Case Type: Truck Accidents
Large trucks are a vital part of Houston’s economy, but a seriously menacing presence on our state’s roadways. If you or a family member has been in an accident involving a large truck, you’re likely facing mounting medical and repair bills, and possibly missing a lot of time from work. For this reason, it is crucial that you consult an experienced Houston personal injury attorney.
The Molina Law Firm has successfully represented accident injury victims in the Houston area for decades. Our legal team has extensive experience with all types of motor vehicle accidents, including large truck collisions. We employ experienced investigators to gather all the evidence needed to determine liability and fault, analyze eye witness statements, accident reports, and weather conditions. Let us help you build a strong case.
Call The Molina Law Firm today for a free consultation at (281) 922-4300.
Damages in a Houston Truck Accident
Because of their size and weight, accidents with trucks tend to cause more damage than accidents involving smaller vehicles. If you’ve been in an accident involving a large truck, you may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills related to the initial accident
- Loss of limb
- Pain and suffering
- Cost of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Property damage or loss
- Mental anguish and emotional duress
- Lost wagers from time off of work
- Loss of career or earning capacity
Wrongful Death Damages in a Houston Truck Accident
In the tragic event that you’ve lost a loved one in an accident involving a big rig, you may be entitled to any of the following damages in a truck accident wrongful death claim:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits (such as medical benefits and retirement)
- Loss of household service the deceased provided (such as childcare, vehicle and property maintenance, chores, etc.)
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
Large Truck Accident Facts
Accidents involving large trucks account for over 130,000 injuries and 5000 deaths each year in the United States. Almost 35% of those injuries can be categorized as catastrophic. Trucks over 10000 pounds ( tractors trailers for big rigs) represent only 3% of all registered motor vehicles, but are responsible for 25% of all fatal automobile accidents. This is mainly because of a tractor trailer’s size and weight. A fully loaded big rig can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds, about twenty times the weight of the average passenger vehicle ( which is about 4000 pounds). Big rigs are also very powerful. In collisions, they can strike other vehicles with the force of 20 cars.
Federal Regulations For Large Trucks
Because tractor trailers are so large, powerful, and dangerous, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has instituted strict load limits. The FMCSA also regulates the amount of hours and consecutive hours a tractor-trailer driver can drive during a day and week. The FMCSA also mandates that truck owners perform regular maintenance checks on their vehicles and make any necessary repairs. These regulations are meant to make the road we share with large trucks safer.
Unfortunately, many trucking companies don’t follow these rules and encourage their drivers to skirt regulations in order to increase profits. These illegal practices can include:
- Overloading trailers
- Driving more hours than federally mandated
- Not taking rest breaks
- Driving in dangerous weather
- Driving when fatigued
Causes of Large Truck Accidents
There are many factors that can result in truck accidents, including:
- Driver sleepiness or exhaustion
- Lack of or improper vehicle maintenance
- Defective vehicle parts
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Reckless driving
- Tire blowout
- Poor weather
- Poor road conditions
- Blind spots