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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Houston Truck Accidents

By Stewart J. Guss on January 6th, 2016 Houston Truck Accidents

Semi-trucks, 18-Wheelers, Tractor trailers and other large commercial vehicles are regularly involved in accidents throughout the state of Texas. In many cases, people who are injured in these kinds of accidents are scared, confused, and uncertain as to what to do next. For this reason, we have provided some answers to questions frequently asked by our clients regarding truck accidents and the legal process of recovering compensation. For specific information regarding your case, call a Houston truck accident lawyer today.

Will I be able to recover for my losses?
One of the first questions that truck accident victims ask is whether they will be able to recover or their losses. As is the case with other types of personal injury claims, truck accident victims are generally entitled to compensation if they can establish that their accident was the result of someone else’s negligence. Examples of the kinds of negligence1 that often cause truck accidents include speeding, improper cargo loading or securement, failing to account for adverse weather conditions, or failing to comply with state or federal trucking regulations. Because it is so important to establish that the driver of the commercial truck is at fault, it is always very important to call 911 and wait for the police to investigate any accident with a commercial vehicle.

What kinds of injuries are often sustained in truck accidents?
Truck accidents are capable of causing a variety of serious injuries, including broken bones, burns, lacerations, traumatic brain injuries,2 and many others. In some cases, these injuries may be extremely severe and can leave victims with long-term disabilities requiring medical attention and care.

Who can be held liable for trucking accidents?
The answer to this question depends on the party that was responsible for the accident. In cases where a truck driver was responsible for an accident, his or her employer can often be held liable. In others, however, a truck accident may have been caused by a defect with the vehicle itself. When this occurs, the vehicle’s manufacturer may be held responsible..

Will I be able to afford an attorney?
Many people who come to our office after a truck accident are concerned about whether they will be able to afford the legal fees associated with retaining a lawyer. Fortunately for victims, we take all of our cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that any legal fees that we collect come out of any settlement or award we secure on our clients’ behalf. By using this arrangement, we can ensure that everyone who needs a lawyer has access to quality legal representation and that our clients never have to pay out of their own pocket for legal fees. Our clients pay nothing up front to have a lawyer with over 20 years experience representing them, and if we don’t win – we don’t get paid.
Call the Stewart J. Guss today to schedule a free consultation with a Houston truck accident lawyer
Anyone that has been injured in an accident with a semi-truck should call a truck accident attorney in Houston as soon as possible. To schedule a free case evaluation with Texas lawyer Stewart J. Guss, call our office today at 713-766-5883 or send us an email through our online contact form.

1 https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/negligence
2 http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/tbi.htm

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