South Texas Truck Accident Lawyers
Representing truck accident victims throughout South Texas including areas in the Eagle Ford Shale oilfield
Accidents can be terrifying, especially if a large commercial truck or 18-wheeler is involved. The Eagle Ford Shale area is no stranger to large trucks in commute. In this are in Texas, commercial trucks often carry natural gas and other dangerous hauls to and from the region.
Victims that suffer through a truck accident can face life-changing damages including serious physical injuries, emotional distress, excessive damages to their property, and even death in the worst cases.
When you are ready to file a claim against those who harmed you, know that the experienced Eagle Ford Shale truck accident lawyers of Williams Hart are here for you. We will do everything in our power to help you secure the justice and compensation that is owed to you after your truck crash.
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Our truck accident attorneys have successfully represented and secured compensation for victims of the following Eagle Ford Shale counties:
- De Witt
- La Salle
- Live Oak
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in an Eagle Ford Shale commercial truck accident, give us a call today at (713) 352-7071 for a FREE case consultation.
Common Types of Truck Accidents
Individuals may automatically associate truck accidents with the 80,000 pound 18-wheelers we see carrying cargo along our state highways. However, there are different types of vehicles that can be classified as ‘trucks’ in a truck accident.
Such vehicles include:
- Bobtails (tractors without a trailer)
- Garbage and Dump Trucks
- Flatbed Trucks
- Tanker Trucks
- Box Truck
- Municipal Trucks
If you have been involved in any of the following types of truck accidents, know that compensation may be available to you:
- Blind Spot Incidents: Commercial trucks have large blind spots, also referred to as “no go zones.” A truck driver may cause an accident if they fail to monitor or accommodate cars in these spaces.
- Brake Failure or Improper Braking Technique: Brake failure caused by lack of maintenance or oversight in inspection is a very real issue that often leads to accidents. A driver can also lose control of their vehicle if they do not follow proper braking techniques.
- Construction Zone Accidents: Roadway construction can be a hazard and accidents can occur if a truck driver lacks proper awareness or neglects to adapt to changing road conditions.
- Driver Error: Truck drivers must be properly trained and licensed to operate their vehicle but even skilled drivers can make errors. Those that lack appropriate certification should never drive a truck.
- Drunk Truck Driver: Trucks are hard enough to control on their own. When alcohol consumption is added to the mix, the situation can be very dangerous.
- Jackknifing: This occurs when the brakes on a trailer lock and cause the vehicle to swerve at an angle which initiates a rollover.
- Unsecured Loads: If a truck’s load is not properly secured, then it may become unattached during travel and strike another vehicle.
- Rear-End Collisions: Trucks require substantially more time and space to come to a complete stop in comparison to a passenger vehicle, especially when carrying a heavy load. If a driver does not use proper braking techniques, has a brake failure, or simply fails to allow adequate room to stop, then a rear-end collision can occur.
- Rollovers: Large commercial trucks are prone to rollovers when making very sharp turns at high speeds or on tight corners.
- Truck Part Defect: All types of motor vehicles can experience malfunctions and breakdowns. These instances are even more dangerous when it happens to a truck.
- Trucking Company Negligence: If a truck driver is pushed to their maximum working capacity or pressured to complete a job within a specific time to save money, then the trucking company may be held liable.
- Underride Accident: These types of sever accidents occur when a small vehicle becomes dangerously wedged underneath a truck.
Each and every one of these types of accidents can be catastrophic. Do NOT suffer alone. Contact Williams Hart right now at (713) 352-7071 for a FREE case evaluation.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Recover?
The skilled truck accident attorneys of Williams Hart can help victims determine if there is compensation available to them and which party is liable for paying out this recovery. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, the following parties may be held liable:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company (employer)
- A manufacturer of a defective truck part
- Parties responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle
- The last party to service the vehicle
The severe physical and emotional injuries suffered in a truck accident, along with the property damage endured, can result in hefty financial damages for the victim. Although there is no predetermined value one can expect to recover in a truck accident injury claim, there are certain damages which may be compensated, including but not limited to:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Disability or permanent injury
- Loss of wages (past and future)
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of quality of life
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death
If you want to pursue justice after being involved in a truck accident, the experienced Eagle Ford Shale truck accident attorneys of Williams Hart are your best bet for securing fair compensation. Contact us today at (713) 352-7071 for a FREE case evaluation.
Steps to Take After a Truck Accident
We know how it important it is for you to seek justice for your family after experiencing a devastating truck accident. The Eagle Ford Shale truck accident attorneys at Williams Hart want to help you best recover from your situation.
The more you know, the stronger your claim will be. Consider taking the following steps:
- Seek appropriate medical attention immediately after the accident. Your health (and that of your loved ones) should be your number one priority. Be sure to keep a running record of all visits to the hospital/doctor, treatment plans, and medical bills.
- Have authorities assist you. Police should arrive at the scene of a truck accident to investigate the incident. An accident report will likely be filed, which you should later secure for evidence. This report will have an objective viewpoint of the police officers who attended your accident, which can prove to be pivotal in your claim.
- Consult a skilled and experienced truck accident lawyer. Due to size difference, truck accidents can be dangerous for those in a passenger vehicle. Experienced truck accident attorneys have deep knowledge in truck laws and regulations, as well as quality experience in handling sometimes difficult insurance companies. Let us handle the complex legal aspects of a truck accident while you heal from your injuries.
- Collect and preserve evidence. As soon as you contact our hard-working lawyers, we will work with a supporting cast of investigators and accident reconstruction specialists to uncover the exact causes of your accident. We will work diligently to secure vital evidence of your accident including photos of the accident, police and accident reports, eye witness testimonies, driver records, maintenance logs, cargo logs, vehicle inspection reports, and other important documents.
- File your truck accident claim. Compensation can help to alleviate the financial burden of an accident and help you secure the justice that is owed to you. While these personal injury cases can get complicated, we will be there by your side every step of the way.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Truck Laws
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations set the operating standards for truck companies and their drivers in an effort to minimize driver fatigue and other dangerous situations. All truck companies and truck drivers must uphold a duty to obey the rules of the road and regulations.
One such regulation is the hours of service commercial drivers must follow. The hours-of-service rules (or the amount of time drivers are permitted to be behind the wheel) include:
- Drivers must get a minimum of 10 hours rest after 14 hours on duty.
- No driver may exceed more than 14 hours of consecutive duty.
- Only 11 of these 14 hours can be spent driving.
- There is a 60/70-hour per 7 consecutive days duty limit.
These regulations attempt to reduce driver fatigue and other issues related to the trucking industry. Additionally, all truck drivers must have formal training and a commercial driver’s license. Truck companies are responsible for the regular and proper maintenance of vehicles, as well as proper safety training of all hired drivers.
Trucking companies and drivers are held accountable for breaking any safety regulations. When dealing with a truck accident, our attorneys will help to uncover proof of negligence through the acquisition of evidence that includes:
- Truck company logbooks
- Black box/computer data synced to vehicle
- Schedules of load and deliveries
- Inspection reports of the truck
- Inspection reports of the accident scene
- Driver records
- Drug or alcohol tests
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Have you or a loved one recently sustained injuries in a commercial truck accident in the Eagle Ford Shale area? If so, then you may be eligible for compensation.
The trustworthy truck accident lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart want to help you hold negligent parties accountable. Seek justice and compensation now by calling (713) 352-7071.
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