Truck Accident Lawyer
Because of their massive size and weight, trucks can cause devastating effects when they are involved in accidents with passenger vehicles.
If you believe that a truck driver, company, or other party is to blame for your injuries, truck accident lawyer Shane R. Kadlec can help.
Do you know what to do after a truck accident?
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Houston truck accident lawyer Shane R. Kadlec can review your case free of charge. Simply call us at (281) 643-2000 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.
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A family of four driving home suffered injuries after being struck by a city bus at an intersection downtown.
A Texas A&M student was struck by a truck that was driving on the shoulder as she attempted to turn into her driveway.
The number of cases that our law firm has closed through our diligent, attentive service.
The number of lawsuits that we have successfully resolved on behalf of clients.
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Just how dangerous are crashes involving large trucks?
Fighting for Truck Accident Victims' Right to Compensation
Accidents involving commercial trucks are especially dangerous because of these vehicles’ large size compared to passenger cars. In fact, commercial truck accidents account for nearly one out of every eight traffic fatalities. To recover compensation for your injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death, you must know who or what caused the accident. Given the wake of destruction that truck accidents can leave, reconstructing the accident to find the cause is a complex and daunting task. Shane Kadlec is a truck accident lawyer in Houston, TX, who investigates fully and consults with qualified experts to pinpoint the reason for your crash. He has successfully resolved over 600 lawsuits and closed more than 6,000 cases. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a truck, schedule your free consultation at (281) 643-2000 or by contacting us online.
Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
During our investigation into your case, we will determine the cause of the accident and then work diligently to hold the responsible party or parties accountable for your injuries and hardships. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
Errors made by drivers account for the most common cause of truck accidents. A recent study found nearly 90 percent of all accidents were caused by the driver’s negligence. Drivers make errors primarily due to fatigue and sleep deprivation, although other driver errors are caused by drug use, speeding and a lack of appreciation for the road conditions.
18 wheelers are difficult to steer and drivers can easily lose control under less than ideal circumstances. When roads are slick or conditions are unsafe, drivers are far more likely to crash.
Federal and state laws require constant inspection and maintenance of truck equipment. However, not every trucking company or supervisor closely adheres to these regulations, accounting for a number of deadly accidents each year.
Overload of Cargo or Unbalanced Load
Overloaded trucks may not be able to stop in time, especially on steep downgrades. Top-heavy rigs can roll over on sharp turns.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident, work with a dedicated accident attorney to figure out your best path toward recovery.
We Hold Responsible Parties Accountable
When a large truck is involved in a car accident, there are a number of parties with whom responsibility may lie, including:
- The Truck Driver: Negligent drivers who make costly mistakes behind the wheel can sometimes be held liable for injuries they cause.
- The Owner of the Truck: The owner may be the driver or a corporation. In either case, "the boss answers” for the employee’s negligence.
- The Manufacturer of the Vehicle: Sometimes defects in the design and manufacture contribute to trucking accidents and the manufacturer may be sued.
- The Shipper or Loader of the Cargo: If the placement of the cargo played a role in making the vehicle difficult to control, the parties who placed the load may be held liable.
- Maintenance Companies: When wear and tear that should have been detected and addressed, such as worn brakes, contribute to an accident, those tasked with maintaining the truck may be liable.
An Explanation of Trucking Rules and Regulations
Trucking regulations such as driver qualifications and safety standards are designed to keep drivers safe while sharing the road with trucks. In addition to federal standards, trucks must also abide by Texas's specific state standards.
The Law Office Shane R. Kadlec understands trucking rules and regulations in Texas and how those rules interact with federal laws. For help with a trucking accident, contact our office in Houston, TX, to find out whether violated trucking laws and regulations have contributed to or increased the possibility of a vehicle accident.
Trucking Industry Regulations
Because the consequences of trucking accidents are often catastrophic injuries and deaths, truckers are regulated by a set of federal standards. Referred to as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, this set of rules covers both the driver and carrier and must be followed at all times.
However, the fact that trucks can cross state lines has given rise to the need for both federal and state regulations. A basic breakdown of both the state and federal rules is as follows:
In an effort to reduce the number of trucking related accidents and fatalities that take place each year, the federal government has put certain rules in place to regulate the trucking industry. Some of the most vital of these include:
- Violation of allowable driving hours
- Failure to maintain driving log
- Failure to perform routine maintenance
- Load limit violations
- Negligent hiring of drivers
- Existence of a pattern of unsafe driving policies
- Lack of proper driver qualifications, such as licensing or experience
- Use of faulty equipment
In many cases, these regulations are at the center of trucking accident lawsuits. Consequently, determining whether or not they have been violated is often integral to the suit.
The fact that trucks can cross state lines has given rise to the need for both federal and state regulations.
State of Texas Regulations
In addition to the rules set forth by the federal government, the State of Texas also has laws in place governing truckers and motor carrier companies. While driving a big rig or 18 wheeler in the state of Texas, drivers and carriers must abide by these rules:
- Drivers are not permitted to drive for more than 11 consecutive hours
- Drivers may not drive for at least 10 hours after having been “on duty” for 14 total hours
- During a 7-day work week, the number of hours worked cannot exceed 70
- Drivers are required to take off at least 34 hours after having worked 7 days in a row
There are exceptions to some of the Texas state specific regulations, but they only apply to truckers who operate solely within the state. When an accident occurs and either the state or federal regulations have been violated, victims will have special remedies at their disposal.
Shane R. Kadlec
Shane Kadlec is a board-certified personal injury and car accident attorney. He has spent over 20 years providing legal assistance for injured Texans by:
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Coordinating medical care
- Gathering medical records and other evidence
- Representing clients in court
For more information about our legal services, contact the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec online or call (281) 643-2000 today.
"Shane showed genuine concern about my well-being. He not only gave me excellent legal service, he did so with compassion and integrity."--Tracy