Houston Trucking Accident Lawyer
Semi-trucks are some of the largest vehicles traveling our roads – they are also the most dangerous. The sheer size and weight of these behemoths mean that a single mistake, one single accident, carries devastating and, many times, deadly consequences.
An accident with one of these vehicles cannot simply be written off as a cost of doing business. Truck driving is a profession, and rules and regulations are put in place to govern the safe operating of large vehicles. When those rules are set aside for convenience or to make deadlines and an accident results, the responsible parties must answer for their negligent behavior. The fact of the matter is, large truck accidents can change lives forever.
Gibson Hill Personal Injury knows you are hurt and suffering. The medical bills continue to grow, you may be out of work as you recover, and anxiety is building over how you are going to pay for it all. When the trucking company and their team of insurers offer you money for your accident, it may seem like the answer to your problems. Usually, however, their offer won’t come close to compensating you fairly. You’ll have signed away your legal rights in exchange for a settlement that’s significantly less than what you deserve.
Don’t let the trucking companies take advantage of you. Call Gibson Hill Personal Injury. We have a team of accident lawyers who have the experience and resources needed to go head to head with trucking companies, their insurers, and their lawyers. You aren’t in this alone. Call (713) 659-4000 today to set up a free and confidential consultation.
Common Causes of Large Truck Accidents
Numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highlight the unfortunate reality of trucking accidents in the state of Texas. In 2017, Texas recorded the highest number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes in the nation. That year 621 people lost their lives, and thousands more were injured.
While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration explicitly lays out the safety regulations that all truck drivers and their employers must adhere to, accidents continue to happen due to negligence and poor driving. While there are a wide variety of factors that may cause an accident, these are the most common causes of large truck accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued drivers
- Drunk driving
- Driving in poor or unsafe weather conditions
- Driving with improperly loaded cargo
- Unsafe passing or lane changes
- Mechanical malfunctions of defective parts
A National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey has found that 93 percent of large truck accidents are caused by human error. That means the vast majority of accidents could be prevented if negligence and poor judgment were taken out of the equation. Holding negligent drivers and trucking companies accountable for their actions sends the message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.
Types of Injuries Suffered in Large Truck Collisions
Large trucks can weigh in excess of 80,000-pounds when fully loaded. You don’t have to sit down and do the math to know who will come out on top when an 80,000-pound semi-truck collides with a 3,000-pound passenger vehicle. Numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 72 percent of people killed in large-truck collisions are the occupants of the other vehicles.
Those who survive a crash with a large truck can suffer from severe and extensive injuries. These types of injuries can take months, sometimes even years, to recover from. It is not uncommon for some people to suffer the aftereffects of an accident for the rest of their lives. These are some of the more common types of injuries that can result from a large-truck accident:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Serious head, neck, and spine injuries
- Broken or crushed cones
- Internal bleeding and damage to organs
- Soft tissue damage
- Loss of limbs
- Wrongful death
Significant injuries will require more than just hospitalization. The real recovery work begins when you leave the hospital and start working on rehabilitation. That may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, or some form of long-term care or assistance. This type of long-term recovery plan is not something most people take into consideration when calculating the cost of their medical bills.
In the stress of the moment, victims tend to only look at the immediate hospital bills and think a check from the trucking company will cover it all. Having a lawyer on your side means you have help calculating and anticipating all of your current and future financial needs. Don’t go into debt because an insurer manipulated you into taking less than what you are entitled to.
What Types of Damages Could You Be Entitled To?
Every truck accident is different. It is always imperative to investigate the circumstances surrounding any collision. With that being said, there are a number of damages that you may be entitled to receive if you have been the victim of a negligent truck accident. Chances are high that you have suffered serious injuries from an accident of this magnitude and have multiple medical bills piling up. You may have missed work due to the severity of your injuries as well.
Here are some examples of the types of compensation you may be entitled to:
- Current Medical Expenses – You may be able to recover the cost of your medical expenses such as doctor’s visits, hospital bills, prescription drug costs, and the initial ambulance ride.
- Future Medical Expenses – If your injuries are serious, you may be facing an uphill recovery. You may be able to get compensation for the cost of long-term therapy, rehabilitation, and physical therapy.
- Loss of Current Income – If your injuries prevented you from going to work, you may be entitled to compensation lost wages.
- Loss of Potential Future Earning Capacity – If your injuries are severe enough that it will make returning to your job impossible, you may also be able to recover compensation for an expected loss of future income.
- Pain and Suffering – There is no doubt that you are going through a lot physically and emotionally following a traumatic event like a collision with a large truck. An experienced attorney may be able to recover compensation for your pain and suffering.
- Wrongful Death – If the accident caused the death of a loved one, you may be able to seek compensation that can cover medical costs, funeral expenses, and the loss of financial support. It is tragic losing a loved one in this way, and no amount of compensation can cover that loss. At Gibson Hill Personal Injury, we work to help you secure financial stability and hold the negligent parties responsible for their reckless actions.
An experienced lawyer is your best bet to recovering the compensation you are entitled to. The trucking company hopes you’ll take their offer and walk away from the accident. Unfortunately, people too often find that the “settlement” offered by the company doesn’t come close to compensating them for all the bills and damages the accident caused. Once you take their money and sign their paperwork, you are throwing away your legal rights to hold them accountable and get the full compensation you are entitled to.
How Can the Team at Gibson Hill Personal Injury Help You After an Accident?
Large truck accidents are complicated cases. The trucking company and the insurers and lawyers on their payroll want to settle quickly and move on to other business. They are interested in maintaining profits, not paying for your recovery. You are an obstacle to overcome as they push forward with business as usual. You deserve fair compensation, not to be brushed aside after your life has so dramatically changed.
At Gibson Hill Personal Injury, we treat all our clients like family, not case numbers. That means we don’t let anyone take advantage of our family. By calling the experienced team at Gibson Hill Personal Injury, you are ensuring that someone is looking out for your best interests. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a collision with a large truck, call our Houston personal injury lawyers at (713) 659-4000 for a free and confidential consultation.