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What to Do if You Are Injured in a Semi-Truck Collision

Due to their sheer size, semi-trucks cause significant damage when they collide with other vehicles. Many people believe that large truck accidents are rare, but statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reveal that trucks or buses were involved in an estimated 119,000 crashes that resulted in injuries in 2016 alone. Of those accidents, 4,440 were fatal.

If you were injured in a semi-truck accident or your family member was killed in a similar crash, the aftermath can be overwhelming. You are likely facing incredibly steep medical bills for emergency care and ongoing treatment, not to mention lost wages from time taken off work, severe physical pain, and extensive mental distress. At Howry Breen & Herman, we believe you shouldn’t have to face all of these consequences on your own. Our Austin truck accident attorneys can help you fight for a just recovery. With every case we take on, we strive to recover the maximum compensation our clients are owed. We have decades of litigation experience and are well-equipped to help you navigate the legal process.

Reach out to our award-winning attorneys today for a free consultation; call (512) 430-4844 or fill out a contact form to get started.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Just as with car and motorcycle accidents, there are many factors that can lead to a truck accident. While truly blameless accidents do occur, many truck crashes are the result of negligence.

Some of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents include:

  • Insufficient truck driver training
  • Negligent hiring of truck drivers
  • Distracted driving, including cell phone use
  • Driving while intoxicated (DUI/DWI)
  • Speeding or reckless driving
  • Drifting into other lanes of traffic
  • Improper supervision
  • Lack of truck maintenance
  • Faulty or defective trucks/truck parts
  • Unsafe road design
  • Dangerous road conditions

Unfortunately, many semi-truck and other commercial vehicle collisions are preventable. When careless, reckless, or negligent actions lead to an accident that leaves you seriously injured, we are here to help. Our Austin truck accident lawyers can thoroughly investigate your case to determine who is liable for your damages. We are not afraid to take on large insurance companies and other at-fault parties in our pursuit of the justice you deserve.

Who Is Liable for Truck Accidents?

While truck driver negligence can and does occur, truck drivers are not always at fault for accidents. In fact, most commercial vehicle drivers are highly skilled. Often, truck companies, manufacturers, and other entities are responsible for a truck accident. This typically makes truck accident claims more complex than other types of motor vehicle accident claims.

Any of the following parties may be at fault for a semi-truck accident:

  • The truck driver
  • The truck driver’s supervisor
  • The company that owns or leases the truck
  • The truck manufacturer
  • The designer of a defective truck part

Other parties may be involved, and, in any given case, multiple parties may be partially at fault for a truck accident. It is always best to meet with an experienced and highly skilled attorney who can help you understand your unique options.

Nearly 25 Years of Litigation Experience

At Howry Breen & Herman, we are true trial lawyers. Our team has extensive experience in the courtroom and, while we strive for swift, fair settlements for our clients, this is not always possible. Semi-truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries that require extensive, ongoing medical care. Despite this, many insurance companies will offer a low settlement that doesn’t come close to covering your damages. Because of this, we prepare every case for trial. Our goal is to help each of our clients achieve a favorable outcome and recover the maximum compensation they are owed for their damages.

Our Austin truck accident lawyers can answer your questions and address your concerns. We have earned recognition from numerous prestigious organizations, including Martindale-Hubbell®, Super Lawyers®, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Best Lawyers in America®, and others. Our team has achieved multiple record-setting results—find out how we can help you with your case.

Contact us online or by phone at (512) 430-4844 to schedule a free case evaluation. We serve plaintiffs and defendants in Austin, Georgetown, and the nearby areas.

  • Best Lawyers in America
    The Best Lawyers in America® recognizes top legal talent throughout the U.S. via a rigorous peer-review process. At Howry, Breen & Herman, we are proud to have several attorneys who have earned a place in The Best Lawyers in America® list.
  • Best Lawyers 2018
    Inclusion in Best Lawyers, the oldest and one of the most highly regarded legal peer-review publications, is regarded by both attorneys and clients as an extremely high honor. Our firm is proud to have multiple attorneys selected for this honor.
  • Top 50 US Verdicts All Practice Areas Texas 2017
    Our attorneys were honored by TopVerdict.com for recovering on of the Top 50 Verdicts in Texas in 2017. This is an honorable distinction, reserved for those attorneys that achieve the highest settlements and verdicts in the state.
  • Best Lawyers Best Law Firms US News 2016
    Howry, Breen & Herman is proud to have been selected as one of U.S. News’s Best Law Firms. Law firms are selected for inclusion in in this prestigious ranking based on a series of quantitative and qualitative criteria.
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    Several of our attorneys are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a renowned legal organization whose membership is restricted to trial attorneys who have achieved seven-figured settlements and/or jury verdicts.
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
    A number of our lawyers are invited members of The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100, a highly respected legal organization that limits its members to trial attorneys who have been nominated by their peers and met strict qualification requirements.
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    We are proud to have numerous attorneys who are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In order to become a member, an attorney must demonstrate that he or she has successfully achieved at least one sex-figure settlement or jury verdict.
  • Top American Lawyers
    Membership in Top American Lawyers is limited to only 1% of all attorneys in the United States. We at Howry, Breen & Herman are proud to have a number of attorneys who have been accepted as members of this exclusive organization.
  • AV Preeminent
    Martindale-Hubbell® is widely regarded as one of the most renowned peer-review rating organizations in the legal field. Several attorneys at Howry, Breen & Herman have achieved the organization’s highest distinction of AV Preeminent®.
  • Super Lawyers
    Each year, Super Lawyers® magazine publishes its list of peer-nominated/evaluated and independently reviewed attorneys. We are proud to have several attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Super Lawyers® list.
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