Accidents that involve semitractor-trailers and other heavy trucks can cause the most catastrophic injuries or even be fatal. The size differential between these trucks and passenger vehicles mean that a mistake has serious consequences. Trucking accidents are very complicated, because of the interplay between state and federal regulation of the industry.
In any case that involves a commercial truck, you need to consult a lawyer who has handled these claims. At the Apffel Law Firm, we have a track record of helping clients throughout the Galveston area who have sustained serious injuries in these types of collisions.
Our managing attorney not only has more than 35 years of experience, he is a board-certified specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has earned the respect of colleagues within the profession and was elected to serve a term as president of the State Bar of Texas.
From Hours-Of-Service Rules To Vehicle Repair
A comprehensive investigation is required to uncover how one of these serious accidents could have happened in the first place. We frequently bring in experts to help in this process. Some of the legal issues may include:
- Hours-of-service rule violations may allow fatigued drivers to stay behind the wheel. Increasingly, sleep disorders like untreated sleep apnea may also cause problems.
- Unqualified drivers who have not complied with all the necessary training requirements.
- Failure to maintain truck components or defective truck components that may be discovered from closely reviewing maintenance records or recall notices.
Liability may extend to the trucking company, if they followed negligent hiring practices or encouraged a culture that pushed the limits and broke rules. We understand the Texas Department of Transportation guidelines and how these might be involved in your case or accident.
Experience With Texas Trucking Accidents
Not every personal injury attorney has handled a complex truck accident or successfully tried a case to a jury. At the Apffel Law Firm, our knowledgeable League City team will carefully examine your case and meticulously prepare it for court. We know how to present your case in the best possible light at trial when necessary.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a trucking accident, find out how we can help. Call 281-724-4701 or send us a message online to set up a free initial consultation.