Big Rig and Semi-truck accidents are among the most severe motor vehicle collisions. A truck’s sheer size and weight require training and special care when driving. Unfortunately, when truck drivers aren’t careful, other drivers and their passengers usually suffer the worst. A crash with a big rig can leave victims with life-threatening injuries.
However, if you collided with an 18-wheeler, you could seek compensation from the negligent party who caused the crash. A Texas big rig accident lawyer at Domingo Garcia is here for you. We offer a free consultation to review the details of your case, answer your questions, and explain your rights.
No Financial Risk to Working with Our Texas Big Rig Accident Attorneys
There’s no upfront or out-of-pocket charge for our services. Instead, we guarantee you’ll only pay for our services if we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
This is our no-win, no-fee promise to injury victims throughout Texas. If we win your case, you pay us out of the compensation you received from the liable party. So, there’s no financial risk to working with a truck accident lawyer on our team.
Victories We’ve Obtained in Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases
Our Texas law firm has fought for truck accident victims like you for more than 35 years. We want to be your voice against intimidating insurance companies and corporations that exploit the injured. Our history of securing victories for commercial vehicle accident victims includes:
- An $8,750,000 award for an 18-wheeler accident victim
- $2.75 million policy limit settlement for a deceased truck accident victim’s family
- $1 million insurance policy limit settlement for a truck accident where the victim had a foot amputated
While we cannot promise a similar outcome to your case, you will have our full support, dedication, and resources behind you every step of the way.
Recoverable Damages in a Big Rig Truck Crash
According to the National Safety Council, 68% of the injuries in large truck accidents occur to victims in passenger cars. Debilitating injuries like crushed bones, spinal cord damage, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in temporary or permanent disabilities and the inability to support yourself or your family financially. Unfortunately, you could spend years recovering and putting your life together.
Per Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code §41.001, you can seek compensatory damages from the negligent party responsible for the crash. A Texas Big Rig Accident Lawyer can help you recover these economic and noneconomic damages from the at-fault parties.
If you required emergency medical services from the truck crash site, you could recover the costs in your claim. You could also include hospital stays, surgical operations, and continued medical care for injuries like brain trauma, spinal cord damage, and lumbar fractures. This future care might consist of physical therapy to restore your movement, flexibility, and strength, as well as mobility aids like wheelchairs.
A catastrophic accident like a big rig crash has likely left you unable to work for an extended period. Our team factors the money you lost into your claim. We may also include lost opportunities for job advancement and reduced earning ability due to disabilities.
Pain and Suffering
Your physical suffering from catastrophic injuries and the emotional and psychological effects from the accident could significantly affect your life. The law allows you to claim these losses for compensation. Depression, grief, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are just a few ways a big rig accident could affect your life.
Families can recover things like lost financial support, final arrangement expenses, loss of consortium, loss of services, and more in a wrongful death claim.
The Liable Truck Driver May Have Violated Federal Regulations
Any violations by the trucker of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations could support your claim as they may indicate the driver’s fault in the crash.
Lack of a Commercial Driver’s License
Drivers must operate a big rig with a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Failure to maintain a CDL could mean the driver is unfit for the job. In addition, you could hold both the driver and their trucking company liable if the driver goes on to cause a truck accident. The absence of a CDL is an evident lack of due diligence on the motor carrier’s part.
Hours of Service Regulations
The FMCSA also requires truck drivers to keep accurate logbooks to ensure they follow hours of service regulations. For example, the government mandates big rig drivers spend 10 hours off the road after 11 consecutive hours of driving. Unfortunately, drivers regularly fabricate their logs, fail to track them, or don’t have them available.
Sometimes, they take these steps at their employer’s behest. Regrettably, companies encourage drivers to meet deadlines at the expense of their sleep. The tradeoff is that truckers and other drivers are at risk when fatigue hampers a truck driver’s ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely.
Our big rig truck attorneys serving Texas will investigate to discover any FMCSA violations that implicate the driver or the trucking company and help support your case.
Other Reasons for Truck Accidents
Driver errors caused 87% of commercial vehicle accidents, according to a study by the FMCSA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These errors include these common moving violations associated with commercial vehicle accidents:
- Improper lane changes
- Reckless driving
- Improper turns
- Failure to yield to the right of way
- Railroad grade crossing violations
- Failure to obey a stop sign or traffic light
- Operating a semi while using a cellphone
- Driving while intoxicated
Call Domingo Garcia Today if You Need a Big Rig Accident Attorney in Texas
Time is a critical factor in pursuing damages for a big rig accident. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 only provides two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, you could forfeit your right to compensation from the negligent party.
Thus, we suggest contacting a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Our investigation into your semi-truck accident in Texas requires adequate time and financial resources. Domingo Garcia dedicates both to building your claim. In addition, we’ll negotiate a fair settlement for your losses from the liable parties and fight for the money you deserve. Contact us today for a free case review.