The Houston metropolitan area, thanks largely to the Port of Houston and its status as a transportation hub, plays host to some of the highest volume of commercial transportation traffic in the entire country.
Victims of truck accidents are entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and for permanent injury or disfigurement. Please be aware that adjusters and insurers may try to take advantage of victims who are not represented by an attorney experienced in Texas accident law.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a 18-Wheeler Accident?
Texas 18 wheeler accidents fall under the rule of comparative negligence, or what is known in this state as proportionate responsibility. This means that if a jury finds a victim responsible for any part of the accident (for example, if you are found 25 percent negligent, and your opponent is found 75 percent negligent) it can reduce the amount awarded to the victim. If you are found to be 50 percent or more responsible for the accident, you lose your award entirely.
Do not admit fault for any part of the accident
Large trucks are far more dangerous on the road than smaller vehicles. Semi-trucks need more time to come to a stop, have larger blind spots on both sides, and carry larger and heavier cargo. They also carry loads that can leave debris scattered all over the road, and are more likely to turn over due to their higher center of gravity.
The hazards presented by 18 wheelers are also unique in that drivers of commuter vehicles who are involved in accidents with heavy trucks are likely to suffer especially severe, debilitating injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries, or even death.
Persons injured in a catastrophic automobile accident or accident involving a 18 wheeler must take action within a limited period of time or they will lose their right to seek recovery. If you want to receive the compensation and damages to which you are legally entitled, you will need a strong, experienced advocate with a history of success taking on trucking companies and their legal teams. If you are considering pursuing litigation against a company for a 18 wheeler accident, please contact an attorney at Garcia and Ochoa as soon as possible. We will sit down with you for a free consultation, and discuss the particulars and details of your individual case, and help you determine what is the next best step for you.