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18-Wheeler Truck Accident Lawyers in Houston

Our top-rated truck accident lawyers have been winning multi-million-dollar settlements for over three decades and have an unparalleled track record of success. Baumgartner Law Firm limits the number of new cases that we accept to provide the best representation for you. We have never lost a truck accident case!

Our phenomenal success in truck accident lawsuits is due to over 35 years of experience, dedication to our clients, and our aggressive approach to winning truck accident lawsuits. Best of all we will treat you like family!

If you have been hurt in a commercial vehicle accident – fill out the form to request a case consultation or call us at 281-587-1111 for a Free No-Obligation Consultation.

Why Hire a Houston Truck Accident Lawyer?

Truck accident lawyer in HoustonWhen you’ve been hit by an 18-wheeler or a commercial vehicle, often it is difficult to know what you should do to protect yourself and your family. The first step should be researching finding the best attorney for a truck collision case.

Trucking companies carry commercial policies that protect the company for driver negligence claims for personal injury or wrongful death. These insurance policies generally take 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 lawyer learning on the job on your case.

Finding a law firm that has a truck niche practice is the right choice. The law that applies to professional drivers and motor carriers contains hundreds of rules. Our truck accident lawyers in Houston, know how to win truck accident lawsuits.

The earlier you contact us, the better able we will be able to fight for justice for you!

Always investigate the law firm you are considering hiring for your truck wreck case before you sign paperwork with that law firm.

Why is Early Investigation After A Truck Accident So Important?

One cannot overstate the importance of an early investigation by a truck accident attorney, after getting hit by a semi-truck.

Also, the computer data from the 18-wheeler should be obtained after a collision.  The computer data is called the “black box” and can provide vital evidence such as speed and braking.

After a truck wreck, vital evidence should be preserved. This evidence 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 truck accident attorneys maintain a quick response team for severe 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 a quick response team that is 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 location of the impact while the officers were still investigating. Getting vital data such as measurements and preserving the big truck for inspection are crucial steps. The sooner you hire the best attorney for a truck accident, the better for your case.

Investigation of 18-wheeler crashWith catastrophic injuries or wrongful death crashes, the investigating officer will usually thoroughly examine the scene itself. The officer would include measurements and documentation by taking photographs. For truck wrecks where the injuries are not devastating, the investigating officer might do a detailed enough scene analysis. If you can take pictures with your cell phone at the scene on your own, do so. Get 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. Documenting that evidence is helpful.

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 hire us early, our truck accident lawyers will take steps to improve your case, and the truck accident lawsuit will be less complicated.

Preserving your vehicle when the injuries have been severe can be important if your car had a defect that contributed to the accident or your injuries. Also, your vehicle may be essential to help determine how the accident occurred. Always talk with a personal injury lawyer before your car is destroyed or repaired if catastrophic injuries were involved.

To speak with one of the best truck accident lawyers in Houston, fill out an online consultation request or call (281) 587-1111 for a FREE consultation. 

What Compensation is Available to Trucking Accident Injury Victims?

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

How Much are Settlements for Commercial Truck Wrecks?

Compensation from a commercial vehicle accident will vary from case to case based upon three factors. The factors are liability, damages, and insurance coverage. Because trucking companies are required to carry commercial insurance policies, insurance coverage usually is not a huge issue. Over the last thirty-five years, our truck accident attorneys have won record multi-million-dollar settlements for our clients.

Generally, commercial vehicle collisions are valued higher than a car to car accidents. Part of the reason is that the driver of a semi-truck must be professional and follow the federal rules that apply. Also, jurors in Texas tend to look skeptical on professional drivers excuses after an accident. Additionally, because a big rig can weigh 80,000 pounds, the impacts are usually severe and the injuries substantial

How to Maximize Compensation After a Truck Accident?

The first step in maximizing the compensation that you can receive from an injury accident with the big rig is to hire the best attorney you can find. By retaining a top-rated lawyer to help you, you can avoid worrying about all of the details of the claim and focus on your recovery.

The next step in ensuring you get maximum damages is to follow your doctor’s orders to the letter. Many personal injury victims have reasons why they couldn’t follow up with medical care, and juries accept almost none of the excuses.

Additionally, keeping a log of your lost wages as well as other out-of-pocket expenses can be helpful for your attorney.

Finally, avoid social media posts during your recovery. Recent cases in Texas have allowed defense attorneys to see and use Facebook and other social media posts, which can easily be twisted to infer you were not hurt as badly as you were. 

 About Some of Our Victories in 18-Wheeler Truck Wreck Cases

We have helped 18-wheeler truck accident victims in the Houston area and across Texas for over 35 years.

Many of our incredible multi-million-dollar wins are confidential by the demand of the trucking company to prevent others from finding out how much we forced them to pay our clients.

You can view a few of our recent victories by visiting our results page. Don’t only hire a car accident lawyer. Look for a preeminent rated attorney truck accident lawyer for your accident with a semi or a big rig.

The Importance of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations After an Accident

Both truck drivers and truck companies must follow the safety laws 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 be behind the wheel.

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

Significant 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 merely having a CDL is insufficient safety training for a commercial driver operating a vehicle that can weigh 80,000 pounds. Motor carriers must ensure that their drivers are adequately trained and able to manage the big rigs safely. Ongoing safety training must be a part of all motor carrier (trucking companies) operations.

Why Look for 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 check their loads to ensure that they are adequately secured. Further, the federal regulations require truck drivers to check the truck before 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 significant evidence of negligence. An investigation after a fatal truck accident can be an essential part of an 18-wheeler accident lawsuit. We have won many cases where we proved the truck itself was a danger to the driver and the public.

Get a Free Consultation with the Top-Rated Truck Accident Lawyer

We strictly limit the number of cases we accept to represent our clients. Our truck accident lawyers have won countless multimillion-dollar settlements for our 18-wheeler truck accident clients.  We have the reputation, skill, and experience to obtain the maximum compensation for your injury or loss of a loved one.  Call us to speak with an award-winning Houston truck accident lawyer.

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Houston Truck Accidents In The First Quarter of 2019

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Truck Accidents Resulting in Death
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Truck Accidents Resulting in Injury
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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 2019. 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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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 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.

Why choose Baumgartner Law Firm for your case?

Since 1985 the Baumgartner Law Firm has been winning record multimillion-dollar settlements for people severely injured in a truck accident or who lost a loved one. Attorney Greg Baumgartner has been peer-reviewed preeminent rated for decades, and he has numerous awards for excellence, including top 100 trial lawyers, million-dollar advocates, AVVO trucking accident attorneys, and others. Mr. Baumgartner holds two law degrees and is also a graduate of trial lawyers’ college. For over 35 years, the Baumgartner Law Firm has been obtaining record compensation in truck accident cases. If you want one of the best truck accident lawyers in the country on your side, call us today at 281-587-1111.

How do I get the most money for my injuries?

Maximizing your compensation involves proving a strong case for liability and damages. Getting significant evidence about the actions of the truck driver and the trucking company is vital for getting that top dollar for your case. Also, damages must be developed, documented, and proven. Treatment and testimony from reputable physicians, preferably specialists (like orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, or neurologists), are needed to prove causation and damages. We have been helping Texas families maximize their compensation after a truck accident for over 35 years. Call us at 281-587-1111.

Should I speak with the insurance company for the truck driver?

No- We suggest that you do not speak with the insurance company for the trucking company. Adjusters will seek recorded statements where they will ask questions designed to damage your case and help them defend their case. Nothing good comes out of a recorded statement given to the adverse insurance company. What you say will be used against you but cannot be used to help you. If we accept your case, we will handle the communications with the adverse insurance company on your behalf.

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