Houston Truck Accident Attorney
18-wheeler accidents are a terrible reality. They can be debilitating and life-altering. If you or a loved one were injured due to the negligence of a truck driver, let the team at Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP work on your behalf to secure the compensation you need to recover from this tragedy.
Why Choose Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP For Your Case?
Our attorneys have extensive experience working on truck accident cases. We understand the complexity of the proceedings and the diligence required to secure compensation.
- We have more than 70 years of combined legal experience helping clients, including those who have received severe injuries in commercial truck accidents.
- We have the resources at our disposal to manage intricate cases and to go up against major insurance carriers and trucking companies.
- We take all Houston 18-wheeler accident cases on a contingency fee basis, so we only get paid after our clients’ compensation is secured.
How Will An Attorney Help This Case?
Truck accident cases potentially involve more than one liable party. Injury victims are frequently left facing major trucking companies and their insurance carriers. A skilled Houston truck accident lawyer will have the resources and legal experience necessary to:
- Obtain all evidence necessary to prove liability in the incident, including any video or photographic evidence of the incident, statements from eyewitnesses, police reports, “black box” data, truck maintenance records, hours of service logs, and more.
- Work with trusted medical professionals who can evaluate a client’s injuries and help assess their total losses.
- Negotiate with all parties involved to secure a fair settlement on behalf of the client or take the case to trial, if that is what is necessary to secure compensation.
How Often Do These Accidents Occur?
According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), large truck crashes resulted in 148,000 total injuries, 4,761 total fatalities from 465 fatal semi-truck crashes across the state of Texas during that year.
Large truck collisions are common on surface roads, highways, and freeways. Because of the weight and size disparity between 18-Wheelers, Tractor-Trailers, and other heavy trucks and the average automobile, these incidents often result in severe injuries and sometimes death. Common scenarios involve speeding, wide right turns, lane drift, and failing to “manage the space” around the large truck, such as following too closely or turning when unsafe. Driver fatigue, overwork, inattention, following too closely, and carelessness can also all lead to collisions. Unfortunately, professional drivers often have strict deadlines or “per the load” or “per mile” pay, all of which can encourage them to speed and cut corners.
In large truck collisions, it is critical to secure the vehicle to examine the brakes and download the information from the data recorder, or “black box.” Driver fatigue can sometimes be supported by the drivers’ logs. Large truck drivers are subject to strict limits on hours of service. Qualcomm data and other GPS-based systems for long-distance or “over the road” drivers can sometimes prove inconsistencies in the drivers’ logs.
Why Do Truck Accidents Cause Devastating Injuries?
Large commercial trucks present significant hazards on the roadway. The FMCSA says that a fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. A vehicle of this weight and size can inflict serious damage on a passenger vehicle and cause tremendous injuries to those inside these vehicles. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, it is not uncommon for our Houston 18-wheeler accident lawyers to help clients who have sustained the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Loss of or damage to a bodily organ
- Severe lacerations
- Crush injuries
Each of these injuries can lead to a victim needing extensive medical care. Victims may require lengthy rehabilitation periods and physical therapy to make a full recovery. Victims can even be temporarily or permanently disabled due to their injuries.
Victims in these situations often suffer from emotional and psychological trauma as a result of physical injuries. When we are fighting for our clients’ compensation, we never fail to take these injuries into account.
Who Can Be Held Liable For A Truck Accident Injury?
When a truck driver causes an accident, liability may fall onto their employer (unless the driver is an independent contractor) through vicarious liability. Ultimately, trucking companies are liable for the actions of their drivers. Truck companies must ensure that drivers are properly licensed, certified, and trained to operate each vehicle.
Trucking companies are liable if they fail to follow FMCSA regulations regarding regular inspection and maintenance of their vehicles. Failure of a truck or a truck part regularly causes accidents on the roadway.
For more information on a particular trucking company, visit the “safer database,” safer.fmcsa.dot.gov.
What Kinds Of Compensation Are Available For These Cases?
There are various types of compensation available to victims harmed in a Houston truck accident, including both economic and non-economic damages, such as the following:
- Coverage of all medical bills related to the truck accident
- Compensation for lost income if an injured victim cannot work
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent truck driver or trucking company
The total amount of compensation awarded in these cases will vary depending on the specific factors of each incident.
Contact A Houston Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one were injured in a collision with an 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, or heavy truck, contact one of our personal injury lawyers in Houston for an initial case review. In these cases, timing is vital. Victims only have two years to file a claim against negligent truck drivers and companies to recover compensation. Speak to our truck accident attorneys today.
At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, our team has the resources necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into the crash and secure the compensation you deserve. We are not afraid to take on aggressive insurance carriers or large trucking companies. When you need a Houston 18-Wheeler accident attorney, you can contact us online for a free consultation of your case.