Hurt in a truck accident? We can help.
Trucking accidents can be devastating. These large, fast-moving vehicles can cause serious collisions that may leave you with multiple injuries and a wrecked vehicle. Sometimes, these accidents result in death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you need to contact an attorney right away.
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When you work with Adams Law Firm, you work with dedicated and highly experienced legal professionals who thoroughly investigate your case and help determine who is at fault in order to bring the wrongful party to justice. You deserve compensation after an accident, and the Katy truck accident lawyers at Adams Law Firm can help you obtain it. Call (800) 559-0593 today.
Rise in Trucking Accident Fatalities
CNBC recently aired a report showing that the number of fatal truck crashes has gone up 18% between 2009 and 2012. Federal trucking regulators are fighting to ensure that the trucks and truck drivers on the roadways are fit and safe, so why are these numbers going up?
Some argue that it has to do with the increasing amount of freight on the roadways due to the growth of the economy. Others say it’s because, despite federal regulations, millions of trucks and drivers on the roadways are not fit for duty. Others say that too many non-commercial drivers are cutting trucks off, tailgating them, or lingering alongside them.
Regardless of why the number of fatal truck accidents has risen, it is important to act quickly if you’ve been injured in a trucking accident. You need an attorney to help you gather evidence and prove that your crash was the result of someone else’s negligence.
View the full CNBC video by clicking here.
Katy Truck Accident Statistics
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were 5,876 total crashes involving commercial motor vehicles in Harris County in 2017, 499 in Fort Bend County, and 83 in Waller County. These totals included 46 fatal crashes, 117 suspected serious crashes, 391 non-incapacitating crashes, 1,000 possible injury crashes, 4,284 non-injury crashes, and 38 unknown severity crashes in Harris County causing 47 fatalities, 143 suspected serious injuries, 529 non-incapacitating injuries, 1,615 possible injuries, 16,103 non-injuries, and 666 unknown injuries.
There was one fatal crash, nine suspected serious crashes, 56 non-incapacitating crashes, 57 possible injury crashes, 375 non-injury crashes, and one unknown severity crash in Fort Bend County causing one fatality, 10 suspected serious injuries, 63 non-incapacitating injuries, 91 possible injuries, 1,991 non-injuries, and 29 unknown injuries, while Waller County had four fatal crashes, seven suspected serious crashes, five non-incapacitating crashes, 11 possible injury crashes, 55 non-injury crashes, and one unknown severity crash causing four fatalities, seven suspected serious injuries, nine non-incapacitating injuries, 16 possible injuries, 147 non-injuries, and five unknown injuries. For all of Texas, there were 35,635 total crashes involving commercial motor vehicles that included 512 fatal crashes, 1,221 suspected serious crashes, 3,444 non-incapacitating crashes, 4,959 possible injury crashes, 25,234 non-injury crashes, and 265 unknown severity crashes causing 601 fatalities, 1,529 suspected serious injuries, 4,845 non-incapacitating injuries, 8,244 possible injuries, 91,443 non-injuries, and 3,131 unknown injuries.
According to the Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts (LTBCF) annual report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Texas had 649 fatalities in crashes involving large trucks in 2017, the highest total of the 10-year period dating back to 2007. The 453 multiple-vehicle crashes involving large trucks in Texas in 2017 were far and away the most of any state in the nation, with California having the second-highest total of 233.
What You Should Do After a Truck Accident in Katy
The immediate aftermath of any accident involving a commercial truck can be very frightening, but your primary concern should always be making sure that you get medical attention. This is true even if you think that you were not hurt, because any delay in treatment could lead to possible problems recovering compensation later on.
For example, an insurance company will frequently claim that a delay in seeking medical care is indicative that the injuries were not that serious. Let a doctor or other medical professional perform a complete evaluation of your condition so you can have a medical record demonstrating that you took the proper steps after your accident.
Many trucking companies or their insurers will quickly dispatch agents to crash scenes. If you are approached by anybody at the scene of your accident, do not sign any paperwork or provide any recorded statements until you have legal representation.
You should also try to collect as much evidence as you can in the form of photographs. Take pictures of everything that was involved in your accident from varying distances and angles, and take as many pictures as you can as no lawyer will ever tell you that you took too many.
Also look for people who may have seen your accident, and get some kind of contact information from these parties. When you cannot take these measures yourself, then ask a friend, family member, neighbor, or anybody else you know to do it for you.
Another important thing to do after your truck accident is to stay very quiet about it until you have spoken to an attorney. Be especially careful about what you share on social media, as such accounts are typically the first things that insurance companies will turn to in an effort to prove victim negligence and your comments can be used against you.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Truck Accidents in Katy, TX
How long do I have to file a truck accident lawsuit in Texas?
Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003(a), you have two years from the date of a truck accident to file a lawsuit. State law does recognize certain exceptions to the statute of limitations. For example, a minor will have their limitations period tolled (delayed) such that they have two years to file from the date that they turn 18 years of age. Members of the United States Armed Forces can also have their limitations periods tolled if they are serving overseas.
Can I still recover damages if I was partially at fault for my truck accident?
Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 33.001, a person can recover damages so long as their percentage of responsibility is not more than 50 percent. You can seek damages so long as the defendant was more responsible for your injuries than yourself. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 33.012 further provides that a court must reduce damages by a victim’s percentage of negligence so a person who is awarded $100,000 but found to have been 45 percent at fault would have his or her damages reduced by $45,000 and ultimately receive $55,000.
Who can be held liable for damages in truck accidents?
One of the major reasons that commercial truck accidents can be so much more complex than traditional car crashes is that multiple parties could possibly be liable in some cases. Liable parties might include truck drivers themselves, although most drivers rarely have the personal assets or insurance limits needed to satisfy the size of damages sought in a truck accident case. Other liable parties can include truck owners, trucking companies, truck part manufacturers, maintenance companies, shipping agencies, cargo loading companies, and governmental entities. Another motorist could also be liable in some cases when a commercial truck accident was caused or worsened by another driver’s actions. Cases involving multiple defendants can quickly become complicated, as some defendants may attempt to transfer a majority of the blame to another defendant. You will want to have an attorney so you can be sure that all negligent parties are held fully accountable for your injuries.
Who Is at Fault for a Truck Accident?
Truck drivers are generally contracted through companies to freight cargo to and from specified destinations. There are numerous laws and federal organizations, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, that regulate drivers and their rigs, but finding who is at fault for an accident may still be difficult. When you work with our firm, we investigate every aspect of the accident and apply a dedicated approach to your case to ensure that your rights are protected and that you obtain the compensation that you deserve. Depending on the situation of the collision, one or more of the following factors may come into play when determining who is at fault:
- The driver
- The manufacturer of the truck
- The freight company
- Road conditions
- A product manufacturer, such as a supplier of tires, brakes or hydraulics
- The shipper or the loader of the cargo
If you need help after being involved in a truck accident, the attorneys at Adams Law Firm can guide your case through the legal process. Contact us at (800) 559-0593 to speak with us about your specific circumstances.
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