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How Are Truck Accidents Different Than Other Traffic Collisions In Houston?

Posted on June 15, 2020

The obvious difference between Houston car accidents and truck accidents is the size and weight of the vehicles. A semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds while carrying a full 53’ trailer.

By comparison, the average car weighs just 2,800 pounds.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 72% of the people killed in large-truck collisions are occupants of the much smaller vehicles.

At the Nava Law Group, our Harris County personal injury attorneys know that the size of the vehicles is not the only thing that separates truck accidents from other traffic collisions.

Several differentiating factors require experienced legal representation in the State of Texas, and we can help.

Five Main Differences Between Semi-Truck and Passenger Vehicle Crashes

  • The Primary Cause of the Accident 

Determining the underlying cause of a Houston truck accident requires a complete investigation of the driver, the trucking company, and the truck itself.

Was the driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs?

Did the trucking company negligently hire an inexperienced driver?

Was the truck functional properly? Or did the brakes, tires, or transmission fail?

  • The Number of Parties Involved 

Since the cause of the accident must be thoroughly investigated, several parties may be involved in the truck accident claim making it more complex than a passenger vehicle collision.

Equipment failures, poorly secured loads, and unrealistic schedules may shift the liability away from the driver to another party.

  • The Severity of the Injuries

Truck accidents typically result in serious, catastrophic, and even fatal injuries.

This means your injuries may take months, years, or even a lifetime of costly medical care.

  • The Difficulty Of Securing Compensation

Truck drivers, trucking companies, and manufacturers have different insurance companies, with different policy limits, and legal teams who will fight to avoid paying injury victims what they deserve.

This means that you will also need an attorney to fight back and pursue the full financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, lost wages, and additional expenses.

Contact The Nava Law Group Truck Accident Lawyers In Houston, Texas

If you have been hurt in a truck accident, contact our Houston personal injury lawyers at the Nava Law Group by calling +17132182400 or contact us online to discuss your injuries during a free consultation today.

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