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Houston TX Truck Accident Attorneys - Holding Negligent Parties Accountable

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, commercial vehicles, including 18 wheelers and other big trucks, were involved in over 8,500 crashes in Houston in 2022. Such accidents have no doubt left countless victims and their loved ones irreversibly impacted. If you have recently suffered from a collision with an 18 wheeler in Houston, the personal injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw are prepared to help. If you’ve lost a loved one in such an accident, our wrongful death lawyers offer our deepest sympathies and reassurance that justice will be served.

Call our English and Spanish-speaking staff 24/7 at 800-862-1260 to schedule your free initial consultation. Our legal team will advise you according to your specific circumstances and guide you through your next steps on your path to healing.

The Dangers of Houston's Highways for Passenger Vehicles

Including major interstates like I-10, I-69, and I-45, the city of Houston sees a constant flow of 18 wheeler transporting goods across the state. These semi-trucks often share lanes with passenger cars, creating a risk of accidents with severe injuries. Some of the leading causes of trucking accidents in Houston include, but are not limited to:

  • Driver fatigue
    • Often caused by truck drivers who may be pressured to meet tight deadlines, leading to exhaustion.
  • Distracted driving
    • This includes using cell phones, eating, or other distractions that can take a driver's attention from the road.
  • Speeding
  • Overloaded trucks or unsecured cargo
  • Aggressive lane changes
  • Tailgating
  • Failing to yield
  • Driving under the influence
  • Reckless driving
  • Unqualified driving
  • Maintenance failures
  • Overloading the truck

These negligent actions can lead to devastating accidents that have irreversible effects on victims and their families. With the help of an experienced Houston 18 wheeler accident attorney, such as those at Carabin Shaw, you will be able to hold all negligent parties accountable for the damages done physically, emotionally, and financially.

Defining Negligence and Fault in Texas

Negligence is defined in Texas as the reasonable care that is owed to another person to not risk or cause them harm. Once your case is being pursued legally, your chosen lawyer will be responsible for proving this negligence, which involves the following:

  1. The defendant (the truck driver, the trucking company, the cargo loaders, etc.) owed the victim a duty to act safely.
  2. That duty was breached by the negligent actions or inactions of the defendant.
  3. That breach caused the victim’s injuries or death directly.
  4. A victim or their family has suffered significantly as a result. This includes measurable losses like property damage and medical bills as well as emotional damage like pain and suffering.

As long as you were not at fault more than 50% for the collision, a lawsuit can be pursued. Texas follows a modified comparative negligence rule, which means that victims are awarded a percentage of damages in accordance with their fault in the accident. If you were awarded $50,000 for example but were found to be 20% responsible for your accident, you would receive $40,000.

Who Can Be Held Liable for the 18 Wheeler Accident?

Determining who is liable for a personal injury or wrongful death can be complex. Several parties may even share responsibility, so it's important to enlist the professional help of a trusted Houston truck accident lawyer. These legal experts are well versed in Texas laws applicable to your case. They will thoroughly investigate the cause of your accident using extensive resources and identify any and all damages you are eligible for in the process.

Some examples of common liable parties in such cases include:

  • The 18 wheeler driver
  • The trucking company
  • Cargo loading company
  • Parts manufacturers
  • Maintenance facilities
  • Other drivers
  • Government agencies
  • Third-party contractors

After identifying who is responsible, our skilled 18 wheeler accident attorneys at Carabin Shaw will handle communication with insurance companies who may be trying to convince you to settle for less than you deserve. We will also advocate for your rights and negotiate a fair settlement that includes present and future medical bills, lost wages, therapy needs, pain and suffering, and more.

Skilled Houston Commercial Truck Accident Attorneys at Carabin Shaw | Schedule a Free Consultation Today!

Our firm has won millions of dollars for clients across Texas, and we will fight just as hard for you. Our dedicated attorneys also are committed to representing victims of negligence and their families, never big companies or corporations.

Call our English and Spanish-speaking staff 24/7 at 800-862-1260 to schedule your Free Case Review. This consultation requires no obligation from you, and if you decide to hire us to represent you, you don’t pay a dime unless your case is won. Call today to get the justice you deserve; our Houston lawyers are standing by.

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