Houston Truck Rollover Accident Lawyer
Injured in a Houston Rollover Accident?
When Houston Truck Rollover Accident happens, it usually affects multiple vehicles, and multiple lanes of traffic. Truck rollover accidents are some of the deadliest crashes that usually occur when trucks are driving at high speeds. Loaded trucks can weigh approximately 20 times more than a passenger vehicle. An 18-wheeler truck is also much taller than most cars, which gives the truck a taller and less stable center of gravity. When a truck turns or goes along a curved road, its centrifugal force pushes the truck away from the curved road. Essentially, the centrifugal force leans the truck away from the turn. A truck driver must be trained in how to handle turns and curved roads while carrying heavy cargo.
Besides the taller center of gravity, the track width is also a factor in truck rollovers. The track width is the distance between the right and left wheels. A truck is less stable the more narrow its track width. A tall heavy narrow truck is more susceptible to a rollover or jackknife. For this reason, truck drivers and trucking companies should be trained in proper driving procedures to avoid rollovers.
If you were injured in a Rollover Accident, then Call Molina Law Firm to begin your immediate investigation today.
How Can A Houston Truck Rollover Accident Lawyer help?
Trucking companies have personnel already trained and ready to immediately begin their own investigation once a rollover accident happens. The trucking insurance companies are ready to conduct an investigation as soon as possible. But this investigation is usually not for the benefit of the injured victim. Meanwhile, the injured truck accident victim is seeking medical care or even in the hospital. Also, the trucking company will inevitably try to shift the blame for the cause of the accident. If you or a loved need an experienced Houston Truck Rollover Accident Lawyer, Call Rick Molina and Molina Law Firm today.
During the truck rollover accident investigation, Rick Molina and Molina Law Firm will secure the evidence from the scene, talk to all witnesses, obtain the police report, obtain all medical records, talk to all medical experts, talk to all accident reconstructionists, and negotiate with the opposing trucking and insurance companies. In truck accident cases, it is also important to secure all driver and truck company information to make sure that the driver and company were not violating any hours-of-service or cargo-hauling rules. For these reasons, Molina Law Firm obtains the truck’s “black box” and the driving logs to fully investigate the tuck rollover accident.
What Are the Common Causes of Houston Truck Rollover Accidents?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the government agency that regulates the trucking industry. The FMCSA conducted a Large Truck Crash Study in 2008. The FMCSA study concluded that almost 50% of the rollover accidents were caused by a driver failing to adjust for speeds around curves and turns, brake failure, and intersection conditions. The study also found that other major factors in rollover accidents are driver inattention, driving while fatigued, distracted driving, and improper steering. Also, improper cargo loading is major contributor to truck rollover accidents. While driving a big heavy truck, truck drivers may fail to account for the heavy weight in turning and going through curves.
Truck rollover accidents are usually the result of negligence. The negligence may be that the truck driver was going too fast, had to slam its brakes, or had to make a quick and sudden movement while driving. Cargo loads should be adequate and not overloaded. Loads that are too heavy for a type of truck may lead to an accident. These are some of the causes of truck rollover accidents:
What Are the Common Injuries from A Houston Truck Rollover Accident?
Trucking rollover accidents lead to severe injuries with permanent effects. Rollover accidents may also involve multiple vehicles and multiple impacts to the same car. Also, the truck cargo itself may spill onto the road and cause other accidents. The truck itself can even explode. Medical bills from rollover accidents can easily be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Some of these injuries from rollover accidents can have sizeable non-economic consequences. For example, a brain injury can result in permanent cognitive functions and can cause permanent loss of enjoyment of life. Some of the more common injuries from rollover accidents include:
Who Can Be Responsible for A Truck Rollover Accident?
Rollover accidents are usually caused by negligent drivers. However, the drivers are usually not the only responsible party. Trucking companies are also responsible for the delivery schedules, truck maintenance, and cargo loading. Other responsible parties for truck rollover accidents include:
How Do I Prove My Case In A Truck Rollover Accident?
When a truck rollover accident happens, it usually means that the driver did something wrong for the truck to rollover. It could also mean that the brakes were not working properly. Truck drivers and trucking companies have many rules and regulations that they should follow. Trucking companies will immediately send their investigators to the scene the moment an accident happens. Investigating and gathering evidence regarding any violations of these rules is critical because truck drivers and trucking companies have this evidence in their possession. For example, the truck’s “black box” may show the speed of the truck, the truck’s brake application, and certain wheel turning. Trucking companies will fight hard to not disclose this information and may even erase this information. For these reasons, if you or a loved one are involved in a serious trucking accident, Call Rick Molina and Molina Law Firm today.
Also, as a general matter, the trial evidence must establish negligence against the truck driver and trucking companies. Negligence includes the following elements:
- Duty. Did the other person owe you a duty? Every truck driver and trucking company has a duty to obey the laws and to not injure other people.
- Breach. Did the other person violate the duty? This is usually shown by showing that the other person acted unreasonably. For example, were they speeding?
- Causation. The breach of a duty must cause your injuries. What are the injuries that are caused by the breach of duty?
- Damages. The injuries in turn resulted in damages. The damages are discussed above.
What makes us different?
The Molina Law Firm has been representing truck accident victims for over 20 years helping them navigate the sometimes complex legal fight against the insurance carriers. Remember that when you retain Attorney Rick Molina, you pay nothing upfront and we only collect a percentage of the compensation you receive only when we have won your case. Don’t go against the truck insurance carriers alone.
Attorney Rick Molina will aggressively represent you and fight on your behalf. We have the knowledge, resources, and experience to get you all the compensation for your loss, pain, and suffering.
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What To Do After A Truck Rollover Accident?
Accidents involving large commercial trucks result in serious injuries, so your health is the number one priority. There are steps to be taken if you have been involved in an 18-wheeler or large truck accident. We have detailed some of the steps here. These steps are some of the more broad, important things that should be taken care of.
Get help on the way
If you cannot make a phone call, get someone else to call 911. This will get EMS and police on the way. Get medical attention. Even if you think you may be fine, a medical evaluation is critical.
Take photos, get the other drivers information, get witness information. Try and get as much info as possible.
Get a case number
The police will talk to everyone involved and possibly issue citations. They should provide you with a case number that is needed to obtain the crash report.
If you have been seriously injured, it is important that you get an experienced personal injury attorney to help you. Time is important. Contact us.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents that involve large commercial trucks have a higher chance of serious personal injury or death. Victims of these types of accidents have substantial financial and health damages. Many times, these damages are long-term or even permanent.
- Commercial Truck Drivers are governed by rules and regulations involving their training, on-the-road time, and driving. The company that they work for can also be held liable for their actions.
- Carrier Companies are regulated in terms of vehicle maintenance, hiring practices, driver training, and other laws that can help determine liability in the event of an accident.
- Insurance limits of trucking companies and truck operators are much higher than that of other drivers.
If the driver of the 18-wheeler was at fault in the accident, an experienced truck accident attorney will look at the driver, the trucking company, the involved vehicles, and the equipment manufacturers to determine who can be held responsible. In most accident claims, the amount of compensation that can be received is usually limited by the insurance policy.
The second an accident happens, insurance companies have teams of people ready to investigate the accident on their behalf. You need to know that the insurance companies are not investigating the accident on your behalf. The insurance companies also will not share any information with you. If you want an investigation on your behalf, then you need to call us to begin this investigation as soon as possible. As for settlements, you should not accept a settlement from the insurance company until you have had an experienced attorney conduct a review of your case.
At the Molina Law Firm, we will fight cases in court when a settlement cannot be reached. If a settlement does not appear to be fair, then you need to be in a position to fight your case in court.