Houston 18-Wheeler Accident Attorneys
Accidents involving 18 wheelers can leave you dealing with serious damages. Texas truck accident attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman are prepared to help you seek compensation and justice.
Eighteen wheelers, also known as tractor-trailers or "semis," can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds (40 tons) when fully loaded. Such substantial weight, combined with the size of 18-wheelers, means that it has the potential to cause serious accidents with even more serious injuries involved.
Additionally, 18-wheeler accident cases tend to be more complicated than accidents involving smaller vehicles. Determining liability and the amount of compensation due can take time and resources to accomplish.
Based in Houston and serving the surrounding areas, truck accident attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman understand the nature of 18-wheeler accidents and are fully prepared to pursue your compensation. Our lawyers have nearly 40 years of combined legal experience, and aggressively fight for our clients' right until we secure the best possible outcome.
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What is an 18-Wheeler Accident?
Not all large trucks are considered 18-wheelers. The definition of an 18-wheeler is a semi-truck/semi-trailer combination. In other words, a semi-truck becomes an 18-wheeler when it is attached to a trailer. When combined, the pair has a total of 18 wheels in use. Any accident involving a truck that falls under this category is considered an 18-wheeler accident, and they can come in many forms including:
These accidents affect not only the truck's driver, but any other drivers/vehicles that are unlucky enough to be in the way.
Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents
Numerous factors can cause an 18-wheeler accident, ranging from natural conditions to driver error and negligence.
Some of the most common causes for 18-wheeler accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver error
- Distracted driving
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Inadequate training
- Improper truck maintenance
- Malfunctioning part or equipment
- Dangerous weather or road conditions
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Determining Fault and Compensation in an 18-Wheeler Accident
Truck drivers and trucking companies have a duty to obey federal regulations and specific rules designed to minimize the threat of 18-wheeler accidents. Unfortunately, negligence can come into play, and accidents happen more often than they should.
Just as with other motor vehicle accidents, fault in an 18-wheeler accident is assigned by establishing negligence, and that process is complex. What may seem like the driver's negligence may actually belong to a manufacturer or the trucking company. Not only that, but negligence can sometimes be shared between parties. Most often, negligent responsibility in an 18-wheeler accident can be attributed to the following parties:
- The truck driver
- The truck's owner
- The truck driver's employer
- The trucking company
- The truck's manufacturer
- A truck part retailer or manufacturer
- Another vehicle
Any party whose negligence played some part in the accident may be liable for compensation. Victims of 18-wheeler negligence have the right to receive compensation for medical bills (both current and future), lost time at work, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and any property damage to their vehicle.
How a Texas 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney Can Help
After a serious 18-wheeler accident, it can be hard to focus on anything besides getting back to normal. A personal injury attorney who specializes 18-wheeler accidents can help build your case for compensation while you cope with the aftermath.
Our Houston truck accident attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman are prepared to:
- Investigate your accident. We will investigate your accident and determine which party or parties acted negligently.
- Negotiate with insurance companies. Insurance companies can be anything but compliant when you file a claim. Our tactful attorneys will help negotiate a fair settlement based on evidence from your accident.
- Fight in court. If a settlement cannot be made through negotiation, our aggressive attorneys will fight for your right to compensation in a courtroom and guide you through the litigation process.
If you or someone you love has fallen victim to an 18-wheeler accident, it is very important you speak to an attorney as soon as possible. The team of Neal Davis and Jed Silverman is fully prepared to take on your case and help you secure the best possible outcome. Our No Fee Unless We Win Guarantee ensures that you don't pay unless we win your case. Give us a call today.