Houston Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer
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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
|18||Houston||TX||I-10 @ I-45||42.4||32.0||46.8|
|19||Houston||TX||I-45 @ US-59||37.3||26.7||41.4|
|23||Houston||TX||I-10 @ US-59||42.6||31.2||48.4|
|41||Houston||TX||I-45 @ I-610(N)||45.1||34.8||49.5|
|48||Houston||TX||I-10 @ 1-610(W)||46.1||36.7||50.0|
|58||Houston||TX||I-610 @ US-290||42.2||31.6||46.7|
|93||Houston||TX||I-610 @ US-59(W)||41.8||33.2||44.0|
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
Estimated cost 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: cut costs!
Proving Who is Liable for a Truck Accident
Some of the most important pieces of evidence that we can use in a truck accident claim are the truck driver’s personal logbook and driving record, as well as the truck’s “black box.” The logbook can reveal if the trucker has skipped any necessary breaks to rest, and the trucker’s driving record can show us if they have a history of dangerous driving behaviors. Certain models of trucks have “black box” recorders, like an airplane, which uses GPS data to track the truck’s speed at the time of a collision.
Blaming a truck accident only on a truck driver might be only partially correct, though. The trucking company that hired or contracted the trucker can be liable for the accident due to encouraging or requiring the truck driver to violate Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. For example, it is common for trucking companies to schedule truck drivers for shifts that exceed the FMCSA maximum of 14 hours with at least 3 hours on break.
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.
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