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After a Texas truck accident, a lawyer may be your best ally

As every Texan knows, this great land is the largest of the 48 contiguous states, and second only to California for population in the entire nation. The farms of Texas feed the country, and the oil products keep the engines running from coast to coast. Small wonder that scores of big trucks flow in and out of Texas every day.

Houston sits at a key spot in the state. Near the coast and at the convergence of three interstates, Houston is a hub of commerce, and trucks parade through and around the city regularly. Though large quantities of trucks may be a great indicator of prosperity, they can also be a hazard to other motorists.

Big-rig bang ups by the numbers

There are more than 11 million registered large trucks in the United States. In 2015, police reports indicate there were 415,000 crashes involving large trucks. Of those, 83,000 resulted in injuries, and nearly 3,600 caused one or more fatalities. Put into perspective, that's approximately 237 crashes causing death or injuries every single day.

Looking closer to home, Texas leads all states for fatal truck crashes. There were 474 fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2015, claiming the lives of 561 people. The next state on the list, California, saw less than 300 fatalities that year.

What causes a large truck accident to occur?

Most truck operators are professional and conscientious, and not all truck accidents are the fault of the driver. Unfortunately, any truck can suffer a mechanical failure due to neglect, intentional or otherwise, and some drivers operate their vehicles beyond the practical limits of human endurance and skill. Common factors in large truck accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Lost load/trailer
  • Load shift/loss of control
  • Failed brakes

Passenger vehicles often lose on the road, but a lawyer may win in court

The official definition of a large truck is any vehicle with a gross weight in excess of 10,000 pounds. This is many times larger than the average passenger vehicle. Not surprisingly, when a truck and a private vehicle collide, the private vehicle seldom comes out on top. The potential for a severe, life-altering injury, or even death, is very high in a crash that involves a large truck.

After suffering a major injury, you may require long-term care and rehabilitation. In the event of a death, the family of the victim will likely suffer unimaginable grief. In both cases, compensation for damages, pain and suffering and lost productivity can go a long way toward making life easier to manage.

A lawyer who is unafraid to take on trucking corporations, their lawyers and insurers, will fight for your rights after you've been hurt in a truck accident that was not your fault. Experience in the courts of Houston, plus a record of success, may add up to a well-deserved settlement for you.

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