Federal & Texas Trucking Regulations


Strict trucking regulations make 18-wheeler accidents different from passenger car accidents from a legal perspective. They include both federal and Texas 18-wheeler regulations, which involve much higher safety standards and require higher amounts of insurance coverage due to the potential for life-altering and fatal injuries when heavy trucks collide with passenger cars and trucks.

If you have been in an accident with an 18-wheeler, attorney representation is critical. You need an attorney who is knowledgeable in the particulars of federal and Texas trucking regulations to aggressively protect your rights and fight for maximum compensation.

  • You need an attorney who has fought major trucking companies and insurance companies and won.
  • You need representation from a team that can counter the aggressive tactics used by insurance and trucking defense teams.

The Importance of a Thorough Investigation

Trucking companies and their drivers must follow strict state and federal trucking regulations that govern driving hour logbooks, time sheets and other criteria such as:

  • Commercial vehicle licensing
  • Vehicle tracking
  • Safety and maintenance inspections
  • Hiring practices
  • Driver medical exams
  • Insurance coverage

A meticulous investigation is very important immediately following a 18-wheeler accident. Our attorneys will document evidence collected at the accident scene, where the vehicle’s contents were loaded, where vehicle maintenance occurred and at the offices of the company that owns and operates the truck.

As time goes on, critical evidence disappears, so quick action is essential. Your lawyer will need to immediately collect evidence following the accident to hold the negligent truck driver and company accountable for the injuries they have caused.

We’re on your side. Contact us at (281) 645-5000 or email our team to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

18 Wheeler Accident Attorneys

Featured Case

FELA/Worker Injury

A 15-year machinist for Union Pacific Railroad was injured when a locomotive coupled into his blue flagged locomotive in the diesel shop at Union Pacific’s Houston facility. Although the machinist failed to engage the shop derails and acknowledge the track alarm, the contention was that Union Pacific employee took one minute and forty-four second water break during a walk around prior to the coupling.

During this water break, the machinist blue flagged his locomotive and began working. Burwell Nebout filed suit against Union Pacific Railroad in Harris County. After a two-week trial in the 157th District Court in Harris County, the jury awarded the machinist $566,105. The jury determined that Union Pacific Railroad violated the federal regulation that absolutely prohibits coupling into a blue flagged locomotive.