At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we understand how terrifying it can be as the driver of a passenger car, SUV, or motorcycle to collide with tens of thousands of pounds of metal and freight.
One of our most heart-wrenching cases involved a father and daughter who were nearly killed when a wide-turning truck sideswiped their motorcycle and drove them into a ditch. Both the father and daughter suffered serious leg injuries and feared each other dead as they lay holding hands in the ditch for 45 minutes waiting for help. The father ended up having his leg amputated two weeks later because of the accident.
When we investigated the trucking accident, we found that the driver had never followed trucking regulations under federal law by inspecting his truck for defects at the end of each shift. He also was a methamphetamine user who lied about his drug problem — and was never drug-tested by the company that hired him to drive an oil field truck. He also had a previous history of citations for driving trucks with equipment violations or defects.
Despite the serious injuries involved, four other lawyers refused to represent the father and daughter before we listened to his story and agreed to pursue his case. He had been offered a $10,000 settlement, which barely scratched the surface of the injuries and losses he and his daughter suffered. With hard work and dedicated representation, the family was awarded $6,028,000 — the highest published verdict in Texas in 2014 for a trucking accident.
An 18-wheeler, also referred to as a semi truck or tractor-trailer, can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. By comparison, most passenger cars on the road weigh around 3,000 or 4,000 pounds and a motorcycle typically weighs less than 1,000 pounds. That’s a big difference in size and weight — which translates to a massive difference in force in the event of an impact, especially when the 18-wheeler is traveling at highway speeds.
People in passenger cars or SUVs, or who are riding motorcycles, unfortunate enough to collide with an 18-wheeler often suffer multiple serious injuries that may include:
It can take years to recover from this kind of crash. You’re likely to have significant medical expenses for surgeries, physical therapy, and other treatments. You’re also likely to lose time away from work — and that’s something a lot of people just can’t afford these days when many families live paycheck to paycheck.
When you or a family member has been seriously injured in a collision with a truck — or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident — it’s natural to want to hold accountable the driver or trucking company responsible for the crash. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our team of seasoned Houston trucking accident lawyers has decades of experience doing just that. When you come to us with your injury claim, we’ll work to get you and your family the compensation you deserve.
There are a number of reasons why a truck might crash into another vehicle or motorcycle rider. An important part of the process in a trucking accident case is to identify the cause of the accident and the responsible parties. An experienced Houston trucking accident lawyer can do just that.
In general, some common causes behind commercial trucking accidents include:
Good, hard-working people who are seriously hurt in accidents often are reluctant to file lawsuits. They may be hopeful that the insurance companies will sort it out or unsure how to proceed. Or they may simply be focused on daily life and trying to recover.
The reason this process exists is to help you if you’ve been injured. When someone else is negligent, you have a right to get your medical bills, loss of income, and other damages paid. There’s no shame in providing for your family — and a personal injury lawyer can help you do just that.
There are a number of things that a Houston truck accident lawyer can do to help you when you’ve been seriously hurt. A couple of the major reasons to hire a Houston truck accident attorneys quickly following an accident include:
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our Houston truck accident lawyers have decades of experience helping injured people to recover the compensation that allows them to rebuild their lives after a catastrophic accident. We have handled countless cases involving collisions with trucks in Houston and throughout Texas and recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Our skilled Houston truck accident attorneys have the knowledge and experience to handle the kinds of legal, mechanical, and medical issues at issue in truck accident cases.
We also have the financial resources to pursue your claim. Few law firms can match the financial wherewithal of our firm, which enables us to involve the nation’s leading experts in the prosecution of your case. We have a network of former trucking fleet managers, accident reconstructionists, life care planners, medical experts, engineers, and other experts who can support your claim with established science.
With our help, your family may be able to recover compensation for the following, both in the past and into the future:
Call the experienced Houston truck accident attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at , for a consultation about your injuries today.