TRUCK ACCIDENTS - BAY CITY, TX

Bay City Truck Accident Lawyers

If you’ve been injured in a Bay City truck crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Trucking companies and their employees have a responsibility to keep other drivers safe on the highway. When they fail to fulfill this responsibility, they can be held liable for their actions.

Because of their size and weight, large trucks such as 18-wheelers, big rigs, tractor trailers or box trucks, can be particularly dangerous on our roadways. And in an accident, these vehicles pose unique challenges that can only be overcome with experienced legal counsel. Some of these challenges have to do with the extensive damage and injuries that large trucks can cause. Extensive damages cost liable parties money, so they’re motivated to fight claims aggressively. Other challenges result from the complex system of state and federal laws that govern commercial vehicles.

At the West & West, we’ve been protecting the rights of truck wreck victims since 1992. Our experience helps us maximize settlements to ensure victims and their families are taken care of now and in the future.

Call our Bay City truck accident attorneys today at 713-222-9378 for a free consultation, or tell us about the crash online.

 

Our lawyers work on a contingent-fee basis, which means you don’t pay anything unless we win your case.

Why You Need a Lawyer? Big Trucks, Bigger Accidents

Bay City Truck wrecks come with a mess of regulations and corporate interests that typical car crashes don’t. Because of their commercial function and the risks they pose, trucks are subject to regulations beyond those that apply to personal vehicles. Some truck regulations are federal and apply nationwide. Other rules vary from state to state and thus depend on the exact location of the accident. This makes for a complex legal situation in the event of a crash – one that requires an experienced truck accident attorney to navigate successfully.

The trucking industry is as complicated as the legal system. It consists of many moving parts: a large distribution chain that includes drivers, employers, cargo loaders, maintenance crews, and parts manufacturers. Each link of the chain has an important role to play in the transportation of goods across the county. And they each play an important role in the overall safety of the industry’s operations.

When part of the chain is compromised, liable parties can be held responsible for damages. In some cases, multiple parties are liable for a truck wreck. When trucking companies are potentially liable, they hire powerful teams of attorneys to defend their financial interests. The multiple insurers involved act just as aggressively to conserve their money.

It’s common to have multiple insurance companies negotiating settlements after an accident involving a large truck. Unfortunately, without an experienced Bay City truck crash attorney, victims could miss out on important sources of compensation.

Luckily, Bay City attorneys with the necessary industry knowledge, like ours at West & West, will know how to investigate your accident, prove the at-fault parties are liable and demand a comprehensive financial settlement for your case.

Trucking Laws, Rules, and Regulations

Generally, CMVs and ‘large trucks’ refer to vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds. This might include several types of vehicles, such as semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, flatbeds, 18-wheelers, buses, large shuttles, delivery trucks, etc.

These vehicles often include features that make them particularly dangerous on the road and in an accident. For example:

  • Trucks require longer stopping distances.
  • Cargo can shift and affect the maneuverability of a truck.
  • Large trucks often transport dangerous or hazardous materials.
  • CMVs are often equipped with air brakes (as opposed to hydraulic brakes), which can be dangerous if not properly maintained.

Because of these and a number of other features, operating and maintaining a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) isn’t easy. It comes with responsibilities that exceed what’s expected of other drivers and enforced by both state and federal regulations. These regulations address the heightened risk that CMVs pose to other drivers on the road. They are meant to minimize the possibility of large truck drivers causing collisions with personal vehicles.

For example, commercial truck drivers:

  • Are required to maintain a current commercial driver’s license
  • May not exceed daily driving limits
  • Can’t drive fatigued
  • May not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • May not overfill a truck beyond its maximum
  • Are responsible for regular brake and tire inspections

Furthermore, there are rules and regulations that reach beyond driver behavior—these rules must be followed by other members of the supply chain to ensure safety on our roadways. For example:

  • Trucking companies must make sure that hazardous materials are appropriately labeled, classed, described, packaged, and marked.
  • Employers must routinely have their drivers submit to drug and alcohol testing.
  • All trucking companies must maintain a mandated level of insurance.
  • Records of maintenance must be kept and organized.
  • Employers can only hire healthy, qualified, English-speaking drivers; they must also keep a record of each driver’s route, their hours, traffic violations, crashes, and drug screening test records.

There are lots of ways things can go wrong in the trucking industry. But if these rules are followed closely, it may help to limit drivers’ and their employers’ liability in the event of a crash.

 

On the other hand, if a driver or trucking company fails to follow all of the applicable rules and regulations, they may be held liable for any injuries or damages they cause. If you have been involved in a Bay City truck crash, an experienced Bay City truck accident attorney at West & West can conduct an investigation into whether any regulations were broken and how it contributed to the crash. From there, we can help you determine the best path to compensation for the damages you have suffered.

Contact West & West

If you’ve been in an accident involving a large truck or CMV, you don’t have to fight the truck driver or trucking company on your own. A West & West attorney will stand by your side and help you secure the compensation you deserve from these well-resourced companies. We’ll protect you from their aggressive, money-conserving tactics.

Bay City truck crashes often result in complex legal disputes with multiple insurance companies. An experienced injury lawyer can protect your rights and help ensure no money is left on the table.

If you’ve been injured in a Bay City truck accident, our truck wreck lawyers have the knowledge and resources you need to secure compensation.

Even if you are unsure of whether you want to pursue legal action at this time, we can talk you through the legal options available to you for financial recovery. We understand that you have difficult decisions to make in the aftermath of your accident. We want you to be informed, so we offer free, no-obligation consultations to all potential clients.

What You Can Do to Prevent Car Accidents in Alvin, TX

There are some car wrecks that are simply unavoidable on your part. Maybe a drunk driver doesn’t stop in time and rear-ends you, or perhaps another driver blows through a red light and T-bones you. Though some collisions are out of your hands, there are ways you can avoid being in (or causing) car accidents, including:

  • Be patient at lights to avoid red-light runners
  • Always focus on the road, even if it means listening to a song on the radio you don’t like or leaving a phone call unanswered
  • Pull into traffic slowly, and make sure your path is clear before entering the roadway
  • Get your car tuned up regularly to make sure your brakes and other systems are working properly
  • Drive defensively, always responding to other drivers’ actions. Never rely on other drivers to respond to your own actions
  • Leave room between you and the car in front of you so you can brake in time if needed

Serving the Alvin, TX Community since 1992

The Alvin, TX auto accident attorneys at West & West have been successfully helping members of the Alvin, TX community involved in car accidents for 20 years. We have three offices serving Alvin, TX and surrounding areas to better serve our clients. If you cannot come to us, we will come to you. We also offer remote video conferencing meetings (Skype/Zoom) with our attorneys. We can also send and exchange signed documents via your cell phone, tablet or computer. We know how difficult it is in the weeks following the accident and want to do everything we can to relieve the stress that our clients are going through during this time period.

Your Consultation Is Free, and We Do Not Collect a Fee Unless Recovery

When you call or email the Alvin, TX car accident lawyers at West & West, your case will be evaluated by one of our lawyers. Appointments can be scheduled for evenings or even weekends, subject to scheduling and availability, and if you are unable to come to one of our conveniently located offices, we can meet you at your doctor’s office, your job, or your home.

Joseph James
Joseph James
2024-03-18
I just used West and West to have a will done. I was extremely impressed with the quality of service they provided. I highly recommend them, and will return for any legal issues in the future.
Hea Lea
Hea Lea
2024-01-27
Attorney Michael West is outstanding. He fights hard for his clients and he gets the job done. If you have a personal injury claim you can count on him to get you the money you deserve.
Laura A
Laura A
2024-01-19
I used West & West for my personal injury claim - a slip and fall that involved a trip to the emergency room. Michael West was able to successfully get my medical bills paid and I walked away with money in my pocket. Both Michael and his paralegal were very helpful throughout the whole process.
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Teresa Dupuis
2024-01-11
West and West did an excellent job representing our family's estate settlement during the probate process. They are skilled, up to date, and were patient with us and the beneficiaries and helped us keep everything on track during our extended process. Laura and the others were always amazing with us too.
Audy Trammel
Audy Trammel
2024-01-10
The employees here are all extremely kind and friendly, and they explain everything in a way that's easy to understand. Mr. & Mrs. West are some of the kindest people I've ever met. If I ever need a lawyer again, I have them on speed dial.
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Alison Thomas
2024-01-07
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Nicolas Rutledge
Nicolas Rutledge
2023-12-27
I hired West & West back in June when I was T-boned by another driver. Hiring West & West was the best thing I could have done. They treated me like family and not just another case in the books. Michael West is an excellent attorney. I highly recommend this law firm to anyone who has been in a car accident, or anyone seeking legal help. Amazing law firm and staff!!!
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Sonia Emmons
2023-08-12
I enjoyed dealing with a local law firm with strong roots in the community. Probating my Uncle's Will was emotional and personal, but the staff made the process easier than I ever imagined. The process was smooth and easy. The care shown by the staff is knowledgeable and caring.