Truck Accidents

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 contact a truck accident attorney for a free consultation.

18-Wheeler Accidents

Houston Truck Accident Attorney

Our Houston personal injury attorneys have prosecuted 18-wheeler truck accidents for over thirty years. Truck accidents are complicated cases that require experienced attorneys that understand the special rules the trucking industry must obey.

Ammons Law is a “go-to” truck accident law firm. Our lawyers provide legal seminars nationwide on properly handling truck accident cases. Our track record of success, combined with our deep knowledge of the trucking industry, allows our clients to recover maximum compensation under the law. There is a reason why hundreds of lawyers from around the country refer their client’s case to The Ammons Law Firm.

If you or a loved one were injured in a commercial vehicle accident, do not risk your recovery by hiring an inexperienced law firm. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources to fight your fight and win. Let us help you move forward.

  • $9.5 Million 18-wheeler Accident

    The Ammons Law Firm recovered $9,505,000 on behalf of a client who was seriously injured in an 18-wheeler accident.

  • $8 Million Trucking Accident

    Ammons Law Firm represented a client who died in a trucking accident when her vehicle was violently struck from behind and run over by a tractor-trailer.

  • $1.7 Million 18-wheeler Accident

    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.

  • $750,000 18-wheeler Accident

    The Ammons Law Firm recovered $750,000 on behalf of a client who was seriously injured in an 18-wheeler accident.

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Consult a Houston 18-Wheeler Crash Lawyer to Protect Your Rights

The lawyers at The Ammons Law Firm are trained in truck accident litigation so that they can protect your rights under the law. We have recovered over $1 billion in total compensation for our clients through hard work and dedication. We have served the Houston community for over three decades and are routinely called upon by fellow attorneys to handle difficult cases. Our sole purpose is to help you recover the financial compensation you need to move forward. Let us help you.

Truck Accidents Resulting in Personal Injury or Wrongful Death

It is estimated that nearly 140,000 people are injured or killed in a truck accident yearly, roughly one every 16 minutes. In fact, more people die in truck collisions than in crashes involving planes, trains, ships, and buses—combined. Unfortunately, Texas leads the nation in fatal truck accidents. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 580 people were killed in truck accidents in 2020, accounting for over 10% of all truck fatalities across the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 71% of the individuals killed in collisions involving a large truck and a passenger vehicle are the occupants of the passenger vehicle.[i] When a truck accident does not result in a fatality, it often results in catastrophic, life-changing injuries.

At The Ammons Law Firm, we represent individuals and families who have been seriously injured or killed in a truck accident. These cases are complex because the effect of the crash lasts a lifetime. Capturing the lifetime impact of an injury is difficult and is best handled by attorneys that have helped others in similar situations. Our firm has extensive experience assisting clients with the following injuries:

At The Ammons Law Firm, we use medical, vocational, and financial experts trained in catastrophic injuries to capture the lifelong cost of a severe injury. This ensures our clients receive the compensation they need to build a new life.

Proving Liability in an 18-Wheeler Crash Lawsuit

When you are injured in a truck accident, you have the right to recover compensation for all harm caused by the crash. However, to ensure innocent parties are not responsible for an accident they did not cause, the law requires injured plaintiffs to identify the party responsible for the crash and prove their actions were wrongful.

Identifying the responsible party can be difficult in truck accident cases. Many parties are responsible for a truck safely moving from point A to point B. For instance, tire manufacturers are responsible for producing truck tires that hold up under normal conditions. Trucking companies are responsible for hiring safe drivers and ensuring they adhere to the basic rules of the road. Shipping companies are responsible for properly securing cargo to avoid sudden shifts during transport. Even when it seems clear the driver was at fault, an independent investigation may reveal systematic issues within the company that allowed the negligent behavior to happen.

Identifying all responsible parties is important. Often, trucking companies do not have enough insurance to cover the damages caused by a crash. In these cases, it is vital to identify other wrongdoers to ensure the innocent victim is fully compensated and has sufficient resources to move forward.

When Is the Trucking Company Responsible for my Crash?

Under Texas law, companies are responsible for their employees' negligence when they act within the course and scope of their employment. This means that trucking companies are liable to pay the financial damages caused by their drivers’ actions.

On the other hand, trucking companies may be held directly responsible when their actions enabled or contributed to the crash. For instance, a trucking company that fails to maintain its vehicles properly may be held directly responsible for an accident caused by a mechanical failure that could have been prevented by pre-trip maintenance.

When Is the Driver Responsible for my Crash?

All commercial operators owe a duty to fellow motorists to drive safely. Given the serious risks of harm associated with 18-wheeler vehicles, safe driving practices for commercial operators extends beyond those of standard motorists. In addition to the normal rules of the road all motorists obey, commercial operators must obey state and federal regulations specific to the trucking industry.

A trucker that violates a universal rule of safety, a special law applicable to commercial operators, or acts negligently, is responsible for all harm caused by their wrongful conduct.

When is the Manufacturer Responsible for my Crash?

Manufacturers are strictly liable for accidents caused by a defective product. Trucks are highly complex machines that can only be operated safely when performing as designed. When a truck’s brakes, tires, steer systems, lighting, fuel system, electrical units, or suspension fail during operation, serious crashes happen. A detailed investigation of the truck must be conducted following a crash to determine if the truck was functioning correctly at the time of the crash. If a defective product caused the crash, a product liability claim may be brought against the manufacturer for all harm caused by the collision.

Product liability is a difficult area of the law that many personal injury firms are unequipped to handle. Working with a firm that cannot address product liability claims hinders a client’s ability to recover full compensation. Hiring a personal injury firm with the resources and training to hold all wrongdoers responsible is essential.

Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?

The purpose of personal injury law is to hold wrongdoers responsible for wrongful conduct. While there are many different causes of truck accidents, our firm focuses on those caused by conduct that provides a basis for recovery. Below are common causes of truck accidents we handle.

Accidents Caused by Poor Maintenance

Trucking companies are required by law to maintain and repair their trucks systematically. When a company fails to perform routine maintenance, trucks break down. Accidents caused by poor maintenance can result in brake failure accidents, tire failure accidents, and disabled vehicle accidents. The trucking company may be liable for accidents caused by poor maintenance.

Accidents Caused by Trucker Fatigue

The National Safety Council estimates fatigue accounts for nearly 100,000 crashes yearly, resulting in more than 1,500 fatalities. Like impairment, fatigue reduces reaction time and increases driving mistakes. Although there are no fatigue tests to measure alertness at the time of a crash, an accident caused by fatigue has common characteristics that are apparent during an investigation. If a trucker causes or fails to avoid an accident because of fatigue, the driver may be liable for ensuing harm caused by such negligence.

Accidents Caused by Manufacturing Defects

When a truck’s brakes, tires, steering system, or other component fails to work as designed, the trucker’s control over the vehicle is jeopardized, and serious accidents occur. These accidents are especially dangerous because the trucking company and driver have little power to prevent the defect from occurring. A manufacturing defect occurs when the product is manufactured and is typically discovered after an accident. Manufacturers are strictly liable for all harm resulting from a defective product.

Accidents Caused by Unsafe Speed

Trucks are more difficult to control, maneuver, and stop than standard passenger vehicles. Driving too fast for conditions puts truckers at an increased risk of crashing. According to the FMCSA, nearly 23% of truck accidents are caused by “Drivers traveling too fast for conditions.” Driving too fast for conditions does not simply mean speeding. Truckers must regulate their speed depending on road conditions and factors, which often require travel far under posted speed limits.

Violation of FMCSA Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates commercial transportation. Under these regulations, trucking companies and drivers are subject to stringent rules designed to protect innocent motorists from serious injury or death. While exact violations depend on the facts or circumstances of the case, trained attorneys can identify when a violation of FMCSA regulations was the cause of the accident.

Accidents Caused by Steer Axle Tire Failure

The steer axle tire is located on the front of the semi-unit and is the most important tire on the truck. The steer axle tire influences the control, handling, steering, comfort, and performance of the truck. Unfortunately, when a steer axle tire fails, the driver of the truck has little control of the vehicle and crashes into whatever is in the path of the truck. Many steer axle tire failures fall under product liability law and subject the manufacturer to liability for all harm caused to the driver and other motorists.

Accidents Caused by Overloaded Trucks

Commercial vehicles are subject to load ratings that govern the maximum weight of cargo. Overloading a truck influences the handling and control of the vehicle. Additionally, uneven loading can cause the load to shift, changing the truck’s center of gravity. Properly loading a truck within its specified limitations is essential to safe travel. A company that fails to load a truck properly or intentionally overloads a truck beyond its load rating may be liable for an accident caused by such actions.

Truck Accident Cases We Handle

There are several kinds of truck accidents that can result in liability under the law. Some of the more complex truck accidents we handle include:

  • Dump Truck Wrecks
  • Tire Blowout Accidents
  • Garbage Truck Accidents
  • Dangerously Parked Semi-Truck Wrecks
  • Jack Knife Accidents
  • Accidents Caused by Unsecured Cargo
  • Underride Accidents
  • Rear-end Accidents
  • 18-Wheeler Rollover Crashes
  • Fatigued Driving Crashes

Working with trained 18-wheeler truck accident attorneys will ensure a proper theory of recovery is brought against the parties responsible for the crash.

Can I Get Compensation to Pay My Medical Bills?

The financial costs of a truck accident are staggering; from medical bills to lost wages, truck accident victims are often financially devastated and unable to enjoy the life they led before the accident. This injustice is the very reason personal injury law was formed. If you have been injured in a truck wreck, you have the right to hold the wrongdoer responsible for all harm caused by their actions.

Under Texas law, a wrongdoer is legally obligated to pay the innocent victim for all economic and non-economic damages resulting from their injuries. Economic damages are the financial costs associated with an injury. These include medical expenses, future medical care, lost wages, and changes in future income. For instance, if you are seriously injured and cannot return to work, the wrongdoer must provide you with financial compensation to offset your lost earnings.

Non-economic damages focus on your mental, physical, and emotional harm. A severe injury is a traumatic event that leads to dramatic life changes. While difficult to pinpoint the exact value of these losses, the law provides compensation for pain and suffering, changes in lifestyle, and other intangible harms caused by an injury. These damages are often significant because they change a person’s quality of life. For instance, losing the ability to play with your children is invaluable, and the wrongdoer must be held accountable when their actions take that right away.

Filing a Lawsuit Against the Trucking Company

Following a truck accident, it is crucial to begin the litigation process as soon as possible. Trucking companies are very familiar with litigation and move quickly to avoid responsibility. An injured victim that waits to file a lawsuit risks losing important evidence needed to establish liability.

At The Ammons Law Firm, we immediately notify the trucking company and all other interested parties of a pending lawsuit and specifically identify all evidence we need to be preserved. This ensures that no evidence is lost from the accident and provides time to formulate a legal strategy to recover total compensation under the law.

Statute of Limitations in Truck Accident Cases

Under Texas law, the statute of limitations in a personal injury case is two years from the date of injury. While there are unique situations that could extend this deadline beyond two years, generally, the two-year deadline acts as a conclusive bar to recovery. If the lawsuit is not filed within two years, your right to sue the trucking company is lost.

It is often wise to bring a claim as soon as practicable following an accident.

Hiring a Houston Truck Injury Attorney

Hiring The Ammons Law Firm provides you with first-class representation on a contingency fee basis. This means we are paid a percentage of your ultimate recovery. If we cannot hold the wrongdoer responsible, our services are free.

This arrangement allows our clients access to the court system regardless of their current financial situation. If you have been injured, our experience and resources are invaluable. Let us review your case and help you determine the best path forward.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a truck accident, call The Ammons Law Firm today at (281) 801-5617 for a free consultation.

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FREQUENTLY Asked Questions

  • What if a Houston truck accident killed my loved one?

    If a loved one was killed in a truck accident, you may be eligible to bring a wrongful death claim against the trucking company and recover compensation for the harm caused by your loss. Under Texas law, the decedent’s spouse, children, and parents can bring a claim against the wrongdoer and recover financial compensation for the damages caused by their loved one’s passing. These damages include lost earning capacity, care, maintenance, services, support, advice, and counsel the decedent would have provided had life continued.

  • Who do I sue in a truck accident case?

    A lawsuit must be brought against the party responsible for your injuries. A truck accident case has many potentially responsible parties, including the truck driver, trucking company, shipping company, service and repair company, and manufacturer of the truck or parts. Truck drivers and their companies are generally the first parties sued. However, as litigation advances and further information is revealed, it is not uncommon for more parties to be added to the lawsuit. This ensures that all wrongdoers are held accountable for their actions.

  • Do truck accident cases go to trial?

    It is well understood that truck accident cases are more complicated than standard auto accidents. When the parties cannot agree on fault or damages, the case may need to go to trial, where a body of the community will determine who is responsible and the amount of money needed to make the wronged party whole. However, most truck accident cases still settle without a trial. Trial poses serious risks for both the plaintiff and the defendant. The defendant risks suffering a nuclear verdict that bankrupts the company, and the plaintiff risks walking away with nothing.

Why Choose Us?

Our Firm Will Fight for Your Right to Compensation
  • We Wrote the Book on Tire Defect Litigation

    Attorney Rob Ammons has not only handled some of the most complex tire defect cases but also wrote the book on how to properly litigate these types of cases.

  • Team Approach to Handling Each & Every Case

    Unlike smaller law firms, we have the resources necessary to tackle even the most complex cases. To ensure our clients get the best possible results, we hire industry experts and other professionals to advise on any complex legal issues.

  • Over a Billion Dollars Recovered for Our Clients

    Our seasoned legal professionals have handled some of the largest personal injury claims nationwide and have a strong track record of favorable outcomes.

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