HOUSTON TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Advocacy for Texas Trucking Accident Victims
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 it is carrying. At Wyly & Cook, PLLC, our Houston trucking accident lawyers handle all types of truck accident cases. Trucking accident cases can involve a variety of large vehicles such as 18-wheelers, big rigs, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, commercial trucks and tankers.
What causes truck accidents?
Most trucking accidents happen because of driver negligence or carelessness. A 2007 federal study found the 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. These trucking regulations address issues like driver’s licensing, hours of service 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 a tractor-trailer case may result in the loss of important evidence. Thus, to help protect your rights, you should immediately contact a Houston trucking accident lawyer if you have been involved in a tractor-trailer accident.
Injured in a trucking accident in Texas? We can fight for you!
If you have been injured in a tractor-trailer collision in Texas or lost a loved one in a crash with a semi-truck, you likely face significant medical bills and other unforeseen costs. Getting money damages from insurance companies and the trucking companies they represent is often difficult without an experienced trucking accident attorney. Let our team at Wyly & Cook, PLLC handle your case, negotiate with the insurance companies, litigate and take your case to trial, if necessary, to get you the compensation you deserve.
Our firm aggressively seeks maximum compensation from trucking companies responsible for our client’s injuries. If the trucking company or it’s insurance company will not make a fair settlement offer, we are ready and fully prepared to take them to court. Contact us today at 713-236-8330 for a free consultation or take a few moments to fill out the free case evaluation on this web page.