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Truck Accident Representation

The roads of west 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 responsible.

If you’ve been injured by a commercial truck, call us to schedule a free consultation.

West Texas Truck Accident Lawyer

Who Is at Fault in the Truck Accident Affects the Amount of Damages

If the other party is at fault, you are entitled to receive damages for your losses and injuries. Of course, accidents are not always black-and-white in terms of who’s at fault. The state of Texas follows a rule of modified comparative negligence. This means that, as long as the other party is determined to be at least 51% responsible for the incident, you still may receive damages if you are partly at fault. However, the amount of the damages you receive will be reduced by the percentage of your responsibility.

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.

Only an experienced West Texas truck accident lawyer can expertly assess your accident and determine the strength of your case. That’s why you should call an attorney at the Hanna Law Firm at (432) 580-4878.

What If My Loved One Is Killed by a Truck?

If you’ve lost a loved one in a collision with a 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, funeral expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, loss of love and companionship, and lost inheritance — what the deceased person would have been expected to save and leave to the family after death.

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 driver, the carrier, the company whose cargo is on the truck, and others.

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.

What Are Common Ways Truckers and Carriers Break the Law?

Like all drivers, truck drivers may engage in dangerous behavior. This includes distracted 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

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a collision with a commercial truck, don’t navigate the legal aftermath alone. Ensure you get the full amount of the compensation you deserve by hiring the experts at the Hanna Law Firm.

To speak with a West Texas truck accident attorney call (432) 580-4878 or get in touch with us online. We have offices in Abilene, Midland, Sweetwater and Odessa. We’ll give you a free initial consultation.