The Ammons Law Firm has recovered over $1 billion for accident victims, many of whom were involved in 18-wheeler accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a trucking accident, call The Ammons Law Firm to speak with our Houston truck accident attorneys and receive a free consultation.
Houston Tire Defect Law Firm
If you were involved in an accident caused by a tire defect, you need the Houston tire defect attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm to help you recover fair compensation from the tire manufacturer. Tire manufacturers have a duty to produce tires free of latent defects. Unfortunately, defective tires are incredibly common, affecting millions of vehicles and motorists on America’s highways and roads. When tire manufacturers prioritize their own profits over public safety, innocent individuals are needlessly injured and killed. At The Ammons Law Firm, we believe the negligent parties should be held accountable.
Tire defect litigation is a niche practice area; it takes a highly skilled and knowledgeable team of tire defect lawyers to effectively bring a product liability claim against a manufacturer and recover compensation for your injuries. At The Ammons Law Firm, our Houston tire defect attorneys have over a century of combined legal experience and focus a large portion of their practice on this area of law. We have a proven track record of success—including over $1 billion recovered for our clients. We know how to prove liability in defective tire cases and seek the maximum compensation our clients are owed.
If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a car accident caused by a defective tire, call our Houston tire defect attorneys today for a free consultation.
The Ammons Law Firm represented the adult children and spouse of a truck driver killed in a fatal accident. After the completion of three days of pre-trial hearings, the defendants paid $9,750,000 to settle the claims.
Rob Ammons and his team of lawyers recovered $9,505,000 on behalf of a client who was seriously injured in an 18-wheeler accident. The client was traveling on a divided highway when the driver of an 18-wheeler experienced a tire failure. The 18-wheeler crashed through the center median, crashing head-on into the client’s vehicle.
The Ammons Law Firm recovered $8,800,000 on behalf of a client who suffered serious injuries when a company driver crashed into his vehicle. During the investigation, Ammons revealed the negligent driver had been reprimanded on 16 different occasions by his employer but was permitted to drive despite his reckless behavior.
Rob Ammons and his team of lawyers recovered $8,000,000 on behalf of a client whose loved one was violently struck from behind and run over by a tractor-trailer. The force of the impact severed the client’s arm and leg and pushed her vehicle over 400 feet. The severity of the accident caused the vehicle to burst into flames, and she was killed.
The Ammons Law Firm recovered $3,025,000 for clients whose loved one was killed when a tractor-trailer made an unsafe turn and crashed into the victim’s motorcycle.
The Ammons Law Firm recovered $1,700,000 on behalf of a client who was injured while sleeping in the cab of an 18-wheeler. The client was part of a two-person driving team with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend allegedly crashed the 18-wheeler while watching a video on his cell phone.
The Ammons Law Firm recovered a $1,500,000 jury verdict on behalf of a paramedic injured when a dump truck crashed into his ambulance. The Ammons Law Firm alleged that the driver’s company was negligent for failing to train their drivers on hauling overweight loads in their trucks.
The Ammons Law Firm recovered $750,000 on behalf of a client who was seriously injured in an 18-wheeler accident. The man was stopped in highway traffic when an 18-wheeler violently crashed into the back of his vehicle. The driver of the 18-wheeler was distracted and failed to control his speed.
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“I can’t say enough for what you guys did. I really appreciate what you have done for me and my family. You always listened and treated me with a lot of respect.”
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“There are not enough words for me to say how grateful I am to Mr. Ammons. I would recommend him for any type of accident such as the one I was involved in.”
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“A little over two years ago I received a telephone call that all parents dread to hear. The person on the other line simply said, “Your daughter has been in an accident”. Well here I was 1500 miles away from her , trying to absorb the rest of the conversation, trying to stay focused enough to get the details. Shortly after I arrived in Texas my lovely daughter of 38 years passed away from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. I won’t continue this story, however what I will say is, when things calmed down a little, I knew I must become a voice for my daughter. Though a chain of events our family was introduced to The Ammons Law Firm of Houston, Texas. From the first initial contact with Mr. Robert Ammons and his staff, I hung up the telephone feeling as if I and my family were in good hands. We had constant contact from Ohio to Texas via the telephone and the computer for two years. The staff made all the arrangements anytime I had to fly to Texas and made sure I had comfortable accommodations while I was there. My family and I were kept abreast of the progress for our case on a regular basis. Anytime I had any questions, the staff was polite, informative, and punctual with the answers. I am very satisfied with the level of concern and commitment Mr. Ammons and his staff displayed from the beginning to the conclusion of our association. I would highly recommend this law firm to anyone who might be seeking one. Thank You Mr. Ammons and your staff.”
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Proving Tire Defects
Proving that a faulty tire led to a collision is challenging. In the wake of an accident, it is not always immediately obvious that a defective tire was the cause. However, our attorneys know what to look for in order to identify the signs of a defective tire. We often work with various industry experts to investigate the scene of the accident, gather evidentiary documentation, and build a solid case that supports our client’s claims. We have actual institutional knowledge on how to pursue—and win—tire defect claims.
Cases Our Tire Defect Lawyers Handle
Our Houston tire defect attorneys have extensive experience and a record of success in pursuing numerous types of defective tire cases.
We routinely handle claims involving:
- Manufacturer lawsuits
- Michelin tire defects
- Improper tire service
- Tire blowouts
- Tire recalls
- Tread separation
We have taken on major tire manufacturers, including BF Goodrich, Firestone, Goodyear, Cooper Tires, and many others—our attorneys are not afraid to go up against national and global brands in their efforts to obtain rightful compensation for their clients.
Tire Blowouts Caused by Improper Repair or Service
Sometimes tires that were just serviced by a repair shop blow out. Car maintenance and repair shops are obligated to do their jobs professionally. This includes installing the correct tires on the right vehicle and in the proper direction. If a car shop does not use reasonable care in installing or fixing a tire, they may be held liable for any accidents caused by their negligence.
Additionally, service centers are often required to inspect a vehicle’s tires when the vehicle is brought in for routine maintenance and repair. If it is determined that the tires have noticeable issues that require further attention, the provider must advise their customers of the issue to prevent blowouts from happening.
This concept is especially true with commercial vehicles subject to strict maintenance standards. Given the weight of a fully loaded semi-truck, seemingly minor tire issues can lead to sudden tire blowouts. For instance, riding on an under-inflated truck tire causes the tire to overheat, which degrades the structural integrity of the tire, leaving the tire more susceptible to sudden blowouts. Given the known risks associated with the negligent repair and maintenance of a tire, evidence showing a tire was neglected may subject the party to liability.
Only a detailed investigation can determine whether negligent repair or maintenance was the cause of your blowout. This requires an in-depth inspection of your vehicle, its tires, and prior maintenance records. As tire defect attorneys, we can perform this investigation for you and make sure any responsible parties are held liable for your injuries.
Blowout Accidents Caused by Tire Defects
Tire defects are yet another possible cause of tire blowout accidents. A tire is defective when it is unreasonably dangerous for everyday use when it leaves the manufacturer. Consumers have little control over whether a tire is defective because the defect is present before the consumer takes control of the tire.
Accidents resulting from tire defects are especially troublesome because they happen suddenly without notice to the driver. Sometimes tire defects are hidden structural abnormalities occurring inside the tire that cannot be seen by maintenance or repair shops. As a result, conscientious drivers get into accidents despite the dutiful maintenance and upkeep of their vehicles. Tire defects regularly cause tragic accidents throughout America.
Determining whether a tire defect caused a blowout is no easy job. It requires experts who are trained in the area, and expert equipment must be used to inspect the inside of the tire to prove that structural errors were in existence during the manufacture of the tire. If you are involved in a tire blowout accident, retaining the tire for inspection is crucial to identifying the party responsible for the blowout.
Contact The Houston Tire Defect Attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm Today
If you were involved in a car accident and you believe the crash was caused by a defective tire, The Ammons Law Firm can help. Our Houston tire defect attorneys are prepared to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. We strongly encourage you to refrain from speaking directly to the tire manufacturer or attempting to settle your claim independently; instead, trust your case to an experienced tire defect lawyer with the skill and resources to bring a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. There are no fees when you work with us unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
If you or someone you know has suffered from a tire defect, call our Houston tire defect lawyers today at (281) 801-5617. Your initial consultation is completely free and entirely confidential.
18-wheeler Accident Claims and Lawsuits
Following an 18-wheeler accident, our attorneys will begin building your case to maximize your recovery and hold all negligent parties accountable for their actions. During the litigation process, there will be multiple opportunities for the trucking company to accept responsibility and settle your claim for a fair amount. However, if the trucking company does not accept responsibility and settles your lawsuit for an amount that compensates you for the pain and suffering you have endured, we will continue litigation until they accept responsibility and pay or are forced to accept responsibility and pay at trial.
Following a truck accident, one of our truck accident attorneys will meet with you in person, over the phone, or via Zoom to learn more about you and your family. We want you to feel comfortable and trust that we have the skill and experience to advocate on your behalf. During the consultation stage, we will gather information from you that we will need to conduct our investigation into the accident quickly and thoroughly. We will also learn more about your goals and what you hope to achieve through your lawsuit.
During the investigation stage, we will begin compiling the information related to the truck accident needed to prosecute your claim. During this stage of the truck accident lawsuit, we gather the information that is available independent of the defendant, such as how the crash occurred, the driving history of the trucker, the safety rating of the trucking company, and where the defendants are located. We also begin gathering information about your injuries and your life to better understand the pain and suffering you are going through and the potential costs associated with the crash. During the investigation stage, we will form a general theory of liability and identify the parties to the lawsuit.
The theory of liability developed during the investigation stage provides the basis of your lawsuit. The first parties to the lawsuit will generally be you as the plaintiff and the truck driver and trucking company as the defendants. Once a lawsuit is filed, the trucker and trucking company must hire a law firm to defend them. This costs money, and the trucking company and its insurers do not want to pay legal fees in a case where they know they will eventually lose at trial. Before a lawsuit is filed, the trucking company does not need a lawyer, so they do not have legal fees, meaning they have no financial incentive to settle the claim.
With the information gained through the investigation stage, we will create a demand for settlement. This demand is a detailed presentation that sets forth the theory of liability and your damage model. The theory of liability walks the defendants through the accident, the wrongful conduct of the truck driver, and evidence that the truck driver was at fault, including witness statements, video footage, police reports, and your own testimony. The damage model walks the defendant through the effects their wrongful conduct has had on your life, including the injuries you have suffered, the cost of medical care received and the cost of future medical care needed, how your injuries have changed your life, the pain and suffering you have endured because of your injuries, and how your injuries have affected others in your life, such as your family and friends. The demand for settlement gives the defendant a picture of what your trial will look like if they do not accept liability and settle your lawsuit for the amount you and our attorneys have determined to be fair and reasonable.
If the trucking company does not accept responsibility and pay our demanded amount, we will continue forward through the discovery process. During this stage, both sides are permitted information unavailable to the other side. For instance, we will take the sworn testimony of the truck driver that caused the accident, as well as corporate representatives from the trucking company responsible for safety and training. During this stage, we learn a great deal about the trucking company and its culture. Often during this stage, we learn of wrongful conduct that was not available during the investigation stage, such as phone records that show the truck driver was using a phone prior to the crash or that the trucking company forced the trucker to drive beyond legal limits. This information is very important because it strengthens our theory of liability and puts significant pressure on the trucking company to settle the lawsuit for the amount we demanded.
Mediation is the first formal opportunity to settle your lawsuit. Mediation is an organized meeting between the lawyers from both parties where a neutral third-party mediator helps the parties reach a decision on settlement. The defendant trucking company will express its reservations about settling for the amount you and our attorneys demanded, and we will express our basis for such a demand. The neutral third-party mediator will help both parties see the other party’s view with the goal of reaching an agreement. With your trial nearing and the risk of a bankrupting verdict, the defendant trucking company is running out of time to accept responsibility and pay the demanded amount. Many cases are settled at mediation or following mediation.
If the trucking company refuses to accept responsibility for the crash and your injuries and damages, we get to take them to trial, where a group of your community has the opportunity to determine the value of your loss. This means we get to ask the jury how much money would fairly compensate you for back pain that has changed every aspect of your life or a facial scar that will have a lifelong effect on your self-esteem and confidence. No one should have to suffer these losses because of someone else’s mistakes, and the defendant trucking company is at risk of bankruptcy, depending on the jury’s decision. Our trucking lawyers will have already taken your case through a mock trial in our courtroom, where a jury from your community will have determined the outcome of the case and placed a value on it. Given our preparation, it is not uncommon for our cases to settle right before trial, during the trial, or prior to the jury returning their verdict once the defendants see how well our attorneys have represented you. It is rare to find defense lawyers that have the trial experience and training that our attorneys have, and there is no substitute for trial experience.
If the trucking company will not settle your claim for a favorable amount, our Houston truck accident lawyers get to bring your case to trial, where the trucking company risks a nuclear verdict that could put them out of business. Having skilled trial attorneys with a long history of success puts the risk on the defendants and increases the likelihood of a favorable settlement.
Determine What Kind of Truck Accident You Were Involved In To Begin Recovery
If you are not entirely sure what kind of truck accident you were involved in or why it matters, it is important to have a trained lawyer investigate the crash. Different truck accidents point to different liable parties. For instance, if a tire blows out and causes an accident, the tire manufacturer or repair shop may be liable for a defective product or negligent maintenance and repair. Regardless of what kind of truck accident you were involved in, our Houston truck accident attorneys will investigate your case and determine who was responsible for the crash.
Our Houston truck Accident lawyers handle all types of truck accidents, including:
- Accidents with Dump Trucks
- Accidents with Garbage Trucks
- Truck crashes involving tire blowouts
- Truck crashes involving parked semi-trucks
- Truck rollover crashes
- Truck Jackknife crashes
- Head-on truck collisions
- Rear-end truck collisions
- Accidents caused by Fatigued driving
- Unsafe lane-change truck accidents
- Unsecured truck cargo accidents
- Underride tractor-trailer accidents
- Inadequate driver training
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact the Houston truck accident attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm at (281) 801-5617 for a free consultation.
Houston Commercial Vehicle Accident Facts and Statistics
Commercial truck accidents are very common. Every year, more than 500,000 large trucking accidents occur in the United States, resulting in over 5,000 fatalities and 140,000 injuries. Many of these accidents result across Texas and a large portion right here in Houston. According to 2020 – 2022 data compiled from Texas Peace Officer Crash Reports and published by The Texas Department of Transportation, Harris County had more commercial vehicle accidents than any other county in Texas.
Harris County Commercial Vehicle Accidents between 2020 – 2022:
- 19,268 commercial vehicle accidents.
- 3,961 commercial vehicle accidents that resulted in non-incapacitating injuries.
- 481 commercial vehicle accidents that resulted in serious injury or death.
For commercial vehicle accidents that resulted in non-incapacitating injuries, the primary causes of accident include:
- Failure to control speed accounts for 25.8% of all accidents.
- Unsafe lane changes account for 19.79% of all accidents.
- Failure to drive in a single lane accounts for 11% of all accidents.
- Driver inattention accounts for 9.11% of all accidents.
- Disregard traffic control devices account for 7.7% of all accidents.
For commercial vehicle accidents that result in serious injury or death, the primary causes of accident include:
- Failure to control speed accounts for 25.77% of all accidents.
- Disregard traffic control devices account for 11.65% of all accidents.
- Failure to drive in a single lane accounts for 10.4% of all accidents.
- Failure to yield right of way accounts for 9.14% of all accidents.
- Driver inattention accounts for 9.11% of all accidents.
Commercial Motor Vehicle data for Harris County clearly indicates that most truck accidents are preventable with greater care.
Trucking Companies That May Be Responsible for a Truck Crash
- C.R. England Trucking Company
- CRST Expedited Trucking Company
- Three Way Logistics Trucking Company
- Heartland Express
- Dayton Freight Lines
- JB Hunt Transport
- Old Dominion Freight Line
- Penske Logistics
Contact our Houston Truck Accident Attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm Today
At The Ammons Law Firm, our truck accident attorneys have one goal, to provide you with the best legal representation available. Our industry knowledge, legal experience, and firm resources allow each client to receive unparalleled representation. If you are injured and need an attorney to provide you with the individual care and attention you need to feel confident in your future, look no further than The Ammons Law Firm. Our clients are our mission, and we are here to serve you.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact the Houston truck accident lawyers at The Ammons Law Firm to move forward.
FREQUENTLY Asked Questions
Can I receive compensation for my injuries if I am partially responsible for the truck accident?
Yes. Under Texas comparative negligence law, you are allowed to recover financial compensation as long as you are not found to be more than 50% responsible. This means that your actions, as well as the actions of the other parties, will be considered when determining who is responsible for the crash.
Who determines responsibility in a Texas truck crash?
Under Texas law, a judge or jury will decide responsibility. However, since many cases settle before trial, the trier of fact is rarely called upon to determine responsibility. Instead, trained attorneys use the litigation process to negotiate a favorable settlement based on the facts of the case. If you decide not to settle, we get to take your case to trial, where the trier of fact assigns responsibility based on the evidence.
Should I consult a truck accident lawyer if I am not sure who is responsible?
It is often a good idea to speak with a truck accident attorney after any truck accident. Truckers and their employers are subject to special rules that must be followed to ensure safe travel. Further, many parties are involved in the maintenance, loading, and transportation of a semi-truck, and each may have some level of fault in a truck crash. Trained truck accident lawyers know how to identify potentially responsible parties and gather the information needed to determine fault.
How much does it cost to hire a truck accident attorney?
There are no upfront costs. Truck accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning the lawyer’s fee is a percentage of your recovery. Typically, contingency fee agreements are structured depending on when your case is resolved. For instance, if your case goes to trial, the lawyer has significantly more of his own time and money invested in the case and will require a larger percentage of any recovery. On the other hand, if your case is resolved without having to file a lawsuit, the attorney will typically receive a smaller percentage since the case didn’t require as much time and effort.
Under our contingency fee contract, you are not responsible for any costs associated with your case unless we win a recovery for you.
Can I settle my truck accident claim without filing a lawsuit?
Yes. a truck accident claim may settle without filing a lawsuit. Ideally, you and your lawyer hope to resolve your case for a favorable amount as quickly as possible so you can receive the financial support you need to move forward. However, filing a lawsuit and going to trial is the right thing to do when the insurance provider does not willingly settle for what you deserve. If the trucking company does not believe they are at fault or that you were injured, they will be reluctant to settle the claim without being forced.
How does a trial lawyer help my case?
Defense lawyers know the personal injury attorneys that want to take cases to trial. Since a trial is required before a defendant is legally responsible, if your attorney is not a trial lawyer with a track record of courtroom success, the defense has little motivation to settle your case for a fair amount. It is like asking a child to clean their room when they know there is no consequence for disobeying. The risk of trial against our firm gives defendants a strong motivation to settle a lawsuit.
Are truck accident claims handled differently than car accident claims?
Truck accident claims tend to be more complicated than car accident claims. An insurance provider is only responsible for damages up to the insured’s policy limits. In car accident cases, it is often more expensive for an insurance company to fight a claim than pay policy limits. However, in a truck accident claim, the trucking company must carry at least $750,000 in insurance coverage, a substantial amount of money to pay without a fight. Additionally, in a truck accident lawsuit, there are often more than two parties, complicating liability.
What if a truck crashes into more than one car?
If other motorists are involved in a crash, their fault must be determined when considering liability. Additionally, if there is only one insurance policy to cover all injured motorists, the available proceeds must be distributed between all parties according to their loss. It is important to have a good lawyer in these situations.
Is the trucking company’s insurance responsible for the financial damages caused by a truck accident?
In most situations, when you bring a lawsuit against a trucking company, the company’s insurance provider is responsible for hiring lawyers to defend the trucking company and is responsible for paying damages to injured motorists. The purpose of liability insurance is to protect motorists from liability resulting from an accident. Before a commercial trucking company can operate as a motor carrier, it must obtain proof of insurance to ensure motorists injured by a covered truck can be compensated.
Can I recover money to pay for my medical expenses after a truck accident?
Yes. Under Texas law, an injured motorist can recover all expenses incurred due to another party’s wrongful conduct. This includes the cost of reasonable medical care in the past and medical care that, in a reasonable probability, will be required in the future. In a personal injury lawsuit, it is vital to properly identify future medical care to ensure you receive all compensation available to you under the law.
Can I recover money for my pain and suffering after a truck accident?
Yes. Under Texas Law, injured motorists can recover legal damages for the pain and suffering they have experienced because of their injuries.
Does it matter what truck accident attorney I hire?
Yes. Lawyers are not created equal. When your health, financial future, and the stability of your family hang in the balance, you need an attorney that has a proven track record of success.
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