.
  3. Exchange Information: Get the truck driver’s details—but keep the chat minimal. Stick to the facts.
  4. Document Everything: Photos, notes—get it all down while it’s fresh.
  5. Seek Medical Attention: Even if you feel fine, get checked out. Some injuries play hide and seek.
  6. Contact Us: Before you chat with insurance companies, give us a ring at (713) 999-8669.

Your Questions Answered

Q: How long do I have to file a claim?
A: Texas law gives you a window to file your claim—but don’t wait. The sooner you reach out, the clearer the details will be.

Q: What if I’m partly at fault?
A: Texas follows “proportionate responsibility.” Even if you share some blame, you may still be entitled to compensation.

Q: Will my case go to trial?
A: Many cases settle out of court. But if it serves your best interest to go to trial, we’ll be ready.

Additional Considerations in Truck Accidents

When you’re dealing with truck accidents, there’s often more beneath the surface:

  • Federal Regulations: Trucks operate under a different set of rules—we know them well.
  • Complex Liability: Pinning down who’s responsible can be tricky—it might be more than just the driver.
  • Insurance Intricacies: Trucking companies have big insurers with deep pockets and sharper claws.

Reach Out: Contact The Adley Law Firm

At the Adley Law Firm, we’re more than just your lawyers—we’re your neighbors, your advocates, and your support system through this tough time. We’ve walked this journey with many over our 30 years of service in Mansfield and beyond. So let’s sit down together and chat about how we can help you move forward.

Website: Adley Law Firm
Phone: (713) 999-8669
Address: 1421 Preston St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

Remember, when life throws a wrench in your plans, we’re here to help pick up the pieces. Let’s navigate this road together—one step at a time.

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