Truck Accident Lawyer

Houston Truck Accident Lawyers

Semi-Truck, Big Rig & Other Large Commercial Vehicle Accidents

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 Houston attorneys have 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 throughout your whole journey.

Contact us today at (713) 609-1930 for a free case evaluation to discuss the details of your crash. Our Houston truck accident law firm will go over your legal rights, map out a strategy for pursuing compensation, and explain your next steps. Hablamos español. 

What to Do After a Truck Accident in Texas

If you or your loved one is involved in a truck accident in the Greater Houston Area or anywhere in Texas, there are certain things you can and should do as soon as possible. 

Taking the proper steps can not only protect your health and wellbeing but also your legal right to seek compensation for your accident-related injuries, medical expenses, and other damages. 

Here are some steps to help protect your legal rights after a truck accident:

  • Save copies of any police reports having to do with the accident.
  • See your doctor as soon as possible (if you did not receive treatment at the scene/were not transported to the hospital) to begin treatment for your injuries.
  • Continue to treat your injuries, as recommended by your doctors. Make sure you attend your follow-up appointments, follow your rehabilitation plan, and follow all of your doctors’ orders. Doing so will help protect your health, as well as your claim that your injuries are serious and require medical attention.
  • Save copies of your medical records and receipts for payment of any medical bills, including medications, physical therapy visits, office visits, or braces or splints required by your injuries.
  • Save any other documents that may support your claim for compensation, such as pay stubs, tax forms, and vehicle repair estimates.
  • Keep a journal that tracks the daily physical pain and emotional distress you struggle with as a result of your truck accident. Doing so will help provide evidence of your pain and suffering.
  • Stay off social media. Anything you post on social media is fair game to insurance companies and lawyers on the other side. Your posts potentially can be used to discredit your case.
  • Contact a truck accident lawyer in Houston immediately. Let your attorney handle all communication with the insurance companies. Do not give a written or recorded statement to the trucking company or its insurance provider without first speaking to a lawyer.

When you reach out to Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we will immediately begin gathering evidence to identify who is liable for your injuries and damages. We can also assist you in obtaining the proper medical care, if necessary. 

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 involves a commercial truck, however, 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 for overweight, unbalanced, or unsecured load
  • The truck’s mechanic, who can be held responsible for negligent maintenance of the vehicle and/or improper truck repairs
  • The truck manufacturer, or a part manufacturer, can be held responsible if a defect in the truck causes an accident

Our firm knows how to evaluate all available evidence to determine how the accident occurred and who is responsible. 

We are aggressive when it comes to bringing claims against negligent and reckless parties and are prepared to fight tirelessly for you and your full recovery. 

Common Factors Contributing to Truck Crashes

Any number of factors can cause truck accidents, but many of them are related to negligence. 

Often, the cause of a truck crash is a negligent truck driver, but in some cases, another party’s negligence may lead to a truck crash.

Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver Fatigue: Truck drivers are often overworked and exhausted. They operate on extremely tight deadlines, and many truck drivers fear losing their jobs if they don’t make deliveries on time. That can lead truck drivers to stay on the road beyond the legally allowed hours of service limits, which are designed to prevent truckers from becoming fatigued. Driver fatigue is a massive contributor to truck accidents. When truck drivers become fatigued, they may doze off behind the wheel, causing the truck to veer off the road or into oncoming traffic. They may also experience impaired judgment and slowed reaction times, which can lead to a crash.
  • Speeding and Driving Too Fast for Conditions: Truck drivers are often rushing to get to their destination and meet their delivery deadline. As a result, they may drive recklessly, engaging in dangerous driving behaviors, such as speeding or driving too fast for current weather or traffic conditions. When they encounter inclement weather or other hazardous conditions, truck drivers must adjust their speed to account for these factors. When they don’t, accidents can easily happen.
  • Impaired DrivingTruck drivers who drive while intoxicated on alcohol or drugs can cause serious accidents. Even some prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications may cause poor judgment, an inability to focus on the task of driving, and delayed reaction times. If a vehicle in front of the truck driver suddenly stops or slows down, for example, an impaired truck driver may not react quickly enough to avoid rear-ending it.
  • Distracted DrivingDistracted driving is one of the most common causes of traffic accidents in Texas and across the United States. Truck drivers are certainly not immune from distracted driving, which can take many forms. Common driving distractions include texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, adjusting a GPS, talking to passengers, reaching for items, daydreaming, eating, drinking, personal grooming, and more.
  • Following Too Closely: Because truck drivers are often in a hurry, they may tailgate other vehicles in an attempt to get them to move out of the way. Tailgating can lead to dangerous rear-end collisions if the driver in front suddenly brakes. Trucks take longer than cars do to come to a stop, and this is especially true for tractor-trailers hauling heavy loads.
  • Failure to Check Blind SpotsLarge trucks have much bigger blind spots than passenger cars and pickups. Blind spots exist directly in front of the truck, directly behind the truck, as well as alongside both sides of the truck. When truck drivers fail to check these blind spots before changing lanes or making other maneuvers, they can easily hit a passenger vehicle.
  • Poor Driver Training: In some cases, truck drivers aren’t the only negligent party in an accident. Trucking companies will sometimes provide inadequate training to new truck drivers or may put drivers on the road before they are ready to make more deliveries and increase profits. A lack of proper training can easily lead to an accident.
  • Overloaded Trucks: Trucks must fall below a certain weight limit when they are fully loaded with cargo. Trucks carrying heavier loads than the truck can handle are more prone to being involved in a jackknife, rollover, rear-ender, or other types of accidents.
  • Improperly Secured Loads: Sometimes, cargo loaders are responsible for truck accidents. Cargo that is improperly secured can shift around in a trailer, and if the trailer is a flatbed, the payload could become loose and fall from the truck. Even if the load remains on the truck, the shifting weight could cause the driver to lose control or trigger a rollover.
  • Bad Brakes: Faulty brake systems on either the truck or the trailer can result in accidents. Brake issues could be the result of poor maintenance or defective parts, in which case the manufacturer of the part could be liable for an accident.
  • Poor Maintenance: Sometimes, trucking companies neglect to adequately inspect and maintain their fleet because they know they could use that time to make deliveries. Trucking companies that fail to check their trucks properly could be liable if an accident occurs due to poor maintenance.
  • Defective Roadways: Potholes, cracked pavement, insufficient signage, a lack of proper guardrails, and other road defects could lead to a truck accident. If a truck accident occurs due to inadequate infrastructure, a government entity may be liable for an accident.

If you have been injured in a truck accident due to another party’s negligence, you could be eligible to recover compensation. Contact our truck accident attorneys at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC today to discuss your case.

Why Houston 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 impose 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 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.
  • There is more evidence 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.

At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we understand the complex nature of these claims.

 Our attorneys have extensive experience navigating challenging truck accident cases and successfully recovering fair compensation for our clients. We know how to navigate trucking industry regulations, state and federal laws, and insurance issues so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. 

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. 

Some examples of evidence that our Houston truck accident lawyers often 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.

Types of Injuries in a Truck Accident in Houston

A report from the Texas Department of Transportation shows that in one recent year alone, 613 people died and 1,471 were suspected to have sustained severe injuries in Texas truck accidents. 

These injuries can leave accident victims in agonizing pain, as well as with lifelong effects on their ability to move, think, and live a full life.

Here are a few of the most common injuries that occur in truck accidents:

  • Spinal Cord InjuriesThe force from a truck accident can put intense pressure on the spinal cord, causing damage to the vertebrae or the discs that support them. In severe cases, an object might penetrate the spinal cord. Any damage to the spinal cord carries the risk of paralysis, including paraplegia (loss of motion from the waist down) or quadriplegia (loss of motion from the neck down, also called tetraplegia).
  • Traumatic Brain InjuriesAn object penetrating the skull or a sharp blow to the head can lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Objects that penetrate the skull destroy brain tissue and blood vessels. A hard impact can jostle the brain inside the skull, leading to internal bruising and broken blood vessels. When they aren’t fatal, TBIs often cause cognitive impairment and loss of bodily function. The effects are usually permanent.
  • Traumatic Orthopedic Injuries: Traumatic orthopedic injuries refer to severe injuries to the body’s musculoskeletal system. This includes the bones and muscles, as well as the tissues that bind them together, like ligaments and tendons. Damaged or torn ligaments may require surgery to repair and extensive physical therapy.
  • Burns: Hot metal and road surfaces can lead to burn injuries, especially if someone is ejected from their vehicle in an accident.
  • Whiplash: Especially common in rear-end accidents, whiplash refers to the motion that occurs when your body is jerked forward before the seatbelt locks, and your body is jolted back into place. The force from a rear-end accident puts severe pressure on the upper neck and back, causing intense pain and affecting your ability to move your head.
  • Broken Bones: Broken legs, hips, hands, and wrists are some of the most commonly broken bones in truck accidents.
  • Internal Injuries: Internal bleeding and damage to critical organs can be fatal if not treated quickly after an accident. In non-fatal cases, damage to a major organ can have extensive health effects.
  • Head Injuries: In addition to brain injuries, truck accident victims often sustain damage to the exterior of the head and face. Causes include broken glass, impacts with an airbag, and collisions with flying debris.
  • Amputation and Disfigurement: Depending on the angle of impact and other factors, truck accident victims may have limbs severed or crushed, resulting in one or more amputations. Their faces and other parts of their bodies can also be disfigured by burns, severe lacerations, and broken bones.

Pursuing Maximum Compensation in a Truck Accident Case

A serious truck accident can leave you with catastrophic injuries and financial and personal losses. 

If you’ve been involved in a truck crash that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for losses, such as:

  • Medical expenses, including hospital bills, surgeries, medical procedures, prescription pain medication, physical and occupational therapy, and even long-term care, such as home health services
  • Lost income and earning capacity if you miss time from work while recovering from injuries or if your injuries leave you unable to return to your pre-accident job or level of income
  • Loss of enjoyment or quality of life due to physical disabilities or disfigurements, difficulties with daily tasks, or inability to partake in activities
  • Physical and mental pain and suffering

Our Houston truck accident attorneys fight tirelessly to maximize their clients’ recoveries. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to pursuing every possible avenue of compensation on your behalf. 

How Long Do You Have to File a Truck Accident Lawsuit in Texas?

If you decide to pursue a lawsuit after being involved in a truck accident, Texas’s statute of limitations typically requires you to file your suit within two years of the date of your accident.

 If you don’t file suit before the statute of limitations expires on your claim, the court can dismiss your case. This means you will lose the right to pursue financial compensation from those responsible for your injuries and losses.

Two years may seem like a long time, but because truck accident cases require an extensive investigation and documentation, it is crucial that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. 

Contact our team at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC right away to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team. 

How to Prevent Truck Accident Injuries

Follow these tips to help avoid truck accidents and the severe injuries that often come with them:

  • Stay Visible: Stay out of a truck’s blind spots to avoid crashes when a truck turns, passes, or merges.
  • Pass with Care: Ensure you have plenty of room and pass quickly to minimize the time in a truck’s blind spots.
  • Never Cut Off a Truck: It’s an easy way to get rear-ended, and trucks are much bigger and heavier than a car.
  • Don’t Tailgate: If the truck suddenly stops, you run the risk of being crushed under the truck or its trailer if you don’t have enough room to brake safely.
  • Anticipate Wide Turns: Due to their large size, trucks require additional space to make turns, and they could swerve into your lane of traffic.
  • Be Patient: The more cautious you are around trucks and the more space you give them, the less chance you have of ending up in an accident and sustaining a severe injury.

Unfortunately, even the safest driver cannot always avoid a collision. If you were involved in an accident with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, big rig, or similar commercial vehicle, reach out to our firm today to learn more about your legal rights and options. 

 

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 involves a commercial truck, however, 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 for overweight, unbalanced, or unsecured load
  • The truck’s mechanic, who can be held responsible for negligent maintenance of the vehicle and/or improper truck repairs
  • The truck manufacturer, or a part manufacturer, can be held responsible if a defect in the truck causes an accident

Our firm knows how to evaluate all available evidence to determine how the accident occurred and who is responsible. We are aggressive when it comes to bringing claims against negligent and reckless parties and are prepared to fight tirelessly for you and your full recovery. 

Common Factors Contributing to Truck Crashes

Any number of factors can cause truck accidents, but many of them are related to negligence. Often, the cause of a truck crash is a negligent truck driver, but in some cases, another party’s negligence may lead to a truck crash.

Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver Fatigue: Truck drivers are often overworked and exhausted. They operate on extremely tight deadlines, and many truck drivers fear losing their jobs if they don’t make deliveries on time. That can lead truck drivers to stay on the road beyond the legally allowed hours of service limits, which are designed to prevent truckers from becoming fatigued. Driver fatigue is a massive contributor to truck accidents. When truck drivers become fatigued, they may doze off behind the wheel, causing the truck to veer off the road or into oncoming traffic. They may also experience impaired judgment and slowed reaction times, which can lead to a crash.
  • Speeding and Driving Too Fast for Conditions: Truck drivers are often rushing to get to their destination and meet their delivery deadline. As a result, they may drive recklessly, engaging in dangerous driving behaviors, such as speeding or driving too fast for current weather or traffic conditions. When they encounter inclement weather or other hazardous conditions, truck drivers must adjust their speed to account for these factors. When they don’t, accidents can easily happen.
  • Impaired DrivingTruck drivers who drive while intoxicated on alcohol or drugs can cause serious accidents. Even some prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications may cause poor judgment, an inability to focus on the task of driving, and delayed reaction times. If a vehicle in front of the truck driver suddenly stops or slows down, for example, an impaired truck driver may not react quickly enough to avoid rear-ending it.
  • Distracted DrivingDistracted driving is one of the most common causes of traffic accidents in Texas and across the United States. Truck drivers are certainly not immune from distracted driving, which can take many forms. Common driving distractions include texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, adjusting a GPS, talking to passengers, reaching for items, daydreaming, eating, drinking, personal grooming, and more.
  • Following Too Closely: Because truck drivers are often in a hurry, they may tailgate other vehicles in an attempt to get them to move out of the way. Tailgating can lead to dangerous rear-end collisions if the driver in front suddenly brakes. Trucks take longer than cars do to come to a stop, and this is especially true for tractor-trailers hauling heavy loads.
  • Failure to Check Blind SpotsLarge trucks have much bigger blind spots than passenger cars and pickups. Blind spots exist directly in front of the truck, directly behind the truck, as well as alongside both sides of the truck. When truck drivers fail to check these blind spots before changing lanes or making other maneuvers, they can easily hit a passenger vehicle.
  • Poor Driver Training: In some cases, truck drivers aren’t the only negligent party in an accident. Trucking companies will sometimes provide inadequate training to new truck drivers or may put drivers on the road before they are ready to make more deliveries and increase profits. A lack of proper training can easily lead to an accident.
  • Overloaded Trucks: Trucks must fall below a certain weight limit when they are fully loaded with cargo. Trucks carrying heavier loads than the truck can handle are more prone to being involved in a jackknife, rollover, rear-ender, or other types of accidents.
  • Improperly Secured Loads: Sometimes, cargo loaders are responsible for truck accidents. Cargo that is improperly secured can shift around in a trailer, and if the trailer is a flatbed, the payload could become loose and fall from the truck. Even if the load remains on the truck, the shifting weight could cause the driver to lose control or trigger a rollover.
  • Bad Brakes: Faulty brake systems on either the truck or the trailer can result in accidents. Brake issues could be the result of poor maintenance or defective parts, in which case the manufacturer of the part could be liable for an accident.
  • Poor Maintenance: Sometimes, trucking companies neglect to adequately inspect and maintain their fleet because they know they could use that time to make deliveries. Trucking companies that fail to check their trucks properly could be liable if an accident occurs due to poor maintenance.
  • Defective Roadways: Potholes, cracked pavement, insufficient signage, a lack of proper guardrails, and other road defects could lead to a truck accident. If a truck accident occurs due to inadequate infrastructure, a government entity may be liable for an accident.

If you have been injured in a truck accident due to another party’s negligence, you could be eligible to recover compensation. Contact our truck accident attorneys at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC today to discuss your case.

Why Houston 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 impose 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 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.
  • There is more evidence 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.

At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we understand the complex nature of these claims. Our Houston truck accident lawyers have extensive experience navigating challenging truck accident cases and successfully recovering fair compensation for our clients. 

We know how to navigate trucking industry regulations, state and federal laws, and insurance issues so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. 

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. 

Some examples of evidence that our Houston truck accident lawyers often 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.

Types of Injuries in a Truck Accident in Houston

A report from the Texas Department of Transportation shows that in one recent year alone, 613 people died and 1,471 were suspected to have sustained severe injuries in Texas truck accidents. These injuries can leave accident victims in agonizing pain, as well as with lifelong effects on their ability to move, think, and live a full life.

Here are a few of the most common injuries that occur in truck accidents:

  • Spinal Cord InjuriesThe force from a truck accident can put intense pressure on the spinal cord, causing damage to the vertebrae or the discs that support them. In severe cases, an object might penetrate the spinal cord. Any damage to the spinal cord carries the risk of paralysis, including paraplegia (loss of motion from the waist down) or quadriplegia (loss of motion from the neck down, also called tetraplegia).
  • Traumatic Brain InjuriesAn object penetrating the skull or a sharp blow to the head can lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Objects that penetrate the skull destroy brain tissue and blood vessels. A hard impact can jostle the brain inside the skull, leading to internal bruising and broken blood vessels. When they aren’t fatal, TBIs often cause cognitive impairment and loss of bodily function. The effects are usually permanent.
  • Traumatic Orthopedic Injuries: Traumatic orthopedic injuries refer to severe injuries to the body’s musculoskeletal system. This includes the bones and muscles, as well as the tissues that bind them together, like ligaments and tendons. Damaged or torn ligaments may require surgery to repair and extensive physical therapy.
  • Burns: Hot metal and road surfaces can lead to burn injuries, especially if someone is ejected from their vehicle in an accident.
  • Whiplash: Especially common in rear-end accidents, whiplash refers to the motion that occurs when your body is jerked forward before the seatbelt locks, and your body is jolted back into place. The force from a rear-end accident puts severe pressure on the upper neck and back, causing intense pain and affecting your ability to move your head.
  • Broken Bones: Broken legs, hips, hands, and wrists are some of the most commonly broken bones in truck accidents.
  • Internal Injuries: Internal bleeding and damage to critical organs can be fatal if not treated quickly after an accident. In non-fatal cases, damage to a major organ can have extensive health effects.
  • Head Injuries: In addition to brain injuries, truck accident victims often sustain damage to the exterior of the head and face. Causes include broken glass, impacts with an airbag, and collisions with flying debris.
  • Amputation and Disfigurement: Depending on the angle of impact and other factors, truck accident victims may have limbs severed or crushed, resulting in one or more amputations. Their faces and other parts of their bodies can also be disfigured by burns, severe lacerations, and broken bones.

Pursuing Maximum Compensation in a Truck Accident Case

A serious truck accident can leave you with catastrophic injuries and financial and personal losses. 

If you’ve been involved in a truck crash that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for losses, such as:

  • Medical expenses, including hospital bills, surgeries, medical procedures, prescription pain medication, physical and occupational therapy, and even long-term care, such as home health services
  • Lost income and earning capacity if you miss time from work while recovering from injuries or if your injuries leave you unable to return to your pre-accident job or level of income
  • Loss of enjoyment or quality of life due to physical disabilities or disfigurements, difficulties with daily tasks, or inability to partake in activities
  • Physical and mental pain and suffering

Our Houston truck accident attorneys fight tirelessly to maximize their clients’ recoveries. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to pursuing every possible avenue of compensation on your behalf. 

How Long Do You Have to File a Truck Accident Lawsuit in Texas?

If you decide to pursue a lawsuit after being involved in a truck accident, Texas’s statute of limitations typically requires you to file your suit within two years of the date of your accident. 

If you don’t file suit before the statute of limitations expires on your claim, the court can dismiss your case. This means you will lose the right to pursue financial compensation from those responsible for your injuries and losses.

Two years may seem like a long time, but because truck accident cases require an extensive investigation and documentation, it is crucial that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. 

Contact our Houston attorneys at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC right away to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team. 

How to Prevent Truck Accident Injuries

Follow these tips to help avoid truck accidents and the severe injuries that often come with them:

  • Stay Visible: Stay out of a truck’s blind spots to avoid crashes when a truck turns, passes, or merges.
  • Pass with Care: Ensure you have plenty of room and pass quickly to minimize the time in a truck’s blind spots.
  • Never Cut Off a Truck: It’s an easy way to get rear-ended, and trucks are much bigger and heavier than a car.
  • Don’t Tailgate: If the truck suddenly stops, you run the risk of being crushed under the truck or its trailer if you don’t have enough room to brake safely.
  • Anticipate Wide Turns: Due to their large size, trucks require additional space to make turns, and they could swerve into your lane of traffic.
  • Be Patient: The more cautious you are around trucks and the more space you give them, the less chance you have of ending up in an accident and sustaining a severe injury.

Unfortunately, even the safest driver cannot always avoid a collision. If you were involved in an accident with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, big rig, or similar commercial vehicle, reach out to our firm today to learn more about your legal rights and options. 

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer Today

Going up against trucking companies and their insurers is a difficult battle, but you don’t have to fight them on your own. While you focus on recovering from your ordeal, we’ll begin gathering evidence and building a case for maximum compensation. 

The team at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC will take care of all the paperwork and various legal proceedings to make things as painless as possible for you. We’ll fight for a fair settlement, but if the liable parties don’t agree to pay what they should, we’re not afraid to bring your case to trial.

Contact us online or by calling (713) 609-1930 today to get started with a free consultation.

How Our Houston Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help

When you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, the lawyers of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC can help you pursue full compensation for your injuries and losses by:

  • Assessing your case for free to help you understand your options and what to expect
  • Helping you find the right medical treatment and arrange for repairs to your vehicle
  • Conducting a thorough investigation to recover and preserve all available evidence
  • Documenting your expenses and losses arising from the accident, including non-reimbursable losses, such as pain and suffering
  • Bringing in accident reconstruction experts to help us review the evidence and build a persuasive case to show how the accident occurred and who is responsible
  • Filing your claim with the insurance companies and dealing with adjusters and insurance representatives on your behalf to pursue a fair and full settlement for your losses
  • Preparing your case for trial from the outset so that trucking companies know that we are willing to go to court if that’s what is necessary

At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we know that being injured by someone else’s negligence or recklessness can unfairly put a significant burden on you. That’s why our firm offers legal advice and representation at no upfront cost to you. We only get paid if and when we win compensation in your case. 

  • Services Offered in English and Spanish
  • Personal Approach and Strategy for Every Case
  • Direct Communication with Your Attorney
  • We Answer Calls Day or Night, 365 Days a Year
  • Client Satisfaction Is of Utmost Importance
  • Nearly 4 Decades of Combined Experience

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much is my truck accident injury case worth?

    It’s difficult to say how much your truck accident case might be worth until an experienced truck accident lawyer has investigated the crash and evaluated the facts of your case. But you can get some idea of what your case might be worth by examining all the different kinds of losses you are eligible to receive through a personal injury lawsuit.

    These losses include things like:

    • Any medical bills related to the accident, including any future treatment you may require
    • Your lost wages or other incomes resulting from the accident
    • Your reduced ability to work because of a long-term or permanent disability from the accident
    • Your pain and suffering from your injuries
    • Your emotional distress caused by the accident
    • Your personal property that was damaged in the accident
  • Do I need to hire an attorney after a truck accident?

    There is no law requiring you to hire a truck accident lawyer after a collision involving an 18-wheeler, semi-truck, or other commercial vehicle. However, not hiring an experienced truck accident attorney is generally a bad idea, especially if you’ve been severely injured.

    If you are recovering from severe injuries and have missed work due to a truck accident, seeking compensation from the at-fault party can be challenging without professional legal help. Your focus should be on recovering from your injuries and getting medical treatment. While you take care of yourself, a truck accident attorney can handle the legal legwork.

    Hiring a lawyer is also crucial to maximizing your claim. You only have one chance to recover the money you need and deserve. If you try to seek compensation alone and don’t have the proper legal training, you risk being taken advantage of by the other party’s insurance company. With an experienced injury lawyer fighting for you, you’ll have a better chance of maximizing your claim and getting the money you need to move on from the crash.

  • How is fault determined in a truck accident?
    Fault in a truck accident is based on the legal concept of negligence. Negligent behavior includes actions or inactions that fall short of the duty of care drivers owe to everyone else on the road. Evidence of negligence can come from many sources, such as information in the police report, photos, witness statements, black box data, toxicology reports, expert accident reconstruction, and more.
  • What damages can be recovered?

    There are three broad categories of compensation (also known as “damages”) you can recover in a personal injury lawsuit. They are:

    • Economic Damages: Your direct financial losses resulting from the accident, such as your medical bills and lost wages
    • Non-Economic Damages: Losses you have suffered that do not have a specific dollar value attached, such as the pain from your injuries and emotional trauma from the crash
    • Exemplary or Punitive Damages: Additional compensation awarded by a judge or jury to punish negligent parties for particularly reckless or intentional behavior
  • Who can be held liable in a truck accident?

    The parties who are most commonly found liable in truck accident cases are:

    • The truck driver
    • The trucking company
    • Truck maintenance crews
    • Cargo loaders
    • Vehicle or parts manufacturers
  • Who is liable when the driver’s medical condition causes a truck accident?
    It depends on the nature of the driver’s medical condition. If a truck driver has a sudden medical emergency that was not foreseeable or preventable, they likely cannot be held liable. However, if the driver had a known medical condition and failed to take steps to prevent an accident, they could be responsible for the crash.
  • How long does the entire truck accident settlement case typically take?
    Truck accident cases generally take longer than car accident cases because there may be multiple liable parties, so you might need to file numerous claims. There also might be several injured parties, particularly if the crash involved multiple vehicles, which could complicate things. Most truck accident cases take at least several months before you settle, and it may be even longer if your case goes to trial.
  • Is there a statute of limitations in a truck accident lawsuit? What is it?
    In most cases, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in Texas.
  • What if I’m partly at fault for a truck crash?
    If you are partly at fault for a truck accident, you may still be able to recover compensation for your injuries. In cases where multiple parties share responsibility for an accident, Texas uses a form of comparative negligence to determine who will receive compensation. That means as long as you are not found to be more than 50 percent liable for an accident, you could still recover partial compensation for your injuries. If you are found partly responsible for an accident, your payment will likely be reduced by your percentage of fault.
  • What if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?
    If you have uninsured motorist (UM) coverage through your auto insurance policy, you can file a claim with your own insurance company to seek compensation for your injuries. You may also be able to file a claim against the trucking company or another liable party. Finally, you may still be able to file a personal injury lawsuit and claim compensation from the other driver’s assets.
  • How is a truck accident different from a car accident?

    Some of the ways that truck accidents are different from car accidents include:

    • More severe injuries
    • Higher medical bills
    • More liable parties, which means you may have to file multiple claims to recover compensation
    • Higher insurance limits on trucks—usually at least $1 million—mean insurers may put up a tougher fight
  • How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?
    The truck accident lawyers at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC work on a contingency fee basis. That means you do not have to pay any fees upfront, and you will only have to pay your attorney if they help you recover compensation for your injuries. Contingency fees mean everyone who needs access to the legal system can afford a personal injury lawyer.

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