Houston Truck Accident Lawyer
Houston has so many big trucks running through it. Because of their size and weight an accident with a commercial 18-wheeler truck can be very serious. According to the latest figures by TXDOT 37 people were killed in Harris County accidents involving a commercial truck in 2015. In the same year 141 people suffered incapacitating injuries and 546 people suffered non-incapacitating injuries in Houston truck accidents. In 2015 there were 5887 total truck accidents reported in Houston Harris County. That is a staggering 16 Houston truck accidents per day.
What Is A Truck Accident Lawyer
A truck accident lawyer is a type of personal injury lawyer that has special skill and experience helping people hurt in 18-wheeler trucking accidents. Not every personal injury lawyer can win a serious truck accident case.
They don’t know trucks or truck law or how to make trucking companies pay for the harm their drivers cause. Don’t trust your future to just any lawyer. You can hire a specialist for generally no more cost than an average lawyer.
Truck accident lawyers understand the federal laws that apply to truck drivers and trucking companies and how to use those laws to help you win your case.
Meet Houston Truck Accident Lawyer Hugh Howerton
Voted TOP 100 Texas trial lawyers Hugh Howerton is a Houston truck accident lawyer who specializes in trucking accidents causing wrongful death and catastrophic injury.
He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has represented trucking accident victims and their families for nearly 30 years.
Hugh has a proven record of winning large settlements and trial verdicts in truck accident cases.
How To Win A Truck Accident Case
In order to win a truck accident case you have to prove that the truck driver and/or trucking company was negligent. This means that the truck driver failed to act as a reasonable truck driver under the circumstances. There are various ways of proving the truck driver’s negligence.
Did the truck driver violate one of the rules of the road as set for by the Texas Transportation Code?
Did they rear end you by failing to keep an assured clear distance in violation of Texas Transportation Code Sec. 545.062
Did they fail to yield the right-of-way in violation of Texas Transportation Code Sec. 545.101, 545.153
Did they turn unsafely in violation of Texas Transportation Code Sec. 545.103
Did they run a red light in violation of Texas Transportation Code Sec. 544.007
Did they run a stop sign in violation of Texas Transportation Code Sec.544.010
Did they cross the center line causing a head-on crash in violation of Texas Transportation Safety Code 545.056
When Should You Hire A Truck Accident Lawyer?
The simple and best answer is the day the accident happens. Usually right after a truck accident that has caused serious injury or wrongful death the trucking company and its insurance company will send a special team to the accident scene usually the day it happens. You want your truck accident lawyer and their team of expert witness to be there with the insurance company’s team. The tractor and trailer need to be secured and immediately inspected so that there are no changes or repairs done to the tractor’s brakes, steering, light, and tires.
The trailer needs to be inspected and photographs taken of the accident scene that may show tire marks or skid marks on the road way before they are destroyed by weather. Most importantly, the event data recorder or black box must be preserved and properly downloaded before it is erased or destroyed. It can provide valuable evidence needed to win your truck accident case.
Event Data Recorder
Event data recorders aren’t actually black boxes but tiny microcomputer chip sets. They usually record 15 specific data points, including speed, steering, braking, acceleration, seatbelt use, and, in the event of a crash, force of impact and whether airbags deployed.
Most event data recorders are programmed to record data in a continuous loop until a truck is involved in an crash. When an accident occurs, the event data recorder automatically saves up to 5 seconds of data from immediately before, during and after an incident.
To get an idea of how Hugh’s past client feel about him read his Client Reviews. Here are some examples.
“Selecting him as my attorney was the best decision I ever made”
I would like to begin by saying that selecting him as my attorney was the best decision I ever made. I chose him from other reviews left online for him and needless to say that he deserved every single one of them. I joined the list of satisfied clients. My case involved an 18-wheeler and it was a complicated case but he worked very hard and left no stone unturned and was able to get me a handsome settlement. I personally thank him for his service and professionalism.
To speak with Hugh Howerton about a serious truck accident call 713.984.9848