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What Should I Do If I Am Injured by a Delivery Truck? 

 Posted on August 17, 2023 in Personal Injury

San Antonio, TX delivery truck injury lawyerOnline shopping is an integral part of our lives in today's fast-paced world. Companies such as Amazon, UPS, and FedEx have revolutionized the retail industry with their swift and efficient delivery services. Unfortunately, the increased number of delivery vehicles on the roads has also led to more delivery accidents. If you find yourself injured by a delivery truck, seeking legal guidance from a knowledgeable personal injury attorney is vital to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve and to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.

Determining Liability and Negligence

As one of the largest e-commerce giants, Amazon operates under a complex web of contracts with various delivery service providers. The extent of Amazon's liability in an accident involving an Amazon Prime truck depends on the specific circumstances of each case. In some situations, Amazon may attempt to shield itself from liability by arguing that the delivery driver is an independent contractor rather than an employee. However, recent legal trends have seen more cases holding companies such as Amazon partly responsible for the actions of their contracted drivers.

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Litigating 18-Wheeler Accident Cases in Texas

 Posted on August 03, 2023 in 18-wheeler truck accidents

Austin, TX trucking accident lawyerTexas is known for its vast highways and bustling trucking industry, so it is no stranger to 18-wheeler accidents. These colossal vehicles, while vital for transporting goods across the state and beyond, can also pose significant risks to other road users.  

Suffering injuries in an 18-wheeler accident can be a harrowing experience, leaving victims with physical, emotional, and financial burdens. If you are injured in an 18-wheeler accident, seeking the right attorney to litigate your case is critical to ensure justice and fair compensation.

Preparing for Trial

While many personal injury cases, including those involving 18-wheeler accidents, are settled out of court, your attorney will prepare your case as if you were going to trial. This approach demonstrates a strong commitment to securing the best possible outcome for you. If negotiations do not yield satisfactory results, your attorney will be ready to present your case effectively in front of a judge and jury.

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Have You Been Injured in An Accident Caused by a Rideshare Driver?

 Posted on July 18, 2023 in Personal Injury

San Antonio, TX rideshare injury lawyerFor Texans, clicking on a rideshare app to request a ride has become so easy and practical. However, unlike commercial vehicle drivers, Lyft or Uber drivers are not required to receive specialized training or obtain a commercial driver's license. So what happens if you are injured in a Lyft or Uber accident?

Proving Negligence in a Rideshare Accident

You will probably want to seek compensation from the driver who caused the accident and your injuries through a personal injury claim. This is usually done through the insurance company of the defendant. To have a successful case, you will need to prove the following elements:

  • The driver of your rideshare or another driver on the road owed you a duty of care, which was to drive with caution and follow traffic laws while driving

  • The driver breached this duty of care by taking negligent actions such as tailgating or speeding

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Have You Suffered an Injury at a Construction Site Due to Equipment Failure? 

 Posted on July 06, 2023 in Personal Injury

San Antonio, TX construction site injury lawyerConstruction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs. In 2021 construction work was the industry with the most fatalities. The risks are numerous, from falling off a roof to being wounded while operating heavy machinery, and the potential injuries can be life-altering. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury while working at a construction site, third parties may be responsible for your injuries. At Alford & Associates, our San Antonio construction injury lawyers can help establish third-party liability so that you can recover the compensation you deserve.

Third Parties

In the construction industry, it is essential that all equipment be adequate for employees to perform their necessary tasks. The equipment should also be marked with safety features and warnings. A company that manufactures and distributes construction equipment may breach its duty of care if the tools or products are not properly designed or assembled. At Alford & Associates, we can determine if the best course is to pursue a third-party product liability claim against the manufacturer by conducting an investigation, gathering testimony from other employees, and looking into OSHA reports.

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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Following a Car Accident in Texas?

 Posted on June 13, 2023 in Wrongful Death

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1144538219-1.jpgAt Alford & Associates, we know that no amount of money can replace the life of your loved one. However, when you suffer a devastating loss as a result of another person’s negligence, you may want to seek compensation. The unexpected death of your relative killed in a traffic accident will no doubt affect several members of the family. But the state of Texas limits who may sue for wrongful death in court. Although you can never be truly compensated for your loss, the attorneys at Alford & Associates, we are here to help.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death is a death that could have been prevented if the party at fault had used an appropriate level of care regarding your family member’s safety. The Lone Star state established the Texas Wrongful Death Act, which allows certain family members to sue for damages when a relative is wrongfully killed. Under the law, the family members that can file a claim include the parents of the deceased, a spouse, and children of the deceased, whether they are biological or adopted. These family members do not have to each file a lawsuit individually. One person can bring a suit on behalf of those who qualify. These beneficiaries can file a claim for compensation for mental anguish and suffering too.

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Texas 18-Wheeler Accidents: How Do You Know if You Have a Case?

 Posted on June 05, 2023 in 18-wheeler truck accidents

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_764670658.jpgThe Lone Star State has 90,000 miles of public highways enabling the trucking industry to play a vital role in the state’s economy. Unfortunately, 117,300 large trucks were involved in accidents in 2021 resulting in injuries. That is a 12 percent increase from 2020 and 63 percent of those accidents occurred during the day. With so many people caught up in traffic, accidents with an 18-wheeler are bound to happen. At Alford & Associates, we understand that the effects of a serious injury quickly put a family at risk of financial ruin.

Causes of Truck Accidents

To establish liability for your injuries and damages, it is important to look for evidence that a trucking company may try to hide. Often truck drivers and trucking companies are to blame for the following reasons:

  • Driver fatigue may have led the truck driver to violate regulations dictating the number of hours they should drive even though they may have felt drowsy.

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Did You Suffer Injuries in a Truck Crash as a Result of Negligent Hiring Practices?

 Posted on May 25, 2023 in 18-wheeler truck accidents

Austin Commercial Trucking Accident LawyerThe number of fatal truck accidents is the highest in the state of Texas. In 2020, commercial truck crashes led to nearly 600 deaths. Texas accounts for nearly 13 percent of all fatal trucking accidents in the United States. Driving a commercial truck is not the same as driving a passenger car. These trucks carry a massive amount of weight and extensive training is needed to maneuver such vehicles. It is the responsibility of trucking companies to ensure not only that their fleet is safe to drive but that the drivers are fit for the job. If this is not the case, the trucking company could potentially be held liable for any accidents and injuries they cause.

Negligent Hiring

The practice of hiring commercial truck drivers is a big responsibility. Drivers must demonstrate they have a history of safe driving and are medically able to operate these massive vehicles. Failing to exercise reasonable care to hire a qualified and experienced truck driver should be penalized. Commercial truck drivers may seem qualified on paper but more needs to be done to ensure everyone is safe on the road. Truck driver candidates may have a commercial driver’s license or CDL and they may have carried loads of cargo for several companies. However, employers who are in a rush to get more drivers on the road may be deemed guilty of the following negligent hiring practices:

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Have You Been Injured by an Amazon Delivery Van?  

 Posted on May 17, 2023 in Personal Injury

Bexar County Personal Injury LawyersWe have all seen Prime delivery vans speeding through neighborhoods, maneuvering around cars, and parking right smack in the middle of a road. Although most consumers value the fast delivery service, this is a convenience that may come with a risk for other motorists and pedestrians. In 2021, a study found that one in five Amazon delivery drivers suffered job-related injuries, many of which involved an accident on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in an Amazon delivery accident you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.

The Harsh Reality for Amazon Drivers

Any type of vehicle accident can lead to painful injuries, not to mention great financial losses. In instances when you are not responsible for the accident, you should not have to bear this heavy burden alone. The responsibility should lie on the driver who caused the accident. It is no secret that Amazon pressures its delivery drivers to make a mass amount of deliveries each day. While Amazon requires contracted delivery drivers to check their vehicles at the start of their shift, it has been reported by drivers that they are allegedly pressured to ignore vehicle damage and complete the inspections as quickly as possible in order to meet quotas.  

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Are you Considering a Lawsuit After Being Injured at Work?

 Posted on April 19, 2023 in Personal Injury

San Antonio Work Injury LawyerSlips, trips, and falls in the United States are among the top three causes of accidents suffered at work. Injuries such as sprains and tears often lead Texans to take time off of work and have to pay costly medical bills. Most people think that the state workers’ compensation program will take care of everything but there are limitations. In Texas, private employers are not required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. So what are your options? Here we will explore third-party liability.

Who Can Be Liable for My Injuries?

In most states, if an employer subscribes to the state insurance fund employees are legally barred from suing the employer in civil court. You may receive benefits that may not fully cover your expenses. In some cases, you may be able to take legal action against other parties at the worksite who are partially responsible for your injuries. If you can demonstrate that a third party caused your injury at work, then you can file a personal injury lawsuit against that company or person to recover damages.

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Did Falling Truck Cargo Cause Your Injuries? Multiple Parties May be Liable

 Posted on April 10, 2023 in 18-wheeler truck accidents

San Antonio Personal Injury LawyerNearly 5,000 fatal crashes in the United States involve large trucks each year. It is no secret that a large truck has greater momentum especially when loaded with cargo. That alone can lead to a greater impact and drivers in smaller vehicles can suffer serious injuries. When truck accident injuries occur, the consequences can be serious. Financial costs quickly mount and you may be unsure who is responsible for your injuries. At Alford & Associates, we have represented clients in a variety of truck accident cases and understand the safety issues and forms of negligence that are often committed by truck companies. We will fight to try to ensure that you are properly compensated.

Weight Limits

There are weight limits for commercial vehicles to ensure that trucks are operated safely. Unfortunately, some companies violate these laws and overload the trucks. These practices are not only dangerous to the driver but to everyone else on the road.

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