18 Wheeler Accident LawyerEach year, 4,000 Americans are killed and many more suffer severe injuries in crashes with the large trucks known as 18-wheelers, tractor trailers, semi trucks, semis, diesel trucks or big rigs. Victims and their families can often file a lawsuit for monetary compensation for their losses with help from an experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer. By their very nature, giant 18-wheelers weighing 10,000 pounds or more can be extremely dangerous, causing horrifying crashes which injure or kill innocent persons. If such a person was a member of your family, you need payments for your losses. You need justice. You need the Willis Law Firm.

Injured? Talk to an 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured in a big rig crash, talk to an 18-wheeler accident lawyer with the Willis Law Firm. You may be legally entitled to substantial cash payments for injury losses, including money for your medical bills, pain, suffering, mental anguish and lost present and future wages.

Contact us today and receive a free legal review of your case, at no obligation.

Major Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), among many causes of 18-wheeler accidents are the following:

  • Driver fatigue, when commercial truck drivers work for too many hours without proper rest.
  • Trucker fatigue causes at least in part 13% of 18-wheeler accidents, the FMCSA says.
  • 18 wheeler driver falling asleep at the wheel
  • Poorly maintained brakes, which make even worse the 50% longer it takes for big rigs to stop, compared to cars.
  • Poor maintenance for diesel trucks, such as tires in poor condition leading to dangerous tire blowouts.
  • Truck trailers being improperly loaded, overloaded or top-heavy.
  • Reckless and aggressive driving of the 18 wheeler driver
  • Cargo not being properly secured
  • Truck drivers being poorly trained or inexperienced.
  • Truck drivers with a history of speeding and accidents being allowed to drive loaded tractor trailers on highways
  • Truck drivers being distracted by cell phones or on-board computers.
  • Truck drivers being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, an element in 18 per cent of semi truck accidents.
  • Truck drivers speeding beyond the speed limit or safe road and weather conditions.
  • Drivers forced to meet tight and unrealistic deadlines.
  • Drivers unable to see other vehicles in the blind spots of these large trucks
  • Making unsafe lane changes without signaling
  • Truckers driving aggressively and tailgating other vehicles.
  • Failing to yield right of way or failing to maintain a proper distance from other vehicles.
  • Road rage

Any of these problems with large trucks could cause 18-wheeler accidents — which rarely injure the big rig driver. However in some 18 wheeler crashes, the truck driver may be severely injured due to the poor crashworthiness design of the truck, the cab, roof rack, roof, roof pillars, airbags, seatbelts and door locks. These injuries usually occur in a rollover of the big truck. Roof crush and roof pillar collapse on the cab / roof of an eighteen wheeler due to the weight, speed and energy of the rollover accident can be massive. When this occurs, the driver may in fact have a product liability case for his own injuries. The Willis Law Firm has handled these type of cases before and can assist.

18-Wheeler Accident Injuries

textFederal statistics show that among 90,000 injuries yearly in tractor trailer accidents, just a fourth of those killed and just 14 per cent of those injured are truck drivers themselves. By contrast, drivers and passengers of other, smaller vehicles comprise three-fourths of the fatalities and 86 per cent of the injuries in auto and big rig crashes.

Due to the speeding and loads carried on these trucks, many large truck crash injuries are especially severe.

These injuries can include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis
  • Disfigurement
  • Amputation
  • Burns
  • Fractured bones
  • Positional Asphyxia / Suffocation

Get an Experienced 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer on Your Side

If your family has suffered injuries or death due to dangerous 18-wheeler drivers or vehicles, rest assured that you can get an experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer on your side from the Willis Law Firm. Big rig injuries can be particularly severe, including head injuries, herniated discs and broken bones. A commercial trucking line or its insurance company are unlikely to pay you for such losses without being compelled by a big rig accident attorney who handles your case. Such an accident lawyer can fight for your rights to payments for your many expenses after a semi truck crash. The company which manufactured the truck also may be liable for the deaths and injuries caused by it.

You should know that the Willis Law Firm won’t charge you anything for its services unless we win your case for you. Our law firm is paid on a contingency fee basis, which means we only are paid if your case prevails, and even then only from a portion of the settlement in your favor — not from your pocket. Many Americans need such help, due to over 500,000 truck accidents happening in the U.S. annually. In fact, about 12 per cent of traffic deaths in this country involve a big rig, diesel truck, semi truck, tractor trailer or 18-wheeler, even though large trucks are just 4 per cent of all vehicles. Also, 80 per cent of fatal large truck accidents are multi-vehicle crashes, as opposed to just 58 per cent of other fatal accidents, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Notable 18 Wheeler Truck Accident Cases of Trial Lawyer David Willis

  • 18-Wheeler driver falls asleep in downtown Houston, kills one
  • Big truck accident kills mother and daughter
  • Driver of car is killed in 18-wheeler rear-end under-ride accident
  • 18-wheeler accident kills Baylor University professor
  • Logging truck accident severely injures pickup truck driver
  • Oilfield casing pipe falls off of a loaded 18 wheeler trailer resulting in the death of one.
  • And many more truck accident cases.

As these past cases show truck accident injuries and deaths can happen to anyone, from professors to a mother a daughter. While many of us drive on the highway daily with 18 wheelers left and right, one often forgets how quickly one’s life can change when a massive big rig accident occurs and how often these 18 wheeler trucks are the cause of the accident.

Free Case Review from an 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer

To launch your claim for payments after a large truck accident with injury or death, notify the Willis Law Firm for a free case review from an 18-wheeler accident lawyer. At no obligation to you, you’ll receive free legal advice from a big rig accident attorney. Then you can decide if you want to proceed in a 18 wheeler accident lawsuit by engaging a semi truck crash lawyer for your case.

Such an truck accident lawyer can stand up to a trucking line or insurance company which often tries to deny your legal right to full payments for your losses. And you won’t have to pay us anything out of your own pocket, since we’ll only be paid by winning your case, and then only from a part of the settlement award. All cases are taken on a Contingency Fee Basis. No fees or expenses charged to the client unless we win your case.

Contact us today and talk to a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer with over 30+ years of representing individuals and families that have suffered catastrophic injuries, losses and deaths from vehicle and 18 wheeler accidents and rollovers.

Time is of the essence in a major accident involving a 18 wheeler. Don’t let the critical evidence, tire skid marks, airbags, seatbelts, log books, cell phones and other evidence get “lost” in all the red tape. We have over 30+ years of experience protecting the legal rights of our clients.

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