Truck accidents can involve complex litigation, as there may be multiple parties that can be held liable. It is essential to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney before accepting any settlement offer. Insurance companies rarely have your best interest at heart and will often try to get you to settle quickly for the least amount of money possible.
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Additionally, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Texas saw a 40% increase in fatal truck accidents per million people between 2010 and 2020.
In truck accidents, there may be several contributing factors that led to the accident; some of the most common factors include the following:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Driving Under the Influence
- Failure to brake in time
- Driver inexperience
- Lack of training
- Unstable cargo load
- Poorly maintained brakes
Even if you believe you are partially at-fault for the accident, you may still be able to recover. No matter what the circumstances of your case, you should always consult an attorney.
At the Karam Law Office, our truck accident lawyers will help you get the most favorable outcome available in your case. We serve clients throughout the Greater Houston area in Sugar Land, Fort Bend, Galveston County, Brazoria County, and beyond.
You will never pay fees unless we recover money on your behalf. Contact our office today for a free consultation.
Types of Truck Crashes in Houston & Beyond
Some of the most common, according to the FMCSA, include:
- Collision during transport
- Overturn or rollover
- Cargo equipment loss or shift
Large truck accidents happen most in rural areas and on Interstate highways, and nearly one-quarter involved injuries or a fatality. You are more likely to be involved in a collision with a large truck, such as an 18-wheeler, at night, and on a weekday. Crashes involving large trucks may involve one other vehicle or several.
Accidents involving large trucks, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and semis are rarely minor. Many involve serious injury or even death. If you are injured in a truck accident, you need to hire an attorney as quickly as possible.
Who is Liable for a Truck Accident in Texas?
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The manufacturer of the truck or its parts
- A government agency responsible for maintaining the roads
Determining liability can be complex and requires investigation into the cause of the accident. A trucking company can be held liable in a truck accident if it is found that the company failed to properly maintain the truck, failed to properly train the driver, or failed to properly supervise the driver.
Additionally, if the company encouraged or allowed the driver to engage in illegal or unsafe driving practices, such as driving for extended periods without rest, the company may also be held liable. The company’s compliance with federal trucking regulations can also be a factor in determining liability.
Where Truck Accidents Happen Most Often in Houston
According to a report by the Houston Chronicle, there were over 4,200 commercial vehicle collisions in the Houston area in 2022. Harris County leads the state in these types of crashes. Certain areas within Harris County are more prone to commercial vehicle accidents than others. For instance, Interstate 10 ranked as the “most dangerous highway in Houston” for these crashes. Data indicates that there have been 3,537 commercial vehicle accidents on the interstate since 2017.
Additionally, the interchange between I-10 and Beltway 8 in Spring Branch has seen a large number of these collisions. The Sam Houston Parkway (Beltway 8) ranked second on the list, with thousands of accidents occurring on the roadway over the past 5 years.
Areas where commercial vehicle accidents most often occur in Houston:
- Interstate 10
- Interstate 10 and Beltway 8
- Sam Houston Parkway
- Interstate 45 and 610
- 610 near Clinton Drive
- FM 521 and 525
Commercial vehicle crashes were much more likely to occur during the week compared to on the weekend and usually happened during morning and afternoon commutes.
Get Legal Help After a Truck Accident in the Houston Area
If you have been injured in a large truck accident in Sugar Land, TX or the Houston area, you deserve experience you can count on. At the Karam Law Office, we are seasoned trial attorneys who know what it takes to win cases. We operate with a client-first mentality, always putting you and your family’s interests first.
Contact our office today for a free consultation. We will cover all expenses in your case so that you never pay anything out-of-pocket. We only get paid if you receive a settlement in your case. Call our office at (281) 302-5272.