Dallas Truck Accident Lawyer
The destruction a big rig can cause when involved in a wreck is undeniable. When you’ve suffered catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of someone else, reach out to a qualified Dallas truck accident attorney who can ensure that you obtain the justice you deserve.
There is, arguably, no other motor vehicle that is as massive as a tractor-trailer. Any vehicle who happens to come in contact with one is sure to be effectively demolished. As you can imagine, the injuries that individuals sustain in these crashes are tragic, with many succumbing to the devastation. Among motor vehicle accidents, semi crashes are some of the most severe.
Thankfully, survivors of trucking accidents have the right to hold the liable party accountable for their damages. At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we are passionate about helping truck accident victims move forward with their lives.
We’ll thoroughly investigate the cause of the wreck to determine who should be named as the defendant in your case, and we’ll calculate the value of your losses so that you can achieve compensation for all you’ve been through. With a Dallas truck accident lawyer from our firm by your side, you’ll be able to regain the control of your life that was lost in the collision.
Injuries Associated with Big Rig Collisions
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for trucks to cause severe injuries to those who collide with them. Our clients have endured spinal injuries and paralysis, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, broken bones, third-degree burns, and a number of other kinds of horrific damages.
Sometimes, survivors will only be stuck dealing with their injuries for a few weeks or months, but other times, victims spend years trying to recuperate and figure out how they’ll live their lives with permanently disabling conditions.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer and you have no idea who to bring a claim against or how to do it, you can reach out to a regarded truck accident lawyer in Dallas who can handle all of the details of your claim so that you can spend your time and energy where it needs to be spent: focusing on recovering.
Culpability in Tractor-Trailer Wrecks
The safety, maintenance, and operation of an 18-wheeler takes the effort of many individuals and entities. Any one of them could have acted negligently, thereby causing your accident and resulting injuries.
It is most common to have the trucker held accountable due to unsafe driving practices. Perhaps they were driving distracted, and their attention was on their cell phone, navigation system, or something else entirely.
Alternately, they could have been too tired after working back-to-back sixteen hour shifts all week, or maybe they were driving aggressively by not using their turn signal, running red lights, or speeding. Worse, the truck driver may have been operating the big rig under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
However, the truck driver isn’t the only party historically known to contribute to the cause of truck wrecks. In fact, the following individuals and entities could easily have played a part by making careless or reckless decisions:
- Safety inspectors
- Cargo loaders
- The trucking company
- The owner of the truck
If any of the above-mentioned parties failed to do the job they were assigned to do, or if they were prioritizing their own interests above the safety of the trucker and those sharing the roads with the tractor-trailer, then they will likely be named as defendants in your Dallas semi accident case.
The Losses You Endured in Your Crash with a Semi
It’s difficult to say how much you can expect to recover in your truck crash case, as it largely depends on both the extent and impact your injuries have had on your life. Your losses will be categorized as being either economic, meaning they’ve influenced you financially, or non-economic, meaning they have impacted your emotional state and/or lifestyle. Commonly sought economic damages might include:
- Hospital bills
- Medical equipment
- Lost wages
- Ambulance fees
- Lost earning potential
- Property damages
Your non-economic damages might consist of:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of household services
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Effects of scarring and/or disfigurement
What’s more, in the event that a judge finds that the actions of the defendant were willfully harmful or atrocious in nature, you may find that your award is substantially increased due to the award of exemplary damages. Also referred to as punitive damages, these are imposed on the defendant as a warning to future wrongdoers that such actions are not to be tolerated by the Texas court system.
Truck Accident FAQ
It is widely known that tractor-trailers cause serious injuries, but the aftermath of such collisions are not as known. Filing a claim in civil court can seem intimidating when you aren’t a legal professional, and we understand how easily you can be confused by the process, particularly when you’re recuperating from your injuries.
With this in mind, we have developed this brief FAQ to discuss the most common questions our clients have had about their truck accident claims. Additional questions related to personal injury claims can be answered during your free claim review or by contacting our firm directly.
What happens if the truck that hit me was from another state?
If the accident itself occurred within the state of Texas, then your case will be heard by the Texas court system. The fact that the truck and/or truck driver are from another state is irrelevant to your Dallas case, and we’ll stop at nothing to hold them accountable, no matter where they are located in the United States.
How will proportionate responsibility affect my case?
Proportionate responsibility is also known as modified comparative negligence. This is when the injury victim may have been partially responsible for the cause of the accident they were involved in.
Let’s look at an example: If you were found by the judge to be 20 percent at fault for the cause of the accident and were previously awarded a sum of $100,000, your award would then be reduced by 20 percent and your case would be resolved at an $80,000 win.
However, it’s important to note that the threshold for proportionate responsibility in Texas is 51 percent. This means that if you are more than 50 percent liable for the cause of the accident, you will no longer be entitled to compensation for your losses, and you may end up on the receiving end of a truck accident claim if others involved in the big rig accident were seriously injured, whether they were drivers or just pedestrians in the wrong place at the wrong time.
What’s the time limit for filing a truck crash claim?
The Texas statute of limitations allows for two years from the date of the accident occurring for you to file your claim within the court system. This is important because if you fail to get your claim filed before the statute of limitations expires, you will no longer be able to seek the compensation you’re entitled to, as your case will be barred by the courts.
Speak with a Dallas Truck Crash Lawyer
When you’re ready to pursue the compensation you deserve but are unsure of how to go about filing your claim, work with an experienced Dallas truck accident lawyer at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP. You can schedule your free claim assessment today by calling our office at 214-522-9404 or by completing the online contact form we included below.