18 Wheeler Accidents
Undefeated Truck and 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers
In the past 5 years alone, our Truck and 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers have recovered some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Texas, including:
- 2 of the largest settlements in Texas
- the #7 Largest Accident Verdict in Texas
- the #1 Largest Verdict in R&L Trucking Company’s corporate history
- the #1 Largest settlement in Oakley Trucking Company’s corporate history
- the #1 Largest Accident Verdict in Texas
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We’re able to consistently achieve these results because we value and understand the importance of trial experience. Unlike at many other law firms, all of our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers, who have never lost a trial and are always prepared to take a case to court when the defendant refuses to offer a settlement that fully compensates our clients for their injuries and damages.
This approach has resulted in substantial victories in the courtroom and enabled our lawyers to negotiate unprecedented settlements outside of the courtroom.
Click here to see what one of our recent clients—who obtained the largest settlement in Oakley Trucking Company’s corporate history—said about his experience working with our Truck Accident Lawyers.
The Largest Verdicts and Settlements in History against the Largest Trucking Companies in the United States
The verdicts and settlements that our Truck Accident Lawyers have recovered for clients across Texas and the United States have consistently set records as (1) the largest in the state and (2) the #1 largest recoveries in the trucking companies’ corporate histories.
Recently, for example, Ryan Zehl and Kevin Haynes recovered $4.2 Million after a 5 week trial against R&L Carriers, the largest private trucking company in the US. Our client was rear-ended by one of R&L’s drivers while driving on I-20, just outside of Weatherford, Texas. The impact caused her vehicle to roll over, resulting in a head and lower back injury.
R&L denied responsibility for the collision, offered less than $150,000 to settle the case, and called a team of over 15 experts—including neurologist, neuropsychologists, orthopedists, and accident reconstructionists—to dispute our client’s injuries and attempt to prove that the collision was a “side swipe,” rather than a rear-end collision.
After hearing the evidence, however, the jury disagreed with R&L and awarded punitive damages against the company for its negligence and gross negligence in failing to properly supervise and train the driver.
The verdict is the #1 Largest Verdict in R&L’s corporate history, as well as the only case where they’ve been required to pay punitive damages.
Largest Settlement Against Oakley Trucking Company
We also recently obtained the #1 Largest Settlement in Oakley Trucking Company’s corporate history on behalf of a client who was rear-ended by a distracted driver, which caused his pick-up truck to roll over off the highway. Less than 12 months after filing the lawsuit, we were able to obtain a settlement that will provide for him and his 4 children for the rest of their lives.
Our Accident Reconstruction Team Recreates the Collision to Prove that the Trucking Company and their Driver were at Fault
When we’re hired in a trucking accident case, we immediately send an accident reconstruction team to inspect the scene and the vehicles involved in the crash.
Our inspection provides us with physical evidence (like the location and severity of the damage to the vehicles and the length and direction of skid marks on the road) that establishes how fast the truck was traveling at impact, if and when it braked, and whether the driver was fatigued or distracted at the time of impact.
We then consult with both our client’s treating doctors and the medical experts to determine the nature and severity of our client’s injuries, how their injuries can be treated, and the cost of the medical treatment our clients will need in the future.
After obtaining this information, we work with our client’s doctors and medical experts to determine the damages that are needed to ensure that our clients are fully compensated for both their physical injuries and past and future financial loses—such as lost wages and medical expenses.
If the trucking company or their insurance company tries to settle the case for anything less than the amount of damages that are necessary to fully compensate our client, we take the case to trial—where we remain undefeated.
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If you or a loved one were injured in a truck, bus or 18 wheeler accident, our truck accident lawyers can help. All consultations are free, and there’s no commitment involved.
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Experience Matters: A Car Accident is Nothing Like a Truck Accident
While almost every personal injury lawyer claims to have experience handling trucking accidents, the number of lawyers who have actually taken a trucking case to trial is quite small.
Car accidents—despite popular belief—are nothing like truck accidents. In addition to size of the vehicles and substantial differences in force and momentum, truck accident cases are won or lost based on the lawyer’s understanding of the technology (like QualComms and Electronic Control Modules) that trucking companies and their drivers use to monitor the movement, speed, fuel consumption and driving activity of the trucks.
Unlike in a normal auto accident case, truck accident lawyers have to thoroughly understand the federal and state regulations that govern the companies and their drivers. The the federal “hours of service” regulations, for example—which are designed to prevent truck drivers from driver while fatigued—dictate when, where and how long a driver can spend on duty before their required to go off duty for a legally specified number of hours. In order to determine if the driver is in compliance with those laws, the lawyer has to know how to review and “audit” the truck driver’s “log book,” which federal law requires drivers to keep up to date at all times, even when they’re off duty.
Because trucking companies are also based all over the United States, truck accident lawyers not only have to be familiar with the laws in the state where the accident occurred, but they also need to understand the laws of every state the trucking company operates and is headquartered.
Holding the Trucking Company and their Driver Responsible
Federal and state laws require Trucking companies to ensure that their vehicles, trailers and drivers do not endanger other drivers on the road. Many of these safety rules are contained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which specify everything from how often the trucks have to be inspected and when a driver has to be medically tested to how many hours a driver may drive in a 24 hour period.
Common forms of negligence in 18-wheeler truck accident cases include:
- Overworked and fatigued drivers
- Driver negligence and drunk driving
- Safety rule violations and failure to maintain log books documenting the number of hours the truck driver has been on the road
- Failing to properly screen employees by hiring drivers with poor driving records can constitute negligence.
- Drug use and intoxication while driving.
- Poor truck maintenance: Brake, tire and other failures often cause accidents that could have been prevented if the vehicle had been properly maintained.
Truck Accident Statistics
There are well over 100,000 accidents involving 18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks in the United States each year, causing nearly 5,000 deaths and 90,000 injuries annually. Over 18,000 truck accidents took place in Texas alone between January and November of 2015.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, Harris County has consistently led the state in the number of fatal truck accidents, with an average of 36 accidents per year between 2010 and 2015. It is followed by Dallas County, Bexar County, and Tarrant County.
Given these numbers, it is important for drivers to understand and recognize the risks they face every day when sharing the road with eighteen-wheelers and other large commercial trucks.
Common Injuries From Truck Accidents
While any automobile accident can lead to serious injury, wrecks involving 18-wheeler trucks tend to be even worse due to the sheer weight of the vehicles involved. When a car and an 18-wheeler collide, the results are often catastrophic. The types of injuries most commonly seen include:
- Head and Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones, and
- Back and Spine Injuries, including disc herniations, paraplegia and quadriplegia, and
These injuries can be devastating and, in many cases, life-altering. In order to successfully recover compensation for your damages, you will need an attorney who can quickly evaluate the facts of your case, establish how the truck driver and the trucking company were at fault, determine the full extent of your damages, and effectively convey the facts to a jury. Placing the jury in YOUR shoes is the only way to make them understand just what happened and why you deserve to be compensated.
Having recovered millions in verdicts and settlements from the largest trucking companies in the country, the 18-wheeler accident attorneys at Zehl & Associates have the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to ensure that you receive the full compensation you deserve for ALL your injuries and damages.
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If you or a loved one were injured in a truck, bus or 18 wheeler accident, our truck accident lawyers can help. All consultations are free, there’s no commitment involved and, because we work exclusively on a contingency-fee basis, you pay nothing unless we win your case.
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