Houston Truck Accident Lawyer
Over the past few decades, Houston has grown immensely and become not only the largest city in Texas but also the fourth largest population center in the country. While Houston may be a thriving city with a strong and growing economy, it can come with a price: The roads are full of commercial truck traffic.
Unfortunately, many of the drivers of the massive 18-wheelers that you frequently see on roads such as I-10, I-45 and I-69 do not always operate in a safe and reasonable manner. In many cases, the companies they work for focus more on profits than safety. When careless and reckless drivers and trucking companies cause truck accidents, the results can be catastrophic.
At The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, our Houston truck accident lawyers know how to pursue compensation for those who have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in a collision with a tractor-trailer. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you with a free consultation. We have a fully bilingual, Spanish-speaking legal team, and we are available 24/7 to talk about your case.
How Our Houston Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help You
At the Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, we are more than just attorneys. We are a devoted legal team that fiercely advocates for the rights of injured people throughout our region. When you call our firm, you will be greeted by a dedicated staff member who will help you to figure out what is going on and how we can help. Here are some of the basic steps that we typically go through when working with trucking accident victims and their families:
- Free consultation – During this critical meeting with an attorney, you can discuss your accident and injuries. This is the time to bring up your fears and concerns. Maybe you are worried that the trucking company will say you were at fault. Maybe you don’t remember certain details about the crash. Or, perhaps, you are worried about how to get your car fixed. An attorney can help you to address these concerns and give you clear advice about moving forward. If we agree to work together, we will sign paperwork and launch into the next phase.
- Swift and thorough investigation – When it comes to a truck accident traffic collision case, you can’t afford to wait too long to begin investigating it. Because injuries are often so severe, big trucking companies and their insurance carriers know that the stakes are high. They will work hard to conceal evidence and prevent us from speaking with drivers, mechanics and other witnesses about your case. The faster you contact us, the faster we can get started on performing an investigation of the crash.
- A careful review of your injuries – Our legal team gathers and reviews medical records, and we often consult with legal nurse consultants and industry-leading medical specialists about the nature and extent of the injuries that our clients have suffered. Our goal is to secure compensation for the medical expenses that you have incurred and will incur in the future as you get the treatment you need.
- Settlement negotiation – We leverage our hard work and preparation of cases to pursue settlements that fully and fairly compensate our clients. Insurance companies will take your case seriously when they see the evidence establishes liability and damages.
- Taking the case to trial – Our attorneys have decades of combined experience litigating cases in and out of court. If your case must go before a jury, you can rest easy while knowing that our associated attorneys will fight skillfully and aggressively for you in court.
Additionally, you will pay no legal fees unless we recover compensation for you. We don’t want concerns about paying for a lawyer to stop you from seeking legal help when you need it after a truck accident traffic collision.
Semi-Truck Accident Statistics
Texas is one of the country’s largest states and has one of the busiest oil industries in the nation, so it’s no wonder there are so many commercial trucks driving on our roadways every day. However, with more semi-trucks around, the likelihood of an 18-wheeler accident increase. Here are some frightening semi-truck accident statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the most recent years reported:
- 4,119 people died in large truck crashes for the year.
- Nearly half a million truck crashes involving large trucks were reported to the police for the year. 107,000 of these were injury crashes.
- 82 percent of fatalities in truck accidents are people who are not occupants of the truck. The IIHS believes this is largely due to the weight and larger stature of commercial trucks.
- Fatalities in truck accidents are disproportionate. While truck accidents represent a smaller portion of the total number of accidents involving all types of vehicles, 11 percent of semi-truck accidents were fatal.
- 83 percent of fatal crashes and 88 percent of nonfatal crashes occurred on weekdays.
- Most accidents happen on highways and major roads.
- 29 percent of fatal big rig accidents occurred when the truck hits the passenger vehicle head-on.
- 24 percent of fatal semi-truck accidents occurred when the truck sideswiped a passenger vehicle.
These statistics show that trucks pose a serious danger to other motorists. Truck accidents often cause death and catastrophic injuries.
Sadly, the picture is bleaker for motorists in Texas. Year after year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that Texas leads the nation in the number of fatal truck accidents. For the most recent year for which data is available, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports there were 32,562 truck crashes in Texas. As a result of the 513 fatal crashes for the year, 581 Texans were killed. Another 1,245 people suffered injuries that emergency personnel suspected were serious.
Unfortunately, Harris County is the worst county for deadly big rig accidents. Across Harris County, there were the following types of accidents and injuries for the year that involved semi-trucks:
- 4,915 total crashes
- 41 fatal crashes
- 46 fatalities
- 94 suspected serious crashes
- 121 suspected serious injuries
- 326 injury crashes
- 450 injuries