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Our top-rated truck accident lawyers have been winning serious injury and wrongful death 18-wheeler accident cases for over three decades and have an unparalleled track record of success. Our approach is based on personal service as we limit the number of new trucking accident cases we accept to provide the best representation to our clients injured by commercial vehicles.   Our incredible success in 18-wheeler semi-truck accident lawsuits is due to our 35 years of experience, dedication to our clients and our proven approach to truck accident lawsuits.

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

Why Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?

When you’ve been hit by an 18-wheeler or another passenger vehicle, often it is difficult to know what you should do to protect yourself and your family. The first step should be doing research on finding the best attorney for a truck collision case. After that, the following are guidelines for what to do after being hit by an 18-wheeler. Here are tips on what to do after an injury accident with a big rig 18-wheeler.

After a truck wreck, certain evidence should be 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. Our 18-wheeler accident attorneys maintain a quick response team for appropriate serious injury or wrongful death cases. By putting our trucking accident lawyers to work on your case early, we can combat the insurance carriers and the trucking company on an equal footing. Many trucking companies maintain their own quick response teams dispatched to the scene of the crash within hours of the occurrence.  Several recent truck wreck cases we have handled involved defense lawyers at the scene of the crash while the officers were still investigating. Getting critical data such as measurements and preserving the big truck for inspection are very important steps often. The sooner you hire the best attorney for a truck accident the better for your case.

With catastrophic injuries or wrongful death crashes, the investigating officer will usually thoroughly examine the scene itself. This would include measurements and documenting by taking photographs. For truck accidents where the injuries are not devastating, the investigating officer might do a detailed enough scene analysis. If you can take photographs with your cell phone at the scene on your own, do so. Especially important would be photographs of the motor vehicles in their final resting positions and also any skid marks or debris that indicates the direction of the large truck before or after impact.

Usually, the defense attorney will hire an accident reconstruction expert that will attempt to shift the blame from the trucking company and its driver onto the innocent injury victims or other third parties. Documenting the scene by photographs can help combat this defense technique. If you contact an 18-wheeler accident lawyer early on, the truck accident lawsuit can be less complex.

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 a personal injury lawyer before your vehicle is totaled out or repaired if catastrophic injuries were involved.

Early Investigation by an 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer Required

One cannot overstate the importance of an early investigation by a truck accident lawyer in Houston, after a truck wreck. The condition of the big rig, the accident scene, officer’s findings in the investigation and compliance with the federal regulations all should be investigated early after a tractor-trailer crash. It is important that the truck accident lawyers you select have vast experience in truck accident litigation. The Baumgartner Law Firm has been handling high-profile, multi-million truck wreck negligence cases for over 35 years.

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Trucking companies carry commercial policies that protect the company for driver negligence 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 protect their money and pay little on the claim. You will need a personal injury attorney who has had great success in litigating with trucking companies over the years. You do not want a personal injury lawyer learning on the job on your case.

The earlier you contact an 18-wheeler accident attorney the better able he or she will be to fight for your justice in your semi-truck crash lawsuit.

Always thoroughly investigate the trucking accident law firm you are considering hiring for your truck wreck case before you sign paperwork with that personal injury lawyer.

To speak with a real truck accident lawyer click here or call (281) 587-1111 for a FREE consultation. What Compensation is Available to Trucking Accident Victims

Legal damages for victims in a truck accident lawsuit can include the following in Texas:

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We strictly limit the number of cases we accept to provide the best representation to our clients. Our truck accident attorneys have won countless multimillion-dollar settlements for our 18-wheeler accident clients and have the reputation, skill, and experience to fight to obtain the maximum compensation for your injury or loss of a loved one.  Call a semi-truck accident attorney for a free no-obligation consultation (281) 587-1111.

Some of Our Victories in 18-Wheeler Truck Wreck Cases

We have helped accident victims in the Houston area and across Texas after an accident injury or wrongful death truck crash case for over 35 years. Some cases we have handled included representing a truck driver seriously injured and later died after he lost control of his semi and jackknifed across the roadway killing two people. After many depositions, we recovered more money for our client truck driver and his family than the attorneys for victims in the other vehicle recovered for the families of the two people killed. Many of our incredible wins are confidential by the demand of the trucking company to prevent others from knowing how much they had to pay our clients. You can view a few recent victories by visiting our results page. Don’t simply hire a car accident lawyer. Look for a preeminent rated attorney for your accident with a semi or a big rig.

Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

Both truck drivers and truck companies must follow the safety laws contained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. One such rule limits the time a commercial vehicle driver can be behind the wheel or on the clock.  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 18-wheeler truck accident law firm you select has substantial experience in investigating driver fatigue and violations of the federal regulations.

Important evidence after a tractor-trailer crash can include:

Many 18-wheeler drivers have a commercial driver’s 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 must be a part of all motor carrier (trucking companies) operations.

Truck Crash Attorneys Know About Dangerous Equipment on Big Rigs

Trucking companies also must ensure that the trucks on the highway or in safe and proper operating conditions. 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:

When the trip ended the commercial vehicle driver must then re-examine each item covered in their driver’s daily vehicle inspection reports. All dangerous conditions or defects must be in such reports and reported to the motor carrier before taking the big rig out on another trip. Failure to inspect or act on inspections can be powerful evidence of negligence. An inspection after a personal injury or fatal truck accident can be an important part of an 18-wheeler accident lawsuit by a Houston truck accident lawyer. If you were injured in Houston, Harris County, or anywhere else in Texas, call a law firm that has the reputation and experience you need to help you.

Houston Truck Accidents In The First Quarter of 2017

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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 fatal accidents involving truck collisions 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 often on the interstate than they are driving around the city itself.

Texas Semi-Truck Accident Statistics [Infographic]

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18-Wheeler Truck Accident FAQs

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Do I have to pay any money up front to hire Baumgartner Law Firm?

No – we charge no money up front to handle your case. If we take your case, we will only get paid if we collect money from the defendant. You will have no out-of-pocket expenses for your attorneys or litigation expenses when you hire us.

How are 18-wheeler truck accident cases different from car wrecks?

Commercial vehicle accidents require specialized expertise in investigation and prosecution. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations are always changing what the minimum level of safe conduct by professional truck drivers and trucking companies is. These safety rules are the most critical evidence in many big rig accident lawsuits. Additionally, the commercial truck accident case is generally more complicated when it involves multiple parties such as maintenance companies, motor carriers, and other potential defendants.

How much is my truck collision case worth?

It depends – there are many different factors involved in valuing trucking accidents. The three main areas which applied to all personal injury or wrongful death cases they are a) liability b) damages and c) insurance. Because we have been handling tractor-trailer accident cases for over 35 years, we have unique experience in evaluating your case. Our results have been spectacular, and we have never lost a trucking accident case.

What is your experience as a truck accident attorney?

18 -wheeler truck accident cases have been the primary focus of our law practice for over three decades. While we are very selective in the cases that we accept, if we take your case you can abuse assured you will receive the highest quality representation. We intentionally limit the number of cases that we accept and only handle tractor-trailer or other truck accident injury cases that involve severe injury. We do not take whiplash injury cases. You will not find a more experienced or successful 18-wheeler accident attorney.

How can the trucking safety regulations help my case?

Some of the most influential evidence in an 18-wheeler collision lawsuit will be violations of the safety regulations by the truck driver or the trucking company. The federal rules are the minimum level of safe conduct acceptable for both the company and the driver. Establishing violations of the laws is the priority to secure liability in the lawsuit and support the personal injury or wrongful death damages. We have a team ready to investigate your case and aggressively prosecute it to a successful conclusion.

What are the insurance issues in my 18-wheeler accident case?

The main insurance issues in commercial vehicle collision cases involve the amount of insurance for the commercial vehicle and health insurance issues for the victims.
Generally, tractor-trailers or other commercial vehicles carry a minimum of $1 million of liability insurance. There are few situations where the truck may have less insurance and many cases where the truck is covered by more than $1 million of liability insurance. The larger the trucking company the more likely it is that they have excess insurance above their primary policy.

Anytime your health insurance company pays a medical bill that can be part of a lawsuit against a trucking company; the health insurance company can be expected to seek to be paid back for the medical expenses that they have paid. The payback obligation is called subrogation. If we accept your case, we will also handle the subrogation issues and work to maximize the compensation that you take home in your pocket.

Who are potential truck collision defendants?

The truck driver, the trucking company, and other potential defendants can be many. Some examples of other defendants that we have pursued in commercial vehicle accident accidents include, truck and parts manufacturers, maintenance companies, and companies that loaded the vehicle.

Who will pay for my semi-truck wreck?

The insurance company for the negligent truck driver is the ultimate payer of settlements or judgments against the truck driver or the truck company. In some instances, the truck company will self-insure or payout of its pocket a large deductible.

Insurance carriers for trucking companies are like other insurance companies in that they do not want to pay fair value unless they are made to do so. Do not for one second believe that an insurer for the truck driver will treat you fairly without an attorney. If an insurance company adjuster is “accepting responsibility” or telling you to "send us your medical bills"- run do not walk, to the best trucking accident attorney you can find.

How do I get needed medical treatment if I have no health insurance?

The most important thing for anyone injured in an accident is to receive necessary medical treatment. We only have one body and taking care of it should be everyone's priority. If you do not have health insurance and we accept your case, we will work with you to get you the treatment that you need from your doctors without you having to pay out of your pocket to get better.

How long do truck accident attorneys take?

The truck accident claim process can vary wildly depending on the extent of the medical treatment and actions taken by the trucker’s insurance carrier. If your case goes to litigation, the timeline in Texas can depend upon the specific court and also the county of the crash. The more serious the injuries, generally the longer the case will take.

Who can bring a wrongful death case in Texas against a trucker?

In Texas, wrongful death beneficiaries are limited to spouses, children, and parents who have survived the deceased. Other family members such as brothers and sisters are not able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in the state of Texas.

What if the officer finds me partly at fault?

The police officer's determination of fault is not binding upon the court and may or may not even become evidence in a lawsuit. If you feel the accident was the responsibility of the truck driver, you should consult with a real truck accident attorney as soon as possible after the collision. Texas is a proportionate responsibility state, meaning that you can be partly at fault and still recover money as long as you are not more than 50% at fault. A Texas jury makes the ultimate determination of responsibility.

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