Houston Truck Accident Attorneys

Board Certified Attorneys Who Have Recovered Millions for Victims of 18-Wheeler Accidents

After being injured in an 18-wheeler crash, it is important to contact a Houston truck accident attorney as soon as your health allows. Many trucking companies have professional insurance defense investigators working against your best interests.

When there is a crash involving one of their trucks, they may have an investigator on the scene within hours. You may still be receiving treatment in the emergency room while they are working to find ways to limit their liability and blame you for the accident.

How Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs Can Help

  • We thoroughly investigate the accident
  • We determine what insured parties share liability for damages
  • We present a solid case for fair money damages

Don’t let a negligent truck driver or truck company get away with causing a preventable accident. Immediately put the powerhouse legal team at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs on your side so that you can fight for the compensation you are rightfully owed.

Why Hire Our Truck Accident Attorneys?

18-wheeler crashes that cause serious injuries are often very complicated, with many corporations and insurance companies involved.

At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, our Houston 18-wheeler accident attorneys provide comprehensive representation to clients with personal injury or fatal accident claims stemming from 18-wheeler and semi-truck crashes.

We have experience with trucking industry regulations, insurance companies, and accident investigations.

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Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Collisions

There are many possible causes of truck accidents, but some of the most common include:

  • Driver negligence or mistakes
  • Dangerous roads & highways
  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Trucks and rigs are defective
  • Failure to maintain the truck
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Employer negligence
  • Improper packing of the cargo

In some cases, the truck driver is not the only one at fault. Often, an improper load weight distribution can cause the truck to handle poorly. The truck may have been improperly maintained, causing the brakes or steering to fail. Management’s expectation of driver delivery times may also exceed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act regulations.

Driver Negligence or Mistakes

Truck drivers have a hefty responsibility when they get behind the wheel. Because their vehicles are so heavy, usually around 80,000 pounds, they can be extremely damaging when involved in an accident.

If a driver ignores traffic laws or allows distractions to interrupt them, they could crash, harming themselves and anyone else on the road.

Drivers can be held responsible for their mistakes, or the trucking companies they work for may be held responsible for bad hiring practices, etc.

Dangerous Roads & Highways

If a road is poorly maintained or inherently dangerous in design, it could create dangerous driving conditions for anyone on the road. Roads that are littered with debris, unmarked, cracked, or riddled with potholes could be extremely dangerous and might contribute to the cause of a serious accident. For example, any of these road hazards could cause a driver to lose control, causing them to veer into another vehicle. Or, road hazards could cause flat tires, rollover incidents, or could run vehicles off of the road. In any of these situations, the business or city responsible for maintaining that road could be liable, or the entity that caused the hazard might be responsible. For example, a construction company might leave debris on the road, creating a major hazard.

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Truck Driver Fatigue

Drowsy driving is a serious problem among truck drivers, which is why so many trucking regulations exist to help prevent driver fatigue. Truck engines are equipped with timers to monitor driving hours, further encouraging drivers to stick to the strict driving limitations that aim to prevent truckers from working for extended periods of time.

Through the enforcement of these devices, drivers are required to take frequent breaks. However, because so many drivers face demanding schedules and strict deadlines, these rules are often ignored. As a result, drivers might fall asleep at the wheel, leading to major accidents.

Truck & Rig Defects

Vehicle manufacturers are responsible for creating and selling safe, effective equipment. If any vehicle or part fails, it could cause a serious accident.

Common truck and rig defects include:

  • Brake failure
  • Tire failure
  • Problematic steering equipment
  • Defective lights
  • Faulty mirrors
  • Damaged fuel systems

A problem with any of these parts could cause the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle, which might result in a multiple-vehicle pile-up crash, or any other number of serious incidents.

Failure to Maintain the Trucks

It is the responsibility of the truck driver or trucking company to ensure the vehicle is properly maintained. Failure to take a truck in for regular service and necessary repairs could be extremely risky and may cause the truck to fail when in use. Additionally, failure to repair and check the truck trailer could lead to cargo issues, which might lead to major spills and dangerous cargo loss.

Drug or Alcohol Abuse

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous under any circumstances, but it can be especially risky for a truck driver. Truck drivers are responsible for particularly heavy and large vehicles, and if they lose control of their truck, they could harm anyone in the nearby vicinity. Drugs and alcohol are illegal for a reason—they distort judgment and impair the senses, which makes for an extremely dangerous driver. Unfortunately, it isn’t unheard of for truck drivers to turn to one or both of these vices in order to stay awake during long hours on the road, but their poor decisions could cost other drivers and passengers their lives.

Overloaded or Improperly Loaded Trucks

The employee who loads the cargo is expected to make sure the truck, including the trailer and all items inside, does not exceed the maximum weight limit set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If it exceeds the 80,000-pound weight limit, the trailer can become dangerous, making it more difficult for the truck to brake effectively.

In the event the large truck must stop suddenly—due to traffic or some other road condition—the excessive weight of the cargo could cause the trailer to jackknife. This occurs when the trailer skids out from behind the truck, creating an angle that can potentially block off the road, collide with other vehicles, or hit the barriers on the highway.

Even if the truck is under the regulation weight limit, there is a possibility that the trailer can still be dangerous if it is not properly loaded. This means that one side — or the front or back — is heavier than the other. While it may not seem like a big deal, a truck that is improperly loaded can increase the risk of a turnover crash when the truck reaches a sharp turn.

Both of these dangers can increase the potential for the truck to be involved in a trucking collision. Unfortunately, they are more common than many people are aware due to factors like pressure from the trucking company to move more product faster, employee negligence, and other reasons. When these accidents do happen, it is most often the individuals in passenger vehicles who sustain serious injuries due to the weight and size of the large truck. 

Employer Negligence

Trucking companies are required to follow a long list of trucking regulation laws, each of which is designed to keep truck drivers and the general public safe from harm. Employers must not require their truck drivers to work unsafe, overextended hours that could ultimately lead to driver fatigue, and they must not prohibit drivers from taking the necessary breaks.

Trucking companies must also practice safe and legal hiring practices, which means they should only hire drivers who have proper licensing to operate their vehicles safely. If a driver does not have a valid license, or if he or she has driving violations, the trucking company could potentially be liable if that driver causes an accident.

Companies could also be responsible for inadequate training, failure to train drivers, inadequate vehicle inspection, failure to maintain their vehicles, failure to practice safe vehicle loading, and more. If employers are negligent and do not follow these regulations, they could be held liable for any harm that occurs as a result.

Improper Cargo Loading

Keeping a truck safe is about more than just maintaining the engine, it is equally important to ensure a truck trailer is properly loaded and all cargo is safely secured. When a truck is loaded improperly or overloaded, it can create an uneven weight distribution, which can lead to jackknifing incidents, rollover accidents, and any number of serious crashes.

Alternately, if cargo is inadequately secured it could fall from the trailer, striking nearby vehicles or creating dangerous roadblocks and hazards. Ultimately, it is the trucking company’s responsibility to secure the cargo, but a cargo loading company might also be liable for acting negligently. Or, a driver may fail to check their truck’s load, which can be equally dangerous.

We handle all truck accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means if you do not recover money damages in a settlement or jury award, you will not pay attorney’s fees.

Work with a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney

When you contact Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs for a free consultation to discuss your accident injury, we will fully explain how personal injury law and federal regulations affect your case, and how we can help you hold a negligent company liable, anywhere in the country. We are proud of our record of success in obtaining full and fair settlements from some of the largest freight carrier trucking companies in the nation.

Are you ready to begin? Call Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs today or schedule a free case consultation by completing our form.



  • Tommy Fibich, a Houston Personal Injury lawyer

    Tommy Fibich

    Founding Partner

    Tommy Fibich is a widely respected Texas Trial Attorney who has dedicated 45 years to a life of law and advocacy.
  • Attorney Russell Briggs

    Russell Scott Briggs


    Russ Briggs is a native of Beaumont, Texas, the son of two teachers. He is happily married to Rebekah Briggs and they have two adult daughters
  • Attorney Erin Copeland

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    Erin K. Copeland is a partner with the law firm of Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs in Houston, Texas.
  • Attorney Greg Fibich

    Greg Fibich


    A native Houstonian, Greg started his legal career at a highly respected, boutique defense firm.
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    Jay Henderson was born and raised in the East Texas town of Palestine. Jay graduated from Palestine High School in 1976.
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    Attorney Sara J. Fendia is an experienced trial lawyer who has spent her more than 25 years in the legal field
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    Kelley has spent her entire career representing individuals injured by the acts of others. She has the compassion and drive to get great results for her clients.
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