Every year, thousands of individuals face the aftermath of a truck accident, which can be overwhelming and fraught with challenges. Truck accidents frequently cause severe injuries, substantial property damage, and complex legal issues. A dedicated truck accident attorney can make a substantial difference in such distressing times. There are many…
Texas is a state with a lot of activity. Various industries including energy, technology, agriculture, and finance, fuel a vibrant economy.
This heightened activity results in an increased number of semi-trucks on our roads at any given moment, subsequently leading to more truck-related accidents.
Tragically, collisions involving commercial trucks often result in serious injuries for the victim, as most vehicles on the road don’t match a semi-truck’s size or power.
Recovering damages in a vehicle accident involving a large truck can be challenging. Compensation for severe injuries requires the insight of an experienced truck accident attorney with knowledge of state and federal trucking laws.
Our Austin truck accident attorneys are equipped to represent injured people in truck accident claims in Travis County and across the state, providing the necessary legal support for a successful outcome.
Contact DJC Law to find out how one of our truck accident lawyers in Austin can help you today.
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Making a difference in the lives of our clients
It was one of the best services that I’ve ever received. I thank DJC Law for doing a great job with my case, and I invite those affected by accidents to contact them. They are very good and make the impossible happen to win their case.Rosario D.Hit by an 18-wheeler
Commercial Truck Accident
Obtained a $2 million settlement for a grieving family who lost their loved one due to the negligence of a commercial truck driver and company. This family truly deserved justice for their loss, and we’re proud to have been able to deliver. The family received $1,444,071.21 after attorney fees, medical liens and expenses.
Represented the adult children of an elderly pedestrian who was killed by a negligent motorist backing out of a parking lot. The children received $805,972.82 after attorney fees, medical liens and expenses.
Rideshare Car Accident
We represented a rideshare driver who was on his way to pick up a client when an individual ran a red light and collided with our client. The client received $276,460.60 after attorney fees, medical liens and expenses.
Why Choose DJC Law to Represent Your Truck Accident Case
DJC Law has received many accolades for its high level of service and expertise. We were named one of the best Austin law firms in 2020 by the Austin American-Statesman. We’ve also received the highest rating (AV) from the legal consulting firm Martindale-Hubbell, recognized by Texas Monthly as a “SuperLawyer,” listed in the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and more.
We’re one of the most experienced personal injury law firms in Texas. Our attorneys have over 80 years of combined experience and have taken over 200 cases to trial, leading to record-setting verdicts across the state.
Founder and lead-counsel, Dan Christensen, is a proud military veteran. Dan served in the U.S. Army for more than 10 years and received several honors and achievements during his service including a Distinguished Military Graduate Award, Airborne and Air Assault qualifications, and Expert Marksmanship designations. Dan’s passion for service led him to found DJC Law and fight for the rights of those injured by another party’s negligence.
Attorney Dan Christensen is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is listed among the small percentage of licensed attorneys in the state of Texas (about 7%) who have earned the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of the law. This distinct designation sets DJC Law apart as being a law firm with the highest public commitment to excellence in the field of personal injury law.
Our firm works on a contingency basis. This means that you pay us nothing unless we win your case. There are no upfront costs, hidden fees, or expenses. We assume all of the upfront costs and risks associated with your case and only get paid if and when we negotiate a settlement or win a verdict on your behalf.
Truck Accident Causes
The latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report states that there were 5,788 people killed in traffic crashes involving large trucks in the United States.
The NHTSA lists the following as among the common causes of these accidents:
- Speeding and going too fast for conditions
- Aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating and failure to yield
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances
- Distracted driving, such as using cell phones and texting
- Drowsy driving, and falling asleep behind the wheel
- Motorists caught in trucking blind spots, or ‘no zones’
The large size and heavy loads most tractor-trailers and other big rigs carry make it more difficult for drivers to respond to sudden changes in road or traffic conditions.
A heavy semi-truck also makes severe and potentially fatal accidents more likely when smaller vehicles are involved.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Commercial vehicle collisions often cause injuries due to the sheer size of trucks compared to passenger vehicles. The injuries from a truck accident are often catastrophic and may even result in wrongful death.
Here are some of the most common injuries sustained in a trucking accident:
Damages Available to Truck Accident Victims
Truck accident injuries are often severe and prevent you from working while you heal. On top of this, you’ll also likely face mounting medical expenses. If a negligent truck driver is responsible for your injuries, they should also be held responsible for all financial losses.
You may be entitled to financial compensation, including:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Funeral expenses
- And more
How Can a Truck Wreck Attorney Help Me?
Determine All Negligent Parties
Truck accident cases can become highly complicated, as multiple parties may be liable for the collision. First, the driver of the semi-truck can be named as a party if they were negligent or reckless.
Second, if the truck was owned by someone other than the driver, then the owner may be responsible for negligent hiring, negligent truck maintenance, and negligent supervision.
Finally, depending on the circumstances, the person contracting with the truck for delivery may be responsible if they were aware of or caused a dangerous condition.
It is crucial that all parties to a lawsuit be determined in order to ensure the greatest possible financial recovery to adequately compensate the victim.
Gather Evidence to Build a Strong Case
Even if you were struck by a big rig, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can sue. Instead, you need to show that the truck driver or another party was at fault for the collision.
Generally, you can prove fault if you show how the driver did not operate their truck safely.
Some helpful evidence can include:
- Witness testimony — Someone might have seen the truck driver speeding or driving recklessly.
- Physical evidence — The field of debris or skid marks on the road can help establish how the accident unfolded.
- Surveillance video or dashcam footage, if it exists.
- Information from the truck’s “black box.”
- The truck driver’s statements after the crash— They could have admitted to falling asleep, for example.
As you are recovering from your injuries, an experienced semi-truck personal injury lawyer can perform the investigation necessary, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
Handle Communication with Insurance Companies and Opposing Counsel
Trucking companies have very deep pockets, but for that reason, they tend to more aggressively defend against these cases.
Although you can sue the truck driver who was careless, in many situations, you can also sue the trucking company as the employer.
The truck company will have an investigator on the scene within an hour of the crash. This investigator will immediately begin collecting evidence to use for their case.
You should have an experienced truck accident lawyer in Austin by your side when the investigator tries to talk to you about what happened.
Negotiate a Fair Settlement
Truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries like amputations, brain damage, or paralysis. Your medical bills are probably considerable, and you might need medical care permanently, especially if you are disabled. Throw in lost income and a truck accident can send many of our clients into bankruptcy.
If you try to negotiate on your own, you might make a key mistake that costs you time and money. Fortunately, we can negotiate a settlement if you have a valid claim.
We will do everything in our power to get you compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Some of our clients have received large settlements, which has helped them take care of themselves and their families going forward.
We understand that a trucking accident victim has likely been seriously injured. Our Austin truck accident lawyers strives to provide compassionate service to all of our clients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our truck wreck attorneys.
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