Truck accidents can leave you with life-altering injuries, overwhelming medical expenses, and a mountain of other bills that you can’t afford to pay. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident that wasn’t your fault, you deserve financial compensation for your injuries and losses. Let the Houston truck accident lawyers of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, help you demand justice. Our legal team has decades of combined experience helping injured accident victims obtain financial compensation from deep-pocketed trucking companies and insurers.
When you choose our legal team to help you after a truck accident, you can expect a full-service approach. We don’t just help you pursue a settlement or a verdict at trial. We are committed to helping you make a complete recovery from the accident. This includes ensuring you have access to medical treatment for your injuries and working to mitigate the impacts of the accident on your life. We are here to guide you and answer questions through your whole journey.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation to discuss the details of your crash. We’ll go over your legal rights, map out a strategy for pursuing compensation, and explain your next steps.
Why Truck Accidents Are So Complicated
Truck accident cases tend to be more complex than other kinds of motor vehicle accident claims. Reasons for the complicated nature of truck accident claims include:
- Accident victims suffer more serious injuries. The size (and often the speed) of a commercial truck imposes violent forces on the vehicles and individuals the truck collides with. These forces often result in more serious injuries for truck accident victims. More serious injuries can mean an accident victim will require ongoing treatment even after his or her claim reaches settlement negotiations or trial. This means that the victim’s financial compensation must include anticipated future expenses and losses. Assessing future losses often requires expert analysis and resources.
- Trucking companies have complicated corporate and insurance structures. Trucking industry companies often have complex business structures, making it difficult to identify the correct legal party that can be held responsible for an accident. Trucking companies also often have layered insurance policies that can hide the true extent of coverage available to compensate an injured accident victim. You need a truck accident attorney who has extensive experience dealing with these types of claims to identify all potential sources of compensation.
- More parties may be involved. Multiple parties and companies may be involved in getting trucks and cargo onto the road and to their destination. Following an accident, each of these parties must be looked at to determine whether they bear some or all of the fault for the crash.
- More evidence is involved. The complex nature of the trucking industry also generates a lot of documents and information that must be examined following a crash. You need a truck accident lawyer who will work quickly to preserve evidence and determine how the accident occurred.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Truck Accident?
In a typical car accident, liability often lies with one of the drivers. When an accident is caused by a commercial truck, though, there may be many more parties that bear some or all the liability for the crash. Potentially responsible parties in a truck accident case can include:
- The truck driver, who can be held liable for negligent or reckless operation of the commercial motor vehicle
- The trucking company, which can be subjected to employer liability when the truck driver’s negligence or recklessness causes an accident (if the trucking company employs the driver), or which can be held directly liable for its own negligence in retaining or supervising a truck driver who causes an accident
- The truck’s owner (if separate from the truck driver or trucking company), when an accident is caused by deferred maintenance of the truck leading to a part or system failure
- The freight company that loads the truck or trailer, which can be held responsible if an accident is caused by an unsafe truckload, such as an overweight, unbalanced, or unsecured load
- The truck’s mechanic, who can be held responsible for negligent maintenance of the vehicle
- The truck manufacturer, or a part manufacturer, which can be held responsible if a defect in the truck causes an accident
Evidence We May Use in a Truck Accident Claim
Given the technical complexities of commercial trucks and the significant state and federal regulation of the industry, truck accident claims often require examining a significant amount of evidence. Examples of evidence that our Houston truck accident lawyers at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, use in truck accident claims include:
- The truck driver’s log, in which the driver records how long he or she has been on duty and behind the wheel. Federal law limits the time commercial drivers can spend on duty and behind the wheel. The log will show if a driver has exceeded these limits and thus may have been drowsy or fatigued at the time of the collision.
- The toxicology report performed on the truck driver. If a truck accident results in injury to another person, the truck driver may be required to submit to an alcohol and drug screen. This can show if the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
- The truck driver’s employment and driving records, which might show the driver had insufficient training and experience for the vehicle he or she was operating. These records may also show the driver had a history of unsafe driving or traffic violations.
- The truck’s electronic data recorder. Many newer trucks are equipped with an electronic data recorder, which records information about the truck’s operation such as its position, speed, steering/braking/acceleration inputs, along with dashcam footage if the truck is so equipped.
- The load manifest, which can show if the truck had been overloaded or if the load was unbalanced or improperly secured. This can cause a truck driver to lose control of the vehicle.
- The truck’s maintenance records, which can show if the trucking companies improperly deferred recommended or required maintenance, leading to parts or systems failing while the truck was in operation.
Our attorneys also review other evidence common to all types of motor vehicle accidents, such as the police accident report, eyewitness statements, accident scene photos, surveillance videos, vehicle damage/repair reports, and medical records from the treatment of your injuries.