Houston Truck Accident Attorney
The Port of Houston is a major interchange for over-the-road trucking. The area also sees traffic from many other types of commercial trucking services. In addition to tractor trailers, dump trucks, bucket trucks, platform trucks, and professional medium duty trucks fall into this category of accidents.
Getting into an accident with a truck differs from passenger vehicle accidents. Trucks are bigger and heavier, and they are typically used for business and non-routine transportation. As a result, these cases are treated differently in the field of personal injury. If you were not responsible for the accident, you can pursue action for fair compensation. The Nielsen Law Firm is committed to helping injured individuals secure the financial compensation needed for recovery.
What Makes a Truck Accident Case Different?
When our firm takes on a truck accident case, we begin investigating the details of the case immediately. Our job is to make sure the court sees what really happened on the day you were injured. Cases involving trucks differ from others based on several factors, including:
- Injury severity. The size and weight of a professional truck often affect the type and extent of the injuries. Even a small accident for a truck can have devastating consequences for any involved passenger vehicles. The truck driver may walk away from the scene without a scratch while the passenger vehicle occupants fight for their lives.
- Professional driving. Drivers must secure a different level of drivers’ license to operate trucks of certain sizes and types. Many go through intensive training at trucking schools and on the job. As a result, they accept a higher duty of care each time they pull out onto the roadways.
- Most truck drivers only use large trucks for work, which can change liability considerations in a case. If a driver was on the job at the time of the accident, his or her employer may bear some or all responsibility for accident injuries.
At the Nielsen Law Firm, we represent passenger drivers who are injured in truck accidents as well as truck drivers who were injured through no fault of their own. With our team of dedicated legal professionals on your side, you can focus on healing without concern about how you will pay for lost work hours, medical bills, or the cost of living.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
While truck drivers are held to a higher duty of care on the roadways, they are not always at fault for incidents. Passenger vehicles who dart in front of large trucks without leaving adequate space can precipitate an accident. Here are some other common reasons for truck accidents:
- Illegal activities. Speeding, failing to follow road signs, intoxication, and distractions all contribute to a driver-caused accident.
- Lack of training or forgotten training. Some truck drivers do not receive adequate training, while others may forget their training over time. When truck drivers fail to adhere to industry driving standards, they may miss a vehicle in a blind spot or incorrectly maneuver the vehicle and cause an accident.
- Road hazards. Driving in an unfamiliar place at normal or high speeds and hitting black ice, potholes, or a heavy storm can increase the risk of an accident.
After an accident, avoid accepting any settlement from an insurance company until you speak with your personal injury attorney. Insurers want to keep their payouts low, and accepting one too soon may preclude you from receiving adequate compensation.
For a free consultation, reach out to our Houston, Texas, office today. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight for you against unfair insurance practices to secure the compensation you need.