18-Wheeler Accidents

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Truck accidents are devastating. At thousands of pounds and speeds of 50 mph or more, commercial trucks and big rigs represent some of the least regulated and most dangerous vehicles on the road. Attempts to keep truckers and trucking companies accountable has resulted in industry-wide complaints—but innocent drivers are still getting killed. Our firm has been fighting back.

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Seriously Injured in an 18-Wheeler Accident? We Help Clients Nationwide.

When an 18-wheeler truck accident occurs, serious injury or death is likely to occur. Each year in the U.S. there are more than 400,000 accidents involving large trucks, including commercial box trucks and tractor-trailer combinations. In 2005 alone, 3,920 fatalities occurred in truck accidents involving 18-wheelers or some other combination-unit truck. That's an average of 10 fatalities daily resulting from truck accidents. Recently these numbers have not been getting any better.

In fact, the FMCSA Administration revealed that 2010 data showed there was actually an increase in the number of fatal truck accidents.

  • In 2009, there were 3,380 people that were killed in fatal accidents.
  • In 2010 this number rose to 4,000 people killed in fatal crashes.

Many attribute this to the current unsafe hours-of-service regulations and tired drivers. Even though tremendous strides have been made to make commercial trucks safer and to encourage safe driving, there is still a long way to go; catastrophic and even fatal accidents still occur every day in Texas, the Gulf Coast, and throughout the United States. Regardless of whether the victim is a professional truck driver or the occupant of a passenger vehicle, our Houston truck accident lawyers can help.

At Arnold & Itkin, we know these cases can be complicated as they involve issues such as causation, multiple parties, and more. Truck carriers and insurance companies will do whatever it takes to keep from being held responsible. You need to fight aggressively for your rights. You need our firm. We take an aggressive approach to every case we handle. This means we research, investigate, and develop the case as if it is headed to trial. This helps give us a strong position at the negotiating table and allows us to be ready at a moment's notice to head into court and advocate on behalf of our clients.

Our clients deserve fair and full compensation. We won't settle for less.

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Big rig accidents often result in catastrophic injuries for truck drivers and passenger vehicle occupants. We fight for 18-wheeler accident victims nationwide to recover the compensation they deserve.

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Why Should You Hire Us?
  • We Have Won Billions of Dollars in Verdicts & Settlements.
  • We Have Won Millions Specifically for Truck Accident Victims.
  • We Have Set State & National Records with Our Case Results.
  • We Have Won Cases in More Than 40 Different States.
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When dealing with 18-wheeler lawsuits, attorneys must be familiar with the rules and regulations that are used in the trucking industry. In order to gain compensation, chances are you will need to prove that there has been negligence in your accident. Most trucking lines have regulations about how long a trucker can drive for, how he must operate equipment, or the training and medical certifications that he is required to obtain before he can drive. There are also regulations on truck maintenance and equipment care.

With an attorney there to help you, you may need to prove the company did not maintain their vehicles or did not enforce proper requirements on their drivers.

You may be able to prove that you are victim to an act of negligence in cases where:

  • The truck was not properly loaded
  • The driver was overworked
  • The driver was not licensed
  • The driver was overly fatigued
  • The truck was not maintained
  • There was not proper documentation
  • The driver was distracted
  • The driver was inebriated

Trucking companies are allowed to destroy some evidence after a certain period of time, so you will want to make sure that this does not happen. Get started with your case today, and hire a Texas truck accident lawyer at Arnold & Itkin to assist you.

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Who Is Responsible for

Your Truck Accident?

The most important stage in any trucking accident case is the initial research and investigation. This is when we compile evidence that demonstrates how your accident occurred and who is responsible for your injuries or the death of a family member. We work hard to sift through information that can be collected, including combing through logbooks and trucking company records and downloading data from electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) that are quickly becoming an industry standard.

The following may ultimately be responsible for your accident:

  • Truck Driver: Failing to conduct proper pre-trip inspections, driving too fast for conditions, making illegal or unsafe turns, failing to brake, driving drowsy, leaving loads unsecured, texting, using a cell phone behind the wheel, or driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs are all examples of reckless and negligent driving by big rig drivers.
  • Trucking Company: Carriers expose their truckers, other motorists, and pedestrians to the risk of injury by failing to adopt and execute adequate safety plans, encouraging drivers to engage in dangerous driving, or hiring drivers without conducting proper background checks. Trucking companies may also be liable for failing to inspect and maintain the rigs in their fleet, including outfitting them with safety and emergency equipment.
  • Truck Manufacturer: Even the safest trucker or fleet operator may be involved in a collision if the truck and its components are defective, including tires, brakes, gears, and lights.

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  • How long do I have to file?

    Your case will be subjected to a statute of limitations. In Texas, that is most often two years from the injury or when the injury could have been reasonably discovered. That being said, these change. You should not hesitate to reach out to our firm so that we can help you determine next steps.

  • What if I was partially at fault for the accident?

    Even if you think that you me be partially to blame for the crash, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation. We can review your case and fight for the financial compensation that you deserve.

  • Who can be sued after a truck accident?

    This depends on the circumstances of the case. For example, you may be able to sue the driver themselves if they were drunk, the truck company if they failed to follow proper hiring practices, or even a manufacturer of a part was defective.

  • What will I be able to recover?

    Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be eligible to recover compensation for value of a damaged vehicle, medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, loss of companionship, and more.

Nationwide Representation for

Truck Accident Victims

Your right to recover damages in a truck crash may be lost if you wait too long to pursue legal action. That's why it's important to contact the highly qualified trucking accident lawyers from Arnold & Itkin today. If you have suffered a serious injury, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer who has the experience to properly investigate and handle your truck accident claim.

As truck accident investigation can be complex, you need a lawyer with the resources and the experience to thoroughly investigate and build a strong case to hold those who are responsible accountable. We have the experience you need and will fight to protect your legal rights.

To learn more, visit our site devoted exclusively to truck accident claims.

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    Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.

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    Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement of $171 million.

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    Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.

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