Those who have been injured in a semi-truck collision know that they can be especially serious and traumatizing. The trucking company, its insurance carriers, and their large legal teams will often do everything they can to minimize the serious appearance of your injuries, and in turn, the compensation you deserve. In essence, you will likely be victimized a second time by being treated like you did something wrong.
Because truckers are often on the job when the accident happens, you may have a claim against both the driver and their employer, which is why it’s important to choose the right truck accident lawyer Austin for your case. Here are a few factors to consider before hiring an Austin Truck Accident Lawyer.
Large trucks, including big rigs and tractor-trailers, are many times larger than passenger vehicles. Consequently, when one of these large vehicles collides with a much smaller vehicle, the injuries and damages that result can be catastrophic. Victims of truck accidents can suffer broken bones, traumatic head injuries, and soft tissue injuries, to name only a few. But the costs associated with treating these injuries often run into the tens of thousands.
Truck accidents can occur almost anywhere, from busy interstate highways in the greater Austin area, to small, dual-lane country roads. No matter where the truck accident occurs, however, the resulting injuries can be serious and debilitating. If you have suffered injuries in a truck accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, the experienced Austin truck accident lawyers at Terry & Kelly, PLLC, can assist you with pursuing the monetary compensation you deserve. Please call us today for more information about how we can help you throughout your truck accident legal claim.
Our Austin trucking accident attorneys Jim Terry and Trent Kelly at Terry & Kelly, PLLC, have the experience, inside knowledge of insurance company strategies and proven results necessary to level the playing field.
Jim and Trent will take your case as far as necessary to obtain justice, and will never settle your case unless you choose to do so.
18-wheeler collision cases are extremely complex and require the careful examination of evidence not present in other types of wrecks. This includes a truck’s electronic control module (black box), driver’s logbooks, trucking company schedules, maintenance records, and any other evidence that may show the true cause of a collision.
In these and all other tractor-trailer wreck cases, Jim and Trent will provide you with the dignity and compassion that you, the victim, deserve. We will fight tooth and nail against the trucking company and their insurance carrier to make sure that you receive the justice and compensation that you deserve, and we always provide you with honest, straightforward advice so that you can make the best decision possible about your case.
“I want to express my thanks to Attorney Mr. James Terry and staff for their representation, guidance and assistance settling my case. The insurance company was difficult, however, Mr. Terry was able to get full policy limits available.” — Diana (client from Austin)
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In many instances, truck accidents result from truck driver error. The truck driver, for example, may violate a rule of the road, speed, make an unsafe lane change, or engage in distracted driving while operating his or her vehicle. At other times, the at-fault truck driver or trucking company may violate one or more of the state or federal motor carrier regulations. These regulations pertain to truck weight/load limits, truck safety lighting, and ways to properly secure cargo to a trailer.
Whenever a truck driver behaves in an unreasonable manner under the circumstances and causes an accident, then the accident victim may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the negligent driver and/or that driver’s insurance company.
Austin Truck Accidents are unlike any other kind of accident. The weight of the vehicle plays a huge factor in how serious an accident is. Trucks and 18-wheelers are heavy vehicles, and as a result, anything that crashes against it could receive serious damage. Austin truck accident victims can suffer for a long time after an injury. The most frequent truck accident are:
A large truck is any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds, according to the NHTSA.
Trucks are heavy vehicles, and with that much weight moving at highway speeds, it takes a lot more skill to drive one than a typical 4 door sedan. Not only are there areas around town where Trucks cannot pass, but there are also many places throughout Texas where the weight makes driving difficult.
In the majority of truck accident cases, accident victims have a period of two years from the date of their accident in which to file a claim or lawsuit for monetary compensation and damages. After that two-year time period has expired, in almost all cases, the accident victim will no longer be able to file a claim or lawsuit for damages arising from the truck accident.
In addition to filing a claim or lawsuit against a negligent truck driver who causes an accident, the accident victim may be able to name other individuals or entities as parties to the claim. For example, if the truck driver was employed by a trucking company and was on the job at the time when the accident occurred, then the employer trucking company may share in the liability under an agency theory of recovery. In addition, the trucking company might be responsible for negligently hiring, supervising, or retaining the problem truck driver – especially if the driver who caused the accident had a history of prior moving violations or driving infractions.
In addition, if the accident victim can prove that the truck accident was caused by negligent repair work or a defective truck part that malfunctioned while the truck was operating on the road, then the accident victim may bring a truck repair facility and/or a responsible parts manufacturer into the claim or lawsuit. However, expert testimony is often necessary to prove negligence on the parts of these entities.
If you have been injured in a truck accident that occurred in or around Austin, Texas, the knowledgeable legal team at Terry & Kelly, PLLC, is ready to help. Our team can investigate the circumstances behind your truck accident, file a claim or lawsuit on your behalf, and pursue monetary compensation for your medical treatment, lost wages, mental distress, and physical pain and suffering, among other types of damages.
Don’t be victimized twice – call 512-910-2000 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Jim or Trent.
Our Austin truck accident attorneys Texas representation is not limited to those who have been injured in a truck collision; we also represent those who have tragically lost family members due to the negligent conduct of truck drivers and trucking companies.