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With increased trucking traffic on major Texas roadways such as Interstate 35, State Highway 45 and U.S. Highway 183 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 & Aziz, 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 800-594-4884 for an immediate consultation with a trucking accident lawyer in Houston.

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Our truck accident attorneys 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

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A number of factors can cause trucking accidents. When investigating a Texas 18-wheeler, big rig or commercial truck accident, it is important to ask:

  • 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

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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.

  • Life-Changing Injuries
  • Cell Phone Use
  • Texting While Driving
  • Truck Driver Fatigue
  • Drunk Truck Drivers
  • Commercial Truck Accidents
  • Pickup Truck Accidents
  • The Importance of Early Investigation After a Car Accident

Determining Responsibility After A Truck Accident

Typically, legal action is taken against the trucking company that owns the big rig or 18-wheeler that was involved in the crash. The trucking industry is governed by federal laws and regulations that help define the standards trucking companies, trucking owners, and truck drivers must meet; proving that these standards were not met can be important to succeeding in a truck accident case.

In addition to the trucking company, there may be others who should be held responsible for personal injuries, wrongful death and property damage caused by a truck crash. Common responsible parties in a trucking accident may include the:

  • Driver of the semi-truck
  • Owner of the truck or tractor trailer
  • Manufacturer of the big rig or any part of the semi that may be a contributor to the trucking accident

Some common indications of negligence include:

  • Lack of experience by the truck driver
  • Oversized trucks on narrow two lane roads common on I-45, I-35, I-10, or other West Texas highways, rural or farm-to-market roads
  • Failing to obey trucking laws, rules and regulations

When another person or business' negligence results in serious injury to your family or the death of a loved one after a semi-truck wreck, you have the right to hold each of those parties responsible.

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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 713-396-3964.

* Source: Houston Chronicle, 12/21/08