Truck Accident Lawyer Sugar Land, TX
A collision with a large truck can cause catastrophic injuries. The collision can be life-altering and even tragic.
The truck accident lawyers of Reed & Terry, LLP can help accident victims and their families seek restitution after a crash.
If you or a loved one was struck by an 18-wheeler or commercial truck in the Sugar Land, TX, area, our personal injury firm is here to help.
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If you were injured in a collision with a commercial truck or tractor-trailer, we encourage you to speak with our truck accident lawyers. Attorneys Jackson R. Reed and Travis B. Terry can help. Send a message to our law office in Sugar Land, TX, or call us today to request a legal consultation.
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Free Case Reviews
Your initial consultation with our truck accident attorneys is free of charge. During this complimentary consultation, our lawyers can review your case and determine what your legal options are. This professional legal insight can prove invaluable as you plan for the future.
Contingency Fee Basis
When Reed & Terry, LLP works on a case, clients don't have to pay a retainer or any legal fees. Our truck accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means you will only pay us if we can reach a fair pre-trial settlement or successfully resolve your case in a civil trial.
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Speak with Our Attorneys About Your Accident
In the state of Texas, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case is two years from the date of the incident. Even though that seems like a lot of time, it's important to discuss your truck accident with our injury attorneys as soon as possible.
Attorneys Jackson R. Reed and Travis B. Terry have more than four decades of combined legal practice and have built a strong reputation in the state's legal community. Our team in Sugar Land, TX, can help people from Houston, Greater Austin and other Texas communities hold negligent parties accountable for causing a trucking accident.
To discuss your case with an injury lawyer for free, contact our law firm today. You can also set up a free consultation by phone.
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Our attorneys can help you build the case you need to secure the compensation that can help you begin to put your life back as it was before your accident.
Meeting the Needs of Sugar Land Residents Commitment to the Communities We Serve
Opened in 1994, Reed & Terry, LLP is the oldest law firm in Sugar Land, TX. With almost 30 years of history in the area, we have built trust with numerous clients and legal colleagues in the community.
Our law offices are bilingual, helping us serve the communities in and around Sugar Land. This can be immensely useful when discussing your legal options after a truck accident and how to deal with insurance company representatives.
Major Highways in and Around
Sugar Land, TX
Some of the major highways that run through Sugar Land include:
- Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59 (The Lloyd Bentsen Highway)
- U.S. Highway 90A
- State Highway 6
- Grand Parkway/State Highway 99
Collision Statistics in Sugar Land, TX
In 2020 there were 1,103 reported crashes in Sugar Land. These collisions resulted in 134 injuries and 2 fatalities.
Major Streets and Roads
in Sugar Land, TX
Major streets and thoroughfares in Sugar Land include:
- Farm to Market Road 1876 (Eldridge Road)
- Farm to Market Road 2759 (Crabb River Road/Thompsons Road)
- University Boulevard (State Highway 6 Bypass)
Weather and Road Conditions
Road and weather conditions increase the chances of car accidents and 18-wheeler accidents occurring. Motorists must be careful when dealing with rain, snow and fog, as well as debris in the road, tight turns, potholes and poor maintenance. In some cases, local municipalities and road authorities could be held accountable for road conditions that caused or contributed to a collision with a large truck.
Discuss Your Truck Accident with Our Injury Lawyers in Sugar Land
People in Sugar Land and its surrounding communities can count on Jackson R. Reed and Travis B. Terry to provide legal aid and counsel following a crash with an 18-wheeler, delivery vehicle or other commercial truck. Whether you're based in Fort Bend County, Houston or Greater Austin, we can help. Contact Reed & Terry, LLP to request a free case review.
Here for Accident Victims and Their Families Reviews from the Sugar Land, TX, Area
Reed and Terry were extremely professional and kept us informed and educated during our entire case so we always knew what to expect next and a time frame for every step. I felt like a valued client instead of just a number. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to be treated with dignity and respect throughout the process of a legal case. We received more from our settlement than we thought possible. I am so thankful we turned to them for help. Excellent.View on Google
Reed & Terry represented me 6 years ago as a result of a car accident. Noticed a lien on my property from the hospital. Called and spoke with Marta. (She was actually paralegal who assisted me at the time). Was always kind and caring. She stopped what she was doing and immediately researched my case. Sent me the letter, copy of check that was paid to hospital. Someone at hospital didn't do their job and remove lien. Marta, you are awesome!! I would recommend this firm to anyone needing an excellent personal injury attorney. Thanks again.View on Google
Truck Driver Negligence
While behind the wheel, a truck driver carries a great deal of responsibility. Following the rules of the road and rest regulations are part of their professional duty. If a truck driver fails to observe the speed limit, does not take mandatory breaks to prevent fatigue or otherwise acts irresponsibly on the job, they can be held liable for collisions and any harm they cause.
Examples of truck driver negligence include:
- Texting while driving
- Making a call without a hands-free set
- Failure to yield
- Failure to signal
- Drunk or intoxicated driving
It should be worth noting that truck drivers may be pushed beyond their limits by their trucking company. In such cases, the trucking company may be considered liable for an accident rather than just the truck driver themselves.
Commercial Vehicle Collisions
in Fort Bend County
In 2020, there were 407 commercial vehicle and truck accidents in Fort Bend County. Those collisions caused 61 confirmed injuries and 2 fatalities.
Trucking Company Negligence
As previously alluded to, trucking companies carry a great deal of responsibility in the event of a truck accident. The company's practices or policies may have contributed to a crash or to the driver's negligence.
The trucking company is responsible for hiring their drivers. Failing to properly screen a driver for moving violations, a criminal record or any other potential red flags could become an issue if that driver causes an accident. Similarly, trucking companies should reprimand or release drivers who've demonstrated a disregard for safety. Failing to do so could lead to a collision.
It's also worth noting that many trucking companies are responsible for properly maintaining their fleet of vehicles. Failure to perform or schedule truck maintenance can be a major contributing factor in a truck accident.
The Dangers of Driver Fatigue
In 2019, 71 fatal large truck crashes were caused by the driver being asleep or fatigued while operating their vehicle.
Our Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help You Contact Our Sugar Land Injury Attorneys Today
Whether the truck driver, trucking company or another party caused your truck accident, the lawyers of Reed & Terry, LLP can help. Our goal is to maximize the value of your claim so you can cover medical expenses and other losses related to the collision. To speak with our truck accident attorneys about filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, contact Reed & Terry, LLP. You can also reach us by phone to schedule a free consultation.
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Types of Truck Accidents
Given the long stopping times required for an 18-wheeler or any kind of large truck, there is a high risk of rear-end accidents. These kinds of crashes can be catastrophic given the size and sheer force of impact, even if a large truck is not traveling at full speed.
The major blindspots on commercial vehicles put motorists in adjacent lanes at risk. If a truck driver doesn't spot other vehicles in their side mirrors, they could collide with those vehicles from the side. It's important to give these large trucks ample space.
According to the Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine, an estimated 9% of large truck accidents involve the vehicle rolling over. This is due to the size and weight distribution of many commercial trucks and may be caused by driver error or the weight of the load.
Loose or Unsecured Cargo
In addition to increasing the risk of a rollover, a large truck's cargo could lead to catastrophic injuries if it comes loose. Debris from the semi-truck could strike nearby vehicles and clutter the road, creating numerous hazards for other motorists behind the large truck.
Jackknifing refers to a tractor-trailer folding in on itself. This is typically due to a brake malfunction that causes the trailer to swing out to the side. Jackknife accidents are extremely dangerous to any vehicles that are in the general vicinity of the large truck.
Vehicle and Auto Part Issues
Sometimes a truck accident occurs because of faulty parts and poor vehicle design. This includes shoddy tires, defective brake systems and vehicle designs that compromise the overall safety of the large truck or semi-truck. In these cases, a truck accident lawyer can hold the maker of those auto parts or the auto company accountable for contributing to the truck collision.
Damages in a Truck Accident Lawsuit
Compensatory damages are intended to cover the material and financial losses caused by the truck accident. This includes property damage, medical bills, future physical therapy or rehabilitation, lost wages and lost future earning potential.
Punitive damages are not linked to any financial hardships. Instead, these damages punish the negligent party for causing or contributing to a crash. When warranted, our truck accident lawyers will not hesitate to seek punitive damages.
Contact Reed & Terry, LLP Meet with Our Truck Accident Lawyers
After a truck accident, it's crucial that you speak with a lawyer ASAP. The truck accident attorneys at Reed & Terry, LLP can offer free legal insight when you need it most. You don't have to pay us unless your truck accident case is successful. Contact our law firm today to discuss your case with truck accident lawyers who've served the Sugar Land area for more than 20 years.
Helping Families Who've Experienced Serious Injuries Serving Sugar Land and All of Fort Bend County
Jackson Reed and Travis Terry provided the best legal advice and guidance during a difficult situation. I found them to be experienced, responsive, knowledgable and honest. While working with Jack & Travis, I felt as though my situation was in trustworthy hands, and they did not steer me wrong. I would highly recommend the Reed & Terry Law Firm to anyone seeking legal representation that is fair, honest and will keep your best interest and unique needs at the forefront. Should the situation arise, I would not hesitate to seek representation from them again or refer my friends or family to them.View on Google
I take great pleasure in expressing my appreciation for there outstanding performance while assigned as my attorney. Though busy with the administration of other clients. They took time out to reach out to me by email or by phone to keep me updated on my situation. Jackson R. Reed perform his assigned duties work on my case in a truly efficient reliable and professional manner. By using this company they save me $7,000.00 Mr. Reed on his own initiative, and became of his profound concern for other, he has made himself available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to assist me with my case The company as a hold has demonstrated a continuing high degree of professional excellence. Regards! Cleve Baker Retired Air Force & U.S. Small Business AdministrationView on Google
Fatal Truck Accident Cases
Commercial vehicle and semi-truck accidents can have tragic consequences. Motorists and pedestrians could experience fatal injuries as a result of a collision. In such cases, the surviving loved ones of the accident victim can seek restitution in a wrongful death case.
In a wrongful death claim, a spouse or surviving family members can seek compensation to cover funeral expenses, pain and suffering and other hardships and losses associated with a fatal collision.
Note that the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in the state of Texas is two years after the death of a loved one.
Truck Accident FAQ
What is a commercial truck? Can you offer some examples?
The term "commercial truck" covers a wide range of trucks, including big rigs and tractor-trailers, tanker trucks, freight trucks and delivery vehicles. These kinds of trucks are larger than standard passenger vehicles.
What should I do after a truck accident?
After a truck or car accident, it's important that you call authorities if you are able to. Take photos and video of your vehicle and the truck, and be sure to exchange information with the truck driver and any witnesses. Seek medical attention as soon as possible, and then contact a personal injury attorney.
Should I accept the initial offer from the insurance company?
Insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. Their business is collecting premiums, not paying claims. You should not accept any offer from an insurance company until you've consulted with a truck accident lawyer about the value of your claim.
Who is at-fault in a truck accident?
That depends on the nature of your truck accident. During an accident investigation, the team at Reed & Terry, LLP can determine if the truck driver, trucking company or another party is responsible for the collision. We can also note if you are partially liable for the crash and if your proportionate responsibility affects your ability to seek legal damages.
Does loss of consortium apply in truck accident claims?
Yes. Loss of consortium is another type of non-economic damage that could be sought in a lawsuit.
Loss of consortium refers to the loss of companionship, emotional support or intimacy related to the wrongful death or debilitating injury of a loved one. Since these are non-financial and intangible matters, a personal injury lawyer can review whether or not this is worth pursuing as part of your truck accident case.
Our attorneys have each represented clients in personal injury cases for more than 25 years. We work with many expert witnesses including doctors and other industry professionals who help us build successful cases.