Houston Truck Accident Lawyers

Trucking Accident Attorneys Serving Injured Clients in Houston and Surrounding Communities for 25 Years

777 Post Oak Blvd #800
Houston, TX 77056

Accidents by large trucks or commercial vehicles often result in devastating injuries that can leave you out of work for long periods of time. For over 25 years, trucking accident lawyers at Thomas J. Henry have demonstrated their expertise in some of the largest truck accident cases in Texas and throughout the United States.

Our attorneys understand the operation of trucking companies and will provide you with the information necessary to determine who and where to sue. Our expertise paired with the financial resources that are crucial to the development of a case will assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. We are available to take your call at any time, 24/7.

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2016 Large Truck Accident Statistics

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):

  • In 2016, 4,440 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 2-percent increase from 2015.
  • From 2015 to 2016, large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles increased by 1.9 percent.
  • From 2015 to 2016, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses increased by 6 percent.
  • States ranked as the most hazardous to drive through by percentage of truck driver fatalities:
    • Colorado – 3.5%
    • Texas – 3.6%
    • Alabama – 3.6%
    • Oklahoma – 4.6%
    • Nebraska – 5.9%
    • Wyoming – 6.7%
    • North Dakota – 8.8%

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

The FMCSA ranked the following as the top 10 leading causes for crashes involving large trucks:

  • Issues with brakes
  • Interruption of traffic flow (congestion, other crashes)
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue

Do I Need an Attorney for My Houston Truck Accident Claim?

The first thing you need to understand when pursuing compensation for a trucking accident is that the playing field is not level.

In Texas, there is a lot of money to be made in commercial trucking. As such, large trucking companies typically employ teams of attorneys whose sole job is to protect the company’s interest. In the event of a trucking accident, that means limiting or eliminating the trucking company’s liability for your injuries.

These entities also have the financial resources to fight long, hard legal battles in a way that leaves individuals at a disadvantage.

Trucking accident claims are further complicated by the existence of complex trucking regulations as well as state and federal laws defining employer liability and the application of respondeat superior.

This is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney who is proficient in trucking accident litigation. Thomas J. Henry has been successfully litigating trucking accident lawsuits across Texas for more than 25 years. Our commercial litigation attorneys understand the statutes regulating commercial trucking companies and their drivers.

Combine that proficiency with the legal and financial resources that only the largest personal injury firm in Texas can provide, and you finally stand a chance of getting the compensation you justly deserve.

Have You Been Hit by a Commerical Truck? Call Thomas J. Henry

If you have been involved in a trucking accident, call Thomas J. Henry. In trucking accident cases, time is of the essence. Your trucking accident attorney will need to collect evidence, determine who is at fault for your injuries, and start the legal process. Our Houston trucking accident lawyers will take immediate action on your case.

Speak to one of our experienced attorneys today for a free legal consultation, or fill out the contact form on this page and a lawyer will reach out to you. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to assist you and your family. Start your road to recovery today.

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Your Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following an accident, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

Commercial trucks are further classified by their gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). In the United States, the classifications are as follows:

  • Class 1- GVWR ranges from 0 to 6,000 pounds
  • Class 2- GVWR ranges from 6,001 to 10,000 pounds
  • Class 3- GVWR ranges from 10,001 to 14,000 pounds
  • Class 4- GVWR ranges from 14,001 to 16,000 pounds
  • Class 5- GVWR ranges from 16,001 to 19,500 pounds
  • Class 6- GVWR ranges from 19,501 to 26,000 pounds
  • Class 7- GVWR ranges from 26,001 to 33,000 pounds
  • Class 8- GVWR is anything above 33,000 pounds

If you have questions about the vehicle involved in your accident, speak with one our Texas truck accident lawyers.

Many different factors can cause a trucking accident. Here are some of the most common causes of Texas truck accidents:

A truck driver is fatigued or drowsy

Drug or alcohol impairment

Driver is distracted
Commercial vehicle regulations ban drivers from using mobile devices while driving. Doing so is considered a serious traffic violation and could lead to a CDL suspension.
Speeding or driving too fast for road conditions/inclement weather

Unsecured loads
When large trucks fail to secure their loads properly, motorists are put in extreme danger. Contents from these trucks, including hazardous materials, could spill onto the roadways, causing serious accidents.

Improper turning or lane changing

Failure to maintain vehicle

Whether or not a truck accident case goes to trial is dependent on several factors. Among the most important of those factors are:

  • How clear is a liability in the case?
  • Is the insurance company willing to pay a reasonable settlement?

While a case will be settled out of court more often than not, your attorney must treat every claim as though it will be tried to verdict. Our truck accident lawyers will take this approach to your case from day one.

If you have been involved in a truck accident and the police say you are at-fault, you should still bring your case to the attention of an experienced personal injury attorney. Trucking accidents are especially complex, and mistakes can occur during the initial investigation. An in-depth analysis of your collision and the vehicles involved may reveal new evidence suggesting proportionate responsibility or relieving you of fault altogether.

The first thing you need to understand when pursuing compensation for a truck accident is that the playing field is not level.

Typically, large trucking companies have teams of lawyers whose only job is to investigate and challenge trucking accident claims to limit or eliminate the trucking company’s liability. These entities also have the financial resources to fight long, hard legal battles in a way that leaves individuals at a disadvantage.

Truck accident claims are further complicated by the existence of complex trucking regulations as well as state and federal laws defining employer liability and the application of respondeat superior.

This is why you must hire an experienced commercial accident attorney who is proficient in trucking accident litigation. Thomas J. Henry has been successfully litigating truck accident lawsuits for more than 25 years. Our truck accident lawyers understand the statutes regulating commercial trucking companies and their drivers.

Combine that proficiency with the legal and financial resources that only the largest personal injury firm in Texas can provide, and you finally stand a chance of getting the compensation you justly deserve.

When you are involved in a serious trucking accident, you will likely miss some work due to your injuries. The amount of work missed generally depends on the severity of your injuries and the physical requirements of your job. In the most severe cases, you may not be able to return to your previous occupation at all. You can recover these damages as lost wages.

In the simplest terms, lost wages are any wages you did not or cannot earn due to your injury. Lost wages are not limited to those you have already missed out on, but can also refer to wages you will miss out on in the future.

Typically, lost wages are broken down into three categories:

  • Lost wages – wages you lost during a period you were unable to work.
  • Loss of earning capacity – if you have sustained a long-term disability from an accident and cannot make as much money as you did before your accident.
  • Lost opportunities – this would include things like missing a job interview while you were recovering.

An important thing to remember is that if you lost your previous job due to your injuries and returned to work for lower pay, you may be entitled to the difference in pay between your previous job and the job you now hold.

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