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Injured in an Big Rig 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.

Truck accident faq

Should I Accept an Insurance Settlement After my Truck Accident?

Never. You should always speak with an attorney before accepting a settlement offered by the insurance company after your truck accident. Frequently, insurance settlements are lower than survivors deserve and are designed to get them to accept less while signing away their ability to pursue further damages. During a free consultation, Arnold & Itkin LLP will listen to your case and help you decide what steps you should take next.

What Do Truck Accident Lawsuits Help With?

Truck accident lawsuits help accident survivors and their families receive the compensation that they need after an accident. A lawsuit can help someone recover losses from medical bills, time lost at work, future medical care needs, and so much more.

Who Is at Fault for My Truck Accident?

Since every accident is different, fault varies from case to case. While negligent truck drivers are at fault for accidents, their employers might also be responsible for failing to hire and train a safe employee. In some instances, truck operators can be responsible for an accident after failing to properly maintain their fleet.

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When dealing with 18-wheeler lawsuits, attorneys must be familiar with the rules and regulations used in the trucking industry. This includes regulations about how long a trucker can drive, how to operate equipment, or the training and medical certifications required. 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:

  • Truck was not properly loaded
  • Driver was overworked
  • Driver was not licensed
  • Driver was overly fatigued
  • Truck was not maintained
  • No proper documentation
  • Driver was distracted
  • 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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Determining Fault

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, making illegal turns, 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.
  • Truck Manufacturer: Even the safest trucker or fleet operator may be involved in a collision if the truck and its components are defective.
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Common Questions

We have the answers that you deserve! Get the information that you need most after an accident.

  • 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.

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Handling Truck Accident Cases from Coast to Coast

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 as soon as you possibly can. 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 to truck accident claims.

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  • $12Million Massive Settlement Obtained for Truck Driver Arnold & Itkin is proud to announce that our firm has secured a $12 million settlement on behalf a truck driver who was crushed by his own cargo—which then led directly to a stroke. The driver, who was 56 years old at the time, now requires costly around-the-clock care to carry out basic tasks. The defendants argued that the stroke was his fault—but Cory Itkin was able to counter their arguments enough to compel them to settle. Our client has received everything he needs for a stable future.
  • $10Million Settlement Won for Family Against Negligent Trucking Company Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, and Ces Tavares represented a family who had lost their father in a tragic 18-wheeler accident. He was driving home when a trucker made a dangerous maneuver and caused a massive collision. The trucking company ultimately settled for $10 million.
  • $10Million Settlement Obtained for Family Affected by Fatal Vehicle Accident Our firm represented the family of two people who were killed after their vehicle was hit by an 18-wheeler running a red light. We were successful in reaching an eight figure settlement on their behalf.
  • $3.2Million Settlement Reached for Injured Husband & Wife Attorney Cory Itkin represented a husband and wife who were injured after being hit by two semi-trucks. The wife sustained back injures while the husband was knocked unconscious; he needed several surgeries. Our firm was successful in reaching a settlement of $3.2 million for the couple.
  • $2.1Million Settlement Obtained for Truck Accident Victim Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a multimillion-dollar settlement for a man who suffered severe neck and back injuries in a truck accident. Our firm aggressively pursued the case until the defendant settled with our client days before trial.
  • $2Million Large Settlement Obtained for Grieving Family Arnold & Itkin is proud to have secured a massive settlement for a family who lost their loved one due to the negligence and reckless action of a commercial vehicle driver. Our work will allow our clients to live in financial stability while they grieve and heal from this tragedy.
  • $1.6Million Large Settlement Reached for Victim of Severe Truck Accident Truck accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin secured a sizable settlement for a client who was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler on the highway. Her injuries required multiple surgeries, but the defendants refused to take responsibility. Her $1.6 million settlement will get her the medical care and financial support she needs.
  • $1.5Million Big Rig Accident Victim Received Jury Verdict Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a $1.5 million verdict on behalf of a client who suffered a torn meniscus when he was bumped by a tractor trailer. We are especially pleased with this result because the defendants accepted no responsibility for the injury and only offered to settle for $5000.
  • $1.5Million Jury Verdict Ruled in Favor of Longshoreman Arnold & Itkin obtained a $1.55 million verdict on behalf of a client who was seriously injured when a yard mule driver collided with the pickup truck in which he was standing. The defendants only offered to settle for $35,000 while denying the existence of an injury at all.
  • $1.49Million Settlement for Man Struck by a Truck Our firm helped represent a client who was severely injured after he was struck by a truck. We helped recover $1.49 million on his behalf.
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