The commercial truck accident lawyers at Haun Mena represent individuals to claim compensation when they are involved in a trucking accident. If you have been in an accident, you deserve to be compensated.
We are experienced personal injury trial attorneys. Let us put our expertise to work on your behalf.
Truck Accident Lawyers in Houston
Our commercial truck accident lawyers represent injured victims in Houston and throughout Texas. We never represent insurance companies. When you need a positive outcome, we are here to shoulder the burden.
Success in a legal claim involving a semi-truck doesn’t happen by accident. Our lawyers know what things build a great case and what pitfalls to watch out for. Contact us today to learn more about your case and how our legal representation can help you achieve justice.
Trucking Accident Compensation
People who are injured in a trucking accident may claim financial compensation from the responsible party. A legal claim is the process of demanding compensation. Types of damages that are commonly claimed include:
- Current medical expenses
- Surgical costs
- Future medical expenses
- Long-term healthcare care, nursing care
- Mental health treatment
- Lost income and disruption to career path
- Related expenses like travel to medical care
- Property damages
- Loss of limb and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering, emotional anguish
- Punitive damages (special qualifications apply)
Many commercial truck accident victims underestimate the value of their case. Too many victims stop at asking for their emergency room bills. But the impact on a victim’s life is so much more than that.
Of course, a trucking accident significantly impacts your life for years to come. Your pain and suffering and emotional anguish have value. They are recognized by the law. It’s our goal to make sure that your suffering is recognized, and you claim all the compensation that you deserve under the law.
Are truckers liable for accidents?
A trucker may receive a citation for violating a traffic law, but typically, liability for an accident falls to the trucking company. It’s usually the trucking company that pays damages to victims for an accident caused by a trucker.
Parties responsible for a trucking accident
The parties that may be responsible for a trucking accident include:
- Trucking company
- Cargo originator
- Shipper or loader of cargo
- Truck driver
- Other vehicle drivers
- Vehicle manufacturer
The first party to look at in the event of a commercial truck accident is the trucking company. They are central to the entire operation. However, there may be parties who are responsible for the accident that are not obvious at first. Even parties behind the scenes like a shipping company may have done things that contributed to the accident before the truck driver even takes to the roads.
Determining liability for a trucking accident isn’t always simple. Our lawyers for commercial truck accidents dig deeper to identify all the underlying causes for the accident and the parties that you may hold responsible.
Causes of commercial truck accidents
Common causes of commercial truck accidents include:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Working too many hours without a break
- Improper load handling
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving/drugged driving
- Aggressive driving
- Inadequate truck driver training
- Hiring and retaining unqualified drivers
- Unfamiliarity with the terrain and roads
Basis for a commercial truck accident claim
You may assume that no one has legal fault for an accident. After all, it’s just an accident. However, Texas law assigns legal fault based on negligence. Negligence doesn’t mean causing an accident on purpose – it is causing an accident by failing to exercise reasonable care.
The roads can be a dangerous place. Everyone involved – from the trucking company to the company responsible for the goods being transferred – has a duty to act reasonably. The driver, as the representative of the trucking company, has a duty to operate their truck with reasonable care and caution. For truck drivers, the duty is high. After all, trucks are the largest vehicles on the road, and truck drivers are operating for a commercial purpose.
The basis for a commercial truck accident claim is negligence. It is any unreasonable action or inaction that leads to a crash. If a driver violates a traffic law, that’s usually negligence. However, a driver doesn’t have to receive a citation for negligence to occur.
Our lawyers for commercial truck accident claims understand the legal definitions and terminology. We investigate to gather evidence and determine the legal basis for your commercial truck accident claim.
Legal issues in truck accident claims
Succeeding in a commercial truck accident claim means identifying the legal issues that are involved in the case. As lawyers, we understand these issues, and we know how to work through the legal process to represent your interests. Special legal issues in truck accident claims include:
- Serious injuries from the force of impact of a large commercial truck. The claim may involve catastrophic injuries and long-term damages.
- Multiple entities may have legal fault. Proving fault may require a significant investigation into hiring practices, training, driving records and vehicle use. Records and regulations may be critical to proving the claim.
- A commercial trucking company may operate in many states. There may be extra steps and legal procedures to bring the claim.
- Accident reconstruction is a significant part of determining fault and causation of injuries in trucking accident cases.
Our commercial truck accident lawyers specialize in identifying legal issues and working effectively and efficiently to reach a just result on your behalf.
Commercial Truck Claim FAQs
How long do I have to bring a Texas truck accident claim?
The Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code section § 16.003 allows up to two years to file claims for injury including trucking accident claims.
There are some important exceptions, so don’t assume that it’s too late without talking to our lawyers. If the case is a wrongful death claim, the timeline is measured from the date of the victim’s death.
How much does a commercial truck accident lawyer cost?
At Haun Mena, we believe you should never worry about what a commercial truck accident lawyer costs. We take the financial burden off your shoulders, and that means never charging you for our time. You pay for our services only if we get results for you. Learn more about our contingency fees and how our commercial truck accident lawyers can represent you with no up-front costs or expenses.
What should you look for when choosing a semi-truck accident lawyer?
A semi-truck accident lawyer should be experienced in helping individuals with vehicle accident claims. They should have a strong personal injury practice, courtroom experience and the resources to meet your needs.
When you work with Haun Mena, you receive partner-level service throughout the case. We listen to your concerns and answers your questions personally. Then, we work to solve your problems and advocate for justice for you efficiently and effectively.
Is there a typical commercial truck payment amount?
Compensation for each case depends on the injuries and all the circumstances surrounding the accident. There is no typical commercial truck payment amount because each case is determined on its own merits.
The best way to know what your claim is worth is to talk with our lawyers about the facts of your case. We are happy to explain the things that may impact the value of your case and what we can do to ensure that you receive the amounts that you truly deserve.
Do most truck commercial accident claims go to trial?
With careful case preparation and skilled negotiations, most commercial truck accident claims do not go to trial. In pre-trial proceedings, the parties work through legal issues and build evidence to work towards a resolution by agreement.
Usually, most commercial accident claims reach a settlement in lieu of a trial. However, this doesn’t happen by accident. It’s the result of your lawyers evaluating the legal issues and pursuing your case diligently and strategically.
Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer Near Me
If you have been injured in Houston or anywhere in Texas, we are the commercial truck accident lawyers near you. When you work with us, you get partner-level attorneys. At Haun Mena, our team of experienced lawyers has decades of collective experience working on both sides. That allows us to anticipate what trucking companies and their insurers will do in your case – because we have been there.
Law firm partner Doug Mena spent eight years working as a lawyer for a trucking company. He knows what tactics they use to rob individuals of compensation they so dearly need. Don’t let that happen to you. Work with commercial truck accident lawyers who know how to fight back and prove your right to compensation.
Free Consultation – Taking New Cases
We invite you to start the conversation with us about your commercial trucking accident claim. Meet with us at our offices, or we can come to you at your home or in the hospital. Learn more about your case, and get answers to your questions.
Haun Mena offers a free consultation. Then, we take all the risk and only charge for our services when we are successful on your behalf. That’s our commitment to shouldering the burden for you when you’re injured in a trucking accident. We’re here to navigate the complex legal world and reach a fair result for your claim.
Contact us today to talk to our lawyers.