Texas 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer

Our Experienced 18-Wheeler Accident Attorneys Serve Clients Throughout Texas – 24/7, Nights and Weekends

18-wheeler accidents are among the most catastrophic and most deadly crash types that can occur. Unfortunately, Texas leads the nation in 18-wheeler accidents with thousands of Texas residents and visitors suffering serious and fatal injuries every year.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an 18-wheeler crash in Texas, you must protect you must take immediate action to protect your rights. Call Thomas J. Henry Law to speak with an experienced Texas 18-wheeler accident attorney about your legal options. Initial consultations are FREE and our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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18-Wheeler Accidents Pose a Deadly Threat for Texas Drivers

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,951 people were killed in accidents involving 18-wheelers and large trucks in 2018 alone. 664 of these fatalities were recorded in Texas, more than any other state in the nation and 47% higher than the second state with the second-highest number of 18-wheeler accident deaths, California.

Understanding the danger these large vehicles pose for the average driver, state and federal regulators have enacted strict laws and guidelines meant detailing the actions and orders 18-wheeler drivers and their employers must follow. These include licensing requirements, behavior behind the wheel, limits on consecutive hours worked, and maintenance schedules all meant to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. Unfortunately, not all drivers and not all 18-wheeler companies follow these rules. This is why you need an experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer.

When the driver of an 18-wheeler or their employer chooses to ignore state and federal regulations, they put everyone at risk – and when an accident occurs, they should be held accountable not only to the regulators they ignored but also to the individuals they have harmed. At Thomas J. Henry Law, we fight for victims of 18-wheeler accidents in order to secure fair compensation for their injuries and prevent future accidents from occurring.

The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Texas 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer for Your Case

18-wheeler accident cases are particularly complex, especially in states with a large trucking presence like Texas. Trucking and freight is a $700 billion industry in the U.S. and as such, trucking companies have the money and resources to hire the best defense lawyers and teams. When an average Texas resident is involved in an 18-wheeler crash, they are at an immediate disadvantage when it comes to seeking compensation.

The lawyers and attorneys representing the 18-wheeler company will do everything in their power to limit the company’s liability and your recovery. This includes disputing fault, trying to poke holes in your claims and recorded statements, challenging your medical expenses, slow playing your claim, and offering lowball settlements in hopes you will be too intimidated or just too exhausted to pursue a higher recovery.

At Thomas J. Henry Law, we have spent more than 25 years representing Texans who were injured or lost loved ones in 18-wheeler accidents. We employ a team of more than 200 Texas personal injury attorneys and hundreds of supporting staff and have successfully litigated against some of the largest companies in the world, including Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies. Our goal is to provide Texas residents and injured clients with legal representation that is superior to that available to large companies and corporations like those found in the 18-wheeler industry. We also do this in an affordable way, working entirely on a contingency fee basis. The means you do not pay us a penny in attorney’s fees unless and until we win your case.

The truth is, smaller law firms may struggle against large 18-wheeler companies despite good intentions. Attorneys for small firms can certainly have your best interest in mind while lacking the experience and resources necessary to litigate your case successfully. Do not risk your claim to compensation, call Thomas J. Henry Law now to speak with an experienced 18-wheeler accident attorney in Texas and enjoy the confidence that your case is in capable hands.

Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents in Texas

Like most other traffic accidents, the majority of 18-wheeler accidents are preventable and most often caused by human error and negligence. The difference, however, is in the amount of damage done. While there is no question 18-wheelers are massive, you may be surprised to know that when hauling a trailer, they may weigh up to 80,000 pounds. That is 40 tons.

What may be a minor accident if it involved two passenger vehicles can be catastrophic when an 18-wheeler is involved. And when it comes to a collision between an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle, the 18-wheeler is going to win.

This is one of the reasons 18-wheelers and large trucks are subject to more stringent laws and regulations. Another reason is to ensure that transportation companies do not put profit over the safety and health of their drivers and other motorists on the road. Still, violations do occur and cause hundreds of horrific accidents in Texas every year.

Among the most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents in Texas are:

  • Driver fatigue and/or drowsiness
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving
  • Failure to comply with regulations pertaining to hours driven
  • Dangerous lane changes
  • Improper turns
  • Driver inattention
  • Unsafe following distance
  • Poorly maintained 18-wheelers and equipment

Our Texas 18-wheeler accident attorneys can help determine the cause or causes of your accident and help ensure all parties, including the driver and their employer, are held accountable. Further, we can bring in expert witnesses to investigate your accident and provide additional evidence through their unique experience and knowledge of 18-wheelers, crashes, and 18-wheeler accident regulations.

Injured in an Accident with an 18-Wheeler? Contact Thomas J. Henry Law

Nobody thinks they are going to be involved in an 18-wheeler accident, and nobody looks forward to filing a lawsuit. At Thomas J. Henry Law, we want to aid you in your physical recovery as well as your financial recovery. Our goal is to make the claims process as easy as possible so that you can focus on what really matters, healing and taking care of your loved ones.

Our Texas 18-wheeler accident attorneys have experience taking on 18-wheeler accident companies and understand the complex regulations and laws that commercial vehicles are subject to. We know that time is a critical factor when it comes to 18-wheeler accidents and will take immediate action on your case, securing and protecting evidence, determining fault, and initiating the litigation process. We can even help you get to and from your medical appointments, and we offer cash advances on qualified cases.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one to an 18-wheeler accident or a Texas truck accident, call our offices now. We have 18-wheeler accident lawyers near you ready to review you claim. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends, to assist you. You focus on getting better. Let our attorneys handle the rest.

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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.

Thomas J. Henry Law holds a No Fee Promise. Because we work on a contingency fee basis, our clients don’t actually pay us anything unless and until we win their Texas 18-wheeler accident lawsuit. Once your case is resolved, our attorney’s fees will be collected as a percentage of your total recovery agreed upon prior to you ever signing up with us. This allows us to represent clients who otherwise may be unable to afford an attorney and provide them with the legal representation they deserve.

In addition to working on a contingency fee basis, Thomas J. Henry can advance money on qualified cases to help cover medical bills and other living expenses you may be struggling with following your accident.

If you have any additional questions concerning payment or the 18-wheeler accident claims process, do not hesitate to call our offices for a FREE case consultation.

Yes. Typically, in Texas, 18-wheeler accident lawsuits will be more complex than a regular car crash lawsuit. They can also be much more difficult to win.

This is because 18-wheeler drivers and the companies that employ them are subject to specialized laws and regulations that regular motorists are not. This includes laws passed at the state level as well as the federal level. So, when pursuing an 18-wheeler accident claim, your attorney will need to consider what national laws apply to the case as well as what Texas laws are relevant.

Another difference is on the defense side of the docket. Commercial transportation is a big industry with big money. 18-wheeler companies employ teams of attorneys whose sole job is to challenge personal injury lawsuits and shift liability away from the company. This means they may try to blame you for the accident or shift the blame entirely to their driver in order to protect the company’s bottom line. In short, they want to pay you as little as possible. This is why you need an experienced Texas truck accident attorney with superior financial and legal resources working on your claim.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an 18-wheeler crash, you can seek compensation for injuries and other losses related to the accident and resulting damages. These may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical impairment
  • Past and future medical costs
  • Lost wages

Depending on the circumstances of the crash, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are extra damages that are meant to punish the defendant than make the plaintiff whole. The purpose of these damages is to serve as a lesson to the defendant as well as to deter others from acting in a similar manner.

Yes. If you have lost a family member in an 18-wheeler accident, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the 18-wheeler as well as the trucking company and any other parties determined to be negligent.

Our Texas 18-wheeler accident lawyers are well-versed in wrongful death claims and will work diligently to ensure you are properly compensated for your loved one’s death.

Because cases involving 18-wheelers are so complex, your attorney may wish to bring in expert witnesses to help prove your claim. An expert witnesses is an industry expert with specialized knowledge of trucking accidents and/or trucking regulations. Expert witnesses that may work on your case include:

  • Accident Investigation Experts
  • Hazardous Materials Experts
  • FMCSA Compliance Consultants
  • Forensic Engineers
  • Accident Re-constructionists
  • Human Factors Forensic Science Experts (reaction time, fatigue and distracted driving)
  • General Equipment Technical Expert

Thomas J. Henry Law has spent years building professional relationships with the best expert witnesses in the country.

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