Houston 18-Wheeler Accident Attorneys
Each year in the United States, there are more than half a million accidents involving large and dangerous commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers.
Because of their weight and size, these large tractor-trailers can create tremendous amounts of damage when they are operated in an unsafe manner or when trucking companies fail to maintain and repair them properly. Every year, dozens of Texans and thousands of Americans are killed due to the negligence of trucking companies and their drivers.
Like its trucks, the commercial trucking industry is also large, powerful, and profitable. According to industry statistics, there are more than 15 million trucks on America’s roads, operated by more than half a million trucking companies. These trucks cover over 500 billion miles per year and generate more than $250 million in revenue annually for commercial trucking companies, truck owners, and truck drivers.
Large Trucks and Safety Concerns
Unfortunately, some trucking operators are driven by the desire to profit more than they are concerned with safety, and place unwise demands on their driver. These companies may fail to recognize the physical and mental toll taken on truck drivers when they are pushed beyond their limits, and that truckers who are overworked, fatigued, and under stress may endanger others on the road.
In order to drive profitability and offset the costs of diesel, some trucking operators resort to cutting corners on safety. Those actions may include:
- Delaying critical vehicle inspections
- Refusing to replace broken or defective parts in a timely manner
- Pressuring drivers to work more hours and falsify their logbooks in order to make more timely deliveries
These practices have an enormous economic and personal toll on society, causing unnecessary, wrongful deaths and millions of dollars in damages annually. They also may constitute negligence and result in the trucking company being held liable for injuries and other damages when one of the company’s drivers causes a serious accident.
The financial incentives presented to drivers who are willing to skirt the law combined with pressure from the commercial trucking companies who employ them encourages some truck drivers to engage in negligent and dangerous behaviors that may lead to injury — or even fatal truck accidents in Texas.
Risky behaviors by truck drivers may include:
- Driving while fatigued
- Using stimulants or other substances to combat fatigue
- Driving in an unsafe manner for inclement weather and road conditions
Passenger Vehicles vs. 18-wheelers
Accidents involving 18-wheelers, large commercial trucks or other types of commercial vehicles can be more dangerous than those involving two passenger cars because of the sheer size and nature of commercial vehicles.
Semi trucks are much heavier than passenger vehicles even when not loaded with cargo, translating into more force in the event of an impact. Tractor-trailers can weigh roughly 80,000 pounds on average when loaded with cargo, compared to roughly 5,000 pounds for an average passenger vehicle. A passenger car’s engine is also six times smaller than those found in commercial trucks, and tractor-trailers can take up to 40 times longer to come to a complete stop than a passenger vehicle when traveling.
The drivers of these types of large commercial 18-wheelers also have bigger blind spots than other classes of vehicles, making it more difficult for them to detect passenger vehicles who are traveling around or directly behind the truck. This presents a danger when truck drivers attempt to change lanes, make wide turns in tight intersections, or merge onto busy highways.
How Our Houston 18-Wheeler Accident Attorneys Can Help
When you’ve been injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler or other large commercial vehicle, it’s likely that your injuries were severe. You may face an extensive recovery period, during which you may be unable to work. The loss of income from your accident coupled with expensive medical bills for your recovery may leave you feeling hopeless and overwhelmed.
The dedicated Houston truck accident attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. are here to help. We have represented countless people in similar situations and helped them obtain compensation and rebuild their lives after a catastrophic collision with a commercial truck. We have obtained numerous multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of people injured in truck accidents and have been successful in holding trucking companies and their drivers accountable for their negligence.
When we represent you, we will perform a thorough investigation into your accident to identify its causes and obtain the evidence that helps us construct the strongest possible case in support of your claim. We will be there every step of the way, from investigation to trial, and fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to obtain compensation for your past and future:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Physical limitations
- Mental anguish
Contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at 281-283-8500 or by using the contact form below to learn more about what we can do to help you following a catastrophic commercial trucking accident. We offer a free initial case evaluation and charge no fees unless we are able to obtain compensation for you.