Houston Truck
Accident Lawyer

These days we share the roads with thousands of semi-trucks and eighteen wheelers hauling cargo from one place to another. They get paid by the load or the mile, so they are always in a hurry. Many companies place unfair demands on their drivers in an effort to keep profits high. Unfortunately, the more of these trucks we have on the roadways, the more accidents occur.

Accidents involving large cargo trucks and eighteen wheelers can be devastating, especially when a small car or motorcycle is involved. You need an experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney fighting for you following a truck accident. Lawyers with The Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka, P. C., will help your family through the process in search of justice and compensation.

A little information about large trucking accidents

There are over half a million accidents, annually, involving large commercial trucks and eighteen wheelers. It is estimated that one in every eight fatalities on the roadways involves a large commercial truck or eighteen wheeler. Thousands of people are severely, or even fatally injured every day due to the negligence of truck drivers or the trucking companies.

Some truck drivers, and the companies they work for, cut corners to meet deadlines and increase profits. Our law firm has observed many forms of negligence over the years, including:  

Operator Negligence

  • Excessive speed;
  • Failure to adjust speed in hazardous conditions;
  • Driving under the influence of dangerous drugs to stay awake;
  • Driving while distracted;
  • Driver fatigue;
  • Road rage; and
  • Reckless disregard for the laws of the road.

Trucking Company/Owner Negligence

  • Lack of inspections;
  • Poor vehicle maintenance;
  • Failure to repair defective parts/equipment;
  • Overloading trucks; and
  • Placing unreasonable demands on drivers.

This willful negligence and malice disregard for human life and other people on the roadways is absolutely unacceptable. The Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka, P. C., will stand up and fight for your rights. Our experienced truck accident attorneys will fight these companies diligently and aggressively to get you the financial compensation you deserve. We also deal with insurance companies on behalf of accident victims.

When can I file a trucking accident claim?

You can file a claim as soon as you are injured, and the sooner the better. Over time, information can become construed and details may be forgotten or witnesses may move. The truck driver may be difficult to locate. Evidence may be lost or degrade. If you start the process right away, it is more likely that you will have access to all of the information, evidence and testimony that you need to pursue your case.

If you choose to wait it’s important to note that, the state of Texas does impose a two-year statute of limitations. This means that you have two years from the date of your accident to file a civil suit. Sometimes there are exceptions to this rule. This is most common with neck and back injuries which tend to take time to discover and can get significantly worse as time goes by. In this case, you would have two years from the date of reasonable discovery of your injury to file a suit.

Who can file a truck accident claim?

Anyone who has been injured in an accident involving a large or commercial truck can file a truck accident claim. The driver of the truck must be the at fault party in the accident. If the injured party is a minor child, then a parent or guardian must file on behalf of said child.

Why should I file a trucking accident lawsuit?

First, and foremost, you should file a lawsuit to seek justice and restitution. You deserve to be financially compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, mental anguish, and pain and suffering through your recovery. It’s only right.

Accidents like this affect the entire family and every aspect of your life. When you file a trucking accident lawsuit, you deter other truck drivers and trucking companies from acting with willful disregard for human life. When they choose to act with gross negligence and disregard for the laws and regulations that are put in place to protect drivers, we believe that they should pay the price. 

What you need to know

Commercial trucking companies and their insurance companies are none too happy when a lawsuit arises. An unfavorable claim can not only tarnish their reputation in the industry, but it will also hit them where it hurts by eating into their profits. They will fight hard to delay legal proceedings and avoid liability in a civil suit.

If you are serious about pursuing a trucking accident lawsuit, it is extremely important that you do not sign anything or give any statements without your attorney present. Nothing that needs signed is on such a deadline that your attorney can’t review it first and any statement that needs to be made should only be done in the presence of one of our Houston truck accident lawyers.

Some companies can resort to dishonest tactics to avoid being held legally liable for an accident. You need to even the playing field with an experienced and aggressive attorney who can stand up to these big companies. The Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka, P. C., has over three decades of experience as an accident attorney who has been fighting for victims of truck accidents, securing financial settlements to help compensate victims for their losses.  

Houston Truck Accident Attorney

How long will the case take?

There is no general rule of thumb for these types of cases. Lawsuits involving large commercial trucks and eighteen wheelers typically involve a large amount of money. In addition, the company is facing a tarnished reputation and higher insurance premiums which eat into their profits. They use many different tactics to try and drag the process out as long as they can, hoping that the victim will mess something up. It can take anywhere from several months to a year or more to settle one of these cases. The Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka, P.C., has thirty years of expertise navigating the legal system. 

Contact an experienced trucking accident attorney today

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a commercial truck or an eighteen wheeler, level the playing field and contact the Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka, P.C. today. Call (713) 271-5760 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced Houston trucking accident attorney.

Our law firm represents clients in Houston, Texas, and the surrounding areas. If you need help from a dedicated and experienced personal injury lawyer, accident victims are invited to call for a free case evaluation at (713) 271-5760.


How much is your personal injury claim worth?

The value of each personal injury case depends on the extent of the injuries, medicals, loss earnings, physical impairment, disability, mental anguish, etc...

What is the average percentage for attorney fees?

Average percentage of attorney's fees is 33 1/3 percent.

What do personal injury attorneys do?

Personal injury attorneys investigate the case, develop the case, enhance strengths and minimize weaknesses, monitor the case, advocate for the client and seek the maximum recovery available.

What is a personal injury lawsuit?

A personal injury lawsuit seeks compensation for damages suffered (past, present and future) because of the injuries sustained. The list is unlimited, but will mostly include, medical expenses, pain and mental anguish, loss earnings, physical impairment, loss of earning capacity, property damages, loss of consortium, etc. It can also, seek punitive damages in the case of gross negligence or intentional act.

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About Joseph Onwuteaka

Admission Details

  • Admitted in 1986, Texas
  • Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • US Tax Court


  • English
  • Spanish

University Attended

  • Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University, Class of 1981 B.Sc.
  • Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University, Class of 1983 M.B.A.

Law School Attended

  • Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Class of 1986 J.D. cum laude

Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Association of Attorneys and C.P.A.'s.
  • Elite Lawyers of America

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Client Testimonials

Attorney Joseph Onwuteaka has represented my family is the legal arena since 1988. My first representation was in a divorce case w/ child support. Child support was awarded, however, we appealed because amount was too low. From that point until today, Mr. Onwuteaka has been retained as the family lawyer. Joseph is very passionate about his legal services and for the most part has been very pro-bono when it comes to our faith in ,him as a lawyer. I can't imagine not having him as a lawyer. My most recent case was delinquent property taxes. Each and overtime I have complete faith that I've received the best representation available. Mr. Onwuteaka will be the only attorney to represent me and my family for life!
- Gaynell McAfee