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December 12, 2023 | Lopez Franco PLLC

18-Wheeler Accidents: Unraveling the Complexities of Liability

Accidents involving 18-wheelers are often complex and highly nuanced. Determining liability is a matter that typically requires a Houston personal injury attorney who has extensive knowledge and experience in these matters, and at Lopez Franco, we have both. We are committed to helping people who have been injured due to the negligence of another recover the compensation they deserve, and part of that task is determining who is liable when these accidents occur. 

Possible Defendants In A Lawsuit Involving An 18-Wheeler

Unlike a typical car accident, there are potentially numerous at-fault parties in an accident involving an 18-wheeler. Untangling the web of defendants can involve extensive investigation, and potential defendants include:

Truck Driver

The actual driver of the truck may be responsible for the accident. Perhaps they are driving for extended periods without rest, or they are driving intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. The trucking industry is highly regulated, and drivers must have special training and adhere to certain schedules. Violating these laws can lead to accidents. 

Trucking Company

The trucking company may be responsible for the accident. In some cases, they fail to train and supervise their drivers properly, or they may fail to maintain their trucks properly to ensure they are safe on the road. A Houston personal injury attorney can investigate your accident and determine when the trucking company is at fault for the injuries you have sustained. 

Maintenance Company

Maintenance companies are often tasked with keeping a trucking fleet operational and in good condition. When they fail to check on the condition of the trucks or allow a truck not in good condition to be on the road, they may be liable for any injuries caused by that truck. For example, if a routine maintenance check could have identified that a tire on an 18-wheeler should have been replaced and that tire blows on the interstate, causing a multi-car pileup, the maintenance provider may be held liable for any resulting injuries.

Cargo Loading Company

18-wheelers haul many different types of cargo, from hazardous waste and materials to clothing and food. Companies that load this cargo should take proper precautions to ensure the cargo is not placed disproportionately, causing the truck to tip, jackknife, or otherwise lead to an accident. Also, if the cargo is not properly secured to the truck, it can fall off while in motion, causing accidents and injuries. 

Consult With A Houston Personal Injury Attorney At Lopez Franco

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, contact our firm to schedule a consultation with a Houston personal injury lawyer. When we take on a case, we promise to give it our full attention and help you receive the compensation you deserve.