Been Injured by an 18 Wheeler Accident in Houston Texas?
R.E. Lopez & Associates – 18-Wheeler Accident – Houston, TX
When an accident is caused by a truck driver falling asleep behind the wheel, the law offices of R.E. Lopez & Associates will consult with sleep deprivation experts to prove the dangers caused by fatigued driving. Due to the difference in size and weight between an 18-wheeler and a standard passenger vehicle, a collision can be catastrophic, leading to serious injury or death. If you or a loved one have been the victim of this type of accident in or around Houston, TX, contact our team of experienced attorney’s today. We offer free, no-obligation consultations, and will arrange orthopedic medical treatment and therapy at state-of-art facilities to help ensure proper recovery as quickly as possible.
Many times, commercial truck or 18-wheeler accidents are the caused by driver fatigue and distraction. A long commute poses the risk of fatigue and boredom for the driver which can lead to a tragic accident. After an accident occurs, it is critical to begin gathering evidence as quickly as possible. These cases are often very complex, and as time passes, critical information becomes difficult to find or disappears entirely. Our team will collect a copy of the driver’s cell phone records, including text messages, calls, and internet usage history to determine whether the driver was distracted by cell phone usage at or around the time of the accident. This evidence can help to build a case on the foundation of distracted driving.
Commercial trucks and 18-wheelers are often equipped with data recorders and GPS systems that keep track of the vehicle’s movements. These systems can provide key information including vehicle speed, steering column engagement, cruise control usage, and brake application prior to or at the time of the accident. In some cases, the commercial vehicle or 18-wheeler involved in the accident was in violation of maintenance and service requirements, which can simplify the process of building a case.
The operation of commercial vehicles is strictly monitored and regulated by the Department of Transportation, or DOT. The DOT enforced strict requirements including pre-employment screening and regular drug testing for all registered commercial vehicle drivers. The DOT also has policies regulating the amount of time a driver can drive within a 24-hour period to help reduce the risk of fatigued driving. They also require a routine vehicle inspection before and after every shift to ensure that any maintenance issues addressed before the vehicle is out on the road.
While most companies are aware of and comply with the rules and regulations that apply to them, some are either unaware or blatantly ignore them. Some drivers falsify documents to get around drive time regulations, and some companies offer incentives to employees that encourage them to work longer hours and drive at faster speeds than permitted by federal law.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a commercial vehicle or 18-wheeler driver, the law allows you to seek financial compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and the loss of future earnings. At R.E. Lopez & Associates, our team has successfully prosecuted many of these cases and will fight to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.