Because of their weight and size, big trucks can cause accidents that have devastating consequences for everyone involved. The serious injuries and vehicular damage that often result from truck accidents can lead to major medical bills, lost wages, expensive car repairs, and debilitating pain.
Every year, around 4,000 people are killed in crashes involving large trucks, and thousands more suffer serious injuries. In 2016, crashes involving commercial vehicles led to 584 deaths and over 1,400 incapacitating injuries in Texas. The motorists who suffer the most devastating consequences of a truck crash are the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
Obtaining compensation for these expenses after a truck accident can be difficult, as there are several different parties who may have a role in the outcome of a case, including:
- other motorists involved
- the owner of the truck or trailer
- the truck driver
- the trucking company
- the insurance companies representing these parties.
STANDING UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS
Fighting big insurance companies after a truck accident can be an uphill battle. To make it a fair fight, you need a Houston truck accident lawyer with experience handling truck accident cases on your side.
The Houston truck accident attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law know what to look for in truck accident cases like yours, and we’ll do whatever it takes to help you maximize your recovery. Call us at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.
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HOW TRUCK ACCIDENTS HAPPEN
Just like all vehicle crashes, truck accidents are typically caused by human error, whether on the part of the truck driver or the other drivers involved. Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Speeding – Speeding can be defined as exceeding a posted speed limit or as driving too fast for the conditions of the road. Many trucks are equipped with speed limiters, though those limiters don’t prohibit drivers from driving too fast for dangerous road conditions or exceeding lower speed limits.
- Fatigued driving – Truck drivers are often paid by the mile. This means they are forced to work long hours to make adequate income. Truck driver fatigue has been cited by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as one of the leading causes of truck crashes.
- Aggressive driving – When a truck driver practices aggressive driving, they pose a threat to all other motorists on the road. This could include tailgating (following other vehicles too closely) or swerving in between vehicles.
- Driver impairment – While drunk driving is less of a problem among truckers than it is among other drivers, a small percentage of truck accidents occur because a driver is impaired by alcohol, medications, or illegal substances.
- Driver inexperience – Veteran truck drivers know how to navigate tight roads in major cities, use special caution in bad weather, and adjust their driving when their trailer is light or empty. But inexperienced drivers might not have the experience to know how to handle these potentially hazardous situations.
- Other types of reckless driving – There are several other ways that a driver can be reckless behind the wheel of a big rig, including improper shifting of lanes, running a red light, or failing to adhere to signs and signals on the road.
PUT OUR EXPERIENCE TO WORK FOR YOU
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we’re familiar with the causes of truck accidents, and we know the guidelines that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all drivers and trucking companies to abide by. We can investigate your accident and determine if it was the result of:
- Ignoring road conditions, driving while drowsy, or tailgating;
- Distractions such as cell phone use, eating, or operating an electronic device; or
- Violating FMCSA regulations like maximum weight limits, rest periods, and truck upkeep.
Truck accident cases can be especially complex because of the many state and federal laws governing trucks, truck drivers, and shippers. Trucking companies are often equipped with large legal resources that they can deploy in the event of truck crash. For these reasons, anyone injured in a collision with a large truck should seek the services of an attorney who has the skill, experience, and resources to stand up against the interests of trucking and insurance companies.
We have more than 30 years of experience helping innocent victims like you get their lives back on track. To schedule a free consultation with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, contact us today by filling out our online contact form or giving us a call at 1 (800) 444-5000 or locally in the Houston area at (713) 973-8888.