Houston Truck Accident Lawyer

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Our truck accident lawyers have years of experience fighting for injured accident victims, against adjusters, investigators, and lawyers that are on the trucking companies’ payroll. The trucking companies’ lawyers will fight to minimize their liability for your injuries. You need an experienced trucking accident attorney to fight back and protect your rights. We fight trucking companies nationwide.

Do not let these big corporations sweep evidence and negligence under the rug. Specifically, evidence that will prove your case. You need a law firm with the resources and experience to fight these corporations. Schedule your free consultation with a Houston truck accident lawyer at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers today. Feel free to email or call 1-800-298-0111 today if you have additional questions about hiring an attorney to handle your truck accident case!

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Why Choose Us For Your Truck Accident Case?

The law firm of Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., has the experience you need to fight the trucking industry’s defense team. Our attorneys have handled semi-crashes ranging from bad brake cases to underride truck accidents resulting in decapitation. The consultation is free and you pay no attorney fees unless we win your truck accident.

Do I Need To Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?

Yes. Hiring a lawyer as soon as possible is advised in order to ensure your rights are protected. Modern commercial trucks contain an electronic data recorder (often referred to as a ‘black box’) that contains valuable data about the truck’s motions, movements, and trips. There are also valuable maintenance and repair records, trip inspection records, logs, and other data that can provide important details and clues as to why the wreck happened. The sooner you get your lawyer and his investigation team on the job, the more likely they are to be able to preserve this information before it gets lost or destroyed. Hire a skilled attorney to stand up for you.

Truck after an accidentLarge Truck Crashes Happen  Everyday

Truck accidents in the United States accounted for 4,965 deaths in 2020 and 5,005 deaths in 2019 according to NHTSA reports.  Additionally, the American Trucking Association reported that trucking profits rose by nearly 100 billion from 2017 to 2018 to $796.7 billion and that there are over 3.6 million heavy-duty trucks on the road competing for that revenue.  That much competition and that much money at stake add up to 18-wheeler accidents just waiting to happen. Their profits will never justify causing you life-changing injuries. Contact a Houston truck accident attorney at the Houston office of Simmons & Fletcher, P.C. before you take on these giants.

How Much Does a Houston Truck Accident Attorney Cost?

If a recovery is made, attorneys fees are 33.33% if no lawsuit is necessary. 40% if a lawsuit must be filed, and 45% if an appeal occurs following a judgment. Our attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis, which includes a free consultation. This means you pay nothing out of pocket for your consultation. If you decide to hire our team, we will front all the expenses. These expenses and attorneys fees come out of a settlement or judgment. In other words, you do not pay us a dime unless we obtain a settlement or judgment for you! We aim to win. Thus, there is no up-front out-of-pocket cost to hire a truck accident lawyer or to even just get a free consultation.

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    Who is Liable In A Crash With a Commercial Motor Vehicle?

    Liable parties often include the driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer, the customer, and other drivers. Every case is different and must be analyzed based on its own set of facts.

    • The Truck / Commercial Vehicle Driver.  The other driver is the first and most obvious possibility in any motor vehicle accident, whether it involves passenger cars or big rigs. However, where commercial vehicles are involved, that analysis is more complicated. Who bears responsibility for the driver’s actions depends on a variety of factors, including whether the truck driver is an employee or an independent owner-operator.
    • The Trucking Company. The trucking company can be responsible for a commercial motor vehicle accident in many possible ways. For example, if the truck driver is an employee of the company, the company may have vicarious liability—that is, the company may be responsible simply because the driver who was responsible was acting on behalf of the company. The trucking company will also be responsible if inadequate training, poor policies, failure to comply with the law, faulty maintenance of the vehicle, or other negligence created or contributed to the problem that caused the accident.
    • The Vehicle Manufacturer. If a defect in the design or manufacture of the truck caused or contributed to the accident, the manufacturer, the seller, and anyone in between them in the supply chain may be liable for resulting damages. The same is true for the manufacturer, seller, and others in the supply chain for any defective part that may have contributed to the accident.
    • The Customer. Commercial trucks routinely carry goods and materials throughout the state and across the country. If those goods are unreasonably dangerous or present a hazard due to improper packing, inadequate information provided to the trucking company, or other negligence, the customer may bear or share legal responsibility for the accident.
    •  Other Drivers. The actions of other drivers may contribute to the cause also.

    In many injury claims, there are multiple parties who may be responsible. Overlooking one of those parties when pursuing truck accident claims can result in less-than-complete compensation or even an outright loss. Thus, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney who is prepared to take your injury case all the way to a jury verdict if necessary is very important.

    How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an 18-Wheeler Accident?

    The Statute of Limitations to file a truck accident case varies from state to state and is governed by state tort law. Some states give as little as a year while others give two or three years.  Thus, your truck accident statute of limitations will depend on which states you are allowed to file a lawsuit in. When a truck accident occurs, you are allowed to file your lawsuit:

    • in the state where the collision occurs,
    • in the state where the negligent truck driver resides,
    • in the state where the trucking company is incorporated, or
    • in the state where the trucking company is domiciled—the place where it primarily does business.

    Each of the above places may have separate statutes of limitations. You can determine the exact statute of limitations for any state here.

    There are advantages to filing in specific places, thus you should consult a lawyer about the best place to file your claim before any of the applicable statutes of limitations are at risk of passing. Also, if a loved one was killed, then you may need to file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims often have their own deadlines affecting who may file a lawsuit and when they must do it following fatal truck accidents.

    How Long Does a Lawsuit Take in Houston for an 18-Wheeler Accident Case?

    A lawsuit against a truck and/or trucking company arising from a commercial vehicle wreck can take a few months or it can extend out for several years depending upon factors such as:

    • the complexity of the case,
    • the degree of injuries involved,
    • the number of potential parties, and;
    • the judge and court assigned to the case.

    The more complex a case is, the more likely it will take accident reconstruction experts and medical experts to prove your case. Complex injuries such as traumatic brain injury and severely broken bones can cause a need for an expert on future medical care such as a lifecare planning expert and/or an economist to calculate the lost earning capacity and future needs of the accident victim. Having multiple parties almost always result in finger-pointing to deflect the responsibility. Some parties may deny your claim and try to deprive you of the compensation you need to take care of yourself and your loved ones. This, too, can delay the process. Lastly, some courts are just backlogged and slow to serve justice. The jurisdiction and venue you land in may be a factor in how fast your trial lawyer can move your case to trial. Thus, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer fighting to get you the compensation you deserve.

    Who Pays the Settlement or Judgment in Commercial Vehicle Accidents?

    Usually, settlements and judgments from commercial vehicle accidents are paid by the insurance company for the commercial trucking company. If a judgment exceeds the insured’s policy limits, the trucking company may have to pick up the rest of the tab. Who pays a settlement or judgment on behalf of the truck driver and or trucking company may also depend upon whether the truck was hauling intrastate vs interstate. Interstate truck drivers are required to carry a minimum of $750,000.00 in commercial motor vehicle insurance coverage for non-hazardous loads. Hazardous loads are required to carry 5 million in coverage. Intrastate trucks are regulated by state law. If you are in a state with low minimums, you could have no choice but to pursue the trucking company itself to pay the claim.

    Learn the difference between interstate vs intrastate trucking.

    How Much Insurance Do 18-Wheelers Carry?

    The amount of insurance any particular 18-wheeler may carry varies widely from truck to truck. Some 18-wheelers are part of larger corporations that have substantial assets and large interstate commercial motor vehicle fleets with large commercial motor vehicle policies. Others are local, independent owner-operators that carry only the minimum amount of liability insurance required by law for trucks. Most states require local trucks to carry a minimum of $500,000 per occurrence. Federal law requires higher amounts for vehicles involved in interstate commerce that differ depending on what they are carrying. Normal cargo may only require $750,000 in coverage, while a truck transporting bulk hazardous cargo is required to carry at least $5,000,000. Non-bulk hazardous material transporters and buses must carry $1,000,000 if they travel across state lines. In addition to the minimum coverage required, large companies may carry an umbrella policy to protect the company’s assets from large verdicts.

    If the truck that hit you was engaged in interstate trucking, you can find out how much truck insurance they reported to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from the U.S. Department of Transportation FMCSA website.

    What is a Commercial Insurance Policy?

    A commercial insurance policy is an insurance policy that is issued to cover many or all of the vehicles that are operated by a company’s employees for business purposes.  Commercial motor vehicles are sometimes covered by commercial insurance policies. Commercial policies vary in many ways. Typically, commercial policies provide a million dollars in coverage or more for damages caused to others by company employees in the regular course of doing business. Some policies are commercial general liability policies that specifically only cover others for damages caused by the employee. That is, if you are an employee of the company, the policy will not cover you for bodily injuries in an accident.

    Some commercial insurance policies are “withering” policies. This means that the insurance limits include the cost of defending commercial truck accidents. Thus. if the limits are one million dollars, but the defense lawyer charges $70,000.00 to defend the 18-wheeler case, then there is only $930,000.00 left in insurance proceeds to pay to the injured accident victims.  This is important to know not only because the longer a case drags on, the more money you lose in coverage.  Since catastrophic injuries are not unusual in a common truck accident, this can be a factor that an accident law firm needs to consider. Remember insurance companies are not acting in your bests interests. They only care about saving money. So do not expect insurance companies to tell you how the policy coverage works. You need qualified legal representation from an experienced legal team to force them to disclose this information.

    How is Insurance Coverage Affected if the Truck Driver is an Independent Contractor?

    Coverage is not affected by a truck driver claiming to be an independent contractor. Under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation, 49 C.F.R. § 390.5, a truck driver is considered an employee of the company for which he drives, regardless of what they call him. This is called being a ‘statutory employee.’ This rule demonstrates why knowledge of trucking regulations is important for truck accident victims and attorneys handling truck wrecks to be familiar with when bringing a claim for fair compensation.

    Typical Injuries Sustained in a Houston Truck Accident

    Truck accidents in Houston are sadly all too common. With the ports and terminals constantly bringing in new products to be redistributed throughout the country, our roads are full of commercial motor vehicles. The injuries we see in Houston and Harris County are representative of injuries seen throughout the entire United States resulting from truck accidents.  Here are some of the typical injuries we see:

    • Bone Fracture. The force of impact can easily result in broken bones in a big rig wreck.
    • Burns. Trucks require a large about of gasoline and sometimes haul flammable liquid as well, severe burn injuries are not uncommon after a vehicle bursts into flames.
    • Disfigurement & Scarring. any kind of deep gash can result in scars and sometimes disfiguring marks caused by the formation of scar tissue. How well this can be controlled and/or avoided often depends upon whether you receive the best medical care available.
    • Eye Injury. In a severe impact with an 18-wheeler, it is not uncommon for broken glass and other flying objects to become lodged in your eye resulting in scratches to the surface, detached retinas, and even vision loss.
    • Herniated, Bulging & Protruding Discs. Your spine is not designed to be a punching bag, the soft tissue pads between the bones can be compressed to the point of deforming or exploding which results in disc injuries or even spinal cord injuries.
    • Mental Anguish. The severe trauma of the pain and suffering you endure or even the loss of a loved one can cause mental anguish and severe emotional distress in a truck accident.
    • Traumatic Brain Injury. Because the head is often slammed back and forth, the brain is often pinballed in commercial vehicle accidents. Recovery will depend upon whether the injury is mild or permanent in nature and the medical treatment you receive.
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The fear of driving is a common result of being involved in a life-altering collision for victims of truck accidents.
    • Wrongful Death. Sadly the loss of life is not uncommon when an 18-wheeler crash occurs.

    Less typical truck accident injuries we have seen in trucking accidents include:

    • Amputation/Limb Loss An 18-wheeler’s size and weight are so much greater than the average family passenger vehicle. The loss of an arm or leg due to severe crush injury or a shearing injury.
    • Ruptured Spleen. A ruptured spleen is a very painful injury that can result from blunt force trauma to the chest either from hitting the steering wheel, dash, or other objects.
    • Paralysis. While less frequent, the complete loss of one’s ability to use their legs, arms or both can occur in a big truck accident.

    The type of injury you sustain plays an important role in determining the amount of compensation that justice dictates you are owed. Accounting for all of your economic and non-economic damages as well as your future medical needs and physical impairments requires that your Houston commercial vehicle accident attorney build your case with the right medical and expert testimony. Your quality of life has been altered. You need legal representation that understands what you are going through. Call us for a free case evaluation and know your legal rights today!

    Can I Sue if I am Partially at Fault for the Accident?

    The answer to this question depends upon where the wreck happened, where you have a right to bring a claim, and what laws apply to those jurisdictions. In the State of Texas, we go by comparative negligence. This means that the injured victim must not be found to be over 50% at fault in Texas state courts for the collision to be able to make a recovery. Thus, being 50% at fault or less does not bar recovery in Texas as well as other comparative negligence states. In contributory negligence states, the plaintiff cannot be any percent at fault. The federal court system has its own set of federal rules and regulations that must be followed. Thus, you should discuss the comparative/contributory negligence laws with an 18-wheeler accident attorney before filing a lawsuit if you are unsure of what laws and regulations apply.

    Determining who was negligent and whether it was a substantial percentage responsible for causing the wreck requires a detailed truck accident investigation and a solid understanding of injury law. Because the trucking company will get its accident reconstruction team to the scene to start shaping the story, you cannot simply rely on the accident report in determining liability. It is critical that you have advocates on your side conducting their own investigation of the cases as soon as possible.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Texas Truck Accidents:

    The Texas legislature is constantly changing evidentiary and procedural rules that apply to how truck accident lawsuits are framed and presented to a jury. For a good understanding of the legal landscape of truck accidents in Texas, please see our truck accident faq below.

    Can I Get Punitive Damages Against the Trucking Company?

    You may seek punitive damages in any case where the facts support it and the jurisdiction allows for punitive damages. In truck accident cases, the most common grounds for seeking an award of punitive damages include:

    • drug or alcohol use on the job,
    • habitual bad driving,
    • excessive wrecks,
    • violation of traffic safety laws,
    • exceeding the maximum allowed service hours,
    • negligent hiring,
    • distracted driving such as cell phone use, and;
    • logbook falsification
    • extreme cases of fatigued driving or drowsy driving.

    Strict federal laws are prohibiting certain conduct like drug and alcohol use.  Violations of these rules are grounds to seek punitive damages.

    Should I Hire a Truck Accident Attorney Near Me?

    You may be asking yourself: “Should I pick a truck accident lawyer near me?”

    Convenience is important when you are shopping for groceries or getting gas, but when you are looking for a lawyer to handle your truck accident claim, proximity is no substitute for experience. Truck accidents are complex and the trucking companies have investigation and defense teams to defend them every step of the way. You need to select your truck accident lawyer based on his having the knowledge and experience to handle the claim. Christopher K. Fletcher has that experience, Call 800-298-0111 today.

    What are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Houston?

    There are many reasons why truck accidents occur. In general, most truck accidents are caused by negligence. Determining which party was the cause is the trick. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

    • Brake failure
    • Failing to timely apply the brakes
    • Failing to take into account the weather and/or road conditions
    • Distracted driving a/k/a driver inattention
    • Failure to yield right of way
    • Unsafe lane changes
    • Driver fatigue
    • Driving under the influence of  drugs or alcohol, prescription medications, and over-the-counter aids
    • Defective tires
    • Other defects of the vehicle
    • Improperly secured cargo shifting or falling off the truck.
    • Overweight vehicle resulting in reduced or loss of control
    • Imbalances caused by oversized loads
    • Following too close
    • Misjudging the distance to or speed of another vehicle

    As you read the above list of common causes of commercial truck accidents, you should notice that most of them have to do with driver error. Some of these truck accident causes have to do with vehicle maintenance and vehicle inspection which may be a shared duty of the employer, a mechanic, and the shipper. However, the truck driver is never relieved of his duty to conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections of the vehicle and the tires to ensure that the vehicle is safe to operate. In the commercial trucking industry, the driver always has this duty. And some of these factors such as fatigued driving and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, are exclusively within the truck driver’s ability to prevent.

    Who is Liable When a Truck’s Brakes Fail?

    Several parties may be liable when a semi’s brakes fail, including the driver, the company, the manufacturer, and the brake shop or maintenance shop.  Here is how each of them may be liable:

    • The Truck Driver. The truck driver can be responsible if he/she failed to perform federally mandated pre-trip inspections of the truck, or took otherwise negligent actions involving the truck’s brakes.
    • The Trucking Company. The responsible party may be the company that owns the truck if they failed to make reasonable inspections of the truck’s brakes or failed to perform reasonable maintenance on the truck. Ultimately, the trucking company is responsible for all conduct of their driver that is done while acting within the course and scope of his employment under the Doctrine of ‘Respondeat Superior’, which translates as ‘let the master answer.’
    • The Truck Manufacturer. Finally, the responsible party may be the manufacturer of the truck and/or brake system if it can be shown that they produced and distributed a defective vehicle and/or defective brakes.
    • The Brake Shop/Maintenance Company. If an independent company was hired to repair, replace, and/or maintain the braking system on the truck, that company may be held liable when the brakes fail due to negligence on its part.

    Talk to a Houston truck accident attorney near you to get a case evaluation and determine who the negligent parties are that you may need to file a claim against.

    Brake Failure vs Timely Application

    Brake failure involving a semi truck occurs when the driver presses on the brake timely and for whatever reason, it does not work properly to slow the speed of the vehicle. Timely application is the cause of big rig accidents where the brakes are working fine but for whatever reason the driver fails to apply the brakes soon enough to stop the vehicle. This may be contributed to by driver distraction inside or outside the vehicle, or failure to account for the weather conditions that increase the stopping distance of the truck.

    Are Truck Drivers Liable For Unsafe Lane Changes  When Someone is in Their Blind Spot?

    Truck drivers and trucking companies have an obligation to the public to be aware of these blind spots and to maintain a single lane unless a lane change is safe to perform. After all, they are driving large trucks on public roadways for a living. Failure to recognize and check any of these four blind spots can result in an accident that could have been prevented. The four blind spots of 18-wheelers are:

    • directly behind the trailer,
    • directly in front of the nose of the truck,
    • to the left rear of the truck cab, and;
    • to the right side and rear of the truck cab.

    Most blind spot truck accidents can be prevented by the truck driver having the required mirrors and taking the time to do a thorough check before changing lanes. Thus, a driver who fails to check the blind spots and makes an unsafe lane change is liable for his negligent actions.

    Are 18-Wheeler Drivers Liable When a Tire Blowout Causes a Collision?

    A truck driver and or his company may be liable when a tire explodes and causes a wreck if the truck driver and/or his employer knew or should have known the tire was in a dangerous condition. Truck drivers are required to conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections to evaluate whether the truck, including the tires, needs repair. A truck accident lawyer can force the production of driver hours of service records and vehicle maintenance logs after filing a lawsuit.

    Are Truck Drivers Liable If A Tire Falls Off the Truck?

    A truck driver, his company, and any maintenance company responsible for installing the tire may be liable when a tire simply falls off a truck. If the tire was put on recently, then this is an indication someone did not tighten the lug nuts properly. If not, then one must question why the truck driver did not detect a problem with the tire during the pre-trip inspection. Failure to conduct a pre-trip inspection can be grounds for a negligence finding.

    Are There Federal Laws Requiring Truck Drivers to Secure Their Loads?

    Trucks don’t lose their loads as they travel down the roadway, negligent truck drivers do. Loads may shift, settle or become unbalanced on turns and speed changes of the truck, but the drivers are supposed to be trained to know this and take appropriate corrective action BEFORE it becomes a problem.  If you are the victim of an accident due to a truck that lost its load, you should be aware that there are numerous Federal Laws (Federal Motor Carrier Regulations) that impose responsibility on truck drivers, loaders, trucking companies, and shippers for failing to properly secure a big rig’s load.  Crashes involving large commercial trucks losing their loads on public roadways simply should not happen. These laws include:

    • FMCR 393.100(b) – mandates that trucks be loaded and secured in such a way as to prevent the cargo from spilling, leaking, blowing, or otherwise falling from the trailer.
    • FMCR 393.100(c) – requires cargo to be secured so that any shifting does not affect the vehicle’s stability or maneuverability.
    • FMCR 393.102 – mandates that all tie-down devices meet the minimum manufacturer’s breaking strength or working load limits under anticipated forward, reverse, and sideways acceleration and deceleration pressures.
    • FMCR 393.104(b) – prohibits the use of any load-securing devices that are damaged or weakened including cracks or cuts.
    • FMCR 393.104(c) – sets the minimum structural requirements of the truck and tie-down equipment.104(e) setting minimum manufacturing standards for steel straps, chains, webbing, wire rope, and cordage.
    • FMCR 393.104(f) – defines the accepted use of tie-downs.
    • FMCR 393.106(c) – requires the use of chocks, wedges, cradles, or other preventative devices if the cargo is capable of rolling.
    • FMCR 292.108 – defines minimum working load for tie-downs
    • FMCR 393.110 – sets standards to determine the minimum number of tie-downs required for a load.
    • FMCR 393.116 – sets minimum standards for logs, wood, and wood debris.
    • FMCR 393.118 – sets rules for securing dressed lumber.
    • FMCR 393.120. – sets rules for securing metal coils.
    • FMCR 393.122 – sets rules for paper rolls.
    • FMCR 393.124 – sets rules for securing concrete pipe to prevent rolling.
    • FMCR 393.126 – sets rules for securing intermodal containers on chassis vehicles.
    • FMCR 393.128 – sets rules for securing hauled passenger vehicles.
    • FMCR 393.128 – sets rules for securing transported heavy vehicles.
    • FMCR 393.132 – sets rules for securing crushed vehicles.
    • FMCR 393.134 – provides rules for securing roll-on/roll-off and hook lift containers.
    • FMCR 393.136 – provides special rules for hauling boulders.

    In addition to the above, The Texas Department of Transportation has its own set of rules almost as exhaustive as above to the securing of loads. Big rig accidents in Texas are essentially subject to both sets of rules if the truck is in interstate commerce. Talk to an attorney in Houston about these rules and other issues in accidents involving 18-wheelers.

    Who Is Liable For Truck Equipment Failure?

    While equipment may fail due to a manufacturing defect, it is more commonly the failure to maintain the equipment that results in equipment failure. Every trucking company and every truck driver shares a duty to make sure that the trucks they operate on the roads are maintained in good safe working order. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require that the truck and tires be inspected before and after every trip in a pre-trip and post-trip inspection. Any deficiencies must be repaired timely. Brake failure of any of the steering axles, trailer axles, or drive axles can result in an imbalance in the way brakes are applied and thereby cause jackknife truck accidents. Additionally, defective or worn tires can cause a loss of traction that results in a jackknifing trailer. Thus, proper inspections and maintenance of the truck must be performed timely to prevent accidents.

    Are There Restrictions on How Long an 18-Wheeler Driver Can Drive?

    Federal law limits the hours of service a truck driver may operate an 18-wheeler to help prevent fatigued driving. A truck driver hauling a load has the following driving restrictions:

    • They may only drive a maximum of 11 hours total after having taken 10 consecutive hours off-duty.
    •  They may not drive beyond the 14th hour after having been off-duty for 10 consecutive hours.
    •  They may drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since the end of the driver’s last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes. (This is a mandatory break that applies unless certain exceptions apply.)
    • They may not drive for more than 60 hours in one week or 70 hours in any 8 consecutive days.
    • Drivers using the sleeper berth provision must spend at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, plus a separate 2 consecutive hours either in the sleeper berth, off duty, or any combination of the two.

    It is imperative that a driver of large commercial vehicles knows these limitations upon their drive time and follows these rules to prevent serious truck accidents resulting in injury or death.

    What If The Truck Driver Is Not Licensed?

    To operate a commercial motor vehicle, the driver is required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). No truck driver should be behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer without a valid license. Any company or person who entrusts a person with a truck without checking that the person has a valid CDL is a potentially liable defendant when that person causes a truck crash.

    Talk to a Houston Truck Accident Law Firm Today!

    If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a negligent truck driver’s actions, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The longer you wait, the more this evidence that may disappear. Truck maintenance records are only required to be kept by truck company employers for a limited period of time.  While truck drivers must turn in the federally required truck driver logs and reports, the trucking company may have very limiting rules on what they actually keep.  Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., for a free consultation with a Houston truck accident law firm about your case. Our truck accident attorneys will be happy to talk to you.

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