Experienced Truck Accident Representation

The roads of Texas are filled with 18-wheelers transporting the goods and supplies that keep our economy humming. Most truck drivers are highly skilled professionals who follow traffic laws and industry regulations. But when drivers or carriers break the law in order to deliver on time or save money, the results can be disastrous.

At the Hanna Law Firm, our knowledgeable attorneys will root out evidence of wrongdoing and make sure all negligent parties are held accountable.

If you’ve been injured by a commercial truck, call a Texas truck accident lawyer to schedule a free consultation at 432-606-2378.

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Fault in Truck Accidents Affects the Amount of Damages

Our 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer is Skilled at Proving Fault

Who is at fault in truck accidents determines how much in damages you may be able to recover. If the other party is found to be entirely at fault, you are entitled to receive the entirety of compensation for your losses and injuries from them. But accidents are not always black and white in terms of who’s at fault.

Consider a hypothetical situation in which you are driving north, and a truck turning left from the southbound lane mistimes his turn and hits your car. It seems pretty straightforward that the truck driver is at fault, right? Generally, yes. But what if you were speeding? Your speed could have affected the driver’s ability to accurately time the turn, and you may be found partly liable for the accident.

The state of Texas follows a rule of modified comparative negligence, also called proportionate responsibility. This means that if you are found to be at all responsible for helping cause the accident in which you were injured, an award will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if a jury awarded you $50,000 for the accident, but evidence showed you were 20% at fault, the award would be reduced by that percentage and you would get $40,000.

If you were 50% or more responsible, you won’t get anything. But as long as the other party is determined to be at least 51% responsible for the incident, you still may receive some damages if you are partly at fault.

An experienced Texas truck accident lawyer from Hanna Law has the knowledge needed to assess your accident and determine the strength of your case. Call to arrange a free consultation with an attorney from our firm by reaching out to us at 432-219-4011.

What If My Loved One Is Killed by a Truck?

Learn About a Wrongful Death Lawsuit after a Truck Accident

If you’ve lost a family member in a collision with a commercial truck, you may have a case for a wrongful death claim. While similar in some ways to personal injury lawsuits, wrongful death claims differ. They are designed to compensate survivors — generally children, spouses, and parents — for expenses and losses resulting from their family member’s death. These losses may include:

  • Medical bills for care related to the accident
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Lost wages and future lost earnings
  • Compensation for your emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of love and companionship
  • Lost inheritance, which is what the deceased person would have been expected to save and leave to the family after their death in the future.

When you contact our attorneys, we will advise you, based on the evidence and your relationship to the deceased, whether you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.

How Do Commercial Truck Accidents Differ from Other Car Accidents?

When a collision involves a heavy commercial truck, there is a much higher likelihood of catastrophic injury or death due to the 18-wheeler’s enormous weight. Truck accident cases differ from other types of motor vehicle wrecks legally speaking, too.

When a commercial truck is involved, there are often multiple defendants who may bear some degree of liability. These may include the truck driver, the carrier, the company whose cargo is on the truck, and others. It could even include the driver of another passenger car who cut off the truck, for example, and contributed to the crash. In other cases, manufacturers of truck or trailer parts may also share blame if their parts were defective.

Truck drivers and trucking companies are subject to industry-specific laws and regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Unfortunately, some drivers and trucking companies, under pressure to deliver loads quickly and keep costs down, may not adhere to the letter of the law. When this happens, they can be held accountable for the injuries and devastation that the cause.

What Are Common Ways Truckers and Carriers Break the Law?

Like all drivers, truck drivers may engage in dangerous behavior. This includes distracted driving, drowsy driving, driving under the influence, speeding, and other common traffic violations. However, with the weight and size of a truck, these dangerous acts can have more catastrophic results. But commercial drivers and their employers have other rules they’re obligated by law to follow, including:

  • Hours-of-service maximums. If drivers don’t take required breaks — and accurately record them in their logbook — they are breaking the law.
  • Vehicle inspection and maintenance. If a trucking company fails to regularly maintain and inspect its vehicles, it is breaking the law.
  • Load and cargo rules. If cargo is overweight or is improperly secured to the truck, that is breaking the law.

Call an 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer at the Hanna Law Firm

Our Knowledgeable Attorneys Are Here to Help You Get Financial Justice

If you were seriously injured in a crash with a commercial truck, or if you lost a family member in a trucking accident, don’t navigate the legal aftermath alone. To help ensure that you get the full amount of compensation you deserve, look to the experienced truck accident lawyers in Abilene at the Hanna Law Firm. We fight hard for clients whose lives have been turned upside down by negligent trucking accidents, including at Texas oilfields.

To speak with a Texas truck accident attorney call 432-606-2378 or get in touch with us online. In addition to our Abilene location, we have offices in Midland, Sweetwater and Odessa. We provide free consultations.