Truck Accident Lawyer in Houston, TX
Fighting on Your Behalf to Get the Justice and Compensation You Deserve
Commercial trucks are a vital part of the Texas economy, and we rely on them to transport and deliver groceries, gasoline, and other vital goods. However, they are responsible for doing their job safely, and too often they don’t. In 2019 alone, Harris Country reported over 6,000 commercial vehicle accidents, many of which were caused by reckless driving and negligence. If you were injured and are facing medical bills, loss of income, and chronic pain and suffering, the truck accident lawyers at Ivey Law Firm can help.
We fight for accident victims, helping them get the compensation they deserve and holding truck companies and drivers accountable. Our experience, knowledge, and dedication to advocating for what’s right means we provide tenacious representation to our clients and will provide you with personalized, compassionate legal representation from the first consultation until the completion of your case.
Understanding Truck Accident Liability
If you are in a collision with another vehicle, you can receive compensation, even if you were partially responsible for the collision. In Texas, the rule of modified comparative fault when awarding damages. When a case goes before a jury, they will hear the evidence and determine how much each party is at fault for the accident. If the plaintiff is determined to be 50 percent or less at fault, the court will then determine the amount of damages the case is worth and subtract the percentage of responsibility from the damages.
For example, a plaintiff experiences traumatic brain injury after a collision with a semi-truck, and the case goes to court. It is determined that the plaintiff failed to signal when changing lanes while the defendant was speeding and determined to be driving while intoxicated. The court finds the plaintiff 30 percent at fault for the accident and the defendant 70 percent at fault while the damages are worth $100,000. Thus, the court would reduce damages by 30 percent and award the plaintiff $70,000.
Often, insurance and trucking companies will paint the plaintiff as being more at fault for an accident than they really are. Having an experienced truck accident attorney on your side means you have an advocate who can investigate the case thoroughly, determine liability and fault in the accident, and help you achieve a favorable outcome.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Driver error is the primary cause of truck accidents in Houston, including:
- Failing to follow traffic laws, including failure to yield or use proper signaling;
- Reckless driving, including speeding or tailgating;
- Driving while intoxicated;
- Driver fatigue;
- Distracted driving;
In addition to driver error, often, trucks are not kept in proper working order. In order to save money or reduce costs, trucks will be used without proper inspections or with outdated or failing mechanisms, such as brakes or turn signals.
Who Is Liable for Your Accident?
In many cases, the truck driver and trucking company can be held liable for an accident. Trucking companies often fail to properly train drivers, require drivers to meet nearly impossible deadlines that lead to reckless driving and fatigue, and fail to maintain vehicle safety. When these factors are found to play a role in your accident, often the driver and the company are found responsible.
Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer in Houston
Commercial truck collisions often lead to severe injury and chronic pain and suffering, but insurance companies and trucking companies are more concerned with avoiding paying these damages. Often, they will pressure victims to accept minimal settlements or claim the victim is at fault.
If you are injured in an accident, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer who is not afraid to stand up to insurance and trucking companies. This includes investigating the accident to determine liability, interviewing eyewitnesses, and working with experts to provide clarity into your injuries and into the accident.
Attorney Jack Ivey is a certified specialist in personal injury law, officially recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He and Attorney Jacob Barber have the legal experience and knowledge as well as the passion for justice necessary to achieve favorable outcomes for their clients. While they strive to secure fair settlements outside of court, they are both experienced in litigation and will take a case to court if it means getting justice.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Houston Truck Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury from a commercial truck, speak with a truck accident attorney in Houston immediately! Our experienced lawyers will advocate on your behalf to secure the damages you need to move forward with recovering and healing. Reach out to us today at 888-335-0015 or fill out the form below to learn more.