Protecting Your Rights After A Serious 18-Wheeler Accident
When collisions happen between vehicles and large 18-wheelers, the injuries and losses are often devastating. This is due to the sheer size and weight difference between the vehicles, as well as the potential cargo the truck was carrying at the time of the accident. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident involving a big rig, it is important to enlist an experienced attorney to ensure your rights are protected.
At Payne Law Firm P.C., many of our Houston-area clients have suffered catastrophic injuries in these types of vehicle accidents, including serious brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, broken bones and more. We also handle cases where a death has occurred in the crash. Founding attorney Jason Payne is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a designation that sets him apart from many other lawyers. He is highly skilled at taking cases to trial and will argue your case in front of a judge and/or jury whenever necessary.
Common Causes Of Truck Crashes
Many different factors can contribute to a truck accident. Some of the more common reasons an 18-wheeler wreck occurs include:
- Driver negligence: Drivers who are speeding, driving recklessly, drinking and driving and/or abusing drugs are putting everyone on the road in jeopardy. Drivers who are conducting themselves in an illegal manner and driving carelessly need to be held responsible.
- Driver fatigue and falling asleep at the wheel: Drivers are under enormous pressure to get their loads to the destination as quickly as possible. They often push themselves to stay awake to continue driving. Unfortunately, this often leads to drowsy driving, extreme fatigue and drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Crashes then result.
- Failure to properly maintain the truck: Maintenance is of the utmost importance when it comes to 18-wheelers. If they are not maintained on a regular basis, the trucks can fall into disrepair and be a danger to everyone on the road, including the drivers themselves.
- Overloaded/unbalanced cargo: There is a certain way the cargo must be loaded into the trailers of trucks to ensure safety. When the cargo is not loaded properly, the trailer is overloaded or the cargo is unsecured, the situation becomes dangerous. The truck can become incredibly difficult to control or the cargo may become dislodged and spill onto the road.
Knowing The Complexities Of Truck Accident Cases
Many different federal and state regulations govern truck drivers and owners. These regulations may impact how your 18-wheeler accident case is handled. These can become very complicated as we investigate all aspects of the case. Our firm has extensive knowledge of these rules and regulations, as well as the laws that govern how truck accident cases are handled in Texas.