Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing unless you are compensated for your injuries.
Potential Parties That May Be Responsible for Truck Accidents Include:
Truck drivers have a duty to drive prudently by obeying all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Drivers that fail to follow the law and act negligently cause accidents and injuries.
- Reckless driving
- Improper turning
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Unsafe merging
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving, such as cell phone use
- Driving beyond legal limits, fatigued driving
- Driving too fast in conditions
- Disregarding traffic lights, signs, and other devices
Trucking companies have a duty to hire, train, and supervise safe drivers. Trucking companies have more influence over training and regulating drivers than any other party. Trucking companies must follow federal law to ensure their drivers are driving safely. Trucking companies must ensure their drivers follow the law.
Trucking companies that fail to follow these rules allow serious accidents to occur. Trucking companies can be held directly responsible for a truck accident caused by its failure to hire, train, and supervise responsibly.
Manufacturers of Semi-Trucks
Truck manufacturers and suppliers of component parts have a duty to produce trucks free from defects. This means that the truck should perform as intended without any unreasonable risk of injury.
When a truck is defective, and the defect causes the accident, the injured motorist can bring a strict product liability claim against the truck manufacturer and hold it responsible for their harm.
This is a difficult area of the law that requires training and resources that most firms do not have.
Manufacturers of Truck Parts and Components
If a specific part on a truck is defective, the part manufacturer can be held responsible for the crash. This often happens when a truck’s tires are defective. Our firm handles many cases caused by defective steer axle tires on trucks.
When a tire in the steer axle position is defective and fails at highway speeds, dangerous crashes follow, and people are seriously injured.
If you were involved in a semi-truck accident, it is important to have the accident investigated to determine if a part of the truck was defective and caused the crash.
Companies That Maintain Commercial Vehicles
Many trucking companies will outsource the maintenance and repair of their trucks to third-party companies. When a third-party repair company fails to do its job correctly, and the truck breaks down and causes an accident, the third party may be responsible for the crash.
To determine if a third-party company is responsible for a semi-truck crash, you must investigate the repair and maintenance records, as well as company contracts.
Our truck accident attorneys will build your case to ensure you receive all compensation you are entitled to under the law.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Dallas Truck Accident Lawyer?
At the Ammons Law Firm, our truck accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means we only charge our clients if we successfully hold the wrongdoers responsible and recover compensation on their behalf.
A contingency fee payment structure is advantageous to our clients in multiple ways. It ensures that financial constraints do not prevent accident victims from hiring qualified legal representation. Additionally, it reduces our clients’ risk. If we are not successful, our clients are not responsible for any costs associated with the case.
Additionally, this arrangement motivates attorneys to strive for a successful result, as their payment is dependent on your ultimate financial recovery. This gives clients confidence that their attorney will work towards securing maximum compensation.
What Rules Must Trucking Companies and Their Drivers Follow?
The trucking industry is regulated by state and federal entities. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the FMCSA regulates trucking companies and drivers engaged in interstate commerce.
Under the FMCSR, trucking companies and their drivers must follow strict rules designed to prevent accidents and injuries. Failure to follow these rules results in serious injury and death and constitutes negligence per se.
Pursuing a Wrongful Death Claim After a Truck Accident in Texas
Statistics show that accidents involving semi-trucks often result in serious injury and death. If a negligent truck driver has caused the death of your loved one, you may be entitled to damages such as:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of future earnings
- Loss of companionship
- Medical costs
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering for both the victim and the surviving family members
The surviving family of the deceased may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit under Texas law. Our truck accident attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm in Dallas, Texas, aid families and estates in navigating the legal process of filing such a claim.
Contact Our Trained Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a truck accident, contact us today. Our attorneys are industry leaders in truck accident litigation and can help you recover the compensation you deserve following a life-changing accident.
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a truck crash, call our Dallas truck accident lawyers today at (281) 801-5617.
Can I receive compensation for my injuries if I am partially responsible for the truck accident?
Yes. Under Texas comparative negligence law, you are allowed to recover financial compensation as long as you are not found to be more than 50% responsible. This means that your actions, as well as the actions of the other parties, will be considered when determining who is responsible for the crash.
Who determines responsibility in a Texas truck crash?
Under Texas law, a judge or jury will decide responsibility. However, since many cases settle before trial, the trier of fact is rarely called upon to determine responsibility. Instead, trained attorneys use the litigation process to negotiate a favorable settlement based on the facts of the case. If you decide not to settle, we get to take your case to trial, where the trier of fact assigns responsibility based on the evidence.
Should I consult a truck accident lawyer if I am not sure who is responsible?
It is often a good idea to speak with a truck accident attorney after any truck accident. Truckers and their employers are subject to special rules that must be followed to ensure safe travel. Further, many parties are involved in the maintenance, loading, and transportation of a semi-truck, and each may have some level of fault in a truck crash. Trained truck accident lawyers know how to identify potentially responsible parties and gather the information needed to determine fault.
How much does it cost to hire a truck accident attorney?
There are no upfront costs. Truck accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning the lawyer’s fee is a percentage of your recovery. Typically, contingency fee agreements are structured depending on when your case is resolved. For instance, if your case goes to trial, the lawyer has significantly more of his own time and money invested in the case and will require a larger percentage of any recovery. On the other hand, if your case is resolved without having to file a lawsuit, the attorney will typically receive a smaller percentage since the case didn’t require as much time and effort.
Under our contingency fee contract, you are not responsible for any costs associated with your case unless we win a recovery for you.
Can I settle my truck accident claim without filing a lawsuit?
Yes. a truck accident claim may settle without filing a lawsuit. Ideally, you and your lawyer hope to resolve your case for a favorable amount as quickly as possible so you can receive the financial support you need to move forward. However, filing a lawsuit and going to trial is the right thing to do when the insurance provider does not willingly settle for what you deserve. If the trucking company does not believe they are at fault or that you were injured, they will be reluctant to settle the claim without being forced.
How does a trial lawyer help my case?
Defense lawyers know the personal injury attorneys that want to take cases to trial. Since a trial is required before a defendant is legally responsible, if your attorney is not a trial lawyer with a track record of courtroom success, the defense has little motivation to settle your case for a fair amount. It is like asking a child to clean their room when they know there is no consequence for disobeying. The risk of trial against our firm gives defendants a strong motivation to settle a lawsuit.
Are truck accident claims handled differently than car accident claims?
Truck accident claims tend to be more complicated than car accident claims. An insurance provider is only responsible for damages up to the insured’s policy limits. In car accident cases, it is often more expensive for an insurance company to fight a claim than pay policy limits. However, in a truck accident claim, the trucking company must carry at least $750,000 in insurance coverage, a substantial amount of money to pay without a fight. Additionally, in a truck accident lawsuit, there are often more than two parties, complicating liability.
What if a truck crashes into more than one car?
If other motorists are involved in a crash, their fault must be determined when considering liability. Additionally, if there is only one insurance policy to cover all injured motorists, the available proceeds must be distributed between all parties according to their loss. It is important to have a good lawyer in these situations.
Is the trucking company’s insurance responsible for the financial damages caused by a truck accident?
In most situations, when you bring a lawsuit against a trucking company, the company’s insurance provider is responsible for hiring lawyers to defend the trucking company and is responsible for paying damages to injured motorists. The purpose of liability insurance is to protect motorists from liability resulting from an accident. Before a commercial trucking company can operate as a motor carrier, it must obtain proof of insurance to ensure motorists injured by a covered truck can be compensated.
Can I recover money to pay for my medical expenses after a truck accident?
Yes. Under Texas law, an injured motorist can recover all expenses incurred due to another party’s wrongful conduct. This includes the cost of reasonable medical care in the past and medical care that, in a reasonable probability, will be required in the future. In a personal injury lawsuit, it is vital to properly identify future medical care to ensure you receive all compensation available to you under the law.
Can I recover money for my pain and suffering after a truck accident?
Yes. Under Texas Law, injured motorists can recover legal damages for the pain and suffering they have experienced because of their injuries.
Does it matter what truck accident attorney I hire?
Yes. Lawyers are not created equal. When your health, financial future, and the stability of your family hang in the balance, you need an attorney that has a proven track record of success.
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