Driving next to an 18-wheeler can be intimidating, scary and even dangerous. When I am driving next to one or behind one, I always wonder what would happen if they spiraled out of control or turned over or even turned into my lane without warning.
HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED BY AN 18-WHEELER TRUCK OR TRACTOR TRAILER? KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
A traffic accident involving a commercial truck, such as an 18-wheeler or big rig tractor trailer, can be much more catastrophic than an ordinary car accident. Semi truck accidents cause a significant number of car accidents, as well as fatalities, each year. With their tremendous size and sheer power, large trucks are one of the more troublesome aspects that drivers of smaller passenger cars have to overcome on a daily basis. With goods being transported all across the country (especially Texas and Houston) via truck, there is an overwhelming amount of truck traffic that passes over Texas roads and highways. A wreck with an 18-wheeler truck can devastate a life instantly.
A typical, fully loaded large commercial truck can weigh 80,000 pounds. Because of the large size of semi trucks, any collision between a semi truck and another vehicle is likely to result in serious, even fatal, injuries. An accident involving a large commercial truck may create liability for not just the driver of the trailer, but the owner of the container being transported, as well as the owner of the load in the container. In the event that you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries by bringing a legal claim against the responsible parties. Gregg has over 15 years of experience handling truck accidents and can help you receive the maximum recovery in the least amount of time.
Call us today for a free case evaluation at 281-929-0110 (office) or 832-797-7600 (cell).
In truck collisions, federal regulation requires over the road trucks to carry various levels of insurance coverage, depending on the nature of materials hauled. The State of Texas requires a tractor trailer truck to carry a much higher minimum liability insurance policy than a typical passenger vehicle. Many times, trucking, hauling, and leasing companies may argue over which insurance company is responsible for compensating the victim in a truck collision. Current federal regulations protect the innocent party by helping to ensure coverage.
When proving your case in a truck accident, the primary legal theory of liability is negligence. One must prove that the other party (the truck driver, trucking company, or other party) was liable for the accident. A person injured in a commercial truck accident must show that:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff the duty to exercise a reasonable degree of care to avoid injury, under the circumstances.
- The defendant failed to exercise such reasonable care.
- The defendant’s failure to exercise reasonable care was the cause of injury suffered by the plaintiff.
While large trucks provide an important service to many American industries, their massive size poses significant hazards on roads and freeways. Every year, more than 500,000 large trucking accidents occur in the United States, resulting in over 5,000 fatalities and 140,000 injuries. These disturbing statistics prompted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to employ new trucking guidelines in 2003, which limit truck drivers’ on-duty hours, enhanced vehicle safety rules, and more.
A number of common factors may contribute to large trucking accidents including, but not limited to:
- Driver fatigue
- Unsecured loads
- Driver drug or alcohol abuse
- Driver carelessness or recklessness
- Mechanical problems
- Brake failures
- Decreased visibility
- Safety standards not followed
If you or someone you love has suffered serious personal injuries or death as a result of a trucking accident, please call my office for a FREE initial consultation. You may be entitled to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for the damages you have suffered, including pain and mental anguish, medical bills, lost income capacity, and more.
Did you know…
- In 2005, there were an estimated 6,159,000 police-reported traffic crashes, in which 43,443 people were killed and 2,699,000 people were injured.
- One out of eight traffic fatalities in 2005 resulted from collisions involving a large truck.
- In 2005, there were 16,885 fatalities in alcohol-related crashes.
- An average of 119 persons died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2005 — one every 12 minutes.
- Deaths and injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for persons of every age from 3 through 33 (based on 2003 data).
If you or someone you know has suffered from any injury due to an 18-wheeler’s negligence, please call my office for a FREE initial consultation!
There are a variety of reasons that a truck can cause an accident. There are certain factors that are more common than others. These fall into three general categories: driver error, external conditions, and defective equipment.
The most common cause of truck accidents is driver error. This can range from gross negligence to simple accidents. Lack of training or experience can lead to poor decision making that causes sudden lane changes, wide turns, and dangerous interactions with bridges and roads. Alcohol or drug abuse can impair a truck driver’s ability to drive. Fatigue and schedule pressure can take a real toll on truck drivers, causing accidents and fatalities.
External conditions can be a cause of truck accidents. Since trucks and tractor trailers are so large, they are at special risk in dangerous external conditions. Snowstorms, water or ice on the road, narrow bridges, and reduced visibility due to fog or rain can all cause accidents.
Commercial trucks are like any type of vehicle and can suffer from design flaws and defective equipment. These flaws can be fatal and cause injury or even death. Defective equipment and/or design can cause large trucks to roll over, jack knife, or have loss of driver control. Components such as brakes can fail, and features such as lack of side and rear bumpers can cause increased damage to the vehicle hit by a truck.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, call the law firm of Gregg Harrison for a FREE legal case evaluation. Gregg is experienced in handling personal injury cases and has an established track record of getting compensation for victims of truck accident injuries.
Gregg S. Harrison, Attorney at Law, PLLC
Greater Houston/Northwest Houston 18-Wheeler Injury Lawyer
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