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Harris County Truck Wreck Lawyer for Big Rig and 18-Wheeler Crashes and Injuries

Accidents involving commercial trucks can be especially dangerous because of these vehicles' large size compared to passenger cars. Drivers and passengers in a vehicle that collides with an 18-wheeler are likely to be seriously injured or killed. Victims of these types of accidents will want to determine their options for pursuing compensation, including by filing a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent truck driver or trucking company. In 2021, new changes in Texas law regarding truck injury claims make it even more important to have lawyers representing you. Due to the complex factors and legal issues involved in truck wrecks, it is important for victims to work with an attorney who has experience with these types of cases.

Given the number of trucks on the road and the wake of destruction that truck accidents can leave, reconstructing the accident to find the cause can often be a complex and daunting task. The Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec works to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding a collision and consult with qualified experts to pinpoint the reasons for a truck wreck. Attorney Shane Kadlec has more than 25 years of legal experience, and he has represented clients in thousands of complex personal injury cases. Our firm can make sure you take the correct steps after a truck accident to successfully collect financial compensation for your damages.

Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents

During our investigation into your case, we will determine the cause of the accident and establish liability for the injuries and damages you have suffered. We will then work diligently to hold the responsible party or parties accountable. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver fatigue - Truck drivers spend lengthy amounts of time behind the wheel, and they may become drowsy during a long driving shift. Even when drivers follow regulations related to hours of service and breaks for sleep between shifts, they may suffer from sleep deprivation or other issues that affect their ability to remain alert. Even a momentary lapse in concentration due to drowsiness or fatigue can have deadly results.
  • Driver error - Truck drivers may commit multiple violations of traffic laws or trucking regulations, and these actions can increase the chances of a dangerous collision. Speeding, illegal turns or lane changes, or following too closely behind other vehicles can cause truck drivers to be unable to avoid an accident. Other types of errors that may be made by truck drivers include failing to account for weather conditions that have affected their ability to control their vehicle or failing to respond correctly to dangerous road conditions such as potholes or construction. Drivers may also commit errors due to drug or alcohol use.
  • Equipment failure - Federal and state laws require constant inspection and maintenance of truck equipment. However, not every trucking company or supervisor closely adheres to these regulations. Truck wrecks may occur because of issues such as tire blowouts, brake failure, decoupled trailers, lack of adequate lighting, or problems with engines or steering systems.
  • Dropped or shifting cargo - If cargo is not loaded correctly on a truck, it can affect a driver's ability to control the vehicle. Overloaded trucks may not be able to stop in time, especially on steep downgrades. Top-heavy rigs can roll over on sharp turns. Cargo that is not secured correctly may shift during transit, leading to an unbalanced load that may cause the driver to lose control. Unsecured cargo may fall from a truck and land on other vehicles, inflicting serious injuries on drivers and passengers, or it may create obstacles in the road that lead to dangerous collisions.

Contact Our Houston Big Rig Accident Lawyer

A commercial truck accident can result in devastating injuries, and victims will need to take steps to determine who was responsible and how they can receive compensation for their damages. Our law firm can provide experienced and dedicated representation in these cases, helping protect the rights of victims and ensuring that they will be fully compensated. To set up a free consultation with our attorneys, contact us at 281-643-2000. We provide legal help to truck accident victims in Galveston County, Sugar Land, Harris County, Memorial, Chambers County, Brazoria County, The Woodlands, Waller County, West Houston, Bellaire, Katy, Pearland, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Houston, the Gulf Coast, and Fort Bend County.

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