Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Large trucks, commercial trucks, tractor-trailers, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and semi-trucks frequent the roads and highways of Texas every day. Commercial vehicles travel to and from cities all over America by use of roadways, freeways and highways. Many truck drivers are often pushed to get the job done and must adhere to very strict schedules, and unfortunately this sometimes results in a truck driver becoming fatigued due to a lack of sleep, or a truck driver failing to use proper safety precautions while driving.
In 2015, there were almost 6000 commercial vehicle accidents in Harris county alone. This far and away more than any other Texas county. Of these accidents, almost 40 resulted in fatalities and almost 150 resulted in serious injury. When a truck driver is negligent or reckless while driving, it can cause very serious trucking accidents and catastrophic injuries, including wrongful death. Our Houston truck accident attorneys represent victims and family members of victims who have been severely injured or wrongfully killed due to a trucking accident. Common reasons for trucking accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Lack of training
- Adverse weather conditions
- Reckless driving
- Alcohol & drug abuse
- Failure to yield right of way
- Overweight trucks
- Under-loaded trucks
- Mechanical failures
- Poor brake maintenance
- Unsafe backing
On accepted cases, we provide: medical help and medical testing, medical transportation, and lost wage review.
Houston Trucking Accident & Injury Lawyer
Victims of trucking accidents often sustain very serious injuries including brain injuries, massive head trauma, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, loss of limb(s), burn injuries, disfigurement, neck injuries, broken bones, lacerations, whiplash, bruises, coma, and even death. Whenever a person is seriously hurt or injured, they have the legal right to seek justice when someone else is to blame. With the help of one of our Houston truck accident attorneys, a victim or family member of a victim may be entitled to monetary compensation to cover things like medical expenses, future medical care, loss of income, loss of future income, property damage, loss of benefits, loss of inheritance, loss of companionship, funeral expenses, mental anguish, pain and suffering, and more.
Rick McGuire, Attorney at Law, provides outstanding legal representation to clients throughout Houston, Texas. Our truck accident lawyers can file claims against all parties that may be legally responsible for a trucking accident, including the owners and management of the trucking company. Please contact a Houston trucking accident lawyer at our firm today if you or a family member has been seriously hurt or injured in a trucking accident,auto accident, motorcycle accident or pedestrian accident.
When you make the decision to hire an 18-wheeler accident attorney or semi-truck accident attorney at our firm, we will begin our own investigation. During the investigation, your truck accident attorney will look at the trucking company’s maintenance records, safety inspections, past accident reports, certifications, drug/alcohol testing records, and driver logs to prove liability and wrongdoing. We will fight to reach an auto accident settlement on your behalf and will even provide legal representation during a civil trial should it become necessary.
Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in a trucking accident? Contact one of our Houston Trucking Accident Attorneys today.