What Causes Most Semi-Truck Accidents?
Tragically, most truck accidents are caused by preventable human errors.1 These errors can involve several forms of negligence, like (but not limited to):
- Trucker negligence: Truckers may fail to comply with traffic laws and/or trucking regulations and cause crashes. Anything from speeding to violating cargo loading rules and failing to maintain trucks can result in serious 18-wheeler accidents, injuries, and even deaths.
- Motor carrier negligence: Trucking companies that don’t comply with federal regulations can end up putting unsafe truckers and/or trucks on the road. Sometimes, motor carriers may even have policies that encourage their drivers to violate the law and that end up causing truck accidents.
- Other motorist errors: Truckers may not be the only drivers on the road who may act recklessly or carelessly behind the wheel. Any other motorist may be impaired, distracted, fatigued, or just plain careless—and that can end up causing 18-wheeler wrecks as well.
- Other forms of negligence: Several other parties—from cargo loaders and shippers to road maintenance teams and truck maintenance technicians—may also fail to take the proper precautions when doing their jobs. This negligence too can play a role in causing semi-truck crashes.
When another party’s negligence has caused you to be hurt in a truck accident, it’s critical to talk to our Houston truck accident lawyers and find out more about your legal options for seeking justice.
Who Is At Fault for My Truck Accident?
Fault for a semi-truck accident will be determined by how the wreck happened. Our Houston truck accident attorneys can help you figure out who is at fault for your wreck. We do this by:
- Carefully examining the evidence: From the police report to accident scene photos, we’ll thoroughly inspect all available evidence to help make fault determinations and craft strong cases.
- Re-interviewing witnesses: When possible, we’ll locate and speak to any and all witnesses to your accident. We’ll also work to obtain recordings from electronic onboard recorders, surveillance cameras, dash cams, and more so we can figure out and prove who is responsible for the wreck.
- Conducting additional investigations: This can include revisiting the accident scene, working with experts, researching trucking company records, and more.
Find out more about fault for your wreck during a free, confidential case evaluation with our experienced lawyers.
How Long Does a Truck Accident Lawsuit Take?
There is not a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Every truck accident lawsuit is unique, and the specifics of a particular case will impact how long it takes to resolve that case. Some of the factors that can affect how long truck accident lawsuits take include:
- The complexity of the case
- The nature and severity of the injuries and damage caused by the crash
- The number of liable parties
- Who the liable parties are
- The wishes and goals of victim
In general, even the most straightforward truck accident cases can take time to resolve, and those that end up in court tend to take longer than those that can be resolved out of court.
How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help Me?
Our Houston truck accident attorneys can help you in several ways when you’re ready to file a claim. We can:
- Clearly explain your rights and options
- Identify every party that is at fault for your crash
- Compile, review, and present all essential evidence for your case
- Deal and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf
- Represent you and fiercely advocate your rights inside and outside the courtroom
- Guide you at every phase of your case, helping you take the right steps to protect your interests
We know how to navigate the complexities of truck accident cases, and when it’s time to file a case, you may only have one shot to get it right. Make sure you have our experienced lawyers in your corner, working diligently to get you the best possible outcome.
How Do I Get a Truck Accident Case Started?
Just contact our Houston truck accident attorneys, and we can do everything necessary to initiate a case and position it for success. After a truck wreck, the reality is that:
- Victims usually need to focus on medical care and getting better.
- There are deadlines for filing truck accident cases, and missing a deadline can affect your rights to recovery.
- There tends to be more evidence available for truck accident claims right after a crash happens, rather than months or a year later.
The sooner our Houston truck accident attorneys are on your side helping you with your case, the better your chances of recovery can be. Let us tell you more about how we can help you with a truck accident lawsuit during a free, no-obligation case evaluation.