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Houston, TX Truck Accident Lawyer

We depend on large trucks to deliver goods all across the country. It’s common to see rigs coming in and out of Houston. But when a collision involving an 18-wheeler occurs, the occupants of the other vehicle often put in serious danger. The sheer size and weight of the truck make them difficult to control in an emergency—they need more time to slow down and drivers cannot maneuver them as quickly as other vehicles. When a large truck collides with the other vehicle, the impact can cause severe injuries and damages. If this has happened to you or a loved one, you need a dependable Houston, TX truck accident lawyer on your side.

Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm protects truck accident victims and their families. When you’re facing the significant losses that follow a collision, we’re here to help you with the legal process and fight for you to get compensation to cover those losses. We understand that negligent trucking companies and drivers can cause a lot of pain and may try to avoid accountability. Our lawyers will launch a full investigation to find out who was at fault and what you’re owed for your injuries and damages.

Identifying the Type of Truck Accident That Caused Your Injuries

While all vehicles can be involved in accidents like broadside and rear-end collisions, there are types of accidents that are uniquely dangerous for a truck. Once these accidents are set in motion, it’s all but impossible for the driver to regain control of the big rig and prevent the crash.

  • Rollover. When a truck takes a turn too quickly and something causes the wheels to lift, the vehicle can rollover. As it’s rolling, it can collide with other vehicles in the lane next to them or become a significant road obstruction that incoming vehicles don’t have time to avoid.
  • Override/Underride. When the top of a truck goes over the car in front of it, it’s called an override accident. Similarly, when the top of a car is trapped underneath the back of a truck, it’s called an underride. Once a semi has another vehicle caught, there’s little the vehicle occupant can do to free themselves. In some cases, parts of the car can be shorn off, and the vehicle occupants are in danger of life-threatening injuries.
  • Jackknife. If a driver loses control of the trailer, it can swing out from behind the rig. The trailer can become a barrier that collides with traffic. The collision is referred to as a jackknife because the tractor and trailer form an L or V shape.

The consequences of these accidents can be severe. This is why it’s so important to have a trusted Houston, TX truck accident lawyer on your side. We’ll find out what kind of accident you were in and why. Our lawyers won’t stop until we have all the details surrounding your case.

How Do Semi-Truck Accidents Happen?

Truck accidents are a common occurrence in Texas. In 2019, there were 535 truck accidents and 844 truck-tractor/semi-trailer accidents. Our lawyers are familiar with the many reasons why these accidents happen. As our lawyers investigate your case, we’ll find out the events that led to the collision. There are many contributing factors that can cause a truck wreck:

  • Driver Error. If the truck driver is inexperienced or makes a mistake while behind the wheel, they can cause an accident. Overcorrecting, speeding, or failing to signal can lead to a crash. In other cases, they could be using their cell phone because they’re not familiar with their route or they’re eating and driving to save time. These distractions reduce their control of the rig.
  • Driver Fatigue. When a drowsy driver is operating an 18 wheeler, they can fall asleep and hit other drivers next to them. Truckers are often on the road for long hours over multiple days. They may skip regulated resting times due to strict deadlines or they ignore the signs of fatigued driving because they don’t realize how exhausted they are.
  • Truck Failure. If the truck as a mechanical failure like a steering issue or tire blowout, the driver may not be able to stay in control of the truck.
  • Unsecured Cargo. When cargo isn’t secured properly, it can get loose while in transit. While the cargo is rolling around in the trailer, it can possibly cause a jackknife.
  • Cargo Loss. If the trailer isn’t secured, it can open on the road. Cargo can fall or spill out of the truck and put vehicles behind them in danger of a collision.

Any of the accidents above can cause devastating injuries that require significant medical care. After our truck accident lawyers understand the reason why your accident occurred, we can look into how it affected you.

The Severity of Truck Collision Injuries

A heavy truck, whether it’s a commercial truck, delivery truck, or an oil truck, can cause catastrophic injuries in a crash. This means that the injuries will have long-lasting damage, and could possibly prevent you from returning to work because of a permanent disability. Some of those injuries include:

  • Head Injuries. When the head sustains trauma, the brain can suffer damage that affects function. Those who have a TBI may experience issues with memory, concentration, and communication.
  • Burns. Sometimes, a collision can cause a fire. If a person is trapped in the accident, they may sustain burns. Severe burns can result in losing function of the limb or permanent disfigurement.
  • Paralysis. Damage to the spinal cord can cause loss of feeling and use below the injury site. A broken spinal cord could result in losing the ability to walk. If the injury site is high, it can also affect someone’s ability to use their arms and trunk.
  • Amputation. The accident could sever a body part or it could be so damaged that it has to be removed.
  • Internal Organ Damage. If internal bleeding is occurring, the person needs immediate medical treatment. Organ damage may lead to organ failure and a possible life-threatening situation.

Other injuries may not cause permanent damage, but you could still need significant care and deal with temporary disabilities as you heal. Some of those injuries can include:

  • Broken Bones. A broken arm or leg may heal in time, but the recovery process could mean limited mobility. This could prevent someone from working or having trouble doing everyday tasks for a long time.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries. Sprains and strains may not be detected immediately. These injuries also take time to heal and they can cause chronic issues and pain.

When you’re dealing with the injuries of a truck accident and are working on your recovery, a truck accident claim may be the last thing on your mind. Our lawyers are here to help you get justice for the injuries you’ve suffered.

The costs of health care should not prevent you from getting the care you need. When you’re faced with hefty medical expenses and also have your other financial responsibilities, you may worry about affording care. When a Houston, TX truck accident lawyer is fighting for you, we’ll assess the full extent of your injuries. This includes what you’ve sustained, how long it will take to treat, and all the forms of treatment you need for your recovery.

Who Is Responsible for Your Truck Accident Injuries?

When you’re seeking justice through a truck accident claim, you’re going to need to know who was responsible for your injuries. Your truck accident lawyer will look at the type of accident, the contributing factors to the crash, and determine the negligent party.

While you may automatically believe the truck driver was at fault for the accident, it’s possible for the negligent party to have not been at the accident scene. There are a few parties that could have exhibited negligence and caused the collision.

  • Truck Driver. The truck driver could have made a mistake or did something that prevented their full control and focus of the truck. They may have not had the experience necessary to operate an 18 wheeler.
  • Trucking Company. It’s also possible for the trucking company to be responsible for the accident. They could have overloaded the truck, have poor hiring practices, or failed to maintain the truck and make sure it’s in working order and road-ready. Your lawyer will also investigate the trucking company’s history to see if they have a pattern of failing to maintain vehicles or commonly have truck accidents.
  • Auto Part Manufacturing Company. A faulty auto part could have malfunctioned while the driver was operating the vehicle. If the brakes failed or headlights didn’t work and that led to the accident, then the manufacturing company that made the auto part may be responsible for your injuries.

Your experienced truck accident lawyer will not be intimidated by a negligent company. They need to be held accountable for their actions. We’ll demonstrate how their failure to prioritize safety resulted in your injuries and damages. Then, we can seek the full and fair compensation you deserve.

You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer Who Will Fight for Your Rights

The costs of the accident can add up quickly. It’s imperative that you get fair compensation so you’re able to treat your injuries and not worry about how you’re going to stay on top of your financial responsibilities.

However, insurance companies don’t share the same goals as you. Their goal is to offer you as little as possible or have grounds to deny your claim. When you have a Houston, TX truck accident lawyer representing you, we’ll consult with police reports, medical records, photographs, and other evidence to maximize your compensation. This can include:

  • Economic Damages. This refers to any financial loss. Your past medical bills and future medical costs are a main component of your economic losses. We’ll fight for you to receive compensation that will cover these costs. Other financial losses like lost wages, diminished earning capacity, or loss of earnings are all included under economic damages. Any property damage is also included in your economic damages.
  • Noneconomic Damages. These damages are for other losses of the accident. Loss of enjoyment of life, like having to readjust your lifestyle to live with a catastrophic injury, is a type of noneconomic loss you can recover. While this doesn’t have a bill attached to it, this is still a painful outcome from an accident that wasn’t your fault and should have been prevented. Other noneconomic damages we’ll calculate for your compensation include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium if a loved one lost their life in the collision.

If you’ve lost a loved one in a truck accident, one of our lawyers can help you seek justice on their behalf. We will do everything we can to help your family receive the financial compensation you deserve so you can grieve for your loved one in peace.

The responsible party may claim they weren’t at fault or that you had something to do with your accident and resulting injuries. We’ll stand up to them with the strong evidence that we gathered to show that they exhibited negligence, and this negligence caused the accident that harmed you. Together, we’ll fight for the justice you deserve.

Get Experienced Representation Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Texas, you deserve passionate and dedicated legal representation that will always advocate for your future. The truck accident lawyers at Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm fiercely protect their clients’ rights and we will do everything we can to secure your financial future.

We understand the hard work and attention to detail it takes to build a strong case. While the legal process can take time, we’ll prepare your case so you have the best chance of having a successful outcome. Because of the time it can take to gather all the necessary evidence, it’s important to reach out as quickly as possible so we can get started on your claim.

Call Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm today for a free case evaluation. We’ll hear your side of the story and go over the ways we can help. Our lawyers are ready to fight for you.

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