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Truck Accident Attorneys in Houston

Houston is a hub of trucking activity for many different industries. With the Port of Houston and the fastest-growing population in the United States, the trucking industry is thriving in the state of Texas. Truck companies usually pay by the mile, so truck drivers have an incentive to deliver the load as quickly as they possibly can. Unfortunately, this part of the trucking industry can encourage excessive hours and other unsafe activities.

What You Need to Do After a Truck Accident

When you’ve been hit by an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck, often it is difficult to know what you should do to protect yourself and your family. The following are guidelines for what to do after being hit by an 18-wheeler.

Always Get Necessary Medical Treatment

Most commercial vehicle accidents involve some form of injury, as they usually involve an 80,000-pound vehicle hitting a 5,000 pound or less passenger car or pickup truck. Even a lower speed crash can cause devastating injuries. Often, people who are in a truck accident do not realize at the scene that they have been injured, only to find out later that they need medical treatment. Unknown injuries can surface for such things as head injury, spinal cord injury, or a herniated or bulge disk, which can be a very serious injury. Sometimes, victims need to be transported immediately by ambulance for their injuries.

One critical mistake many people make after an 18 wheeler strikes their car is to attempt to “tough it out” and avoid going to the doctor. The longer someone delays getting necessary medical care, the more difficult it is for your attorney to help you recover maximum compensation for your injuries. Following up with your doctor’s orders is a very important step to take, in order to help your attorney obtain maximum compensation for your injuries and to speed your recovery.

Preserving Important Evidence

After a truck wreck, it is important that certain evidence gets preserved. This would include evidence regarding the scene of the wreck, such as damage to the vehicles, debris or skid marks on the highway, and computer data from the big rig. We maintain a quick response team for appropriate serious injury or wrongful death cases. By putting our team to work on your case, we are able to combat the insurance carriers and the trucking company on an equal footing. Many trucking companies maintain their own quick response teams that are dispatched to the scene of the crash within hours of the occurrence. Getting critical data such as measurements and preserving the big truck for inspection are very important steps in many cases.

With very serious injury or wrongful death crashes, the investigating officer will usually conduct a thorough examination of the scene itself. This would include measurements and documenting by photographs. For truck accidents where the injuries are not devastating, the investigating officer may or may not do a detailed scene analysis. If you are able to take photographs with your cell phone at the scene on your own, it is a good idea to do so. Especially important would be photographs of the vehicles in their final resting positions and also any skid marks or debris that indicates the direction of the vehicles prior to or after impact.

Usually, the defense will hire an accident reconstruction expert that will attempt to shift the blame from the trucking company and its driver onto the innocent victims or other third parties. Documenting the scene by photographs can help combat this defense technique.

Preserving your own vehicle when the injuries have been severe can be important if your vehicle may have had a defect that contributed to the accident or the injuries. Also, your own vehicle may be important to help determine how the accident occurred. You should always talk with an attorney before your vehicle is totaled out or repaired if injuries were involved.

Contact an Experienced Attorney Who Handles 18 Wheeler Truck Wrecks

Trucking companies carry commercial policies that protect the company under driver against claims for personal injury or wrongful death. These insurance policies generally carry seven-figure liability coverage amounts and so the stakes are substantial for the insurance carrier. This exposure makes the insurance carrier fight harder to try to protect their money and pay as little as possible on the claim. You are going to need an attorney who has had great success in litigating with trucking companies over the years. You do not want an attorney learning on the job on your case.

The earlier you contact an 18 wheeler accident attorney the better able he will be to fight for your case.

Always conduct a thorough investigation of the attorney you are considering hiring for your truck accident case, before you sign paperwork with that lawyer.

What Compensation is Available to Trucking Accident Victims

Legal damages for victims of a commercial vehicle crash can include the following in Texas:

You don't pay, unless we win your Houston truck accident case.

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Federal law has established the minimum levels of safe conduct expected from 18 wheeler drivers and motor carriers.

The hours of service regulations for commercial drivers specify the time a truck driver can actually be behind the wheel.

Professional drivers often feel pressured to deliver the load as quickly as possible either to benefit financially or to appease the company. Driver fatigue can easily occur for truck drivers to follow the rules, and is almost a given for those who do not follow the safety regulations. It is critically important that the truck accident law firm you select have substantial experience in investigating driver fatigue and violations of the federal regulations.

Important evidence after a serious truck accident can include:

Many 18 wheeler drivers have a commercial drivers license and are simply turned loose on the highways to deliver their loads. At the Baumgartner Law Firm we believe that simply having a CDL is insufficient safety training for a commercial driver operating a vehicle that can weigh 80,000 pounds. Motor carriers have a duty to ensure that their drivers are properly trained and able to safely operate the big rigs. Ongoing safety training should be a part of all motor carriers operations.

Potential causes and types of truck accidents:

Dangerous Equipment

Trucking companies also must ensure that the trucks on the highway or in safe and proper operating condition. Drivers must inspect their tractor-trailers every day and also inspect their loads to ensure that they are properly secured. Further, the federal regulations require truck drivers to inspect the truck prior to beginning any trip. The truck driver must inspect:

At the end of the trip the commercial or professional driver must then re-examine each of the items covered in their driver’s daily vehicle inspection reports. All dangerous conditions or defects must be noted in such reports and reported to the motor carrier prior to taking the big rig out on another trip. An inspection after a serious injury or fatal truck accident can be an important part of an 18 wheeler accident lawsuit by a Houston truck accident lawyer.

Early Investigation Required

One cannot overstate the importance of an early investigation by a truck accident lawyer in Houston, after a truck accident. The condition of the big rig, the accident scene, authority’s findings in the investigation and compliance with the federal regulations all should be investigated as early as possible after an accident. It is important that the truck accident lawyer you select has vast experience in truck accident litigation. The Baumgartner Law Firm has been handling high-profile truck accident cases for over 30 years.

Houston Truck Accidents In The First Quarter of 2017

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Truck Accidents Resulting in Death
252
Truck Accidents Resulting in Injury
1,031
Total 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents

Where Fatal Houston Truck Accidents Take Place [Interactive Map]

The map below shows where fatal truck accidents have taken place between 2010 and the first quarter of 2017. A large majority of the truck accidents that occur in Texas happen in the large metropolitan areas of Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. In this map of accidents in Houston, we see that a large number of these occur on Interstates 64 and 610. This is because semi-trucks are found more oftenly on the interstate than they are driving around the city itself.

Texas Semi-Truck Accident Statistics [Infographic]

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Baumgartner Law Firm is pleased to announce the Baumgartner Law Firm Undergraduate Scholarship for the 2017 school year. This scholarship is intended to help a student pursuing higher education. There’s no stipulation on the field of interest, geographic location or college attended for this scholarship.

 

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