Thousands of commercial trucks pass through Texas every day. Driving next to big rigs can be dangerous – or even deadly – for passenger vehicle drivers. Drowsy, distracted, and negligent truck drivers can cause serious car accidents. If you or a loved one have injuries from a truck accident in Walker County, Texas, contact the lawyers at Haney.Moorman.Paschal, P.C. for a free personal injury consultation. We handle truck accident cases in Huntsville and the surrounding areas.
Why Choose Us?
Our attorneys can help you protect your rights after a serious trucking accident. Out of all the truck accident lawyers in Huntsville, why choose our firm?
- We have over 30 years of experience practicing truck accident law.
- We give clients direct lines to attorneys, not to assistants or paralegals.
- We are a full-service firm with everything you need for a strong truck accident case.
You can speak to an attorney at Haney.Moorman.Paschal, P.C. for free. We take consultations over the phone, at our local law office, or in your home or hospital if necessary.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Texas is a fault-based insurance state. That means after a truck accident, victims must determine fault and file the insurance claim with that party’s insurer. If a negligent truck driver or unsafe truck caused your car accident, you will bring a claim against the trucking company’s insurer. You will most likely be up against a major corporation, with plenty of resources to argue your claim. Hiring a lawyer improves your chances of successful insurance settlement negotiations. It also gives you the power to take the negligent party to court, if necessary, to obtain fair compensation.
Causes of Injuries From Truck Accidents
Commercial truck accidents are often the result of negligence. Although trucking companies and their employees have dozens of federal safety laws to follow, many break the rules to save time or money. Broken rules such as driving past the hours of service restrictions or lack of proper truck maintenance can eventually cause accidents, as can:
- Drunk driving
- Cellphone use while driving
- Distracted truck drivers
- Lack of proper braking techniques
- Vehicle part malfunction
- Improper hiring or training procedures
- Unsafe cargo loading
Big rig rollovers, jackknife accidents, rear-end collisions, underride accidents, wide turn collisions, blind spot accidents, and lost cargo loads are all common types of commercial trucking accidents. Some of the most common injuries to victims include internal organ damage, multiple bone fractures, burns, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injuries. Injuries are often catastrophic or fatal in serious 18-wheeler accidents.
In the past, liability for a truck accident was more difficult to determine. Trucking companies often escaped liability by renting or leasing their trucks and using independent contractors instead of employees. While these practices still occur, a shift in federal law makes truck companies legally responsible for accidents involving their trucks or drivers, regardless of ownership or employment status. Today, most truck accidents come down to company liability.
A trucking company might be liable for a collision if it, or one of its drivers, was negligent, and this negligence caused the crash. Other potential liable parties include the owner of the big rig, the cargo company, a vehicle maintenance team, an auto part manufacturer, or a property owner. If another vehicle driver caused your accident, he or she may be liable for damages. Some cases involve multiple defendants and more opportunities to recover compensation.
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Injuries from Texas truck accidents can be debilitating. Survivors may have permanent disabilities or disfigurements, as well as expensive property damage and medical costs. Others will lose loved ones to fatal truck accident injuries. If you have injuries from a truck accident in Huntsville, contact our firm to discuss your rights. You may be eligible for financial compensation.