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Driving in Houston usually means sharing the road with larger trucks. This can be nerve-wracking, even if you are only in the passing lane. In a truck accident you may try to swerve out of the way, but when a large commercial truck crosses into your lane, runs a red light, or blocks your way, it may be impossible to maneuver around the truck in time to avoid a collision. A truck accident with a commercial vehicle is more than likely going to result in much more severe injuries than another typical accident due to the large size difference between vehicles. Unfortunately, truck accidents often occur, causing thousands of injuries and deaths every year across the nation. Our experienced Houston truck accident lawyer at The Pascoe Law Firm understands the overwhelming impact a collision can have on your life. We will help you understand your options and determine the next best steps in your specific situation.
Claims Involving Commercial Truck Accidents
If you or a loved one have been in a trucking accident you may struggle with injuries, mounting medical bills, auto repairs, lost wages at work, and so much more. Pursuing an insurance claim can help offset some of those costs and deliver peace of mind. Should you choose to pursue an insurance claim following a commercial truck accident, our Houston truck accident attorney can help. We will investigate the case to determine fault and take the appropriate steps to decide whether an insurance claim is viable. Insurance companies will often not compensate you for damages you could be entitled to receive. If so, we will advocate on your behalf and seek fair, just compensation.
What does an insurance claim entail after Collision with A Large Truck?
Filing a commercial liability claim greatly increases the chance of receiving fair, full compensation after an accident. Drivers and their companies are required to carry policies with higher limits, and while insurance companies will fight tooth and nail for their policyholders, impacted drivers can benefit greatly from filling a claim. Commercial truck drivers will generally carry two types of insurance: Minimum coverage required by the state, and a commercial liability policy (required when a driver is operating a vehicle for commercial purposes or is owned by a company). This policy may be carried by the company for which the driver works (or the company that owns the vehicle, if different from the driver’s employer).
Proving Your Truck Accident Claim
Proving your truck accident claim will involve looking at the case historically and from multiple perspectives. Responsible parties could extend beyond the truck driver to include: the owner of the business for whom the truck driver was working, individuals most recently charged with inspecting the truck or its cargo, and even the manufacturer of the truck, in cases where the truck was defective. Establishing the causes of the collision will also aid in proving the truck accident claim. Claims could be filed for:
- Driving too many hours, in violation of federal regulations
- Improper or negligent truck maintenance
- Unsafe driving practices (generally detectable by reviewing the truck’s event data recorder)
Causes of Truck Accidents in Houston
An essential part of any truck accident claim is determining the cause of your accident and identifying the liable parties. Most truck accidents are preventable. Multiple people or companies may be to blame for the collision that caused your injuries. Truck drivers, trucking companies, truck manufacturers, and even road maintenance crews may all be liable. In Texas, we have regulations governing the people and companies that could have been the cause of your truck accident. If the collision is due to some kind of violation of the law, you or someone you care about may be suffering right now. Those laws and regulations are designed to promote safety, regulate risk, and to allow for recovery in the event of someone being injured due to an accident.
At a certain point, you might not be concerned with the “why” or the “how” of your accident. You were there, it happened, and now you have to get through it and get back on your feet. But the details of why the collision occurred are crucial in proving another party’s fault in court. It is essential to understand the situation clearly and gather the proper evidence. In most situations, it isn’t hard to figure out why the collision occurred. Many trucking accidents are caused by:
- Negligent hiring, retention, or training
- Defective Trucking Equipment
- Speeding or moving violations
- Driver fatigue or distraction
- Driving under the influence
- Bad weather
- Runaway trucks or trailers
Lack of Training of Truck Drivers
We all know a person can’t climb into a big rig one day and decide to be a truck driver. These massive vehicles often rely on complex manual transmissions and braking systems that the average driver has no experience with. Even more technologically advanced rigs with automatic transmissions take specific knowledge and training. To save money and time, trucking companies may fail to provide drivers with proper training, or worse yet, may hire inexperienced drivers. In the hands of an unskilled driver, a truck accident can injure or even kill. That’s why, when we see a trucker in town or on the highway, we assume he or she has extensive knowledge and training regarding the vehicle. However, trucking accidents can occur because the driver doesn’t have the knowledge, training, or experience necessary to operate that truck. In this scenario, not only may the driver be negligent, but also the trucking company for hiring, retaining, and sending an improperly trained driver onto the road. We investigate the truck driver's training history to determine if this contributed to the accident.
Defective Trucking Equipment That Causes Truck Accidents
Companies have an obligation to provide their truck drivers with a large commercial truck that is in a proper working order, and drivers are expected to routinely inspect the trucks and their loads to ensure safety. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations require truck drivers to inspect their vehicles prior to driving for the following issues:
- Lighting devices and reflectors
- Steering mechanism
- Rear-vision mirrors
- Windshield wipers
- Parking brake
- Coupling devices
- Service brakes
Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer for Houston, TX
Contact an experienced Houston truck accident lawyer today to begin filing a claim. The last thing you’ll want to do, if you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident, is to deal with the claims filing process. A truck accident lawyer can lead you through this process so that you can go back to what matters most to you—focusing on your and your family’s recovery. Call us today at 713-829-4317. If you need more information please visit our main Truck Accident page.
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