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Let Smith & Hassler, Attorneys at Law, Defend Your Rights When You’ve Been Injured in a Commercial Vehicle Accident

Accidents between tractor-trailer trucks and passenger automobiles are disastrous events. They can result in serious, debilitating injuries like amputations, brain or spinal cord injury, and head injuries, or even death.

A typical fully loaded, large commercial truck can weigh nearly 30 times more than an average passenger car. As a driver of the smaller automobile, your life is at risk when it comes to an accident with these large trucks. In 2008, Texas led the nation in the number of fatalities involving large trucks; there were 381 fatal crashes, according to information released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Houston, Texas, is the fourth largest city in the nation, with many large highways and interstates used frequently by 18 wheelers. We have represented clients who have been injured in tractortrailer accidents on our highways.

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Motorists rely upon 18 wheeler drivers to operate their rigs safely and professionally, whether they’re traveling on the interstates or rural roads. Tractor-trailer truck drivers are required to carry more insurance coverage and meet higher safety standards, including many federal regulations that other vehicles do not have to meet. Violation of these standards may impose additional liability on the truck.

Even a collision with a smaller commercial vehicle, such as a pickup truck or another sedan, on the major interstates and roadways in the Houston area can lead to serious injuries.

Smith & Hassler will do a thorough investigation of the driving records, background checks, hiring practices, driver logs and truck maintenance to determine the source of negligence. Contact our firm as soon as possible to ensure that evidence such as this does not disappear.

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Contact a Tractor Trailer Truck Accident Lawyer with Our Firm

At Smith & Hassler, an experienced personal injury attorney will assist you or your loved one in your case. Call (713) 739-1250 for your free personal injury consultation today.

Remember, your initial consultation is free, and you don’t pay us unless you win.

Texting Truckers

Distracted driving is one of the top reasons for accidents on the road, particularly with the use of cell phones behind the wheel. Texting while driving can be a particularly dangerous nuisance on the highways, especially when the texting is done by truck and bus drivers.

The federal government in January 2010 formally barred truckers and bus drivers from sending text messages while behind the wheel. The legislation is part of a growing effort to make laws to eliminate the threat of distracted drivers.

“We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This is an important safety step, and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving.”

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Investigating Truck Companies

Trucking companies must keep many types of records. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the industry. When an accident happens as a result of an unsafe truck being out on the road, an experienced attorney can pore through records to determine if a company followed proper procedure.

Remember, the insurance companies don’t work for semi truck accident victims. At Smith & Hassler, we will. And we will keep working aggressively to get everything you deserve. The fight for the compensation that’s rightfully yours starts now. Contact us.

Investigating a truck accident involves following an intricate chain of decisions of ownership, professional liability of those who maintain or load the truck, insurance coverage, past police reports and other factors.

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