Houston Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyers
Williams Hart has extensive experience helping people in Houston and across the state of Texas who were hurt in accidents involving tractor-trailers. We know the devastation that these large vehicles can cause, and we are here to make sure that you get the full and fair compensation you are owed after an accident. If the reckless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company caused you harm, we’ll be here to fight for you.
Depending on how much cargo they are carrying at the time, commercial tractor-trailer trucks can weigh up to 16 times more than the average motor vehicle. Their size and weight not only makes it more challenging to safely stop or check their blind spots, but it also makes the damage they cause in an accident much more severe and, in some cases, even deadly. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 95,000 injuries and almost 4,000 deaths in 2013 alone from accidents involving tractor-trailers.
If you were injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer, you have the right to recover money from the responsible party to compensate for your injuries and costs. An experienced attorney can ensure that you get the full amount of compensation you deserve. At Williams Hart, we’ve been serving members of the Houston community for over three decades, working tirelessly to make sure victims not only are heard but receive the financial compensation necessary to avoid bankruptcy and move on with their lives. Our Houston tractor-trailer attorneys have the experience and the determination to take on truck drivers and trucking companies whose negligent actions caused your accident. We know this is a trying time in your life, but it’s important to know that you are not alone. You have legal rights and options so don’t waste another minute. Contact us today by calling (713) 352-7071 and speaking to one of our legal representatives about scheduling a free consultation.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
Unlike other car accidents where two drivers are involved and figuring out who is at fault is fairly straightforward, accidents involving large tractor-trailer trucks are more complex. With the potential for multiple victims and serious injuries, a number of other individuals or groups of people can be at fault. This includes the driver, the driver’s employer, the tractor-trailer owner or manufacturer, a mechanic, or even a municipality. Investigating this accident alone without access to vast resources and experts is nearly impossible, especially if you have suffered significant physical or mental damage that keeps you bedridden and recovering at home or the hospital. A skilled truck accident attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident, analyze every piece of evidence, talk to potential witnesses and experts, and represent you in or out of the courtroom to ensure you get every dollar you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and additional damages. With stacks of medical bills and no way to earn a living during your recovery, you may think that hiring an attorney is too expensive and out of the question. The truth is, when the stakes are this high, you can’t afford not to have an attorney by your side.
At Williams Hart, we have earned billions of dollars for our clients in personal injury lawsuits over the past 25 years of practice. Our success on behalf of our clients has won us numerous prestigious awards, including being named among the Best Law Firms in the country by U.S. News and World Report. We have taken on huge companies and won, and we are ready to do the same for you. We are so confident in our ability to win your case that we don’t charge any attorney fees unless and until we win you compensation.
Investigating the Accident
Investigating a tractor-trailer accident is no small undertaking. Along with investigating the scene of the accident and the vehicles involved, attorneys will look at the trucking company and where they service their vehicles. They will also inspect driving records and logs to see if drivers were overworked and possibly sleep-deprived at the moment of the accident. Additionally, lawyers can talk with witnesses and experts to reconstruct the scene of the accident to determine the cause and identify the responsible parties.
There are a number of potential causes of tractor-trailer accidents that are due to a negligent driver or trucking company’s actions. Our strong and dedicated legal team will represent you if your accident occurred due to any of the following:
- Tire blowouts
- Negligent or reckless behavior
- Faulty brakes
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Drowsy or distracted driving
- Trailers that were improperly loaded or overloaded
- Drivers who were inexperienced or inadequately trained
Our attorneys also have experience with and knowledge of a variety of state and federal laws and regulations that truck drivers and companies are required to comply with. Truck accidents can cost you and your family tens of thousands of dollars in damages. Let us stand up for you in your time of need.
Common Injuries Due to Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Unfortunately, accidents between tractor-trailer vehicles and cars are almost always more devastating for the drivers of the smaller vehicles. In fact, of the thousands of injuries and deaths reported in 2013 by the NHTSA, 7 out of 10 victims were drivers of the smaller car. Some of the most common truck accident injuries, both mental and physical, include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Burns and other forms of permanent disfigurement
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder or depression
- Fear and anxiety about driving
The aftermath of an accident with a tractor-trailer can be pandemonium, especially when one or multiple people are injured. If you are able, it’s important to remain as calm as possible, assess the situation, and offer help to other victims who may be injured. Once the situation is under control, try to collect evidence at the scene. Photos and witness testimonies will both help strengthen your case. If you are unable to collect this evidence yourself, try to ask a friend or relative to do so for you as soon as possible.
Contact Us Today
The Houston tractor-trailer attorneys at Williams Hart know this is an incredibly difficult time for you and your family. Recovering from your physical and emotional injuries can take months or even years. In some cases, victims are never the same. And while we can’t bring back loved ones or eliminate your injuries, we can help lessen the financial burden caused by negligent truck drivers and companies. To get the financial compensation you deserve, contact our trucking accident attorneys today by calling (713) 352-7071 or reaching out to us online.