Houston Truck Accident Attorney
Car Accident Lawyer in Houston, TX
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 455 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in Texas in 2007, resulting in 493 fatalities. When a large truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the smaller vehicle usually suffers severe damage because of the sheer size and weight of the commercial truck. Consider that the typical fully loaded large commercial truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, while the average passenger car weighs only 3,000 pounds.
In addition to the increased likelihood of serious injury and fatality, the unique danger posed by trucking accidents can be made worse depending on the nature of the truck itself and of the freight that it is carrying. At Wyly & Cook, LLP, our Houston trucking accident lawyer handles all types of truck accident claims, which can refer to a variety of large vehicles such as 18-wheelers, big rigs, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, commercial trucks and tankers.
What causes truck accidents?
Although some accidents cannot be avoided, most happen because of drivers' negligence or carelessness. A 2007 federal study found that factors leading to truck crashes include:
- Driver fatigue;
- Speeding, tailgating, and other instances of careless driving;
- Poorly maintained equipment, especially brakes or tires;
- Prescription and over-the-counter drug use;
- Unfamiliarity with local roads; and
- Improper trailer loading.
Recognizing the dangers posed by large trucks, the federal government has strict regulations governing the trucking industry, addressing issues like driver's licensing, hours of service that a driver may operate a vehicle, and drug or alcohol testing. Successful tractor trailer accident claims often involve significant research and paperwork to establish whether the driver violated any regulations. Failure to promptly investigate may cost important evidence. Thus, to help protect your rights, you should immediately contact a Houston auto accident attorney if you have been involved in a tractor-trailer accident.
Representation You Can Trust
If you have been involved in a tractor trailer collision or lost a loved one in a crash with a semi-truck, you likely face significant medical bills and other unforeseen costs - but getting money from insurance companies and the trucking companies they represent is often difficult. Let our Houston trucking accident attorney handle your case, negotiate with the insurance companies, and take your case to trial if necessary. Our firm aggressively seeks maximum compensation for our client's injuries. If the insurance company will not make a fair settlement offer, we will be ready and fully prepared to take them to court. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.