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Serious injuries can occur in accidents involving 18-wheelers

Houston is a major transportation hub with the Ship Channel.  Couple that with the never-ending freeway construction and explosive population growth and you have a recipe for accidents with tractor trailers or what is familiarly known as 18-wheelers.  These commercial vehicles are governed by additional laws and regulations that an experienced personal injury lawyer like Rick Molina can help with if you have been hurt in an accident involving one.

The Molina Law Firm has been representing 18-wheeler accident victims for over 30 years helping them navigate the complex legal fight against the employers that hired the commercial driver and their insurance carriers.  Remember that when you retain Attorney Rick Molina, you pay nothing up front and we only collect a percentage of the compensation you receive only when we have won your case.  Don’t go against the trucking companies and insurance carriers alone.  Attorney Rick Molina will aggressively represent you and fight on your behalf.  We have the knowledge, resources and experience to get you all the compensation for your loss, pain and suffering.

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What to do after an accident with an 18-wheeler

Large commercial trucks including 18-wheelers and large delivery trucks like those used by FedEx, UPS and Amazon typically cause a lot of damage when they are involved in accidents with motorists.  There are many laws and regulations that govern the commercial trucking industry so it’s imperative that you retain an experienced personal injury attorney that deals with commercial truck accidents.  If you have been seriously hurt in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, the following will help guide you through the initial steps:

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Trucking Accident Statistics

As stated before, Houston has been experiencing explosive growth which has created a traffic nightmare as city leaders try and upgrade freeways to handle the additional population.  The Houston Ship Channel makes Houston a huge transportation hub which creates even more traffic, specifically large commercial tractor trailers commonly known as 18-wheelers.  These large vehicles can cause a lot of damage when they are involved in accidents.  According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

  • In 2017, there were over 4,800 large truck accidents that resulted in fatal crashes, a 10% increase from 2016
  • Injury crashes involving large trucks increased 5% from 2016 to 2017.
  • According to TxDOT Report, there were 452 fatal truck-tractor/semi-trailer fatality accidents in 2019.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be sued after a commercial truck accident?

In 18-wheeler accidents, there can be many parties at fault.  They are complex and governed by a lot of Texas regulations.

The truck driver will face liability of they broke traffic regulations while driving.  They could be driving while tired, under the influence or simply driving recklessly.

  • The trucking company that employs the driver may be at fault since they are responsible for maintaining their vehicles, hiring competent drivers and making sure their drivers follow all the trucking rules of the road.  If a trucking company is not following these regulations to increase their bottom line, then they could be at fault for the accident.
  • Equipment failure or defective truck equipment could have contributed or caused the accident, such as bad brakes or braking systems.  In these cases, the Molina Law Firm will file suit with the manufacturer or distributor as responsible for causing an injury accident.

Should I accept the settlement offer from the insurance carrier?

Companies that use 18-wheelers usually maintain large insurance policies to protect their assets and interests.  These insurance carriers are very experienced in dealing with accidents.  One tactic they use if their driver is at fault is to offer a settlement claim quickly.  This offer may seem sizable but it is important that you seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney before you accept the offer.  Acceptance of the settlement offer absolves the insurance company from future payments to you and it may not be enough to cover all the losses you may incur.  If you have long term or permanent disability, you may need constant care.  Insurance companies look to minimize their financial burden.  The Molina Law Firm is committed to you to recover the compensation you need now and in the future.  Do not accept any settlement offer without seeking the advice of a personal injury attorney experienced with large commercial truck accidents.

Talk to Attorney Rick Molina Today!

When you have been involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler or any large commercial truck, the damages may be significant and your injuries can be serious.  Because of all the laws and regulations that cover over-the-road (OTR) commercial driving, it is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you.  Attorney Rick Molina and the Molina Law Firm is here to help.  We will aggressively represent you by thoroughly investigating the case, gathering all pertinent information, determining present and future pain, suffering and loss then maximizing your compensation.

We work on a contingency basis so you pay us nothing up front and a percentage when we win your case.  We have helped hundreds of people over the past 30 years to get back on their feet after serious injuries and we can help you!

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