Houston Trucking Accident Attorney Fighting for Maximum Compensation
With increased trucking traffic on major Texas roadways such as Interstate 35, State Highway 45 and U.S. Highway183 and more rural roads near oil and gas drilling fields like the Eagle Ford Shale and the Barnett Shale, accidents involving trucks of all sizes are increasing. At Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, our Texas truck accident attorneys handle catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases involving semi trucks throughout Texas.
If you have been in involved in an 18 wheeler accident or suffered a severe injury from a tractor trailer accident in Texas, Abraham Watkins can help you. Please contact us online or call now 800-580-9121 for an immediate consultation with a trucking accident lawyer in Houston.
When You Need A Houston Truck Accident Attorney, Call Us
Our truck accident attorneys at Abraham Watkins have a thorough understanding of federal and state trucking law and a strong commitment to achieving positive results for injured people in negotiations and in trial. Firm partner Randall O. Sorrels is a member of the national advisory board for the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (AITLA), which works to help eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices.
Causes of Truck Accidents
- Was the driver fatigued? Did the driver have prior accidents, speeding tickets or a DUI charge?
- Was the driver intoxicated or under the influence of drugs?
- Was the driver using a cellphone, texting while driving or otherwise distracted?
- Was the company negligent in the hiring and retention of drivers?
- Was the accident a result of an unsafe or unbalanced load?
- What were the trucking company's safety and training policies?
- What logbook requirements did the company have? Were driver logs falsified?
- Were defective tires or other defective equipment responsible for the accident?
- Was the truck properly maintained?
Other Trucking Safety Issues
Trucking safety issues in Texas and nationwide range from inadequate truck maintenance to a failure to comply with all required trucking regulations.
According to a recent study by the American Trucking Association, the transportation industry will need 110,000 more drivers by 2014.* This shortage of drivers will likely compound the challenge of truck driver safety. High turnover among drivers and inadequate training and maintenance plague the 18-wheeler and commercial trucking industries creating a moving danger for all who share the road with these massive machines.
With the oil and gas boom, commercial vehicle traffic has been increasing on the roads to and from oil fields, drilling sites and shale plays — including the Eagle Ford Shale and Barnett Shale plays. The drilling rush has only increased the shortage of oil field truck drivers, which means that drivers of large semis and commercial trucks are often inexperienced and more apt to be involved in serious truck accidents. In addition, the wear-and-tear caused by oversized vehicles on rural Texas roads has created dangerous conditions that may lead to increased car-truck accidents.
Truck Accident Victims Suffer Life-Changing Injuries
When a heavy truck — like an 18-wheeler, semi or tractor-trailer — crashes into a car, SUV or motorcycle, the result is almost always catastrophic injury or death. The cost of medical treatment and ongoing care in cases involving spinal cord injuries (including paraplegia and quadriplegia), brain injuries and loss of limbs is typically very high.
We have a medical doctor on staff to help us determine the severity of injuries and their likely long-term consequences. We want you and your family to have the compensation you need to move forward in your lives.
Contact a Houston Trucking Accident Attorney Today
It is never too early to hire an experienced Texas truck accident lawyer to represent you. Many commercial trucking firms have an investigator at the accident site before you are even checked into your hospital room. It is important to investigate the cause of a truck accident as early as possible. Evidence of the trucking company's liability that could be found at the scene may not be preserved.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact an experienced trucking accident lawyer by calling 713-587-9668 (toll free 800-580-9121) or e-mailing our office. For a free consultation, contact us today!
* Source: Houston Chronicle, 12/21/08