The law firm of Herbert & McClelland LLP represents individuals who have been injured in 18 wheeler and big rig accidents and helps hold negligent parties accountable.
Have you been injured in a big rig or 18-wheeler accident in Houston, TX? Perhaps Austin, Galveston, Dallas or San Antonio? When it comes to accidents on highways, some of the worst involve large vehicles such as delivery trucks, big rigs and 18 wheeler trucks. More than 500,000 trucking accidents occur in the United States each year, resulting in nearly 5,000 deaths and many more horrific injuries. Unfortunately, Texas is not immune.
Approximately one out of every eight traffic deaths in America involves an accident with an 18-wheeler, a tractor trailer accident, semi-truck accident, big rig or other large truck. One reason for such horrific accidents is that rig drivers cannot see in certain blind spots around their large vehicle. Other causes can include vehicular failure. However, the cause of such accidents is often driver failure related to inattention, substance abuse and/or sleep deprivation.
Many drivers do not follow the speed limits and rules of the road; big rig drivers can be pressed by deadlines and long hauls, resulting in driver fatigue. Such drivers can fall asleep at the wheel or at least lack sufficient attention and readiness to avoid an accident, when a split second may mean the difference between life and death in an accident.
A trucker may be more concerned with keeping his schedule and delivering his load on time and less concerned with your safety and the rules of the road. Some truck drivers drive while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Others may tailgate or drive recklessly. And still other truck drivers may not be properly trained or licensed to handle big rigs.
Anyone can be the victim of an 18-wheeler accident in Houston, TX, or throughout the Lone Star State. If you or a loved one has been such a victim and want the help of an 18-wheeler accident attorney in Houston, Galveston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin or anywhere in Texas, please contact an attorney at our law firm.
Because big rigs and trucks are usually much larger and heavier than the cars that they collide with, such accidents cause much greater damage to smaller vehicles than would an accident between two small vehicles. Though the worst 18 wheeler collisions can cause death, an 18 wheeler accident also lead to other severe injuries, including fractures, head injuries and herniated discs.
Our Attorneys can help you determine who is responsible for your accident and help you hold all the parties responsible. This may prove vital, since multiple insurance policies and parties may be involved in a commercial trucking accident. Some insurance companies do not always pay medical bills promptly and fully. Their reluctance may necessitate a lawyer stepping in to make sure that the insurance company lives up to the policy that it wrote. Making sure that coverage is in place and all the liable insurance companies are given notice of the claim is vital to ensuring that you get the medical care you need, when you need it.
When an insurance company balks at providing coverage, an attorney can step in. If the insurance company refuses coverage or ignores your phone calls while you wait for medical care, an experienced trucking attorney can help. If there is a need for costly surgery to achieve your recovery, a lawyer can negotiate for its payment on your behalf. Your lawyer can also be an important ally in getting claims paid before the insurance coverage expires.
Our lawyers will fight for you. It is our job to hold responsible those who caused the accident, including the truck driver, the trucking company and the manufacturer of the truck. Their negligence often is a major factor in such accidents.
If you have personal injuries as the result of an accident with an 18-wheeler or big rig and wish to speak to an 18-wheeler accident attorney in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Austin or anywhere in Texas, please contact a Texas truck accident lawyer at Herbert & McClelland LLP.