Neck, Back & Head Injuries
Neck & Back Injury
Every day the Dallas-Fort Worth truck accident lawyers at Tate Law Offices fight for people like you throughout Texas so that you can recover from your injuries and damages.
We’re here to assist you 24/7 and answer your questions regarding truck accidents involving injuries, in cases of all sizes. And, we have the skill and experience to help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.
When you contact us with the details of your situation, we can get to work for you right away. Our attorneys know that to protect your rights and maximize your recovery after an 18-wheeler accident, it’s in your best interest to take prompt action. That’s why we will send a team to your accident scene immediately to document and preserve crucial evidence before it is lost or destroyed. Call us or fill out our convenient online contact form now to get started with a free case evaluation. We charge no legal fees unless we win compensation for your case.
For more information, please see the Related Information on Truck Accidents on this page.
To learn more about the steps you should take after a truck accident, please see our What to Do Immediately after an Accident page.
Our Dallas accident lawyers will review your case for free and pay for all of the upfront costs in your claim. We only accept legal fees and reimbursement for these costs if we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. Our goal is simple: We want you to receive the maximum amount of compensation you deserve without worrying about whether you can afford legal help.
Obtaining the compensation you deserve for your truck accident injuries will likely be challenging. Insurance settlements in CMV accident cases are frequently complicated, and insurers work tirelessly to keep payouts low.
One reason many truck accident claims tend to be more complicated is that collisions involving large trucks, semis, and tractor-trailers can cause significantly more severe injuries and property damage. As such, the average large truck accident insurance claim is particularly expensive. This means insurance adjusters will do everything in their power to deny claims and minimize the value of cases.
Another complicating factor in 18-wheeler accident settlements in the presence of multiple parties that may be held responsible for the accident. A truck driver, his or her employer, the company that owned the truck, the company that manufactured any freight being hauled, or the loading company that packed cargo into the truck could all potentially bear some fault. Each of these parties has an interest in denying responsibility, and all of them have their own insurance providers and attorneys working against you to protect their bottom lines.
If you have medical expenses and other bills piling up, you may be eager to accept a settlement. Insurance companies know that many commercial vehicle accident victims are desperate. They use this to their advantage, presenting lowball offers in the hopes of ending negotiations quickly.
However, this kind of settlement will rarely account for all of your losses and may leave you with few options if you end up facing long-term consequences. Whether you end up accepting an insurance settlement or taking your case to trial, the help of an experienced Dallas, Texas tractor trailer accident lawyer can help you pursue rightful compensation for losses such as:
For decades, our firm has held a success rate exceeding 99 percent for truck accident injury cases, with more than 3,000 cases won for people just like you. Not only will we aggressively pursue compensation for your injuries, we can also provide doctor’s referrals, help get damaged vehicles repaired, and provide assistance in obtaining rental cars, all for free. To get started with your no-cost, no-obligation case review, give our Texas truck accident lawyers a call or contact us online now.
The results-driven truck wreck lawyers of Tate Law Offices, P.C., are passionate about helping crash victims and making highways in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and across the country safer. That passion drives everything we will do on your behalf. You can count on us to:
To learn more about how our personal injury attorneys can help you, contact us today. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.
It’s impossible to exaggerate the need for a lawyer after a truck accident. The commercial trucking industry is heavily regulated and includes many stakeholders, so truck accident cases are often complex. Here are some of the more complicated aspects of handling a commercial vehicle accident claim:
The trucking company consists of many moving parts. When an accident occurs, more than one party may bear responsibility for the resulting damages. Any number of parties may have contributed to the accident, including:
Dealing with one party is often difficult enough. Dealing with several at the same time can be frustrating and confusing.
Don’t expect any of the insurance companies that cover the parties involved to offer you a quick and fair settlement. All of these parties and their insurance carriers have an interest in denying responsibility to minimize the financial fallout following a truck accident. You can expect the trucking companies to quickly deploy representatives from their insurance company and aggressive attorneys to the scene of the accident and to mount various defenses as to why they shouldn’t have to pay you what’s fair.
Often insurance companies and their lawyers will engage in victim blaming, where the person injured is blamed based on fabricated or partial information. Insurance companies do everything in their power to influence the crash report findings and any other aspect of a commercial vehicle case. They frequently use false, flimsy and erroneous claims to deny or reduce the compensation available to a victim of a CMV accident. In any case, there will be a fight. And, you need a proven Texas truck accident attorney to make sure that the truth is not obscured and that all of the details of your case are backed up with evidence sufficient to convince a jury that your claims are valid.
Even if you think you bear some responsibility for the accident, it is important that you do not say this. Commercial trucks are complex machines that are regulated by even more complex rules on the state and federal level. Commercial trucking companies and their drivers must obey these rules, which include everything from how many hours a trucker can drive in a day to what types of materials must be used to secure cargo.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is responsible for establishing the rules that apply to interstate drivers. These regulations are extensive and include topics such as:
Additionally, Title 7 of the Texas Transportation Code regulates the operation of trucks within the state of Texas.
It will often take an in-depth investigation to determine all the factors that contributed to the accident. An experienced attorney can investigate the accident and compel the production of evidence to determine the factors that contributed to it.
Proving that the trucking company or other defendant is responsible for the accident is no easy feat. Proving liability in a truck accident case often comes down to two major factors:
An investigation can help reveal the issues that contributed to an accident. However, the commercial motor vehicle company’s own internal investigation is unlikely to result in favorable information for your claim. After all, their insurance company is only interested in minimizing the value of your claim. While some trucking accidents are investigated by state or federal authorities, the purpose of these investigations is usually to determine whether a traffic violation was committed, not to properly compensate you for your losses.
For these reasons, it is important that you have someone on your side who is investigating the accident to protect your rights. Also, evidence may be removed from the scene or lost. An experienced attorney will be able to take the necessary steps to preserve evidence but only if you act quickly.
Trucking companies often maintain massive amounts of data that may help explain the factors that contributed to the accident. Your attorney can take steps to obtain this evidence, which may include:
Additionally, your personal injury lawyer can interview witnesses who observed the moments leading up to the accident. In some cases, they may hire expert witnesses to explain how the accident happened or describe the damages you have suffered.
Physical evidence like skid marks, debris on the roadway, or damage to the vehicles can further illuminate the cause of the accident. You may have photos or videos of the accident that can also help paint a picture of how the accident happened and how severe it was. Your lawyer can also look if there are any nearby traffic cameras or surveillance cameras that may have captured the accident.
An experienced truck accident attorney will know what evidence to look for and how to best use it to your advantage.
Each state in the U.S. has legal guidelines outlining how long victims have to file specific types of lawsuits. These guidelines are called statutes of limitations. In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years. This means that if you were injured in a Dallas 18-wheeler accident and cannot reach an appropriate settlement, you have two years from the date of your wreck to file a personal injury claim in court. However, in some situations, the time limit can be less than two years so you should consult an attorney immediately to understand the required deadlines.
Two years may sound like a long time at first. But consider how long it will take to recover from your injuries, build a solid case, and go through one or more rounds of insurance settlement negotiations. Also note that you will need to act quickly to ensure that evidence is both available and viable, and that you have access to as many legal options as possible.
A knowledgeable Dallas truck accident lawyer from our firm can begin work on your case immediately. Contact us now to get started with a free case review.
Commercial vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. If they are not driven in a safe manner, they can cause catastrophic consequences. Far too often, the negligence of truck drivers and trucking companies permanently alters the life of innocent victims.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents in Texas include:
Any number of parties whose negligence contributed to a collision involving a commercial vehicle may be legally responsible for the accident. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, one or more of the following parties may be responsible for your accident:
In our experience, there are many reasons collisions can occur between large commercial trucks and passenger vehicles in Dallas. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
First and foremost, experience is critical for fighting successfully against big insurance companies, trucking companies, and the defendants involved in 18-wheeler and large truck accidents. These parties will all mount aggressive defenses to limit their liability as much as they possibly can. So, you need a truck accident attorney who knows how to handle what will be a challenging case due to the stakes and the complexities involved.
The attorneys at Tate Law Offices, P.C., have litigated against several deep-pocketed national trucking companies, including:
We also have access to state and national databases with a wealth of information about the trucking industry, which gives us an advantage as we help you pursue full compensation in your claim. We have the experience you need to fight for maximum compensation. Please see our results page to see our wins. And, do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to see references or find out any other detail about our experience, qualifications or client satisfaction.
When you contact us with the details of your situation, we can get to work for you right away. It’s in your best interest to take prompt action. That’s why we will send a team to your accident scene immediately to document and preserve crucial evidence before it is lost or destroyed. Don’t hesitate to contact us for your truck accident case as soon as possible. When you contact us with the details of your situation, we can get to work for you right away.
Here are just a few of the ways we have won high-dollar settlements for our clients:
There is little chance your case will be able to receive maximum compensation without a swift and comprehensive investigation of all the details that are relevant to your truck accident. Investigation leads to evidence, and the quality and completeness of the evidence in your case is the mainstay for proving damages and recovering losses. If your lawyer doesn’t know what details to investigate or where to look, then your case will likely be weakened. Truck accident cases are quite different than car accidents in a number of ways, so car accident experience is not enough to maximize settlement values in commercial vehicle cases.
Your truck wreck lawyer must understand the transportation regulations that apply to your case, how the location of a trial can seriously impact the outcome, the evidence needed, how to gather all relevant documents, how to find and use relevant data, how and where to get you proper medical care, what experts are needed to reconstruct the accident or validate the economics of your injuries and losses, be able to fend off attacks that are personal in nature, secure evidence right away and convince the defendants that they will be dealing with a serious case being put together to regain as much of what you’ve lost as possible. In essence you need a team of people fighting for your rights and doing so competently and confidently. One small mistake can reduce your case value significantly.
Absence of delay, attention to detail and unwavering tenacity are key components of a well-fought truck accident case. Our truck accident attorneys work diligently to accomplish all of this and more. We are serious about winning, and we put our resources toward making sure your case is as strong as possible. Most of our clients come from referrals, so instead of spending heavily on marketing, we invest in each client’s success because we believe that our best marketing comes from doing our best to get maximum compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Let one of our personal injury lawyers review your case, explain your legal options, and answer all your questions in a free case evaluation.
There are several resources for researching the laws and regulations for commercial motor vehicles for both state and interstate operation. The following websites contain CMV legal and other details:
State Law and Regulations
Texas State Highway Patrol
Texas State Statutes
Texas Department of Transportation
Federal Laws and Regulations
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Rules & Regulations
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Insurance Institute For Highway Safety
American Trucking Associations
SAFER: Safety & Fitness Electronic Records System
You will want to ask any attorney you are considering for you accident several questions. The following should help you get started:
Does the attorney have experience in commercial vehicle accidents?
An attorney should be able to talk about their experience with truck accident cases. If an attorney can provide examples of cases they’ve taken to court or reference their recent and past role in representing truck accident victims, this is something you want to know. You should feel confident about the attorney’s level of knowledge and experience. Don’t be afraid to ask the attorney to give you details to establish their expertise. If they can’t or fail to satisfy you with their responses, then you should probably look elsewhere.
Does the attorney have experience taking cases to trial?
You will want to ask any truck accident attorneys if they have truck accident cases presently or scheduled for litigation. You will also want to get an approximate number of how many cases the attorney has taken to trial. This is important because without experience that puts the attorney in front of a jury, there is little chance your case will he handled with the knowledge necessary to get the maximum possible compensation. If the lawyer you are considering hasn’t fought at least 10 truck accident cases in court, you may be better off finding one who has because the level of true experience does matter. And, it will make a difference.
Does the attorney have the resources to take a complex truck accident case to trial?
Fighting a truck accident case in court often requires significant resources. The average person will not likely have the funds available to make this possible. This is why an attorney can be quite valuable in handling accident claims. We treat every case as if it will go to court. Otherwise, the defendants will not take us seriously. So, when we take a case, we don’t stop fighting until we believe that the settlement you are being offered is fair and reasonable. If this requires filing a lawsuit this is what we do. But, lawsuits are not free. There are number of expenses involved in a truck wreck case. And, if your attorney is not able to handle those expenses promptly, it could weaken your case.
Yes. Many times when someone is seriously injured or incapacitated a family member or friend steps in and represents the injured person.
In the unfortunate event that you lose a close relative in an 18-wheeler accident, you and your family may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. We know you and your family are hurting, and the compassionate attorneys of Tate Law Offices, P.C., can guide you through this process.
After an 18-wheeler accident, your health should be your top priority. First and most importantly, get a medical evaluation. Adrenaline after an 18-wheeler accident can mask early signs of injury. If you’re able, take photos at the scene. Keep all relevant medical and other records to build evidence for your case. Then, as soon as you’re able, contact the experienced Dallas personal injury attorneys of Tate Law Offices, P.C., to get started on your claim.
The statute of limitations, or the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit, is two years from the date of the accident in Dallas. Even though you have two years, it is in your best interest to start the process as soon as possible while you have the most evidence available to you.