A McMinn Law Firm Austin Truck Accident Lawyer Is Standing By Now to Answer Your Questions

Accidents involving trucks cause many injuries and fatalities every year in the Austin, Texas area. Cars and motorcycles share the road with box trucks, big rigs and many types of commercial vehicles. When there is an accident involving one of these giants, people in the cars and motorcycle riders take the brunt of the injuries.

Our lawyers are experts who understand the importance of responding quickly to the needs of victims in truck accident cases and building the best case possible for our clients. At McMinn Law Firm, LLP, we offer a free initial consultation, and we take every personal injury case on a contingency fee basis. We don’t get paid unless we settle your case or win a jury verdict in your favor. Since we are partners in your case, we work with an unwavering commitment for your compensation. We possibly could recover money for lost wages due to injuries, in addition to compensation for medical bills, pain, suffering, and other costs associated with the accident.

Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents:

  • Cell Phone Use (including texting)
  • Failure to Locate Vehicles and Motorcycles in their Blind Spots
  • Fatigue and Long Shifts
  • Following Too Closely
  • Intoxication or Drug Use
  • Unbalanced Loads
  • Jackknifed Trailers
  • Poor Maintenance and Equipment Failure (brakes, tires, lights, etc.)
  • Road Debris
  • Speeding
  • Unsecured Cargo or Faulty Tie Straps
  • Tight Schedules the can lead to Aggressive Driving

At McMinn Law Firm, LLP, we are experienced attorneys who know the rules and regulations required for the commercial trucking industry. The Texas Department of Public Safety has produced the “Texas Motor Carrier’s Guide to Highway Safety”, and it is enforced in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). The trucking industry is highly regulated because of the inherent risk of large trucks operating in close proximity to cars and motorcycles. Our lawyers know that failure to follow these requirements is the cause of many accidents. In addition, we understand the need to act quickly in securing evidence, talking to witnesses and building a case against the driver and/or the company they work for.

There are truck drivers and trucking companies that are willing to destroy evidence to reduce their liability for an accident. Drivers are responsible for keeping DOT Logs for pre-trip inspections and hours of service. These logs can be altered. In addition, the trucking logs reflect the height, length and most importantly, the weight of the truck. It is not unusual for trucks to be overloaded, which is a violation of the regulations, both state and Federal.

Employers of truck drivers are responsible for drug testing the drivers they employ, conducting background checks and making sure the drivers training is adequate and up to date. They are also responsible for the maintenance of the trucks and must keep the trucks good working order. These trucks must also pass bumper-to-bumper inspections to be legally on the roadways.

In addition to the driver and trucking company being at fault; the company that loaded the truck could be to blame. If the truck was not loaded properly, the load could shift in transit causing the truck to become unbalanced and jackknife or rollover. We are experienced truck accident lawyers so after employing proper investigations and potentially accident scene simulation we can determine who is to blame and recover damages for our clients. We have investigators and experts who are able to piece together the conditions necessary to cause an accident and assign responsibility.

Critical Injuries and Fatalities Demand Justice

Accidents involving cars or motorcycles and commercial trucks can have devastating consequences. The crushing weight of the trucks and the force at which they impact smaller objects during an accident make them lethal. Death is also a common consequence when cars and motorcycles are devastated by these monsters of the road. The types of injuries associated with truck accidents are numerous.

  • Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Internal bleeding or Organ Damage
  • Broken Bones
  • Crushing Injuries
  • Amputation
  • Paralysis
  • Scarring and Disfigurement

The Financial and Emotional Burden of Truck Accidents

Our lawyers understand the financial and emotional burden an individual or family suffers after a major truck accident. Treating injuries is paramount, and the expense can be overwhelming. The impacts of these expenses are made worse if the wage earner(s) is injured and unable to work. Additionally, there are still the monthly expenses of keeping a household and paying day-to-day bills. The financial troubles that can follow an accident only add to the emotional trauma of the accident.
Unfortunately, there may also be the expenses of a funeral as a result of the truck accident. Losing a loved one under such traumatic circumstances can cause emotional damage that will last a lifetime. Serious bodily harm and sudden death to a loved one can result in depression, uncontrollable grief and psychological injuries that a victim or their family members may never recover from.
Our lawyers understand the physical pain as well as the emotional suffering that accompanies a traumatic truck accident. Although financial compensation can never totally repair a body or bring back a loved one, it can ease the other financial burdens truck accident victims accumulate.
One way we help truck accident victims is by never charging a consultation fee for personal injury cases. We also take these cases on a contingency fee basis. At McMinn Law Firm, LLP, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve for the actions of the truck driver; the carelessness of the trucking company and negligence of the company that loaded the truck. We will find the party or parties responsible for your injuries and suffering and do everything in our power to seek a just settlement or jury verdict in your favor.
Contact the McMinn Law Firm, LLP, for an experienced lawyer in Austin, Texas. Our lawyers offer professional and effective legal representation to the victims and families of serious personal injuries.
We will meet with you at your home, or we will visit you in the hospital. Contact us anytime, day or night at (512) 474-0222 or use our contact form.

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