By its very nature, trucking is a dangerous profession. It is critically important to the health and welfare of Texas communities that drivers maintain control of commercial vehicles in order to be as safe as is humanly possible on our roads, streets, and highways.
In order to maintain that safe level of control, it is vital that commercial truck drivers get regular rest, quality sleep, maintain safe speeds, observe and adhere to all traffic regulations, and remain alert at all times.
It is also imperative that a company that owns commercial 18-wheelers and employs drivers maintains its fleet with regular care and maintenance, and inspects the vehicles on a regular basis. If there is a lapse in judgment or maintenance anywhere in this process, the results can be devastating.
How Our Houston Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You
This is, even more, true in the state of Texas, where our broad highways, congested streets, and high-density truck traffic causes thousands of vehicle crashes in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, and other municipalities every year.
For victims, these major accidents are far more complicated than collisions involving two passenger cars. When two passenger vehicles collide, liability for trucking accidents fall on the driver that was found to be at fault or in violation of traffic regulations at the time of the crash.
However, a commercial vehicle may be managed by several different parties including the trucking company, the person or entity that legally owns the truck, or another insurance company, all of which may share liability when the truck collides with another vehicle.
The complexities of a commercial transport company’s policies can also contribute to the denial of an accident victim’s claim for compensation, as is the case when an employer claims that a driver is an independent contractor in an attempt to deflect liability.
In short, a single car crash may involve the driver, the driver’s employer, the vehicle owner, the team members responsible for maintaining the 18-wheeler, and any companies responsible for manufacturing the truck, depending on what happened during the crash. If the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, other parties may be responsible as well.
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we have extensive experience with Texas commercial truck accident cases involving both state laws and federal regulations. We understand how this complex system of laws and rules applies to injuries like yours and how to unravel the interwoven relationships between any parties that may bear responsibility for your injuries.
We also have a history of helping people injured in truck accidents to receive the maximum possible compensation — including a verdict of more than $6 million that was the largest verdict in Texas for a commercial trucking case in 2014.
Trust an Experienced Houston Truck Accident Lawyer to Get the Compensation You Deserve
Why should you hire an experienced Houston truck accident attorney to represent you in a personal injury case? There are many reasons.
Determining Fault — With so many parties involved in a single roadside or highway collision involving a truck, it can be challenging to determine who is the responsible party and how to approach a multifaceted case. Investigations — Accident investigations involving trucks and other vehicles in Texas are extraordinarily complex. Very often, commercial transport companies deploy their own team of investigators to respond to every incident. The investigator is paid by the commercial trucking company, so they have no interest in the well-being of or fair compensation to the victim. Any evidence gathered by investigators working for the trucking companies is likely to implicate the victim, and commercial transport companies will unapologetically use that evidence against the victim during recovery negotiations or a trial. Understanding Negligence — In many truck accident cases, the actual collisions are caused by negligence on the part of the truck driver, whose behaviors may include:
Driving while under the influence of drugs
Driving while extremely fatigued
Speeding or driving too aggressively for the road conditions
Eating, texting or engaging in other distracting activities while driving
On the flipside, there are many ways in which the trucking company can be negligent:
Setting unworkable delivery times that undermine safe driving behaviors
Delaying part replacements, including tires, and key mechanical items
Postponing or failing to perform diagnostic vehicle inspections
Pressuring truck drivers to drive longer than federal law permits
Keep in mind that determining liability is far more difficult in truck accident cases than in simple passenger collisions because of the number of parties that may be involved.
Recovery Negotiations — In a typical car accident, your attorney is really only negotiating with the insurance company of the other driver. Because there are multiple parties involved in a truck accident case, a Houston truck accident lawyer must be skilled in negotiating with multiple parties including insurance companies, the driver of the truck, his or her employer, and vehicle and parts manufacturers.
Understanding State and Federal Law — If you are involved in a trucking accident, it is vital that you engage an attorney who is familiar with both Texas state law and Federal regulations because both of these sets of laws may impact your case significantly. Texas law, for example, imposes some restrictions on your ability to raise a cause of action for personal injury or wrongful death.
The Texas statute of limitations states that you must file a lawsuit not later than two years after the date of your trucking accident. For instances of wrongful death, the statute of limitations is still 2 years, but the date the time limit begins is not the date of the trucking accident and is rather 2 years after the death occurred.
Simultaneously, there are laws and regulations that are specific to the trucking industry across the United States, including Texas. The trucking industry in this country is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA oversees laws and regulations that apply to the commercial trucking industry but do not apply to passenger vehicles.
Driver must have met certain qualifications before operating a commercial 18-wheeler, for example. Other FMCSA laws govern the number of hours a truck driver can work as well as other conditions specific to operating a commercial truck. The qualified Houston truck accident attorneys at The Krist Law Firm P.C. are intimately familiar with both Texas state laws and federal regulation and will know which laws and regulations apply in your specific case — and how to use them to build a strong argument in favor of your receiving compensation.
Aggressive, Knowledgeable Legal Advocacy That Wins
A collision with a commercial truck can be terrifying. An accident on this scale can take a terrible toll in terms of injuries not only to victims but also to their family members. We understand the Texas legal landscape as well as how federal regulations come into play when it comes to accident liability involving a commercial truck.
We will work closely with you and your family to keep you informed about the details of your case and communicate to a judge or jury why you deserve compensation for your past and future medical costs, loss of earning capacity, physical pain, mental anguish, physical limitations, and disfigurement.
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our trucking accident lawyers have tackled a wide range of trucking accident cases throughout the state of Texas. We understand Texas state law, federal trucking regulations, and the investigative techniques that are necessary to successfully prosecute a trucking accident case, in or out of court.
In addition, we work closely with experts, including accident reconstruction specialists, life care planners, engineers, medical professionals, and forensic electronics specialists who can capture and analyze data from a truck’s data recorder or “black box.” With these experts on our side, we can present a strong case to prove the cause of the crash and your injuries, as well as the extent of your mental and physical damage.
Find out more about what some of the finest and most committed attorneys in Texas can do for you in the wake of your Houston truck accident by calling us at or by contacting us online. We offer a free consultation and there are no fees unless you receive compensation. Our team of highly qualified Houston truck accident attorneys are committed to providing your trucking accident case with the justice it deserves.