In recent years, studies show that 70 percent of the people who died in all large truck crashes were occupants of cars or other passenger vehicles. If you or a family member were recently involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, cement truck, or other big truck, you may be coping with pain, impairment, medical expenses, and a long recovery ahead – or worse – incomparable grief because of the tragic loss of a loved one.
At The Callahan Law Firm, you will speak with experienced Houston truck accident lawyers who will listen to you and can help by answering your questions and discussing your legal rights. After consultation and if we decide to work together on your case, our lawyers and staff will work aggressively to maximize justice for you and your family.
Although commercial trucks make up only a small percentage of motor vehicles on the road, accidents involving these large vehicles cause many catastrophic injuries and fatalities. At The Callahan Law Firm, we focus on personal injury cases in Houston and throughout Texas. Our attorneys have a history of obtaining six- and seven-figure recoveries in serious injury and fatality cases caused by trucking company and truck driver negligence.
Tractor-trailer accidents happen every day on Texas roads. The damage and destruction caused by these crashes are often catastrophic. Serious truck accident cases can be very technical and extremely challenging which is why it is important to have an attorney on your side that has the skills, knowledge and relevant experience needed to handle just such cases.
Currently, the demand for truck drivers is greater than the number of available qualified drivers. As a result, trucking companies often rush to hire drivers and put them on the road operating big rigs without taking steps to ensure the person will be a safe driver such as providing them with adequate training and on occasion without performing basic background checks to ensure a driver has a safe driving history.
Our nation’s commercial truck drivers have a responsibility to handle their large trucks safely and competently. These drivers are required to have a “commercial driver’s license” or “CDL” that requires additional training and testing. All too often, truck accidents are caused by truck drivers who violate the rules they are required by law to follow.
Underride guards are the main countermeasure for reducing underride deaths and injuries when a passenger vehicle crashes into the back or side of a tractor-trailer. Underride makes death or serious injury more likely since the upper part of the passenger vehicle's occupant compartment typically crushes as the truck body intrudes into the vehicle safety cage. Inadequate underride protection on tractor-trailers has been a known problem in the industry for more than 30 years.