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Rear-end truck accidents can result in severe injuries to the victims in the front vehicle. A large truck can put a lot of force behind a collision, leading to severe property damage and a great deal of trauma. Did you suffer injuries in a rear-end truck accident? A truck accident lawyer can help you learn more about your right to compensation and the steps you should take next.

Big Rigs Take Longer to Stop

The average big truck needs a great deal more room to stop than a passenger vehicle. Big trucks may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. That means a lot of force that must come to a full stop–and big trucks often do not have adequate room to stop fast. The extended time needed to stop a big truck is the leading cause of rear-end truck crashes across the nation.

Generally, semi-trucks take 1/3 longer to stop at highway speeds.

Is the Trucker Always at Fault if I Get Hit in the Rear?

If you get hit in the rear, the fault may depend on what led to the collision. But most of the time, yes, the trucker should have allowed more distance between vehicles.

Did you change lanes abruptly in front of the truck driver?

The average passenger vehicle driver, who may never have had the opportunity to operate or ride in a big truck, may not realize how long it takes to bring a big truck to a full stop and what challenges the driver may face if he tries to stop too fast.

If you changed lanes abruptly in front of the truck driver and slowed down, which did not leave him with enough room to come to a safe stop, you may bear some responsibility for the accident–particularly if, for example, you changed lanes abruptly in an intersection and had to come to a fast stop as a result.

Did the truck driver follow you too closely or fail to stop in time?

If a truck driver decides to follow you too closely, without allowing adequate room to bring the truck to a stop, and you must stop abruptly, the truck driver may bear liability for the accident.

Truck drivers bear responsibility for maintaining safe following distance, whether they’re on level ground or navigating through steep hills. Sometimes, however, they may choose to push their rate of speed or linger too close to the car in front of them, rather than taking the time to slow down and reduce the risk of a serious accident.

Did the truck driver’s distraction cause your truck accident?

Even a moment’s distraction–including everything from looking down to check the GPS to try to eat while driving–can prove catastrophic for the driver of a big truck.

Truck drivers need to respond quickly to potential hazards, including a vehicle stopping in front of them. If the truck driver’s distraction caused your accident, the truck driver may bear liability.

Most of the time, the driver in the rear vehicle–in the case of a rear-end truck collision, the truck driver–will bear liability for the accident, since rear-end collisions usually involve poor braking or close following habits of the rear driver.

However, rear-end truck accidents may require more careful evaluation, including a close look at whether you may have pulled over in front of a truck driver. You may also find that additional factors contributed to your rear-end truck collision: for example, if your accident occurred because the truck’s brakes failed, the truck driver’s company, the manufacturer of the truck, or a mechanic that recently worked on the brakes may bear liability for the accident.

Have an experienced tractor-trailer accident attorney evaluate your accident to help better determine liability.

Rear-end Accident Statistics

Rear-end collisions account for around 23% of motor vehicle crashes across the United States. They lead to around 2,000 deaths and an estimated 950,000 injuries each year.

2/3 of truck accidents occur because of driver error, including:

  • Failure to recognize an upcoming hazard that could lead to a crash
  • Incorrect assumptions about the actions another driver will take next
  • Speeding
  • Distraction
  • Following too closely
  • Misjudging vehicle speed

Any of those factors can quickly contribute to a rear-end truck collision.

Texas routinely sees more truck accidents each year than any other state, due in part to the high volume of truck traffic that needs to move through the area.

Around 22% of truck accidents are rear-ending collisions with a vehicle in the truck’s travel lane, often due to a truck driver failing to allow adequate following room or another driver pulling out in front of the big truck.

Common Injuries in Rear-end Accidents

Rear-end truck accidents can result in severe injuries, especially if the truck has little to no assistance stopping and continues to plow forward for a while before coming to a stop. Common injuries include:

  • Whiplash due to the abrupt back and forth movement of the neck during the accident. Chronic whiplash can cause considerable suffering and limited mobility for many victims.
  • Back and neck injuries, including herniated discs or even spinal cord injuries, due to the force experienced by the spine during high-speed collisions.
  • Broken bones. Often, the driver of the vehicle will suffer broken bones in the hands and arms because he braces himself against the steering wheel during the collision.
  • Head injuries, often due to striking the steering wheel, dashboard, or seat during the collision.
  • Severe bruising around the seatbelt. Sometimes, the seatbelt can also cause organ trauma.
  • Facial injuries, particularly if the airbags deploy during the accident.

Rear-end truck accident injuries can cause immense suffering and high medical bills. A truck accident claim can help you pursue the compensation you may deserve for those injuries.

Hire an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer to Manage Your Truck Accident Claim

If you suffered serious injuries in a rear-end truck collision, you do not have to handle your claim on your own! Instead, contact our truck wreck law firm today to learn more about how we can help you navigate the aftermath of severe truck accident injuries. Including a personal injury claim that can help you pursue compensation for the financial losses related to your accident.

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Fatal Accident on I-10 in Sealy

An eight-vehicle pileup on Interstate 10 in Sealy happened Monday. One person is reported dead, and others have been injured.

I-10 18-wheeler accident

According to reports by San Felipe Police Department, a motorist had a blowout and came to stop in the roadway. The pileup happened thereafter and involved a big rig.

According to police other cars were slowing to avoid the stopped car and an 18-wheeler did not brake in time to avoid crashing into the cars ahead.

Reported killed as an 89-year-old man whose vehicle was struck from the rear on I-10.

At least three others were taken to the hospital. The event involved 14 people according to the police department.

No other details are known at this time about this tractor-trailer accident on I-10.

How to Settle Your Car Accident Injury Claim Without an Attorney

Many people do not want to hire an attorney to help them after a serious car accident. Some may want to minimize legal costs or feel that you can best handle the claim on your own.

If you choose to represent yourself with a car accident injury claim, make sure you follow these tips.

What Car Accident Cases Can Be Handled Without a Lawyer?

Did you have a relatively minor car accident, and feel that you may move forward without having to worry about hiring a lawyer? You may not need a lawyer if:

  • You can clearly show that the other party bears liability for the accident, and you think there is no chance of the other party’s insurance company disputing liability.
  • You suffered no injuries or only minor injuries, and do not need to pursue considerable compensation.
  • You have a solid idea of how much compensation you should expect and how to pursue it.
  • Dealing with insurance companies does not cause you undue stress.
  • You are prepared to negotiate.

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When Should You Get a Car Accident Lawyer?

There are several instances when you should contact an experienced car accident attorney.

Sometimes, you may know that you need an attorney right off the bat. Other times, you may discover as you pursue your claim that you need more assistance than expected.

Ideally, you should get in touch with a car accident lawyer as soon after your accident as possible to maximize the benefit of working with an attorney. You should call in a car accident lawyer when:

  • Liability in the accident is disputed, with the other driver or their insurer claiming that you partly caused the accident.
  • You suffered severe injuries in the accident and know you need as much compensation as possible to help pay for your medical expenses.
  • Your medical bills exceed $10,000.
  • You expect future medical expenses.
  • The insurance company lowball offer does not reflect the compensation you know you deserve for your injuries.
  • You have any questions about the legal process, including how much compensation your injuries are really worth or how to pursue compensation for injuries in addition to compensation for medical bills associated with the accident.
  • A commercial insurance policy is involved.

The First Steps in Dealing with the Adjuster

If you plan to handle your car accident claim on your own, make sure that you take photos of the damage to your vehicle, the scene of the accident, and any injuries you suffered ahead of time.  Having photo evidence can help validate and prove your case.

Adjusters will need evidence to evaluate your case before any settlement discussions take place. Typically, a car accident victim should furnish the adjuster for the negligent person the following:

  1. The police report and names of witnesses
  2. Photos of the damage to your vehicle and any injuries
  3. Copies of medical bills and records from every place that treated you.
  4. A lost wage statement from your employer, if applicable.
  5. Estimates for the property damage claim.

Only after an adjuster is certain of liability and has a handle on your damages will an offer be extended. Many times, a negotiation is stalled simply because the adjuster has not interviewed their insured. It can be very frustrating to the victim, but in Texas, the other person’s insurance company owes you no duty.

So do not expect the adjuster to care about the inconvenience to you of a delay. You may need to obtain a rental car or other transportation on your own in the event of a delay.

Dealing with an adjuster after a crash

Damage Calculations

In order to negotiate a car accident, claim on your own, you need to have a good idea of how much compensation you should expect. With car accident claims, damages break down into two key types.

Special Damages

Special damages include all the damages you can calculate directly. They have a specific monetary value, usually based on financial losses you have faced after the accident. These include:

  • Your medical expenses following the accident. (Texas uses the legal standard “paid or incurred”)
  • Property damage, including damage to your vehicle or any items in it
  • The specific income you lost as a result of your accident and your injuries

General Damages

General damages are damages that you might not have the ability to calculate directly. General damages, also known as “pain and suffering,” include the non-financial losses and suffering you faced due to your accident and your injuries.

General damages may include physical pain, emotional anguish, or general losses caused by the accident, including factors like the loss of enjoyment of life or the loss of specific, anticipated activities you expected to enjoy.

Usually, general damages are based on a percentage of your special damages, usually based on the medical costs associated with your claim. The more you suffered as a result of your accident and the more severe the injuries, the more you may need to claim in compensation.

How Much Should You Ask For?

As part of your initial demand, you should calculate all of your medical costs, all your financial losses, and the pain and suffering associated with your accident. Keep in mind that baring special circumstances, the insurance company will offer you less than you asked for initially.

If you ask for too little, you will have left bread on the table. However, if you ask for an amount that is clearly outside the norm, the negotiations will stall after their expected lowball offer as they feel they are wasting their time trying to settle with you.

Negotiation Tips for Your Injury Claim

Ready to start negotiating? Keep these tips in mind.

  • Plan for a fair settlement. A car accident claim is designed to provide compensation for the financial and other losses you faced due to your injuries, not necessarily to offer you a windfall.
  • Know when you’ll accept a counteroffer and when you would prefer to continue to negotiate.
  • While going through negotiation, keep information about your accident off of social media. Avoid any statement that might accept liability for the accident or appear to diminish the extent of your injuries.
  • Give immediate feedback to lowball offers. Something like “are you kidding” or “is that all?” will let the adjuster know the offer is unacceptable.
  • Understand that with minor injury there is a limit to what an insurer will pay voluntarily. If your injury is not minor, you really should have a personal injury lawyer.
  • Don’t consider a quick injury settlement with “estimated medical expenses” when you know you will get further medical care. This approach simply shifts the risk of loss to you.
  • Consider a free consultation with a truck accident attorney near you.

Get Help from a Houston Trucking Accident Attorney

Did you suffer serious injuries in a Houston accident? If you want to maximize the compensation you can recover for your damages, contact our award-winning truck wreck law firm in Houston for a consultation on your rights and options.

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20% of Big Trucks Out-of-Service in Surprise Inspections!

Out of service trucks

There are two parts to truck safety on the highways across Texas and our great nation. The first part is to ensure that the truck drivers are adequately trained and implementing policies to ensure compliance with the federal regulations for drivers and trucking companies.

The second part is to ensure that the equipment on the road is safe to be on the road and will not cause an accident. Section 396 – inspection, repair, and maintenance of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations deal with keeping the tractors and trailers in safe operating condition.

Against the Law to Drive an Out of Service Truck

Recently, approximately 20% of all commercial motor vehicles, when inspected, were found to be out of service. This statistic is alarming, to say the least. Unsafe operation is covered under Section 396.7 – Unsafe operation. Subsection (a) provides a motor vehicle shall not be operated in such a condition as to likely cause an accident or breakdown of the vehicle.

There is an exception when a truck driver discovers an unsafe condition while driving on the highway; One exception allows the driver to continue to a repair facility if it is less hazardous to the public than to allow the vehicle to remain on the highway.

Drivers and Companies Share Responsibility

Part of the responsibility of trucking companies is to inspect and repair vehicles frequently to keep them in safe operating condition. Personnel is required to mark as “out of service” in the 18-wheeler that may likely cause an accident or breakdown. Out of service’s vehicle stickers are used for that purpose. It is against the law to remove the stickers unless the semi-truck has passed the inspection and a deficiency cured.

Professional truck drivers also participate in the safety process by completing vehicle inspection reports at the end of each workday. The driver’s daily vehicle inspection reports cover the important aspects of proper maintenance and repair of the vehicle. The purpose of inspection reports is to ensure the vehicles are safe to be driven. Semi-trucks that are out of service are by definition- unsafe!

If a report contains a deficiency likely to affect the safety of the operation of the vehicle the motor carrier must ensure the defect or deficiency has been corrected prior to releasing the vehicle for the highway.

Statistics Show Need for Improvement

If trucking companies and truck drivers followed the rules contained in Section 396, there would be very few if any vehicles found to be out of service on inspection. Yet, when 20% of the vehicles come upon a roadside inspection and art that time found to be out of service there is little doubt that the public has been put in danger by virtue of the failure to follow the rules by both the truck driver and the trucking company.

18-wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and above and a rigged out in proper operating condition clearly can pose a substantial risk to our community. Trucks with bad brakes are one of the more serious causes of rear-end truck accidents.

After a serious injury truck crash, an experienced 18-wheeler accident attorney can inspect the vehicles to determine whether the vehicle was out of service at the time of the wreck.

After someone has been seriously injured or killed, saying I’m sorry- is just not enough.

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What to Know About Investigation of a Semi Truck Crash

 

After a serious accident involving a big rig, especially one that involves very bad injuries or a fatality, the crash will be investigated by authorities. Often the police or DPS will conduct an extensive look into how the crash occurred and who may be a fault. But, relying upon the authorities to do everything to protect your interests if you are the victim or family of the deceased, is a mistake.

 Police Investigations May Not Be Enough

For serious accidents, the police usually will investigate to determine their opinion as to the cause of the crash. They also may look at the big rig and driver to inquire whether there are violations such as speeding, mechanical problems with the truck, or hours of service violations by the truck driver. However, whether the investigation is thorough depends upon the severity of the crash and injury sustained. In almost every truck accident case an attorney should be hired early to protect the claims for the injured or the family who lost a loved one.

Not all Evidence is Contained in the Crash Report

While the DOT of local authorities may complete a crash report, the report is never the whole story. Vital evidence may be omitted. Consider the crash report a starting point in investigations of a commercial vehicle injury accident.

Location of the crash also plays a part in who may or may not investigate and/or reconstruct the accident. Dependent upon the method and methodology of the investigating authorities who did the crash report, the report in its entirety may or may not be admissible at trial. Here is where to get your crash report!

Experienced Lawyers Know What to Get

Severe injury accidents should be thoroughly investigated as quickly as possible. Vital evidence can and will disappear if not documented shortly after the crash. Here is a shortlist of information that may be important for your case.

  • A scene survey
  • Identities of all witnesses
  • Investigation as to possible video evidence
  • If truck malfunction is suspected an inspection of the big rig
  • The hours of service for the driver as reflected in the logbooks
  • The truck drivers driving record an employee file
  • Training the truck driver received
  • The event data recorder information from the semi-truck

Trucking companies have recently started a tactic of trying to place the rig back in service as soon as possible, which deprives the victim of the inspection of the tractor-trailer. If you have been injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler do not delay. Get competent help right away.

Insurance Companies Have a Head Start

Insurance companies regularly send out independent investigators to the scene of an accident to determine potential defenses in the event of a lawsuit. These investigators are looking for any means of defending a case and suggesting that someone else other than the truck driver may be at fault for the crash.

Often, insurance companies and trucking companies have in-house investigators who can make it to the scene of a crash before the vehicles have even been moved. Or attorneys on retainer. The importance of documenting the scene including resting positions, skid-marks gouge marks, and debris cannot be overstated. If you do not have your team looking for evidence, you will be at a disadvantage later.

Surveys Will be Done Digitally

Recent technological advances enable digital renderings to be easily done with a minimum amount of work. Accordingly, more officers are using digital measurements to include in their opinions. But there is much more to your story of how the crash occurred to be told.

Unless a victim or the family’s representative has been able to obtain experienced and reputable representation after the crash, the family may be disadvantaged by a delay in the investigation after the accident. Many trucking companies are now pushing to attempt to repair or “total” the big rig very quickly after the accident. That may impact whether the family can have access to the vehicle and is one reason hiring counsel quickly is so important.

In almost every big truck accident case, the motor carrier will hire an expert who reconstructs or reenacts the crash and suggest that someone other than the truck driver has responsibility for the accident. That will be a given. Expect the defense to deny the case, even if the police fault and ticket the truck driver.

Although expert witnesses are supposed to be impartial and give a fair determination of the cause of the crash, the insurance company would not hire someone who is not going to advocate for their position. Families are often shocked when they learn the trucking company is denying liability for a clear liability crash. It’s what they do!

What Computer Data Can Tell

Computer data from the big rig is very important to establish such things as speed, braking, and gear at the time or near the accident. Most rigs now contain black boxes or computer data that can be downloaded to help establish facts that may otherwise be disputed by the expert for the trucking company. It is critically important that the plaintiff has access to that material before it gets away. Looking at finding the best truck accident lawyer is your first step.

Things an Inspection Can Reveal

Another component of importance in the investigation of a serious injury truck accident is the vehicle inspection. Not only will photographs be taken and vehicle damage documented but also the individual components of the vehicle such as brakes, tires and other maintenance issues will be investigated along with the driver’s paperwork including the driver’s daily vehicle inspection reports indicating problems with the truck.

Why you Need to Find the Best Attorney

Families who’ve lost a loved one would be well advised to research the attorneys we are considering retaining after an accident. Cases involving motor carriers and professional truck drivers involve many different issues than any bread-and-butter car accident. Here is how to find the best truck accident lawyer. The importance of hiring an experienced and successful truck accident attorney cannot be overstated.

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How to Find the Best Lawyer for a Truck Accident?

 

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There’s an old saying “there is no substitute for experience”. That is true in many endeavors but certainly true with respect to maximizing compensation from a commercial vehicle accident. Locating the best attorney to handle your injury claim is vital to the success of your case. Here are some suggestions for getting the best attorney for a commercial vehicle crash case.

Trucking Cases Are Complex

Everyone knows that big rigs or tractor-trailers operate differently than passenger cars. Not only are tractor-trailers much larger and heavier but they also operate with different systems such as air brakes.

Not only are the vehicles different, but also the rules and regulations that apply to professional drivers are much stricter than those faced by everyday drivers. It is imperative that the attorney you select to help you after your truck accident be proficient in the rules and regulations that apply to trucking companies and truck drivers. A real commercial vehicle accident attorney will have substantial hands-on experience in litigating truck accident claims.

 Stay Away from TV Lawyers

Every day we see advertisements on television and postings on the Internet for lawyers seeking truck accident victims and claiming vast experience in the area. Attorneys who have a very high number of active cases are not able to devote much time to each one. Stay away from TV lawyers who advertise for truck crash cases. High volume lawyers make money by “turning” cases quickly. If you are looking for a great settlement, pass on the law firms with tons of cases. Quick cheap settlements are rarely in your best interest.

With that in mind we have formulated some questions that potential truck accident victims can ask a lawyer to help them determine whether this is the right person for their case.

Do Research on Attorneys

Always investigate attorneys before you meet them.

Online research can be done easily and quickly. Here are a few areas to look at:

  • Reviews-

    Look for reviews of former clients who were injured in a truck crash. Put no importance on generic reviews. Be wary of hundreds of reviews because either the firm is super high volume, or they are scamming the review process. Either way it is a hard pass!

  • Peer Reviewed Awards-

    Some important sounding awards are simply phony. Look for peer-reviewed awards from local attorneys.

  • Results-

    Find other settlements from truck crash. Unrelated commercial case results can sound impressive but are not relevant to finding the best truck accident attorneys.

  • The State Bar-

    If the lawyer has had issues with the bar- stay away.

  • Depth of experience-

    The more experience the better!

Questions to Ask an Attorney for Your Accident with a Semi:

  • When was the last verdict you received in a truck accident case?
  • What was that verdict?
  • How many multi-million-dollar truck accident cases have you handled? 
  • When was the last one?
  • How many trucking cases do you currently have open?
  • Will an associate or other attorney do work on my case?
  • Who will I talk with if I hire you?
  • Who will take the depositions in my case?
  • How many current cases do you have open?
  • When was your first truck accident death case?

Each of these questions is an important indicator on whether this is the right person for your case. If you asked these questions and cannot get a direct and straightforward answer, I would suggest that you might consider interviewing other lawyers or firms.

 Special Expertise Needed

Trucking cases require special experience and finding the best truck accident attorney for your case may require you to speak with several different law firms. By asking the questions set forth above you can get a very clear and quick understanding of the actual experience of the attorney you are considering. And if the person you are talking with is going to work your case or delegate it to a younger attorney.

The Doctor Analogy

If you needed to get spine surgery, you would research doctors who have a reputation in spine surgery. You could not even consider letting the doctor you chose “supervise” the surgery and have some other less experienced doctor operate on you. Likewise, you would not care if the doctor had performed thousands of operations on other parts of the body. No- you want the best doctor for your problem. The same applies to attorneys. Big awards in class actions have no relevance to your needs in an injury accident with a big rig.

 Look Local

Always look local first. Out of town lawyers are always at a disadvantage to local attorneys. Never, ever, consider an out of state attorney as the disadvantage can be significant and will likely impact your case. If you have no experienced truck accident attorneys in your town, look to the nearest major city for help.

How We Can Help.

Our truck accident lawyers in Texas have been handling truck accident injury and wrongful death cases for over three decades. We take great pride in the fact that we are not a volume practice but focus on serious injury and wrongful death only. We are undefeated in truck crash cases. If you can find a better truck accident attorney -hire them.

 

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Six Dead and Numerous Injured in 133 Car Pileups in Texas.

 

A massive car pileup resulted in multiple deaths and over 65 people treated at hospitals so far. Icy roads and freezing rain caused the tragic accidents. The accident included 133 cars and 18 Wheelers.

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The colossal accidents happened on Interstate 35 W just North of downtown Fort Worth, Texas. The pileup was over 1/2 a mile long. Numerous fire Departments and police were dispatched to deal with the tragedy. Six have lost their lives, although identities have not been released pending the nest next of kin. Over 65 people have been treated so far; authorities expect additional injuries to be treated due to the massive car and truck wreck.

Numerous health care providers were headed toward work and involved in the early morning pileup. Four police officers were hospitalized, and three of those had been on their way to check-in for work. One officer was injured at the scene while helping. Fortunately, all four police officers have been released from the hospital.

Cars, trucks, and 18 Wheelers were involved in the crash when many vehicles lost control, and the impacts kept occurring behind them. Photographs from the fire Department showed big rigs piled one on top of another. Wrongful death truck accident lawsuits are expected.

It took hours to clear the site from the wrecked vehicles, and to began investigating the accident. The process of investigation will take weeks, given the number of crashes that occur. With the cold weather, authorities were also concerned with hypothermia and keeping everyone safe.Ft Worth Pileup

Roads Not Sanded

Texas drivers are unaccustomed to driving in I see or snowy conditions. And Texas is not equipped the same as states that face icy conditions regularly in the winter. Typically, salt or sand is applied as early as possible when roads are icy. Inclement weather is foreseeable, and some are asking hard questions about why the streets were in the condition that they were at the time of the pileup.

In this instance, a thorough investigation is expected into the entities responsible for the roadway’s maintenance and safety.

A special hotline was set up by the Fort Worth office of Emergency Management so people may find their loved ones who were involved in the crash.

The Cold Front Across Texas

This unfortunate incident was not alone in the state of Texas. Numerous people have died in car accidents and truck accidents in Texas since Wednesday. Many have been injured and most of the recent crashes involved, at least in part ice or rain and slick roads.

Extra Caution Required

When roads are icy or wet, drivers must use extra caution when on the highways, especially since the speed limits tend to be much higher. Reducing speed is a must when you are faced with snow or icy conditions. Professional truck drivers are required to use extra caution in adverse weather conditions. If the conditions are too dangerous, the truck drivers are needed to pull over when they can do so safely and proceed after conditions improve.

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Our Texas truck accident lawyers have been helping injured Texans after a truck accident for over three decades. We are undefeated in truck accident claims and have an incredible track record of multi-million-dollar settlements.

If one of your family members has been injured in this tragic pileup call, 281 8930760 for a personal consultation with the preeminent rated truck accident lawyer in Texas. You may also Click Here to send an email requesting a confidential consultation with our leading truck accident lawyer.

There is no charge for the consultation, and we will do our best to answer your questions regarding your rights and options.

If we accept your case, there is no fee unless we win your case. Call (281) 893 0760 for a no-obligation consultation.

 

For additional information see:  Dallas News

How Much Are Truck Accident Settlements?

 

Every accident is unique. A look at past truck accident claims can give you some idea of what to expect as you manage your truck accident claim, but it cannot guarantee the compensation you will receive. Talk to a lawyer for a truck wreck to get a better idea of how much compensation you deserve for your specific truck accident and for a better idea of how to seek it.

Factor #1: The Party (Or Parties) That Caused Your Accident

The party that caused your truck accident can play a huge role in determining how much compensation you will ultimately receive for the accident. Truck drivers usually carry high-value insurance policies that will provide a high degree of compensation to individuals injured in an accident caused by that driver. Those policies do, however, have limits. But many larger trucking companies or businesses have excess insurance policies. Talk with a leading 18-wheeler accident law firm to find out a company’s insurance policies. How much do truck accidents settle for?

By working with an attorney, many truck accident victims can identify other parties who may have contributed to the accident and who, therefore, share liability for your injuries. You may be able to claim compensation for your injuries from those parties. For example, the trucking company may share liability for the actions of its driver or for the accident, especially if the trucking company had unrealistic expectations or required its drivers to ignore federal laws that mandate the number of hours a truck driver can spend on the road.

Factor #2: The Extent of Your Injuries

Big trucks have a lot of bulk and take up a great deal of space on the road. They take longer to stop and more effort to move. As a result, semi-trucks can cause significantly more damage in an accident than a smaller passenger vehicle. For victims of accidents involving big trucks, that may mean a greater likelihood of severe injury, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or even amputation. The injuries from an accident with a truck may lead to lifelong impact–and leave you with substantial medical bills.

Most often, your medical bills will form the foundation of your personal injury claim. Even the amount you receive in compensation for pain and suffering may be based on a percentage of your medical expenses and your doctor’s opinions about your injuries.

Many truck accident victims have high medical bills. You may have big emergency room bills and ongoing bills from hospitalization, treatment for your injuries, and therapy. Every surgery or procedure will add to the medical costs you face.

Keep track of all medical bills related to your treatments. You may want to start a specific file that will allow you to easily track your medical expenses and how they mount as you manage your recovery. If you have health insurance the health insurance will keep track of what they pay, and you should keep track of your deductibles.

Factor #3: How Much Work You Missed

In addition to the financial burden associated with your medical bills, you may miss out on much-needed income during your recovery. Many truck accident victims suffer injuries that prevent them from going back to work immediately after the accident. If you suffer a traumatic brain injury, for example, you may not have the ability to interact with customers or to focus on your usual daily work tasks. If you suffer back injuries, it could prevent you from standing up, taking care of lifting tasks or even sitting at your desk for long periods of time.

In many cases, your employer will work with you in an effort to get you back in the office as soon as possible. Some employers, however, may encourage you to stay home due to liability issues or might lack the ability to make the modifications you need to return to the office. As a result, the amount of time you miss at work may vary depending on your injuries, your profession, and your employer.

Fortunately, you can include your lost income as part of your truck accident claim.

Factor #4: Any Other Financial Losses You Faced

The financial losses you faced after a truck accident may vary substantially. You may have suffered severe damage to your vehicle or missed out on a job opportunity because of your accident. Discuss any other financial losses related to your accident with your attorney to get a better idea of what compensation you should expect.

Factor #5: How Your Injuries Impact Your Life

18 wheeler settlements Most personal injury claims include a specific segment for pain and suffering. In that segment, your 18 wheeler accident attorney will detail how your injuries have impacted your life: how many activities you have missed, what time you have missed with loved ones, and whether you have missed out on your enjoyment of life as a result of your injuries. You may also discuss your physical pain related to the accident. If your injuries impact your life substantially, you may increase the compensation you can receive for pain and suffering.

Factor #6: Do You Have an Attorney?

Having an attorney on your side can make a big difference in your truck accident claim. Sometimes, truck accident victims try to handle their claims on their own. They may feel that they can take care of things without bringing in an attorney, or they might worry that an attorney will cost more money than they can afford. However, victims will find that working with an attorney ultimately helps increase the compensation they can receive, even after paying their legal fees. An attorney can help put together a highly effective case for your claim, which can increase the odds that the insurance company will provide the settlement you deserve. It is a fact that without a reputable lawyer, you are at a big disadvantage and what you may be offered will reflect that reality.

Factor #7: How Much Will You Negotiate?

Reaching an agreement in a truck accident claim may require a great deal of negotiation. In fact, you may go through several rounds of negotiation before you arrive at an acceptable settlement agreement. If you do not want to negotiate, an option some victims choose because they need a fast settlement, it will decrease the compensation you ultimately receive.

Did you suffer injuries in a truck accident? Do you need to know more about the compensation you should expect for your injuries?

Contact the Texas truck accident law firm today to learn more about your right to compensation after a truck accident.

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Common Injuries Sustained in Large Truck Accidents

Common Injuries Sustained in Large Truck Accidents

 

Across America, big trucks travel along this country’s highways, rural and urban roads. A vital part of the U.S. economy, it is estimated that trucks move about 71.4% of the nation’s freight by weight. According to the American Trucking Associations, in 2017, registered trucks traveled 297.6 billion miles!

 

motorist hurt in accident with a big truckWith so many hours on the road, accidents, where deaths and injuries occur, are inevitable. In 2018, it was reported that 4,862 large trucks were involved in a fatal crash; this was a 1% increase over the previous year.

Also, in 2018, 112,000 big trucks were involved in an accident where someone was injured; this was a 5% increase from 2017. Although there are many factors that contribute to these crashes, many times, driver error is to blame. Truck drivers often are under pressure from their employers, can spend up to eleven hours a day on the road, and have to contend with many blind spots when driving.

Although the benefits these trucks provide to our economy is essential, these statistics underscore the potential public hazard trucks often present, especially in Texas – a state with some of the most dangerous roads. Below we will explore some of the contributing factors to these accidents, common injuries, and how you can get help if you are the victim of a truck crash.

Factors That Contribute to Accidents

There are several factors that contribute to trucking accidents. Most of these crashes fall under one or a combination of three categories: vehicle issues/maintenance, driver-related, and environmental conditions.

  • Vehicle Issues/Maintenance – A commercial vehicle’s brake system includes several parts that all must work together for the brakes to function properly. Inadequate braking on large trucks is a serious problem. Brake related violations comprise the most significant percentage of out-of-service violations. When employers fail to maintain, inspect, and repair a vehicle’s brake system, the result is faulty brakes that contribute to serious accidents. A report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), ‘Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts,’ vehicle-related causes for fatal crashes in 2017 attributed brake systems as the third most frequent vehicle-related issue, after other vehicles and tires.
  • Driver-related – Of the many factors that are attributed to the driver regarding accident causation, here are the top five related to fatal crashes occurring from 2015 – 2017: speeding, distracted driving, failure to yield, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and careless driving.
  • Environmental Conditions – Sometimes, roads are designed poorly, which contributes to accidents. Other times inclement weather such as rain or ice adversely affects road conditions leading to crashes.

Driving Dangerously in Texas

When it comes to driving in Texas, the state has several deadly highways. One study concluded that ’10 percent of the fatal car accidents that happened in the U.S. in 2015 happened in Texas—and 62 percent of those occurred on the state’s highways and interstates.’

Value Penguin compiled a list of the top fifty most dangerous highways in the nation. Texas claimed eleven spots on the list with one in the top five – Interstate 10. Their research found that the highest amount of fatal crashes occurred on the stretch of I-10 that runs through Harris County. And overall, from 2010 to 2016, 585 fatal accidents happened on Interstate 10.

Also, the increase in shipping goods has to lead to an increase in accidents like a FedEx truck accident.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

If you live in Texas, you need to be extremely vigilant while driving because, as the statistics above reveal, conditions in the state are particularly hazardous. When a truck ends up causing an accident, fatalities are only part of the outcome. Many persons also suffer severe injuries in truck crashes, and often they are the occupants of the other vehicle involved. Below are some of the common injuries that victims of truck accidents experience.

  • Back and Neck Injuries – A passenger vehicle is no match for a semi-truck since the average truck weighs about 40 tons, and a car weighs less than two tons. When an accident occurs between these two types of vehicles, the force that impacts a car can have a tremendous effect on the occupants. A crash can cause whiplash, severe pain, and even paralysis.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries – When a car is struck by a large truck, one of the most severe injuries that can be sustained by the driver and passengers are spinal cord injuries. Often the victims will be in extreme pain, need surgery, or may suffer permanent damage such as paralysis. Those who escape permanent injury may still require extensive physical therapy to return to normal functioning.
  • Head and Brain Injuries – Two other types of serious injuries that persons involved in truck accidents often experience are head and brain trauma. These injuries can be dramatically life-changing resulting in permanent disability, including blindness, disfigurement, and hearing loss.
  • Rib Injuries – Broken bones are also another frequent outcome of truck accidents. Broken ribs can be especially dangerous as they can puncture the lungs or other vital organs.
  • Internal Trauma – Sometimes, the equipment in a passenger vehicle that is designed to protect occupants in an accident can contribute to injury. During a crash, when airbags are deployed, they can lead to blunt abdominal trauma. Also, seatbelts, which can save a person from being ejected from the car in an accident, can cause chest pain, and severe injuries to organs such as the liver, bladder, spleen, and kidneys.Hurt truck driver

Contact a Knowledgeable Truck Accident Attorney

If you or someone you know was the victim of a truck accident, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer in Texas. An attorney who is familiar with large truck accidents will be able to conduct a thorough investigation that involves gathering pertinent documents, interviewing witnesses, and viewing surveillance footage.

A qualified attorney will also be able to negotiate with insurance and trucking companies and skillfully represent you in court if necessary.

Call (281) 893-0760 for a FREE truck wreck injury consultation!

 

 

 

 

What is a Truck Crash Investigation?

investigating a truck crash in Texas

Accidents can happen quickly, and they usually take us off guard. When a truck accident is severe, and you suffer injuries, it may be even more challenging to know what happened. The negligent truck driver or his company should be held responsible for the accident and for the damages that resulted. You may have compensation for your injuries, such as your out-of-pocket medical costs and lost wages. Hiring a truck accident attorney on a contingency fee basis enables you to have the needed representation without the upfront cost.

Gathering Data about a Truck Accident

Various documents will prove that the truck driver was negligent and that you sustained severe injuries. It is essential to file a police report, and it is a legal requirement in Texas whenever there is an accident with damages or injuries. The police will explain the accident, including driver and witness statements—the police report documents the date, time, and location of the crash. If there are witnesses, your attorney may want to talk to them. Also, there could be video surveillance that recorded the incident, which will be valuable in establishing negligence.

Truck Accident Reconstruction

Police reports, eyewitness statements, and other data are not always sufficient to establish how the accident occurred. Accident reconstruction is a way to determine what happened just before, during, and following a crash. An accident reconstruction specialist will examine data from the crash, look at photos of the scene, view damage to the vehicles, and might visit the location of the accident. A report will provide details such as the speed and location of the vehicles at the time of the accident and the factors that caused or contributed to the crash.

Truck Crash Investigation Team

A truck crash investigation team is a group of professionals with particular experience and training in various areas of accident analysis. It’s essential to get help from an investigation team as soon after the crash as possible. The team will gather data, review information, and seek additional documentation from sources when possible. Sometimes a court order is needed to obtain information about the truck driver, such as the driver’s log and the vehicle maintenance log and inspection reports. A skilled team will ensure that no stone is left unturned when collecting information about the incident. Remember that an investigation team will work on your behalf so you can concentrate on your recovery.  Big companies like

and have systems in place to investigate serious accidents.

Get the Legal Help You Need

Do not wait to seek legal assistance after a truck accident. The right Texas truck accident lawyer will take immediate action to obtain vital evidence after being hired. While you may not need a lawyer, if your injuries are substantial, you probably will. The rule of thumb is the more severe your injuries the more likely you will need counsel.

Seek out local attorneys with truck wreck experience and spend some time researching their qualifications before you sign a retainer agreement. Some time spent looking can be a great investment in your case.

Speak with a leading truck accident lawyer in Texas-

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