Were you involved in an 18-wheeler truck accident? Contact a Houston truck accident lawyer at Attorney Brian White & Associates for immediate legal assistance at (713) 224-4878. You could be entitled to substantial compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. We will help you fight to secure all of the money you deserve.
We offer a free initial case evaluation, so don’t hesitate to call us or connect with us online to learn more today.
How Will Attorney Brian White & Associates Help Me After an 18-Wheeler Truck Accident?
Let us put our more than 45 years of combined experience to work to get you the money you deserve after your 18-wheeler trucking accident in Houston. When you call us for help, we’ll invest the manpower, time, and monetary resources that are necessary to secure a substantial settlement or award on your behalf. We’re not afraid to roll up our sleeves and do whatever it takes to get results for our clients. That includes:
- Investigating your trucking accident thoroughly
- Gathering evidence, including photographs, video footage, trucking logs, police reports, vehicle maintenance records, and witness statements
- Enlisting the aid of experts as we investigate, build, and value your truck accident claim
- Standing up to insurance companies and at-fault parties on your behalf, especially if and when they try to blame you for your injuries, and
- Handle all paperwork and court filings.
Our Houston personal injury lawyers prepare your case as if we’re getting ready to argue it in front of a jury. While our team will do everything in our power to secure a fair settlement on your behalf, we’ll be prepared to take your case to court, if necessary. We’re skilled and reputable trial lawyers with a demonstrated track record of success in the courtroom.
How Common Are Semi-Truck Accidents in Houston, TX?
Trucks play an integral role in many of the large industries in Texas – including oil and gas, manufacturing, and farming. So, it’s no surprise that 18-wheelers, semis, tractor-trailers, and other large trucks log millions of miles on Texas roads and highways every day. In Harris County, alone, trucks drive an average of 3.2 million miles every single day. However, these trucks aren’t driving on dedicated roads. Large trucks share the road with everyone else. Accidents involving these trucks can and do happen.
Just how common are truck accidents in Texas, though? According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were a total of 53,362 truck and large truck accidents in the state in 2018.
As trucks have logged more miles in Texas, the number of accidents involving those vehicles has increased. Back in 2013, there were a total of 44,092 truck accidents in Texas. So, by 2018, the number of truck accidents in the state had increased by more than 21 percent.
Big Rig Truck Accidents in Houston Can Cause Catastrophic and Even Fatal Injuries
On an average day in Texas, there are roughly 146 motor vehicle accidents involving 18-wheeler and semi-trucks. That’s 6 truck accidents every single hour. Statistics reveal that many of these accidents result in serious injuries and death.
In 2018, 14,011 truck accidents – or one out of every four collisions – resulted in an injury. Common truck accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Chest injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck injury
- Back injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Eye injury
- Traumatic amputation
- Catastrophic injuries, and more
That same year, 598 truck crashes were fatal. As a result, nearly 600 families are forced to grieve the unexpected and tragic loss of a loved one every single year.
If you’ve been injured or have lost someone you love in a Houston truck accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Brian White & Associates to learn about how our team might be able to help you navigate a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents in Houston, TX
Truck accidents can happen for a lot of different reasons. Common causes include:
Inexperienced Truck Drivers: Truck drivers have to receive special training and secure a commercial driver’s license (CDL) before they can operate a big rig. However, it can still take time for a driver to get comfortable behind the wheel and get a feel for driving a large truck. Accidents can happen during this learning curve.
Tired Truck Drivers: Federal trucking regulations limit how long a truck driver can spend on the road at one time. No driver can spend more than 11 hours behind the wheel during a 14-hour period. However, some drivers ignore the rule. When this happens – perhaps because of employer pressure or a simple desire to get home sooner – truck drivers can become overtired and fatigued. Drowsy driving, especially when truckers are involved, can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
Impaired Driving: Some truck drivers operate under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Sometimes these are prescription medications that are supposed to help them stay awake and alert. Other times, alcohol is used to self-medicate depression and other mental health issues. In either case, a truck driver’s ability to drive safely can become compromised.
Distracted Driving: Truck drivers spend a lot of time alone. Even though it’s against the law, many become distracted behind the wheel by their cell phones. It’s a way to keep in touch with their employer and families. However, when a truck driver is distracted, their ability to drive safely suffers.
Poorly Maintained Vehicles: Trucking companies have a responsibility to inspect its fleet of vehicles regularly. This helps to ensure that any problems are discovered before a truck hits the open road. When a company fails to inspect or maintain its vehicles properly, it can be liable for resulting injuries.
Defective Trucks: Sometimes trucks suffer from vehicle or equipment defects, such as faulty brakes. When this happens, the manufacturer could be on the hook for the costs of an accident.
Speeding: Since truck drivers are limited in how much time they can spend on the road at one time, some might be inclined to speed to make up for lost time. However, trucks are notoriously difficult to navigate, even under the best of circumstances. When a driver speeds, it’s easier to lose control of the vehicle and much more difficult to stop.
Note that truck drivers and trucking companies aren’t always the ones that are responsible – or completely responsible – for truck accidents. Other motorists on the road, including drivers of passenger cars, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians can also be negligent can contribute to a crash.
Brian White & Associates will carefully investigate your commercial truck accident to figure out why it happened. With this information, we can determine who’s at fault and who should be held accountable for your injuries.
Damages Available to Truck Accident Victims
Truck accidents can carry significant costs. Fortunately, you could be entitled to recover a monetary award from anyone who contributed to the wreck and your injuries. Our Houston personal injury lawyers will seek all available damages on your behalf. This might include money for:
- Medical bills
- Nursing care
- Property damage
- Lost income and wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, and
Insurance companies will do whatever they can to drive down the value of your truck accident case. Brian White & Associates won’t stand for these types of games. Our attorneys have gone toe-to-toe with some of the most powerful insurers in the country – and won big for our clients.
We’ll work tirelessly to do the same for you. How? By enlisting the aid of experts – including doctors, psychologists, and vocational rehabilitation specialists. We’ll rely on them as we work to understand your case and determine what your injuries will cost you – today and in the future. This approach takes time, but the results are worth it.
Schedule a Free Case Assessment With our Houston Truck Accident Lawyers Today
Are you struggling with injuries because you were recently in a car accident that involved a large truck? Has someone you love died in a big rig crash in Houston? Contact Brian White & Associates to discuss your legal rights and options today. Our experienced legal team can help you demand the compensation you need and deserve.
Give our law firm in Houston a call to arrange your free consultation to get started. You’ll have a limited period of time to assert your rights, so call now.