BEST 18 WHEELER TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS IN HOUSTON

Almost every consumer product in every store in Texas spent some time on a large 18-wheeler truck. Therefore, it’s not surprising that wrecks involving these large commercial vehicles have increased 42 percent since 2009. These large trucks, when fully loaded, weigh more than 80,000 pounds. So, it’s also not surprising that these collisions often cause catastrophic injuries and even death.

Truck wreck claims are often quite complex, and not just because the injuries are so severe. Two reasons for the complex claim process are. First, the truck drivers are usually not Texas residents. Second, the companies that own these trucks are generally out-of-state corporations. Given these geographic details having the Best 18 Wheeler Truck Accident Lawyer in Houston handling the case can make things go a bit smoother.

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SOME OF OUR VERDICTS

$1,500,000

Jury verdict against an auto auction company for injuries.

$6,110,000

Jury verdict against manufacturer of a toxic product.

$3,700,000

Jury verdict against industrial facility for a wrongful death.

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COMPENSATION YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO

Past and future medical expenses

Lost earning capacity

Mental anguish

Property damage

Lost wages

Physical impairment or disfigurement

Pain and suffering

Loss of consortium

Harris County Couple Awarded $12.4M Verdict in Trucking Accident Case

On September 30, 2019, Jim Hart and his legal team of Williams Hart & Boundas won a $12,450,000 verdict in the 129th District Court of Harris County, Texas. Their clients, a young working couple, sustained serious injuries when an 18-wheeler operated by New Prime, Inc. struck their small sedan from behind at highway speed on Interstate 45 in Houston.

One client suffered an injury known as trigeminal neuralgia, a painful nerve disease that is one of the most painful conditions known in medicine.

New Prime, Inc. is one of the largest trucking companies in North America. It entrusted its vehicle to a driver with a history of over 60 safety violations. The defense strategically admitted to the driver’s negligence before the weeklong trial. The jury took a half-day of deliberations to return their verdict.

Attorneys that also helped in the success of this case were: Attorneys Kevin Haynes and Margot Trevino, as well as Trial Paralegal Jael Hamilton of Williams Hart & Boundas.

DID YOU KNOW?

Since November 7, 2000

Houston has some of the most dangerous roads in America.

As Houston expands, increased traffic leads to a higher rate of roadway accidents. Recent highway designs now allow drivers to go as fast as75 mph (120.7 km/h), making collisions even more deadly. When combined with drunk and distracted drivers, these factors have increased the risk of deadly collisions in the Houston area.

A deadly streak

  • Approximately Six hundred forty people die each year on Houston roads.
  • An additional 2850 more people sustained injures due to mobile auto collisions.

MANY HOUSTONIANS SADLY SEE FATAL
COLLISIONS AS INEVITABLE, BUT NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.

While some accidents do happen, many 18 wheeler truck collisions are preventable. Often these accidents occur because someone chose to ignore basic safety protocols. Thus, neglecting the rules results in the loss of lives and leaves many families to heal after a horrific event.

When a serious collision could have been prevented, the best 18 wheeler truck accident lawyers at Williams Hart & Boundas are here to help. Hiring an experienced truck accident attorney is critical. Trucking accidents may involve multiple insurance companies, law enforcement agencies, and at-fault companies. Thus, it is vital to have a legal team experienced in these complex legal situations. This will ensure you get the best possible outcome.

After a serious truck crash, we know that financial compensation can be a critical step in paying for medical bills. It also helps provide for lost wages or long-term care of disabilities because of the accident. We are committed to helping individuals and their families get justice after major vehicular accidents.

HOW A TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWSUIT WORKS

When you partner with Williams Hart & Boundas, law team, you have one of the country’s best law firms.

Our experienced Houston truck accident lawyers routinely handle these cases in Harris County and nearby jurisdictions. Many truck drivers are just getting their bearings when they pull out of the Houston Ship Channel. Thus, not being a native to the area, navigating the web of Houston expressways can be quite difficult. Yet, that is no excuse for negligent driving. Therefore, we never stop fighting for you.

Our cases work on a ‘contingency basis,’ which means we only get paid if we win you money!

We promise you won’t have any out-of-pocket legal expenses during your case with us.

It is entirely free to inquire about your possible case at Williams Hart & Boundas. There is no obligation to sign up with Williams Hart & Boundas. The first step is to get your questions answered by our experienced legal team.

When you sign up with our firm, our legal team will begin collecting the necessary information about the case. Preparing a case requires communicating with all parties involved in the accident. This is so we can get the necessary documents from the owner of the truck, the trucking company, the insurance companies, and law enforcement.

We will talk about your options. Every case is unique, and we want to help families make informed decisions. With all the facts laid out, we can help you go forward into a trial or other legal proceedings.

Unlike many attorneys, we aren’t afraid to go to trial if it comes to it. Our Houston truck accident lawyers have taken on major corporations and giant insurance companies and won. We know what it takes to see a case through to the end.

Our Top rate Law firm helps people process the aftermath of a major accident. Truck accident cases can often be handled out of court. In these situations, a lawyer communicates on behalf of the victim with the insurance company. However, a team of qualified legal experts is needed to handle the case in more complex instances. Determining who is liable may not be immediately clear; thus, these cases may need to go to court. Sometimes after a commercial vehicle collision, victims may face pressure from several insurance agencies and legal entities. We are experienced in advocating for truck crash victims in these extreme situations. Our Houston car accident lawyers help clients navigate these difficult situations to get the compensation they deserve.

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FIRST PARTY LIABILITY

Truck accident victims must establish negligence by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not. Traditional evidence, such as medical bills and the police accident report, often form these claims’ backbone. Additional evidence in truck accident claims includes:

Event Data Recorders (EDR) Large truck EDR is much like the black box flight data recorders in commercial airplanes. Depending on the make and model, these devices track and record things like vehicle speed and brake application. These numbers are often critical in car crash claims.

Federal government’s Safety Maintenance System (SMS) Is a multi-state driving record. As mentioned, most truck drivers have out-of-state licenses. SMS database reports are generally admissible in court.

Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) Are often important in drowsy driver claims. These claims are common. Many drivers circumvent HOS (Hours of Service) requirements so that they can stay on the road longer. Much like an EDR, an ELD is a computer that’s attached to the truck’s drive train.

THIRD-PARTY LIABILITY

A ship’s captain is ultimately responsible for the crew’s conduct. Similarly, employers are liable for the negligent acts their employees commit during the scope of their employment. This legal doctrine, known as respondeat superior, has three basic prongs:

Employee: There was a time in Texas law that limited this category to only W-2 workers receiving regular paychecks. Today, the term “employee” has a broader label and applies to anyone the employer controls. So, this label includes owner-operators, independent contractors, and even some unpaid volunteers.

Scope of Employment: Similarly, Texas law once limited employment scope to situations like a delivery driver on a regular delivery route. Now, this category is much larger. It includes any act which benefits the employer in any way. For example, an employee injured in company softball games is acting within the scope of employment. How is this so, you may ask? The employer benefits from the free advertising.

Foreseeability: Accidents are foreseeable if they are possible. It is not foreseeable that someone will steal a truck from the garage and cause a crash. Anything short of that is probably within the realm of possibility. Other employer liability theories, which often apply in assault and other intentional tort claims, include negligent hiring and negligent entrustment

Most truck crash claims settle out of court. There is usually a direct relationship between the amount of evidence a Houston truck crash lawyer gathers and the claim’s settlement value. In other words, more proof usually means higher settlements.

​​INJURIES IN TRUCK ACCIDENT CLAIMS

As mentioned, large trucks weigh tens of thousands of pounds. Furthermore, most large trucks carry hundreds of gallons of highly flammable diesel fuel. As a result, large truck collisions often cause catastrophic injuries, such as:
Serious Burns

Frequently, truck accident victims sustain third or fourth-degree burns. These wounds always require skin grafts and other treatments only available at expensive burn centers. These wounds are often fatal as well.

Head Injuries

The massive force in a truck collision usually causes a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). TBIs are always permanent. Once brain cells die, they never regenerate. However, extensive physical therapy can help these victims live normal lives.

Exsanguination

Excessive blood loss, mainly from internal injuries, is often the official cause of death in truck crash cases. Typically, victims are on the verge of hypovolemic shock by the time emergency responders arrive.

Most non-commercial operators have a duty of reasonable care. Therefore, they must drive defensively and avoid crashes when possible. Any one of the impairments listed above makes fulfilling this duty difficult, if not impossible.

Practice Areas

At Williams Hart & Boundas, we are dedicated to providing high-quality legal representation across various cases. Our experienced Houston attorneys are nationally recognized leaders in Personal Injury, Mass Tort, Commercial Litigation, and First-Party Insurance, ensuring that our clients receive the compensation they deserve when they've suffered harm due to someone else's negligence, dangerous products, or widespread harmful practices.

Personal Injury

We are passionate about helping victims of negligence recover compensation for their pain, inability to work, and loss of income after a traumatic accident. Our knowledgeable Houston personal injury lawyers and staff offer decades of experience handling difficult and complex cases with integrity, perseverance, and respect for the law. Whether you’re facing an individual or a powerful corporation, we are ready to confront the most challenging of opponents.

Mass Tort

Our firm has a distinguished track record in Mass Tort litigation. With years of expertise in handling complex, multi-plaintiff cases, our team of skilled attorneys has successfully represented clients in various mass tort cases, from pharmaceutical and medical device lawsuits to toxic exposure and product liability claims. We understand the unique challenges of mass tort litigation and have the resources and legal acumen to navigate through them effectively.

Commercial Litigation

Our experienced team of complex Commercial Litigation attorneys handles intricate business disputes, including contract disputes, intellectual property matters, oil and gas claims, and more. We have a proven track record of delivering successful outcomes for our clients in high-stakes, multifaceted cases. With a deep understanding of the legal complexities involved in commercial litigation, we provide strategic and tailored solutions to protect our client's interests and businesses.

First-Party Insurance

Our award-winning attorneys have been recognized as pioneers in First-Party Insurance litigation. We have successfully represented countless clients in cases involving insurance claims, coverage disputes, bad faith practices, and more. We understand the challenges policyholders face when dealing with insurance companies, and we are committed to ensuring that you receive fair treatment and the coverage you are entitled to. 

Vehicle collisions often cause serious injuries, we want our clients to focus on recovery.

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