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At McMinn Law Firm, we use our experience to advocate for the rights of semi-truck accident victims. When trucking companies in Austin operate negligently, those they hurt need help. We are there to be their guidance, support, and legal advocate every step of the way.

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Trucking companies protect their bottom line, not lives.

Regulations are in place to keep individuals safe during their daily commutes. Unfortunately not all truck drivers or companies obey the laws. There is a driver shortage in U.S. With a shortage of qualified drivers, some companies cut corners. We have represented clients who were injured by extremely negligent trucking companies. Some employ unlicensed drivers or those with a history of dangerous driving. The pressure to deliver goods quickly has caused companies to cut corners that put the publics’ safety at risk.

Hurt In a Semi-Truck Crash? Let Us Fight For the Compensation You Deserve

We protect the rights of those injured by dangerous truck drivers and trucking companies. If you or someone you know was injured, call today to learn more how to reach full recovery after the accident.

Recently we settled a truck accident case in which a woman was rear-ended by a cement truck. Our client was stopped in traffic when a concrete truck forcefully rear-ended her vehicle causing her car to slam into the one in front as well. She was rushed to the hospital by EMS. She still suffers from permanent injuries to her neck and spine.

Total Settlement: $993,477.08 | Expenses: $30,967.00 | Attorney Fees $397,390.83 | Net to Client: $565,119.25

Unfortunately some companies put profits over safety. The driver of the cement truck had been fired twice previously. He had been fired for failing to meet safety standards as well as failing a drug test. The injured woman hired truck accident attorneys at McMinn Law Firm to handle her case. Prior to trial the woman was awarded almost $1,000,000 for pain and suffering caused by the severe truck accident.

In photo, Jason poses at McMinn Law Firm with client injured by cement truck.

Attorneys fees: $397,390.83 | Expenses: $30,967.17 | Net to Client: $565,119.25

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$1.2+ Million Settlement in Truck Accident Case

$1,237,000 Settlement Reached for Client who suffered injuries in truck accident.
Total settlement to client, minus legal fee: $739,334. A woman was rear-ended by a tractor trailer while traveling on IH 35 in Austin. The force of the collision caused her to vehicle to collide with one in front of her. The client of McMinn Law Firm sustained several permanent injuries.

Expenses: $3,165.06 | Attorney's Fees: $495,000 | Net to Client: $739,334.94

We are very pleased with the settlement. When trucking companies break the rules and cut corners to put profits over safety then they need to pay the price when those actions injure people in Travis County.

Justin McMinn | Truck Accident Lawyer, Austin

Justin McMinn Settled Confidential Truck Accident Case

Justin McMinn worked tirelessly to defend the rights of one of the 2222 gravel truck accident victims.

Below, watch a video of the shocking gravel truck crash. Read more about the gravel truck crash and how Justin McMinn secured settlement for client D. Nelson.

Jason McMinn Wins Truck Accident Case

A client needed help after a tragic trucking collision in 2014. McMinn Law Firm joined forces with Loewy Law Firm to help Ms. Montgomery get the justice she deserves.

From left: Jason McMinn, Terry Montgomery, Adam Loewy

Why Choose McMinn Law Firm

Trusted truck accident attorneys at McMinn Law Firm have been helping clients since 2005. Jason McMinn and Justin McMinn are both experienced in fighting results injured clients deserve. During discovery and negotiations, brothers Justin and Jason advocate fiercely for their clients rights. None in the McMinn Law Firm injury team quit until every stone has been unturned. In select jury trial cases, experienced trial attorney Heather McMinn provides her additional knowledge and experience.

Austin Truck Accident Lawyers at McMinn Law Firm Prioritize Client Satisfaction:

  1. Highly Rated in client satisfaction. Whether you view Google Reviews (4.8 stars), Facebook reviews (5 stars), Avvo Reviews (5 stars), Yelp reviews (5 stars), it is clear that clients are happy they chose McMinn.
  2. McMinn Law Firm received an A+ rating by Better Business Bureau.The rating, determined by BBB is not based on client reviews. An A+ rating demonstrates that the business has been deemed trustworthy by the independent organization.
    The McMinn Law Firm BBB Business Review
  3. When you choose McMinn, you will work with Jason McMinn and Justin McMinn. Select cases will receive assistance from Heather McMinn. Unlike other law firms that may seem more like a factory than a law firm, McMinn Law Firm knows every case deserves to be handled by an experienced attorney.

Justin McMinn “Top 10” Trucking Trial Lawyer in Texas 2019

Trucking Trial Lawyers Association Admits Justin McMinn to Top 10
Trucking Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only professional organization that recognizes the top personal injury lawyers from each state.

Watch and learn with this video created for truck accident victims by McMinn Law Firm.

Truck driver hits a driver of a car. Driver goes to hospital for injuries. Hospital sends bills to the driver. Now what?

Many of our clients were injured by large trucks while driving on I-35. While Texas economies boom, that means more cars, trucks and people. Mopac even has a mock Twitter account outlining the daily traffic woes. It’s no secret that accidents and transportation are a major problem for Austinites. What isn’t always as obvious is what to do after a truck accident or who to seek for help.

How much can I get from my truck accident case?

In personal injury claims, a settlement’s value can be calculated by adding up the value of the medical bills, lost wages, and other money spent on recovery. Then, “pain and suffering” claims may be added. These are typically calculated from a multiplier of general damages.

Don’t forget that your settlement will depend upon your liability in the crash, your history, and the history of the truck driver. Investigations of the crash may be a factor including toxicology reports, driving history, and dangerous driving risks.

Every case is different. McMinn Law Firm settled a case in 2018 in which a man was injured when a truck driver fell asleep. What happened next wasn’t that the tractor trailer drove into the client’s lane, but rather into the guard rail. The guard rail was carried into several lanes of traffic. Unable to maneuver around the object, the client drove over the guardrail while traveling at 65 mph. Whether your injury happened due to a fatigued truck driver, an unsafe turn by a UPS truck driver, or a commercial truck speeding to their next job, a personal injury lawyer will be able to help you sort out options.

Why should I hire a lawyer? I got an offer and need to pay medical bills.

If you have pending medical bills it may be tempting to settle a semi-truck accident claim quickly. But there are a few reasons waiting to settle can save you money in the long run.

  • You may not be fully aware of your injuries.
  • Additional treatments may be needed before the injuries can heal.
  • The victim experienced unexpected pain and anguish in their personal life.

If you believe that your insurance adjuster is looking out for you in settlement proceedings – think again. Don’t forget that your insurance adjuster is employed by the insurance company. Their purpose is to protect the insurance company’s bottom line.

You can avoid the risk of accepting a settlement claim that doesn’t fully cover you if you wait. An experienced personal injury attorney will help you to make the right decision on when to settle. The answer to “should I hire a lawyer?” is often “yes.”

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How do I calculate a truck accident settlement?

There’s no set “calculation” for determining the value of a semi truck case. Looking at values from other truck cases in the area may not give you realistic expectations. Even if two people were in similar crashes they won’t have the same outcome in a settlement or jury verdict. Say a middle aged man and a young woman were each rear ended by semis on the same stretch of highway. Though their crashes may seem similar, recovery time, loss of work, and need for medical care will all be factors in determining the true value of the case.

A good way to estimate the value of your case is to contact a personal injury attorney today for a free consultation.

Lawyers know how to negotiate with all parties involved in truck accident cases. McMinn Law Firm will notify the insurance company for the truck company of our representation. Then we will be able to determine how much money is available for your recovery. The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) requires trucking companies to carry much larger minimum policies than individuals. Your truck accident law firm will demand a certified declarations (DEC) sheet from the truck company’s insurance policy. It’ll outline the specific coverage under the insurance policy.

It’s possible your attorney will be able to tell you how much money is available once they receive the DEC. Talk with your attorney about how much is available. They may be able to reduce the cost of some medical bills as a way of increasing your truck accident settlement amount.

How much is my truck accident case worth?

If you are wondering how much your case is worth, contact an experienced personal injury attorney for a free consultation. Accidents that cause significant, severe injury may leave a client with broken bones, a need for surgery, permanent disability, or cause death. In cases of extremely severe injury an attorney may request the entire amount of the insurance policy held by the trucking company.

What happens after I hire a truck accident lawyer?

Attorneys at McMcminn law firm know how to negotiate with the many parties that could be involved in the case. Unlike with a car vs car accident, a truck accident could have happened because of many more factors. A potentially overlooked, but very important area of safety is the weight and handling of the freight. How goods are transported from Point A to Point B is regulated by the Office of Freight Management and Operations in the U.S. Department of Transportation. This office conducts research and provides regulations for the transportation of goods industry. When trucking companies fail to comply with these regulations, they can put the community at risk.

While there is no formula for a successful personal injury case, most cases will follow five basic steps.
  • Treat injuries
  • Hire a lawyer
  • Continue treating injuries and document case
  • Negotiations
  • Settlement ... OR
  • Trial
Remember, it is important to treat injuries before even before you settle on a lawyer or determine if you need legal help. Not only will your physical recovery take longer the more time you wait, but a gap in treatment will cast doubt on the authenticity of your case.

Tractor-trailor Accident Compensation in Texas

Every crash involves unique circumstances. There is no set of rules for determining the value of a tractor-trailer case. Types of injuries sustained by the crash victim can be one factor in evaluating the amount of settlement in a case.

Trucks typically weigh 80 tons. To put that in perspective, that’s about the size of 10 large adult elephants. With their size, it’s no wonder that large trucks can cause damage. In 2014, large truck crashes caused 82,000 injuries. There were 1,648,000 total injury crashes that year.

The number of large trucks registered in the United States has doubled since 1975. However through sensible regulation and safety improvements to vehicles, the rate of fatal semi truck crashes has declined since 1975. Trends in truck-car crashes show that when truck companies comply with safety regulations, fewer injuries happen.

  • In 1975, 4.58 fatal crashes occurred for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
  • By 2014, the rate of fatality per 100 million VMT has been reduced to 1.23.

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Fatal truck crashes have largely declined since 2015 – proponents of increased safety measures have marked this as a success of their initiatives.

  • In 2014, large truck crashes caused 3,424 traffic fatalities in the United States. In total, there were 29,989 collision fatalities in 2014.
  • Semi crashes made up 11 percent of total crash deaths.
  • The percentage of fatal crashes involving large trucks has declined since 1975.

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Dangers of Truck Accidents in Texas

Even with higher scrutiny on large vehicles, violations still occur and put Texans at risk for injury. McMinn Law Firm client Delaney Nelson endured a horrific truck crash that was caught on tape and quickly went viral in Austin, TX.

Cases like the 2222 gravel truck case, represented by Justin McMinn, unfortunately happen too often. Cases in which the truck never should have been on the road, or where the driver never should have been behind the wheel demand competent legal advocates.

Truck Accident Lawyer’s View

Safety is the highest priority of laws surrounding the trucking industry. The Texas economy relies on the ability of products and goods to be transferred from producer to shopper. However that should not come at the cost of injuries when sleep deprived truck drivers cause crashes in Texas.

In 2013 the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administraction (FMCSA) announced new federal regulations that are estimated to save 19 lives and prevent 1,400 crashes and 560 injuries each year.

It’s the responsibility of trucking companies to maintain the highest standard of safety when operating large commercial vehicles on community roads.

Semi-truck and Tractor Trailer Accident Statistics in the U.S.

We see them on the road every day, but rarely stop to think about them. There’s a reason why semi and bus drivers need increased regulation and laws: their size makes them dangerous. This visual shows just some of the stats behind 18-wheeler injuries and wrongful deaths.

Huge truths about Semi trucks:

  • 70 percent: Percentage of goods in the U.S. delivered by a semi truck. Semi trucks carry 15 million tons of goods each year.
  • $112 Million: Amount spent each year on truck crash injury and loss of life in the U.S.
  • 4,161: Total number of people who died in crashes that involved a truck.
  • 1,441: Number of people who died in crash involving a car and truck in 2014.
  • 369 people who were walking or on a bicycle died in truck crashes in 2014
  • The average car weighs 2 tons, while the average truck weighs 40 tons

Where do most truck accidents happen?

  • Most dangerous states included: Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota.
  • In Texas, a fatal truck crash occurs every 400 – 500 million miles traveled by trucks.
  • A third of all operating semi-trucks in the U.S. are registered in California, Florida, and Texas.
  • Semi trucks make up about 15 percent of commercial trucks but travel 42 percent of all miles driven by commercial trucks.
  • 140 billion: Average number of miles semi trucks travel each year in the U.S.

What causes truck crashes?

  • Speeding of any kind is the number one cause of truck crash fatalities.
  • 9% of truck drivers who died were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident
  • Drunk driving truck accident: “Impairment (Fatigue, Alcohol, Illness, etc.)” was the second most common cause of fatal crashes for passenger vehicle drivers (such as a bus.)
  • Antilock brakes have been required on tractor trailers since 1997. Since then, the number of jack-knife crashes has been reduced.
  • Currently, the most dangerous tractor trailer and semi crashes are rollover crashes.