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Houston Truck Accident Lawyer | Houston 18 Wheeler Accident Attorney

Undefeated 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers

In the past 5 years alone, our 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers have won over $1 Billion and some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Texas, including:

  • the #1 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 #6 Largest Accident Verdict in Texas
  • 2 of the largest settlements 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.

Call 1-888-603-3636 or simply click here to send us a confidential email.

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.

Contact our Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers at 1-888-603-3636 or by Clicking Here

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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I hired Zehl when I was severely injured doing a Plug and Abandonment job offshore. I'm glad I did, they were incredible. They walked me through every step of the case, made sure that I got to the best doctors, and were always there for me when I was having trouble paying bills when the case was pending. I always felt that I was in good hands and well taken care of, which relieved a lot of my stress and helped put me at ease. Eric and the team at Zehl and Associates represented my best interests, I highly recommend them.
Derrick Collins
Derrick Collins
21:03 14 Jun 17
I was hesitant to file a lawsuit when I was injured at work, because I didn't know what to expect and my company kept telling me that "they were going to take care of me." But the medical bills kept piling up, I wasn't able to work and make money to support my family. Eric Allen and the staff at Zehl put me at ease about the process, kept me to up date about what was going on, and devoted all their resources to making sure that I had the money I needed to pay all my medical expenses and take care of myself and my family. I can honestly say that working with Eric, Ryan and the Zehl team was one of the best decisions we've ever made. Thank you.
Maura Burnett
Maura Burnett
22:17 12 Jun 17
After I was injured at a chemical plant, I needed time to recover from my injuries and a lawyer who could stand up for me and my family against my company. Ryan Zehl was recommended to me from a coworker. Ryan worked hard to prepare my case and kept me and my family in the loop through the entire process. At the end they were able to get me a settlement that was much more than we had expected. I’d recommend Ryan and the team at Zehl to anyone who needs an injury lawyer who’s aggressive, honest and dedicated to protecting their clients.
Jeffrey Hutson
Jeffrey Hutson
15:47 12 May 17
Thanks to the hard work from Ryan and his team, a dangerous product that could have hurt thousands of people is now off the street. Even though I suffered from the lack of safety checks from this product, I am happy to have “taken the bullet”, to keep other people safe. Special thanks to Tommy Servos, who kept me informed through out the whole trial and helped me get a record recovery!
Kevin Nunn
Kevin Nunn
20:30 14 May 17
I grew up in Texas and went to work on an oil rig just like my dad did. It was a point of pride to follow in the same career path as my father, but no one warned me about the constant pending danger of being on the rig. My team and I are professionals that follow the rules and keep safety as priority number 1. But there are some factors to this job that can’t be controlled. Just like the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill, my rig suffered an explosion due to the lack of up keep and maintenance from our superiors. Ryan Zehl came to our aid to get the compensation my crew and I needed. Having a Houston personal injury attorney from back home represent us was truly a personal and eye opening experience. He truly cared about us and thanks to him, I can recover with my family and the safety precautions on the rig have never been tighter.
Catherine J. Bates
Catherine J. Bates
02:23 06 Mar 17
Husband was killed at a refinery to the lack of safety checks performed by the company he worked for. When I found out he was gone I was so devastated and scared for our family I wasn’t sure what the next step would be. At first I thought his company would do the right thing and take care of us. But was I wrong. They tried to say we could only recover worker’s comp and had no claim against the company. I hired Ryan because of their experience with plant and refinery accident cases. I was so impressed at how professional and caring Ryan and his entire team were. They would call to check on me and my kids and always made sure I had money to pay bills and get presents for my kids on there birthdays and at Christmas. I don’t know where we’d be without there help. Because of Ryan and his team, I was able to pay off the house, put a trust together for my kids to make sure they’re able to pay for college, and never have to worry about having enough money to take care of myself and the kids again. We are so grateful for everything they did for us. Thank you.
Silvana Teixeira
Silvana Teixeira
06:52 06 Jun 17
Ryan and his team at Zehl & Associates were outstanding from when I first hired them to when they got my case settled. I couldn’t be happier with the results and the work at this law firm has done. I am very thankful and don’t hesitate to give them 5 out 5 stars! You want these guys are your side.
Jhon Abraham
Jhon Abraham
16:53 13 May 17
I came to Zehl Law Firm after I was injured in a car accident. They made me feel comfortable and explained things so I understood what to expect. Along with excellent communication. They were always quick to respond and update me on everything. Kelvin Hayes did a great job with my case and I would be happy to refer him to anyone looking for a auto injury lawyer.
Cody Pennington
Cody Pennington
21:31 03 Jul 17
I highly recommend Zehl Law! When I was injured on the job, I reached out to Ryan’s office and was greeted with support. I was well taken and care of and really appreciate how the law firm professionals went above and beyond their call of duty to help me. Now I can recover without having to worry about money until I am well enough to get back on the job. Thanks guys!
Anna Cris
Anna Cris
12:07 12 Jul 17
I can't even explain the blessing of having Zehl & Associates in our life. This firm has been like family to us and changed our lives forever. Great, friendly Law Firm that I recommend everyone to go to. One on one with your attorney, the fact that you dont have to worry about anything, they handle the whole process! I want to thank Zehl & Associates for an amazing job! #best personalinjurylawyers
Laura Blanco
Laura Blanco
04:00 17 Aug 17
Tommy Servos handled my dads pharmaceutical suit and thanks to all his hard work, my dad is now getting the proper treatment he needs and we won't have to worry about the hefty costs that come with it.
Pasquale D'argenzi
Pasquale D'argenzi
02:29 07 Jul 17
Thanks to Ryan and his team, I was able to get the compensation I deserved after being hurt while at work. They kept me up to date and made sure that I had everything I needed going forward. This group is top notch
Jason Cordell
Jason Cordell
03:02 05 May 17
We've had the opportunity to work jointly on cases with Ryan Zehl and his law firm. The attorneys at Zehl & Associates are smart, professional, and great to work with. I recommend them without hesitation.
Hughes Ellzey, LLP
Hughes Ellzey, LLP
18:28 13 Feb 18