Texas – February 19, 2021

When truck accidents occur and personal injury results, an attorney experienced with trucking regulations can help.  They are instrumental in research and case building that can utilize state and federal laws to prove negligence on the part of drivers, truck owners, transport companies, cargo loading personnel, manufacturers, and maintenance teams.  When accident victims suffer personal injury harm, or property losses after a truck accident, they should consult experienced legal counsel for guidance in Texas.

Commercial driver licensure (CDL).

 A specific duty of care is owed in certain driver actions, based on the licensure of the driver, and the increased level of training that must be undertaken to receive a CDL.  When accidents involve commercial vehicles the duty of care may be highlighted in a civil action to recover compensation for injuries, or harm resulting from an accident.

Commercial motor operators that drive big trucks have restrictions for trucks carrying property cargo limited to maximum hours driven; minimum hours off duty; and required rest periods.   Commercial motor vehicle drivers that are carrying people have more stringent restrictions.  The United States Department of Transportation, 49 C.F.R. part 387, subpart A, assures insurance coverage in an amount equivalent to the minimum levels of financial responsibility set forth in those regulations.

Additional parties.

Truck accident lawyers are skilled at identifying additional parties to an accident claim, separate from the truck driver.  They may list multiple parties to an action to assure that responsible parties will pay for damages they caused.  Legal counsel understands the trucking industry and relevant regulatory laws.  They can determine the best legal approach to individual cases such as mediation, arbitration or going to trial, while staving off unnecessary pressure from insurance companies who want to swiftly close out a claim.  A truck accident attorney is aware of the Texas statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death actions at two years from the time of injury, or death.

Building a case for court awards.

 Experienced Texas attorneys will utilize different types of evidence to prove negligence including visual evidence, witness testimony, police reports, medical bills, trucking company admissions of fault, safety reports, blood alcohol, or other physical testing results, and cell phone records.  Damages include those that address financial loss including lost wages, medical bills, and damage to property; and those that seek punishment for the offenses causing the accident.

Hire legal counsel.

Tractor trailer truck accidents involve multiple complex factors that require specific knowledge of the commercial trucking industry, extensive experience of civil laws, and sophisticated investigative capabilities to collect evidence and analyze it to support a negligence claim by a skilled truck accident attorney.  Contact the Cooper Law Firm for assistance with truck accident damage recovery.

 Cooper Law Firm

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2222
Longview, TX 75606

Physical Address: 501 N Third St,
Longview, TX 75601

 

Telephone ; (903) 297-0037
Toll-Free: 1-855-297-HURT (4878)
Facsimile: (903) 236-0035

 

 

Sources:

https://www.statista.com/statistics/191544/fatal-large-truck-crashes-in-the-us/

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/research-and-analysis/large-truck-crash-causation-study-analysis-brief

https://www.truckinfo.net/trucking/stats.htm

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