Truck & 18 Wheeler Accidents
Houston Truck & 18 Wheeler Accidents Attorney
We have more commercial trucks and 18-wheelers on our roads than ever; commercial transportation is the bloodline of our economy. Texas highways are heavily traveled by commercial truck operators. Many people categorize truck accidents as car crashes. However, a collision involving a large commercial truck is far more devastating than normal car accidents, because of the large size of commercial vehicles. According to the NHTSA, large trucks are responsible for approximately 8% of the deadly crashes in the U.S. This means, in just one year, more than 4,000 people died, and another 116,000 suffer serious injuries from trucking accidents.
The pressure to meet deadlines, driver fatigue, aggressive driving, speeding, improper maintenance and inspections are all negligent actions that can cause drivers to make mistakes and result in deadly crashes. Not only do truck drivers need to be aware of the dangers presented by their large vehicles, but other drivers also need to use extra caution in their presence. Seemingly minor driving errors, like failing to signal a lane change, can result in catastrophic crash when an 18-wheeler is involved, especially at high speeds.
We have seen traumatic injuries first hand from the clients we have represented throughout the years and in the Texas community, including head injuries, brain injuries, bone fractures, neck and spinal cord injuries, severe burns, amputations, internal organ injuries, psychological trauma, PTSD, and even death. There is much more to recover from than just waiting for your body to heal. These injuries can completely disrupt someone’s life and bring enormous physical, emotional and financial burdens to the family.
One major issue after a trucking accident is that the truck driver, trucking company, and the truck manufacturer have control over a great amount of information, records, and even physical evidence that you may need to support your case. A preservation letter should be sent to other parties involved in the accident. This informs them of the existence of your claim and potential litigation and demands that they preserve the evidence that may be relevant to your case.
The first step to recovery is choosing the right attorney; our attorneys at the Hollingsworth Law Firm, PLLC will investigate police reports, conduct independent investigations and use accident reconstruction experts when needed, to prove fault and find out who is liable for the pain and suffering of truck accident victims. We fight hard against the negligent party, and seek compensation for medical expense, lost wages, physical and emotional suffering, disability, disfigurement, and reduced earning potential. We are proven to be dedicated, compassionate, and most importantly, effective advocates for our clients.