Pearland Truck Accident Lawyer
Houston is home to one of the busiest commercial ports in the world. Practically 24/7/365, semi-trucks laden with consumer goods rumble out of the port area and onto Houston freeways. These truck drivers are under more pressure than ever to deliver their loads as quickly as possible. Government safety law rollbacks play a role as well. The law allows truckers to get behind the wheel even if they are dangerously fatigued or dangerously unqualified.
When government bureaucrats refuse to protect people and shipping companies put profits before people, Henrietta Ezeoke, a diligent Pearland truck accident lawyer, protects people like you. Our team hits large trucking companies where it hurts most, in their wallets. This approach also compensates victims for the serious injuries they sustain. A fully-loaded large truck weighs over 80,000 pounds. Because of the sheer force involved, the injuries in these wrecks are often catastrophic.
Duty of Care
Most noncommercial operators have a duty of reasonable care. They must drive defensively and avoid accidents when possible. In contrast, most commercial drivers, like truck drivers, Uber drivers, and taxi drivers, have a duty of utmost care. Since these individuals are professional drivers, they must take extra steps to avoid accidents.
For example, noncommercial drivers can usually go through intersections as soon as the light turns green. Commercial operators arguably have a duty to stop, or at least slow down, and ensure the intersection is clear before they keep going. Alas, many drivers ignore this responsibility, simply because they are in a hurry to reach their destinations.
The higher duty of care in these cases makes it easier for a Pearland truck accident lawyer to establish ordinary negligence, or a lack of care, in court.
On a related note, commercial operators often must follow different safety laws. For example, when it comes to noncommercial operators, Texas doesn’t have a law which prohibits fatigued driving. However, Texas has very strict laws for truck drivers concerning HOS (Hours of Service). Truckers who violate HOS laws and cause wrecks could be responsible for damages as a matter of law.
Compensation in an ordinary negligence or negligence per se claim usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Evidence in Truck Accident Claims
Victim/plaintiffs must establish ordinary negligence or negligence per se by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). Proof is also necessary in these claims to refute contributory negligence and other common insurance company defenses.
Medical bills, witness statements, and the police accident report are usually the key components of evidence in a truck crash claim. Medical bills clearly establish the nature and extent of the victim’s injuries, witnesses tell jurors what they saw, and the police accident report often reconstructs the accident and identifies the cause.
Electronic evidence is important as well. For example, in the aforementioned fatigued driving claims, Electronic Logging Devices are often critical. ELDs are computers connected to large truck drive trains. Therefore, when the truck is in motion, the HOS clock is running. Additionally, ELD evidence is almost bulletproof in court.
Count On a Dedicated Brazoria County Truck Accident Lawyer
Injury victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer in Pearland, contact the Henrietta Ezeoke Law Firm, PLLC. Virtual, home, and hospital visits are available.