Texas 18-Wheeler Truck Accident Lawyer
Have you been seriously injured in a truck accident in Texas? You may be entitled to compensation for the damages you’ve sustained. Do not let an insurance company minimize your injuries or unfairly blame you; a Texas truck accident lawyer will fight on your behalf.
Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers represents accident victims throughout Texas with over 45 years of combined experience. Contact our law firm today to schedule your free consultation, give us a call at (713) 500-5000 to discuss how we can help you.
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How Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You After an 18-Wheeler Truck Accident in Texas
Insurance companies use many tactics to fight and minimize insurance claims. The insurance company doesn’t care how injured you are. They may try to shift blame or minimize the damages you sustained.
The Houston personal injury lawyers at Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers will fight back and build the strongest case possible.
Founding attorney Brian White is a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, a prestigious designation held by less than 3% of Texas attorneys. Attorney White has achieved life-changing settlements and verdicts for his clients, earning him membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
When you choose our firm to represent you, you can count on us to:
- Give you the personal attention, legal advice, and support you need
- Perform an independent investigation into your crash to establish causation and liability
- Identify all potentially liable parties and avenues for compensation
- Work with specialists to investigate and build a strong evidence-based claim
- Handle all administrative tasks, communications, and negotiations on your behalf
- Present a compelling case to a jury if necessary
You do not have to take on the insurance company alone. Call Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation with a Texas personal injury lawyer. Let us put our experience to work for you.
How Common Are 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents in Texas?
Big rigs, tractor-trailers, and semi-trucks are a common sight on Texas roads and highways. Texas has a high number of semi-truck and commercial vehicles on the road—it also has more commercial truck accidents than any other state.
In 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported 649 fatal truck accidents in Texas. By comparison, California had the second-highest number of fatal truck collisions that year at 361.
In 2017, truck accidents in Texas involved the following:
- Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers: 433 fatal crashes and 879 accidents with serious injuries
- Commercial trucks: 126 fatal crashes and 585 serious injuries
- Buses: 17 fatal bus accidents and 60 serious injuries
- School buses: 8 fatal collisions and 29 serious injuries
- Fire trucks: 5 fatal crashes and 5 serious injuries
A semi-truck weighs about 35,000 pounds with an empty trailer. A fully loaded tractor-trailer, however, can weigh 80,000 pounds. When a passenger vehicle and large truck collide, 96% of deaths involve car occupants, not truck drivers.
What Is My Texas Truck Accident Case Worth?
All personal injury claims are unique.
Many factors influence the value of your case, including:
- The amount of insurance coverage available
- Whether you contributed to the crash
- Your total economic losses
- The type and severity of your injuries
- Whether you are left with long-term disability, impairment, or disfigurement
- Whether you can return to your job
- The circumstances of your crash
The best way to determine the value of your case is through a free consultation. Contact Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers to discuss your truck accident case with a Texas personal injury lawyer. We will review your case and help you understand its potential worth.
What Damages Can I Recover After a Truck Accident?
You damages may include money for:
- Medical treatment, including future anticipated medical costs
- Lost earnings, including diminished earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In rare cases, you may be entitled to seek punitive damages. These damages punish a defendant for wanton disregard for human life or gross negligence, such as in drunk driving.
Can I Recover Compensation if I’m Partially at Fault for a Truck Accident in Texas?
You are still entitled to compensation for your damages if you are blamed for your crash. Under Texas’s modified comparative negligence rules, multiple parties can be held liable for a crash.
If you are assigned some blame for the accident, your damages will be reduced by your share of fault. However, you cannot recover any damages if you are 51% or more to blame for the crash.
Insurance companies often try to shift blame to avoid paying damages. They may even blame you for your crash or for failing to mitigate damages. That’s why it’s important to seek medical care right away and follow your doctor’s orders.
You should also seek experienced legal counsel if you are being blamed for your crash.
We Will Fight for the Compensation You Deserve for Your Truck Accident Injuries
We understand just how devastating a truck accident can be. Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers will fight to seek the full compensation you need for your financial future and quality of life.
We represent truck accident victims who have sustained injuries, such as:
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries
- Crush injuries
- Eye injuries
- Nerve damage
- Knee injuries
We recognize that the physical injuries you sustained are not the whole story. You may be left with invisible wounds like depression, PTSD, and reduced quality of life. We will build a case for all the damages you have suffered.
What Causes Most Texas Truck Accidents?
According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, negligent drivers and human error cause 87% of truck accidents. In 10% of accidents, the vehicle itself (usually the truck) was to blame. The environment, such as rain, fog, or ice, was the primary cause of just 3% of accidents.
Other common causes of truck accidents in Texas include:
- Distracted driving or inattentive driving
- Driver fatigue
- Reckless driving
- Drunk driving or drugged driving
- Brake problems
- Unfamiliarity with the road
Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers will carefully investigate your accident to determine the cause of your crash and pursue a case against any liable parties.
How Do I Prove Negligence in a Truck Accident Case in Texas?
To recover compensation for your accident, you will need to prove one or more parties were negligent and caused your injuries. Multiple parties can be at fault for a truck crash, including truck drivers and trucking companies, cargo businesses, companies that inspect and maintain commercial vehicles, and other drivers.
We may use the following evidence to prove negligence:
- Drug and alcohol screening required by the FMSCA after a crash
- Truck maintenance logs
- Truck driver logs
- Camera footage from the truck, dashcam footage, and surveillance footage
- Photos of the scene of the crash and damage to vehicles
- The black box recorder from the truck
- Trucking company’s internal records on training and other practices
- NTSB investigation results
- Crash report
- Witness statements
- Expert testimony
We will leave no stone unturned to gather the evidence necessary to build a strong negligence case against the parties responsible for your injuries.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Truck Accident in Texas?
You have a limited amount of time to file an injury case after an accident in Texas. The Texas statute of limitations for a truck accident is just two years. This same two-year deadline applies to wrongful death claims involving fatal truck accidents.
If you miss this deadline, your case will be dismissed. Do not make the mistake of delaying your claim. Two years may seem like plenty of time, but a prompt investigation is crucial to preserve evidence, establish causation, and build a case.
Contact a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
A truck accident can leave victims with devastating and life-changing injuries. You should not be forced to fight a difficult battle with an insurance company. Contact Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation with a Texas truck accident lawyer.
We work on a contingency fee basis. We will take on the insurance company on your behalf with no out-of-pocket costs or attorney’s fees unless we recover money for you.