Houston Underride Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in an underride accident involving a truck you may be entitled to compensation. Accidents involving an 18-wheeler can be exceptionally dangerous, deadly, and complicated. Truck drivers must be held to the highest standards due to the intense nature of accidents involving their vehicles. Pain and suffering after an unexpected accident can never be amended with financial compensation. However, the appropriate party must be held accountable and damages must be paid for justice to be upheld.
Our seasoned team at Williams Hart has experience and deep knowledge of the law involving trucking accidents to help you seek justice and compensation. To speak directly with an underride accident attorney about the details of your case, call us today at (800) 220-9341 for a free consultation.
Why do I need a lawyer after an underride accident?
The aftermath of an accident involving a semi-truck can be traumatic for both victims and their families. This pain is made worse when the injuries are a result of someone else’s negligence. Truckers are highly trained and trusted to prioritize safety. Too often, safety is not the primary concern for trucking companies and their drivers. Additionally, when a truck driver is at fault for an accident, their employers and insurance companies will try to deny any wrong-doing. Their aim is to protect their drivers and their wallets. If a truck driver has caused an injury for you or a loved one, your suffering should not be made any worse. Compensation 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. Partnering with a team of lawyers that has a strong record of success in your community is the easiest way to ensure peace of mind. The truck driver who caused your accident won’t be facing the legal battle alone, and neither should you.
Why should I choose Williams Hart?
Williams Hart has been a trusted name in Houston law since our beginning in 1983. We firmly uphold our principle to defend and protect the individual 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 top-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 (800) 220-9341 or fill out one of our online contact forms.
How does liability work 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. Due to the wide variety of causes, from unsafe driving to improper truck or trailer maintenance, the cause of the accident may be difficult to asses. An underride 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 (800) 220-9341.
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
If you have suffered an injury or a loved one has passed as a result of an underride accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At Williams Hart we are committed to protecting your rights and providing peace of mind. We will help you seek justice and won’t break the bank doing it. Williams Hart is a trusted name in the Houston community and can also serve you in your legal action.
What types of compensation are available after being injured in an underride accident?
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 (800) 220-9341, 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:
How long do I have to file a case?
In Texas, a victim can file a personal injury case within two years of the accident date. 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?
The state of Texas has shared fault rules. If you or a loved one was deemed to have been 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 is dedicated to providing sound legal guidance to all in our community. We seek to maintain your individual rights and to collect compensation on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an underride accident, we know that the pain and suffering can be unbearable. Our union of attorneys will work to bring justice to your case. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (800) 220-9341 or fill out our online contact form today.