Houston Truck Accident Attorneys
18-Wheeler 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 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 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.
• 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.
Common Types of Truck Accidents in Houston
Trucking accidents can happen in or around Houston for many different reasons. Some of the most common types of crashes that we see at The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian are:
• Distracted driving crashes – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) bans drivers from texting while driving or from talking on a cell phone if the phone is beyond reach, requires punching more than a single button to dial and involves holding the phone to talk. Still, many drivers violate these rules or allow other distractions to get in the way of safely operating their rig.
• Fatigued driving crashes – The FMCSA also restricts the number of hours that truck drivers can be on the road without a rest. These are called hours-of-service regulations. Our truck accident lawyers have spent years studying trucking regulations and federal rules applicable to the trucking industry. We understand the rules that truckers have to follow, and we are prepared to use those rules to establish your right to compensation.
• Impaired driver crashes – Operating a truck while under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or some types of prescription medications can lead to disaster. This is why commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders cannot operate a tractor-trailer with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04 or higher (compared to 0.08 for drivers of other types of vehicles).
• Jackknife accidents – When a truck driver loses control of the vehicle, a rig’s cab can spin around, and the combination can end up in the shape of a folding knife. This type of accident often occurs because a driver is speeding or going too fast for road conditions.
• Tailgating collisions – Many truck drivers are true professionals who care greatly for the safety of others on the road. However, some drivers are prone to tailgating and other types of erratic and aggressive behavior. Rear-end collisions frequently occur because the truck driver fails to leave enough distance from the vehicle it is following.
• Turning accidents – Due to their training and experience, truck drivers should know how, to make turns safely. However, too often, they make overly wide turns and fail to check their mirrors and blind spots.
No matter what type of truck accident you have been involved in, our truck accident attorneys are here to help you to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Truck Accident Injuries?
Trucking accidents can be very complex. Often more than one party is responsible for the damages which victims suffer. Consider all the parties that can potentially share liability for causing a semi-truck crash in Houston:
• Truck driver – Obviously, all drivers are responsible for their own actions behind the wheel. If a driver’s negligence causes a crash, the driver should be held liable. In some cases, the driver may not own the truck involved in the crash. So, the owner may be on the hook for the damages caused by the driver.
• Trucking companies – The trucking company, or carrier, may be liable if one of its drivers causes a crash while working, or it may be liable based on its own negligence. For instance, a trucking company may be liable for negligent hiring, training, and retention of a driver or for failing to inspect and repair the vehicles in its fleet.
• Freight brokers – All too often, freight companies and warehouses will overload trucks beyond capacity, leading to braking failures, cargo shifts, and rollover accidents.
• Truck manufacturer – Many crashes occur because a truck or its components are defectively designed and/or manufactured. Truck defects that frequently cause accidents are tires, brakes, steering mechanisms, and couplings.
The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian works hard to identify all responsible parties in a trucking accident in order to maximize the amount of compensation that our clients recover.
What Should You Do After a Truck Accident in Houston?
If you have been involved in a truck accident in Houston, make sure to take these five steps:
• Gather information at the scene – Try to take photos of the accident scene, including all vehicles involved, and get information from the truck driver involved in the crash, including the driver’s name, employer and insurance information. You should also try to get the names and numbers of witnesses.
• See a doctor – Don’t wait to get medical attention. If you are not taken to the hospital by emergency medical personnel, then see a doctor as soon as you can. The timely documentation of your injuries will play a key role in your case. Keep all doctor appointments and follow your physician’s’ recommendations at all times.
• Keep everything – Collect and hold on to any and all paperwork related to your case, including the police report, medical bills, and records, insurance company letters or other items that you think might be relevant.
• Do not talk with the insurance company – Insurance companies often try to take advantage of people who have just been involved in an accident. You should avoid talking with the truck company’s insurance adjuster until you talk with a lawyer first.
• Contact us right away – The sooner you get in touch with us about your truck accident case, the sooner we can begin an investigation, communicate with the insurance companies and take other steps to pursue the compensation you deserve.
Get Help from Our Houston Truck Accident Attorneys Today
You have only a limited period of time in which to file a truck accident lawsuit after a crash or the loss of a loved one. If you fail to take timely action, you could lose your right to recover damages. So, don’t wait to get legal help.
Contact the hard-working, knowledgeable truck accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian today. A member of our bilingual legal team can provide an immediate, free consultation about your case help you to understand your rights and all of your legal options. Call or reach us online today to learn more.