Houston 18 Wheeler Truck Accidents
Houston Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys
Most people are under the impression that 18 Wheeler Accidents are just large automobile accidents. 18 wheel truck accidents are much different. In fact the laws that govern trucks involved in interstate commerce are Federal & State of Texas and include various transportation laws in different subject areas. So if you or a loved one has been the victim of an 18 wheeler crash, it’s important to get a Houston attorney experienced in truck accident claims. 18 Wheeler tractor trailer accidents are a dangerous and an increasingly common cause of injury on Houston roads and highways. Since Houston is one of the largest cities in America as well as a major port of entry for goods from all over the world, the sheer number of commercial trucks on Houston roads and highways is significantly higher than elsewhere in the country and as you might expect, truck accidents are more prevalent.
When you are on the streets or highways of Houston, you can’t help noticing all the 18-wheelers on the road. However unfortunate, sometimes drivers of 18 wheeler semi-rigs are overworked, sleep deprived, inattentive, and unaware of the local Houston roads, driving aggressively towards smaller vehicles, and will often be in a hurry. If you put any of these factors together, a truck accident is just waiting to happen such as in this recent news story. The most serious truck accidents are often preventable and truck driver negligence & reckless driving often results in the most serious injuries which can cause death. If you or a loved one has been injured in an 18 wheeler accident, it is always good advice to get legal advice. Contact truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. Simon Herbert & McClelland LLP at 713-255-9148 offers a free case evaluation to inform you of your legal rights and the potential for recovery of injury damages.
Although many 18 wheeler drivers regularly drive the very same routes, a truck driver’s pay is often based on speed of delivery so they are usually paid by the mile. This means that 18 wheeler drivers may take chances, speed or drive recklessly to get to their delivery destination in a hurry at the expense of other drivers on the road. The long hours most truck drivers spend behind the wheel might be considered exhausting to the average driver. It’s not uncommon for truck drivers to try to stay awake by using stimulants, prescription medications, drugs, illegal stimulants or even alcohol. If you have ever been to a truck stop you have probably seen all the different types of energy drinks, stimulants, and “stay awake” products at the checkout counter. When an 18 wheel truck driver is under the influence of anything that, can impair their mental state while driving at high speeds in an 18 wheeler without sleep in a hurry on unknown Houston roads, can very easily end up in a catastrophic accident or cause a wrongful death.
Even when an 18 wheeler accident is the fault of a negligent truck driver, recovering damages can be an arduous process. Many trucking companies and commercial carriers have the resources of large corporations and often have their own legal representation. Both trucking companies and their insurance providers usually conduct their own accident investigations immediately after a truck accident. Because of their resources and immediate approach and self serving interests to pay as little as possible to injured victims, they often take many actions to limit their liability. There may be key evidence such as schedule records and driver logs that may suddenly disappear. These are typically only kept for a short period of time before being destroyed anyway, but it’s imperative to get an experienced 18 wheeler attorney if you or a family member have been in an accident as the clock ticks from the moment the accident occurs. Without adequate legal representation, many Houston truck accident victims are at a disadvantage and may have little chance of recovering the compensation they deserve without legal counsel.
Don’t get taken advantage of by the big insurance companies. The Houston Truck Accident Lawyers at Simon Herbert & McClelland LLP will strive to recover the maximum monetary compensation for you, as well as to restore the dignity that all personal injury victims deserve. Call us at 713-255-9148 to see how we may be able to help you.