Houston Jackknife Accident Lawyer
As the hub of trucking activity for the state of Texas, thousands of 18-wheelers travel through Houston every day. These 80,000 pound trucks are manned by drivers who are subject to federally-imposed levels of safe conduct, including a mandatory 10-hour rest period on all truck drivers who have driven more than 11 total hours, or been on duty more than 14 hours, in any single 24-hour period.
Yet these rules are ignored on a daily basis by truck drivers who receive the same compensation whether it takes them 12, 24 or 36 hours to deliver their cargo, resulting in severely sleep deprived drivers. Other drivers may be untrained and ill-equipped to handle a big rig, while still others drive at excessive speeds, or possibly even while drunk.
The result? A truck accident where the driver loses control of the 18-wheeler, causing the trailer to swing out at an angle – like opening a jackknife – sometimes across multiple lanes of traffic.
Houston Truck Accidents
According to the Federal Department of Transportation statistics, in 2012 there were 15,637 truck accidents in Texas, which resulted in 562 deaths and 8,181 injuries. The physical, financial and emotional toll of these deaths and injuries are astronomical, and while no amount of money can replace a lost loved one or eliminate the pain and suffering an accident victim endures, compensation can help ease the strain.
The Houston truck accident lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm understand the effects of losing a loved one or being involved in a truck accident can have long-lasting impact and place a huge financial toll on the survivors, including:
- Medical bills and future medical care;
- Lost wages or loss of income;
- Physical rehabilitation;
- Loss of companionship;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Depression; and
- Chronic, debilitating pain.
Our Houston jackknife accident lawyers will examine all of the facts and circumstances surrounding your accident to determine whether the truck driver, his employer, or both were negligent in any way. If that negligence caused the accident, we will fight to recover the maximum amount of damages to which you are entitled.
How Baumgartner Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured in a truck accident, the Houston jackknife accident lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm can help. Our attorneys have more than 25 years’ experience handling serious personal injury cases that have resulted from jackknife accidents. We have been named one of Houston’s leading personal injury firms by the authorities on lawyer rankings. Our knowledge and experience, coupled with our meticulous approach to handling every case that comes through our office, will help you recover the compensation you deserve.