Sugar Land Truck Accident Attorney
When you see a semi, 18-wheeler, or other large rig hauling massive cargo down a Texas highway, you can just imagine the devastation it leaves in its wake when a truck accident occurs. Data from the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) reveals that there are almost 40,000 commercial vehicle collisions statewide every year, and more than 500 of them occur within Fort Bend County. The consequences for victims and families can be overwhelming.
If you were hurt or someone close to you died in a truck accident, you might find comfort in the fact that Texas law allows you to seek compensation from the at-fault driver. You may qualify to recover monetary damages for your medical costs, pain and suffering, and other losses, and The West Law Office team can guide you through the legal process. Please contact us to schedule a no-cost case assessment with a Sugar Land truck accident attorney who can explain your remedies. You might also benefit from reviewing a summary of the laws and hurdles you may encounter.
Overview of Truck Crash Laws in Texas
Motor vehicle accidents, including collisions involving semis and 18-wheelers, are a type of personal injury claim based upon negligence. To qualify for compensation, you need to show that the truck accident was caused by the operator’s failure to use reasonable care when driving. Many of these incidents are the result of the same types of negligence as in other vehicle crashes, such as speeding, failure to yield, and other violations of traffic regulations. Truck drivers may also engage in careless acts by driving while drunk, distracted, or under the influence of drugs.
However, there are some causes that are unique to truck accidents. For instance, a crash could be the result of:
- Improper loading and/or securing of cargo;
- Negligence in maintaining the truck tractor or trailer;
- Failure to conduct inspections and proper maintenance; and,
- Negligent hiring and training of truck operators.
Challenges in the Legal Process May Impact Your Rights
As with other traffic accidents, you will typically file a claim and attempt to settle with an insurance company. If the insurer declines to pay a fair amount, The West Law Office team will take your case to court.
Still, there are additional hurdles you may encounter in the process. You can trust our Sugar Land truck crash lawyers to tackle these issues, but you should be aware of the challenges:
- Your injuries will no doubt be serious or catastrophic, so medical bills and other losses could be extreme.
- Multiple parties may be at fault, including a shipper, loading company, manufacturer of parts, and trucking companies.
- Truck insurance requirements include coverage into the millions of dollars, so insurers assign these claims to their most experienced adjusters.
Contact a Sugar Land Truck Accident Attorney for Additional Details
To learn more about how our team at The West Law Office serves injured victims in Fort Bend County and throughout Southeast Texas, please call 281-347-3247 to set up a free consultation. We can advise you on your options for recovering compensation after reviewing the unique details of your case.