Houston Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer
1 Riverway, Suite 2325
Houston, Texas 77056
With no less than 12 Interstate LTL ("Less than Truckload") and
14 Interstate TL ("Truckload") trucking terminals, the Houston/Harris
County to Galveston/Galveston County area is "home" to a significant
portion of the daily commercial trucking traffic on Interstate Highways
10 & 45 as well as on US Highways 59, 90, and 290. When you consider
that this same area is also spanned by connector routes such as I-610
and Texas 8, it should be obvious that much of Southeast Texas' personal
and recreational transportation shares the roadways with trucks that range
in size from pizza delivery subcompacts to tractor-trailer combinations
that may exceed 60 feet in length and weigh more than 75,000 pounds.
Metro Houston's highways are among the most-congested in the nation
According to the American Transportation Research Institute's
2018 Top 100 Truck Bottleneck List, 11 of the worst bottlenecks in the nation are to be found in Texas. Of
those 11, 7 are found in the Houston area and are presented in the table below.
Major Commercial Trucking Traffic Bottlenecks / Houston Metro Highways
||I-10 @ I-45
||I-45 @ US-59
||I-10 @ US-59
||I-45 @ I-610(N)
||I-10 @ 1-610(W)
||I-610 @ US-290
||I-610 @ US-59(W)
As is the case nationwide, commercial trucking in Texas is actually surprisingly
safe. This means that, on average and per 100 million miles driven, commercial
trucks are involved in
fewer accidents with injuries than are privately-operated vehicles such as cars
and light trucks. Unfortunately, in accidents involving a commercial truck
and a private vehicle, the smaller vehicle (and, of course, its occupants)
almost always suffer more damage!
Houston roads are among the most dangerous
Unfortunately, reliable data on the number of commercial trucking accidents
that result in a fatality or serious injury is difficult to locate. The
more accurate information is usually uncovered by the news media, as illustrated below.
In a recent feature story, "Out Of Control: Houston's roads, drivers are country's most deadly," the Houston Chronicle reported that:
An average week on Houston roads means 11 fatality accidents and 12 deaths
When avaeraged over a 16-year period, 640 people a year died on Houston-area
roads, and 2,850 more were seriously injured.
The Houston region ranks second for fatal wrecks that involve speeding
Houston trails only Dallas in crashes caused by someone slamming into stopped
traffic on the freeway
The nine-county Houston metro area leads the nation for fatal crashes involving
drugs and alcohol
To put these numbers in perspective, in full-year 2017 there were "only"
302 murders in Houston. Clearly, something is very wrong with Houston's drivers!
Fighting back against careless commercial trucking companies in Houston
Regardless of what you may have been told before, the typical commercial
trucking company is concerned with one thing and one thing only:
making a profit on every "run"!
Commercial trucking is an expensive business! Take a look at a
conservative estimate of what it costs to keep a truck on the road.
The nationwide average price per gallon of diesel fuel is about $3 per
gallon and the typical over-the-road semi gets about 7 miles per gallon
of fuel. The cost of fuel for a 2500-mile coast-to-coast will be about $1,000!
An experienced driver will earn around 35 cents per mile driven. On the
same 2500-mile run, about $875
Anticipated costs of allowances for routine maintenance, inspections, etc:
10 cents per mile, about $250
just to stay on the road: about $2,200 per week!
So, how do you think a trucking company stays in business? You guessed it:
There is never a fee unless YOU win!
If you have been involved in a commercial trucking accident, you already
know that trucking outfits and their insurance companies have what seems
to be an abundant supply of "investigators," claims adjusters,
and lawyers! Regardless of what they might tell you, thsee people are
not on your side and they could care less about your injuries and other losses.
Their job is to "cut costs" by finding every possible way to
deny you your right to be compensated for your injuries and other losses!
And how do you stand up to those who want to deny you what is rightfully
yours? By hiring an experienced commercial truck accident lawyer!
By now, everyone has read the newspaper ads and/or seen those late-night
television commercials where a "paid non-attorney spokesperson"
is making promises like "No fee unless WE win!" At our firm,
we say that those other paid actors (and the occasional
real lawyers) get it backwards! What they
should be promising is what we always promise: If YOU don't win, WE don't win!
When you hire our commercial trucking accident lawyer, he will bring years
of experience successfully pursuing commercial truck accident lawsuits
to make sure that YOU receive a full and fair settlement after YOU were
hurt because of an overworked driver's mistakes.
At the Doan Law Firm, we understand that after you have been involved in
a commercial trucking accident you will probably be facing more than your
share of problems such as loss of your personal vehicle, lost income,
medical expenses,and possibly legal expenses that are all due to your
accident and injuries. Rather than have you endure even more hardships
while you fight for justice, we are always willing to advance you any
funds that are necessary for us to prepare your case for trial. In the
legal world, this is called a contingency fee agreement and is explained
in greater detail elsewhere on our website.
If you have been injured in a commercial trucking accident, we invite you
to contact the truck accident lawyer at The Doan Law Firm to arrange a
free review of your potential commercial truck accident injury lawsuit and a review
of the legal options that may be available to you and your family members.
As always, your case review is always free and does not require you to
hire us to represent you in court. If you decide that we should act as
your advocate, we are always willing to represent you in exchange for
a previously-negotiated percentage of the settlement that we will win for you.
The Doan Law Firm:
1 Riverway, Suite 2325
Houston, Texas 77056