Houston Truck Accident Lawyer
Victims of truck accidents—many of whom have suffered severe injuries—need to focus on healing, but also desperately need to build a winning case to ensure they receive full compensation necessary to pay their medical bills and compensate them for other damages. It may come as a surprise that truck companies will often destroy evidence after as little as six months in some cases. This poses a problem for victims, who need to make certain they preserve all evidence and manage correctly and appropriately the already-complicated claims process.
About the Attorneys at Zehl & Associates, PC
Our attorneys have recovered some of the largest verdicts and settlements in recent history against the largest trucking companies in the United States; and we’ve been recognized for breaking records in the courtroom. In addition, because all of our attorneys are trial lawyers, we are always willing and prepared to take your case to court—and win—if a defendant or its insurance company refuses to offer a settlement that fully compensates you for all of your injuries and damages.
You can read more about some of our recent and record-setting recoveries by clicking on the links below:
- $18.8 million verdict, the largest ever against Greyhound Bus Lines
- $5.4 million settlement against a large trucking company whose driver caused a rear-end accident
- $4.2 million verdict against R&L Carriers after one of its drivers negligently rear-ended our client at high speed
- $6 million settlement on behalf of passengers injured during a Greyhound bus acccident
- $1.7 million settlement against a major bus company for a single passenger
When you hire the Truck Accident Lawyers at Zehl & Associates, you can rest assured that we will devote whatever time and resources are necessary to ensuring that you are fully compensated for ALL of your injuries and that you receive the best medical treatment available. Unlike many other firms, we’re available to you 24/7 for your questions and concerns and to discuss sensitive information (including your financial needs) that is related to your case.
To learn more about how our Houston truck accident lawyers can help you, contact us today.
Contact Our Houston Truck Accident Lawyers for a Free, No Commitment Consultation at 1-888-603-3636 or by Clicking Here.
What are some common types?
A number of factors lead to truck accidents. Reckless and careless behavior is dangerous enough in a passenger car; behind the wheel of a truck, it can lead to catastrophic (and sometimes deadly) events, such as:
- Jackknife accidents, when the truck’s trailer swings outwards, possibly smashing into nearby vehicles
- Rollovers or lost cargo problems, creating dangerous machinery, obstacles, and debris on the road
- Rear-end override accidents where the truck drives over, and crushes, the smaller passenger vehicle
- Underride accidents where a smaller vehicle skids under, or otherwise travels underneath, the tractor-trailer
- Head-on collisions
Why are truck crash cases more complicated than a typical car accident?
Not only are truck accidents more likely to cause significant injuries than a typical car accident, they are also more complicated when it comes to gathering evidence, holding corporate defendants and their insurers liable, and ultimately recovering a full range of damages.
Because large trucks and 18-wheelers can be particularly dangerous when not operated cautiously on our roadways, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires trucking companies to follow strict regulations and guidelines regarding hours of service, drug tests, and maintenance, to name a few. Pursuing a claim against a truck company requires a deep understanding and analysis of federal regulations, inspecting drivers’ logs, and use of common carrier technology including QualComms and Electronic Control Modules.
To add to the complication, it is often the case that the trucking company holds most or all of this evidence related to a crash. This is why truck accident victims, or their friends and families, must act quickly after a crash to ensure the trucking company does not destroy any potential evidence. Thanks to our years of experience in representing clients who have been injured in some of the largest bus and truck crashes all over the country, the lawyers at Zehl & Associates, PC have the knowledge and skill that’s necessary to procure and analyze all of the evidence in your case as quickly as possible—and to prepare your case for the best possible result.
What negligent behavior causes truck accidents?
Commercial truck and bus drivers are held to a higher standard when they’re behind the wheel. They have a duty to follow strict safety standards to keep others on the roadway safe, but they often ignore these responsibilities and endanger other motorists by:
- Driving carelessly, including violating traffic laws
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Violating safety rules
- Failing to maintain log books as required by law
Under Texas’s vicarious liability law—which is similar to the law in other states—trucking companies are liable for the negligent or reckless behavior of their drivers. Practically speaking, this means that the trucking company is a party to almost every truck accident claim or lawsuit that is filed against its drivers. In addition to being vicariously liable for employees’ behaviors, trucking companies can—and quite frequently—also play a direct role in contributing to these accidents by:
- Failing to screen employees
- Allowing employees to continue driving despite violations
- Requiring drivers to stay on the road longer than FMCSA allows
- Failing to properly maintain their trucks
What is accident reconstruction?
At Zehl & Associates, PC, our attorneys are well known for their aggressive representation of victims. In fact—in addition to being undefeated at trial—our truck accident lawyers have been covered by news outlets worldwide for our success in thoroughly investigating every accident, compelling sleep studies and other relevant documents from trucking companies, and proving that truck drivers and the companies alike are at fault for causing disastrous collisions.
One of the many ways we’ve accomplished our extraordinary and unprecedented results is by immediately sending our accident reconstruction team to the scene of the accident to collect evidence, take measurements and photographs, and “recreate” the collision—which provides us with important evidence regarding how the collision occurred, what the truck driver did wrong, and how the collision could (and should) have been avoided.
What kind of damages can I recover in a claim?
Since truck accident victims often suffer catastrophic injuries that can affect—and commonly jeopardize—a victim’s entire future, our Truck Accident Lawyers work closely with our clients to ensure that they’re receiving the best medical attention possible. After our evaluation of the short- and long-term effects of your accident, will demand compensation for damages, such as:
- Current and future medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Home health care and home renovations
- Expenses due to limited mobility or other disability
- Past missed work
- Future lost wages
- Other related expenses
- Pain and suffering
Contact Our Attorneys for a Free, No Commitment Consultation at 1-888-603-3636 or by Clicking Here.
Having never lost a jury trial and successfully represented hundreds of car, truck, and bus accident victims across Texas and the United States, our Accident Lawyers have the resources and experience to hold even the largest companies accountable and ensure that you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.
All consultations are free, and because we work exclusively on a contingency fee, you don’t owe us anything unless we win your case.
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