18-Wheeler and Trucking Accidents
When you drive in Texas every day, there is no way to avoid the large trucks, commercial trucks, tractor-trailers, big rigs, and 18-wheelers that travel on the roads and highways all day and night. The reality is, many truck drivers are often pressured to meet strict deadlines; and because of that, truck drivers often drive long hours, battling fatigue and other ailments, trying to get to their destinations. Unfortunately, for these truck drivers and the other drivers surrounding them on the road, that journey along Texas roadways and highways does not always end safely and without accident or injury.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, statewide fatal crashes in 2017 involved 126 trucks and 433 truck-tractors or semi-trailers. Sadly, when a truck driver is negligent or reckless in driving, these can be the results; many Texas drivers are put at risk of catastrophic injuries, and even death.
Even for an experienced driver, being hit by an 18-wheeler or truck and getting injured in the accident can be an overwhelming ordeal. If you or a loved one is involved in an 18-wheeler or truck accident, calling an experienced Houston truck accident lawyer immediately can make a huge difference in your ability to get document the damage, deal with the insurance adjusters, get to the right medical professionals, and make sure that all of your rights under state and federal laws are protected.Common Reasons for Trucking Accidents
Some of the most common reasons for trucking accidents are:
- Unsafe Backing
- Poor Brake Maintenance or Repair
- Overweight Trucks
- Improperly Loaded Trucks
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Bad Weather Conditions
Also, many trucking accidents occur because of the driver’s negligence but also often times, the company that the truck driver works for can be liable for failure to follow important laws. Hiring an experienced Houston truck accident attorney can help determine different liability issues and also help you understand all of the evidence that will be critical to your case.What Should You do if You are Injured in an 18-Wheeler or Truck Accident in Texas?
It is difficult enough to recover physically and mentally from an accident involving an 18-wheeler or truck. Hiring a Houston personal injury attorney experienced in handling 18-wheeler and truck accident cases takes the pressure off you and allows you to rely on someone else, knowledgeable about the law, to advocate for you and make sure you get the recovery, including the money and medical treatment) you need.
The attorneys at Leeds Law Firm are knowledgeable about what needs to be done to protect your rights and advocate for you immediately to ensure you get the best end result in an already difficult (and painful) situation. With the help of one of our Houston truck accident attorneys, you could be entitled to monetary compensation to cover medical expenses, future medical care, loss of income (present and future), property damage, loss of benefits, loss of inheritance, loss of companionship, funeral expenses, mental anguish and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, in addition to the initial shock of these accidents, the process to care for yourself or a loved one involved in this type of accident can be grueling. Insurance companies are trained to try to avoid large pay outs which means, someone that is not represented by an attorney may be taken advantage of and left without the compensation that they deserve. Don’t let that happen to you or someone you care about! The first few days even hours after a trucking accident or 18-wheeler accident occurs are crucial.
An experienced Houston trucking accident attorney will make sure that you have the knowledge and resources to build the strongest case possible and get you maximum compensation for things like medical bills, property damage, lost income, and other injuries you or your family members may have sustained.
If you or someone you love or care about has been hurt in a trucking accident, call one of our experienced Houston Trucking Accident attorneys today at 713-492-2906. Leeds Law Firm is available immediately to help you through the entire process from getting the medical care you need, to litigating your case in a civil trial should it become necessary.