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18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer in Houston

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18-wheeler truck accidents are different from car accidents and should be treated as such. Due to the great disparity in the size and weight of semi-trucks, the injuries sustained by the occupants of a passenger vehicle struck by an 18-wheeler will be much more severe and life-threatening. Even seemingly minor impacts from an 18-wheeler can lead to life-changing injuries and or in the worst case, fatalities.

Our lawyers at Haines Law, P.C. have represented numerous clients who have been victimized by these situations and know how to pursue the financial restitution our clients are entitled to. We are well-versed in the laws surrounding truck accidents and can utilize our extensive background to advocate on your behalf. Our 18-wheeler accident lawyer in Houston will get to work right away developing a compelling claim on your behalf.Truck Accident Statistic Chart

Truck Accident Statistics

In the state of Texas, 18-wheeler trucks are a common visual on highways and roads throughout the state. Unfortunately, accidents that result from trucks are also a common sight in Texas, and these accidents are often very serious and can often be fatal.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recorded the following truck accident statistics:

  • In 2017, more than 4,000 people died in truck crashes
  • The amount of people that died in truck crashes was 30% higher in 2017 than in 2009
  • Most deaths in truck crashes are recorded as the passengers in motor vehicles
  • 11% of all motor vehicle crashes resulted in fatalities in 2017

If you have been the victim of a truck accident, call (281) 975-0031 for a free case evaluation with our experienced team.

What Is The Leading Cause Of Truck Accidents?

The federal government limits the number of hours a trucker or other professional driver can drive in a day, but driver fatigue is still a common cause of 18-wheeler accidents. This is because truck drivers are under constant pressure to break the rules in order to make more deliveries.

The 4 most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Fatigued drivers operating vehicles longer than legally allowed per day
  • Trucks loaded over their legal weight limit losing control
  • Truck owner neglected to give 18-wheeler regular maintenance
  • Companies hiring drivers who do not have the proper driving qualifications

If an 18-wheeler driver broke the law, we can find out. We obtain the driver's logbooks, dispatch logs, delivery records, weigh station records and even truck stop credit card transactions to determine exactly how many hours a truck driver has worked in the days and weeks leading up to the accident.

This is important to your case as any violation of these rules could make them liable for the injuries caused by the accident if they were at fault. Once our 18-wheeler truck accident lawyer in Houston proves that the truck driver was negligent, we will focus our efforts on identifying additional responsible parties and building a case for medical and economic damages.

Who is Liable in a Trucking Accident?

Due to the popularity of online shopping in today’s society, there are so many commercial trucks on the roads and highways throughout the United States. In order to fulfill consumer demands, truck drivers are under constant pressure to meet deadlines as quickly as possible, which is why truck accidents are a common occurrence.

Victims of truck accidents can seek monetary damages against the following parties:

  • Truck driver- Truckers are required to follow all state and federal traffic laws and operate their vehicle in the safest manner possible. When a driver’s negligent actions result in a collision, such as fatigued driving or drunk driving, he or she can be held liable for the accident and associated injuries.
  • Trucking company- Companies are also held responsible for their employee’s actions and behavior while on the job. In many cases, they often place pressure on their truckers to deliver their shipments as fast as they can, sometimes encouraging them to ignore federal regulations, such as conducting routine inspections and maintenance, as well as overloaded cargo to reduce the amount of trips to complete a shipment.
  • The cargo company- One of the most common causes of truck accidents is improperly loaded or unsecured cargo. If the cargo shifts during the driver, the truck can become unstable and difficult to maneuver, resulting in a rollover accident.
  • Truck manufacturers- If there is a defective truck part or if the design of the truck does not adhere to federal safety regulations, then the manufacturer can be held liable for the collision. Commonly defective parts include tires and braking systems.

What Does Compensation Cover in a Trucking Accident?

Because 18-wheeler wrecks often lead to devastating injuries, we also work with orthopedic doctors, physical rehabilitation specialists, state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic centers, and other medical experts to identify and treat your injuries. We work with renowned and respected economic experts to establish the economic value of your claim.

We fight to recover all damages to which clients may be entitled, including:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Mental anguish

If you or someone you love was injured or killed in an 18-wheeler wreck, trust the experience of our 18-wheeler accident lawyer in Houston and resources to work for you. Our team is made up of aggressive and zealous truck accident lawyers in Houston.

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