As the driver or passenger of a car, pickup truck, SUV, or motorcycle, one of the most devastating types of collisions you can experience is a crash involving a large commercial truck.
Because of their size and weight, trucks can cause significant injuries and damage when they crash. The occupants of much smaller passenger vehicles may suffer serious debilitating injuries when they experience a collision with a truck. Those may include:
Traumatic brain injury or concussion
Broken bones or severed limbs
A crushed chest or extremities
Back injury, fractured vertebrae, or damaged spinal cord
Bulging or herniated discs
Muscle injuries and ligament tears
Serious cuts that result in disfiguring scars
Tragically, many truck accidents result in fatal injuries. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data, there were 3,802 fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2012, the last year for which data were available. That represented a 5 percent increase from the prior year. Approximately 77,000 large trucks were involved in injury accidents — a 22 percent increase from the prior year.
Serious physical injuries can require lengthy recovery periods and long periods of medical treatment. Medical bills may rack up at the same time that your rehabilitation prevents you from working. Additionally, your accident may have taken a toll on your family and relationships and resulted in psychological stress and trauma.
How a Houston Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a trucking accident, you may have options for pursuing compensation. The truck driver who caused the crash or the company that operated the truck may be liable to compensate you for medical costs, loss of earning capacity, mental anguish, physical pain, disfigurement, physical limitations, and other monetary damages both in the past and future.
A skilled Houston trucking accident attorney can explain how it might benefit you to pursue a claim and what to expect from the process. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys have decades of experience providing representation to people who were seriously hurt in truck accidents and obtaining the maximum amount of compensation possible for their injuries. That includes obtaining the biggest truck accident verdict in Texas in 2014, which involved a jury award of more than $6 million after a settlement offer of only $10,000.
Common Types of Trucking Accidents
There are many possible causes of a trucking accident. If you’ve been involved in one of the following types of accidents, The Krist Law Firm, P.C., can work on your behalf to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.
18-Wheeler Accidents — Accidents involving 18-wheelers, semi trucks, or tractor-trailers can be among the most serious and deadly on the roads because of the massive size of a commercial truck compared to a passenger vehicle. v
Load Accidents — Truck drivers and trucking companies should make sure that loads are secure before freight is hauled on the highway. When loads shift or fall off of a commercial truck, the results can be catastrophic for other drivers on the road.
Tanker Truck Accidents — When tanker trucks such as those traveling to and from Texas oilfields are involved in collisions with passenger vehicles, serious injuries may result not only because of the size of the truck but because of the materials the truck is carrying. Other drivers involved in the crash, or simply innocent bystanders, may be exposed to hazardous or toxic chemicals that can cause injury.
Utility Truck Accidents — Unique legal issues may be present when you’re involved in an accident with a utility truck, such as large bucket trucks used to perform maintenance or repairs on electric or telephone poles.
Underride Accidents — A passenger vehicle may become pinned under a large truck’s undercarriage. These accidents are known as underride accidents and often lead to life-threatening injuries for the occupants of the smaller vehicle. Underride accidents occur when a truck trailer is rear-ended or when a vehicle hits the side of a truck trailer. Trailers should have protective structures mounted on the sides and rear to guard against these events, but many do not.
Jackknife Accidents — When a large truck jackknifes on a highway, the result can be a collision that involves numerous vehicles and serious injuries to multiple people.
Oilfield Truck Accidents — The kind of demand for drivers created by an oil boom can lead to many inexperienced, unqualified, or over-worked truck drivers on the roads. Driver inexperience, inattentiveness, and fatigue are leading causes of serious truck accidents.
Rollover Accidents — Similar to a jackknife accident, a large truck that rolls over can present a dangerous obstacle to numerous other vehicles on the roadway and lead to severe injuries to other drivers and passengers.
Head-On Collisions — When a passenger vehicle is hit head-on by a large truck that crosses the center line because of driver fatigue or error, the results often can be fatal.
Blocking Accidents — This type of accident may occur when a tractor-trailer is stopped or parked in the road and blocking other traffic.
Wide-Turning Truck Accidents — Trucks with trailers need more room than passenger vehicles to maneuver through turns. When a truck driver doesn’t allow enough room to make a turn or turns without properly checking his or her mirrors, the truck may collide with other vehicles.
Side-Impact and T-Bone Collisions — When a truck sideswipes a smaller vehicle, or causes a T-bone crash after running a red light or stop sign, the force of the resulting impact may cause serious or life-threatening injuries to drivers or passengers.
Rear-End Collisions — When a truck rear-ends a smaller passenger car or SUV, the people in the smaller vehicle may experience serious lasting injuries.
Quality Representation for Your Houston Trucking Accident Claim
The team of lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C., has the right set of skills and experience to provide you with the highest quality of legal representation for your truck accident claim. We have a deep understanding of how to put forth the best arguments to support your Texas trucking accident claim and get you the maximum compensation possible based on your injuries and the circumstances of your case.
We can start representing you immediately after your accident to ensure that your rights are protected through the process of investigating your claim, negotiating a recovery with insurance companies, or taking a lawsuit to a Texas court. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, call us for a free consultation today at .