HOUSTON Trucking Accidents LAWYER
We Understand the Danger
Due to the size of the vehicles and their prevalence on our nation’s highways, accidents involving large trucks or semi-trucks are among the most deadly in the United States. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that from 1985 to 2005, there was a 41-percent increase in registered large trucks and an 80-percent increase in miles traveled by large trucks on U.S. highways. In 2007, large trucks were involved in 413,000 crashes nationwide, which killed 4,808 people and injured an additional 101,000. In Texas, 4,585 vehicles were involved in fatal crashes in 2007, and 455 of those vehicles were large trucks.
We Understand the Complexity
Trucking accidents are complex events that often result from a combination of factors. Some elements contributing to the accident may occur long before the crash, such as poor vehicle design or bad highway maintenance. Other elements take place immediately before the crash, such as a tire blows out or a driver not paying attention. Adding to the complexity is the fact that negligence by the driver, his employer, the truck manufacturer, and others may combine to cause the accident.
Our Houston Truck Accident Attorney is experienced and ready to help
Factors contributing to truck accidents may include:
- Driver fatigue, distraction, or impairment
- Driving too fast for conditions or following other vehicles too closely
- Driver panicked, overcompensated, or exercised poor control
- Driver inadequately trained or inexperienced
- Poor vehicle maintenance (brake problems, tire problems)
- Cargo shift due to poor loading, overloading, or failure to properly secure the freight
- Poor vehicle design
- Poor road design or maintenance
We Understand the Law
Federal and state laws combine to govern trucking accidents. Trucking companies are required to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations concerning required equipment, insurance, and restrictions on drivers’ hours of service. Federal law also requires commercial truckers to maintain structured logs that record their driving information. Texas law imposes common law and statutory duties upon truckers and others who operate vehicles on the state’s highways.
If you have questions, call our Houston Trucking Accident Attorney now
We Understand Your Case
Large truck cases require special legal knowledge and expertise because they so often involve catastrophic injuries and complex legal and technical issues. It is essential to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and enable physicians or other expert witnesses to evaluate any injuries thoroughly. We have the legal experience, technical resources, and skill to properly handle your case and maximize your recovery for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Call for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one is a victim of a truck accident, if you are in need of an car accident lawyer in Houston or are seeking legal representation in any of our other areas of practice, call the Law Offices of Alexander M. Gurevich now at (713) 224-9600. The initial consultation is free of charge. If we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis. This means you pay for our services only if you recover a monetary award or settlement.