Houston Underride Accident Lawyers
Underride accidents can be some of the most terrifying collisions on the road. These accidents occur when a passenger vehicle slides underneath a trailer or beneath the back of a truck. The injuries suffered by those in the smaller vehicle are usually catastrophic and all-too-often prove to be fatal. Because these devastating accidents can and do occur with alarming frequency, it is crucial for victims and their families to have a voice and a strong advocate. The experienced truck accident attorneys of Williams Hart are here to be that voice and ensure that justice is served.
Our team of nationally-recognized trial attorneys are ready to put our skills and experience to work for you. We will not let the trucking company or their insurance company deny your injury claim, nor will we let them bully you into accepting a lowball settlement. We will seek the maximum amount possible on your behalf, and we’ll get the answers and justice you deserve. To speak directly with an underride accident attorney about the details of your case, call us today at (713) 352-7071 for a free consultation.
Why do I need a lawyer after an underride accident?
The aftermath of an underride accident can be traumatic for both victims and their families. This pain is made worse when the accident could have been prevented if someone (i.e., the truck driver, trucking company, or another party) had been more responsible. With commercial vehicles, the delivery of cargo and pursuit of profits takes priority over the safety of others, and when this happens, severe and potentially fatal accidents could occur.
Also, when a truck driver is at fault for an accident, their employers and insurance companies will often try to deny any wrong-doing. Their aim is to protect their bottom-line, which means paying you as little as possible for your injury claim. If a truck driver has caused an injury for you or a loved one, your suffering should not be made any worse. Securing fair compensation for an accident that was not your fault is your right and is a fundamental part of our justice system.
Trucking accidents often cause substantial injuries and can have a life-long impact on the victims. While you or a loved one is recovering emotionally and physically, your concern should not be with fighting a legal battle. Truckers have extensive and aggressive teams of lawyers and insurance agents to protect them. Their aim is to prevent any payment of compensation. Liability for trucking accidents can be tricky to pin down as well, making the whole legal process even more complicated. A strong legal advocate is your best bet in taking on trucking companies. Hiring a truck accident attorney who has experience handling these types of cases is crucial. The truck driver who caused your accident won’t be negotiating or fighting this legal battle alone, and neither should you.
Why should I choose Williams Hart?
Williams Hart has been a trusted name in Houston law since the firm was founded in 1983. We stand behind our founding principles to defend and protect injured individuals and their rights. Williams Hart has recovered billions of dollars for our clients. Our success and proven track record speak for ourselves. Our union of attorneys has the know-how to succeed in seeking justice for your case. We will work tirelessly on your behalf to provide quality representation, putting all of our resources at your disposal. A trucking accident can leave you feeling alone and vulnerable. Williams Hart is here to walk with you through your entire legal journey and to bring ease and comfort.
At Williams Hart our commitment is to uphold the rights of the individual. In the event that you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as a result of an underride accident, we are here to help. Recovering from an injury brings many burdens, finances should not be one of them. At Williams Hart we put our money where our mouth is. As a result, you will not be charged any attorney’s fees, court costs, or other expenses unless you recover damages. We understand the great hardships that an underride injury can cause, and we are dedicated to keeping finances off that list. We care about the members of our Houston community and are here to help. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (713) 352-7071 or fill out one of our online contact forms.
Liability For Underride Accidents
Injuries sustained from an underride accident can be severe and tragic. When the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the truck driver, a personal injury suit can be pursued. Side underride accidents are often caused when a truck driver incorrectly assumes that they are visible during a maneuver.
These accidents occur most frequently when a truck driver is attempting to cross a busy street, make a u-turn, or is driving in reverse. Rear underride accidents are often caused by illegally parked trucks on the side of the road, poorly-marked trucks or trailers, and slow-moving trucks.
Because an underride accident could happen anywhere and at any time, from unsafe driving to improper truck or trailer maintenance, the cause of the accident may be difficult to asses. A lawsuit can be filed based on negligence or product liability. For help in determining the liable party and the proper legal action, contact us today at (713) 352-7071.
Compensation For Underride Accident Victims
Compensation for an underride accident where you are not at fault is your right. If negligence or product liability lead to injury or the death of a loved one, you should not assume the financial burden. In a personal injury suit, you may collect for the following:
- Medical Expenses (paid or incurred)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Physical impairment
If a suit is filed for wrongful death, you may be entitled to additional damages. These include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills of the deceased
- Loss of protection or care
- Mental and emotional suffering
- Loss of companionship or guidance
Williams Hart is dedicated to providing you with legal advocacy. To discuss your case and potential compensation, call us today at (713) 352-7071, to schedule a free consultation.
Underride accident statistics:
Underride accidents can be especially dangerous and deadly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides some useful statistics on underride accidents, including:
- Most fatal underride accidents (55.8%) occur in rural areas
- Underride accidents are more common in urban areas (accounting for 43.8%) but are less deadly
- Underride accidents are more likely to occur at night
Frequently Asked Questions
At Williams Hart we believe in justice and individual rights. We also stand for sound and ethical legal representation. Legal guidance should not be a financial burden. In an effort to serve our community, here are the answers to questions we hear commonly at our firm:
Who Can File an Underride Lawsuit?
Individuals can file an underride accident lawsuit on the basis of negligence or product liability. If a loved one has passed as the result of an underride accident, you may be entitled to compensation on their behalf. In the event of a death, a wrongful death suit may be brought by survivors in relation to the victim. In Texas, wrongful death lawsuits can be filed by:
- Parents (of minor children)
- Any dependent minors (including children born out of wedlock and adopted children)
- Guardians of adopted minors
How long do I have to file a case?
Victims of negligence can file a personal injury case within two years of the accident date in Texas. If a wrongful death suit is being filed, survivors have two years to file a case, with some exceptions. One exception is if the cause of death was not originally based on negligence. Once negligence is deemed to be the cause of death, survivors have two years to file a wrongful death suit.
What if I am partially at fault for my underride accident?
Texas follows a doctrine of modified comparative negligence. In plain English, this means that if you were 10% at fault for the accident, you can only collect 90% of the damages awarded. You cannot file a case if you are deemed to be more than 50% responsible for the accident.
What if my accident involves a government employee or truck?
In Texas, if you are injured through negligence by a government employee, the rules are slightly different. A lawsuit must be filed with the governmental body believed to be at fault within six months of the incident. Consulting with an experienced attorney is the best way to ensure your case is being properly handled.
Williams Hart represents victims of underride accidents in Houston and across the state of Texas. We seek to protect your rights and help you get the fair compensation you are owed. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an underride accident caused by a negligent truck driver, trucking company, or another party, be sure to contact us for help. To schedule a 100% free consultation, call us at (713) 352-7071 or fill out our online contact form today.