Truck Equipment Failure Attorneys in Houston
Truck drivers and trucking companies have an obligation to maintain their trucks in a safe condition. That means regular inspections and maintenance to make sure the trucks are safe to share the roads with passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, not all truck drivers and trucking companies adhere to this very basic but important requirement, often times with tragic consequences for the rest of us.
At The Callahan Law Firm, our attorneys are experienced in representing people and families harmed as a result of truck accidents caused by inadequate maintenance and equipment failure on commercial vehicles.
Led by Texas board certified personal injury trial lawyer and former mechanical engineer Michael Callahan, our attorneys have a history of obtaining six- and seven-figure recoveries in serious injury and fatality cases resulting from truck accidents. We have the experience, skill and resources necessary to successfully represent individuals and families in truck accident cases.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a crash in Texas involving a commercial truck, the attorneys at The Callahan Law Firm are here to help. Call or email us today for a free consultation.
TRUCK ACCIDENT NEGLIGENCE – DID YOU KNOW?
Although large trucks and 18-wheelers account for a small percentage of total vehicles on our nation’s highways, they account for a high percentage of injuries and fatal accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2004 there were 116,000 people injured in large truck accidents. And in that same year, NHTSA determined that large truck accidents caused 12 percent of all road fatalities although commercial trucks accounted for only 4 percent of all registered vehicles.
EQUIPMENT FAILURE CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
When representing people harmed in truck accidents, we understand the importance of conducting a thorough investigation to determine whether equipment failure caused or contributed to the accident.
One of the first steps we take when hired in a truck accident case is to send a “preservation of evidence” letter to all potential parties to the case including the truck driver, the trucking company as well as the owner of the tractor, trailer, and load. This letter requires these potential parties to preserve and not destroy critical evidence. When appropriate, we will have our experts inspect the truck itself to determine potential causes of the crash including equipment failure such as defective tires, defective brakes, defective braking systems, inadequate reflectors, inadequate lighting, etc. And as soon as possible, we examine the truck’s maintenance records, the driver’s logbook, the data collected by the truck’s “black box” and other evidence.
If equipment failure caused or contributed to the crash, that can strengthen your case against the truck driver and the trucking company and can result in additional claims against other entities such as maintenance contractors, manufacturers of the defective equipment, installation companies as well as the distributor and seller of the equipment.
Contact The Callahan Law Firm for Truck Equipment Failure
If you or a loved one have been harmed in a truck accident, it is critical that you hire a lawyer and law firm experienced in successfully handling truck accident cases.
The Callahan Law Firm has a long history of successfully representing people in trucking accident cases. From the time we are retained through settlement or trial, we will work aggressively for you against the negligent truck driver and trucking company to make sure you and your family are treated fairly and get full justice.
For a free consultation, contact us at 713-224-9000 or toll free at 888-224-7020 or send us an email. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis which means that our office is paid only if you make a recovery.