Pasadena Truck Accident Lawyers

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Suffering catastrophic injuries in a truck crash can upend your life. The accomplished Texas truck accident attorneys at Thompson Law in Pasadena, fight to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a collision involving a commercial truck, contact us today for a FREE, NO-OBLIGATION consultation.

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Pinpointing Liability in Truck Accident Lawsuits

Establishing fault is key to securing full damages after a truck accident. Liability often falls on the truck driver for negligent actions like:

  • Speeding or aggressive driving
  • Distracted or impaired driving
  • Violating hours-of-service regulations
  • Improper loading impacting stability

Trucking companies can also share blame if they failed to properly train the driver, maintain the truck, overload the trailer, etc. Our lawyers thoroughly investigate all potentially liable parties.

Understanding Truck Accident Statistics in Pasadena, TX

According to FMCSA data, over 5,000 people nationwide died in crashes involving large trucks in 2019. Key Texas stats include:

  • Texas had the 2nd highest number of fatal truck crashes of any state in 2019, with 452 deaths.
  • Statewide, there were 22,241 total truck accidents reported.
  • In Pasadena specifically, around 509 truck crashes occurred over a recent 5-year period.

These alarming numbers demonstrate the risks of sharing Texas roads with large commercial trucks and the need for experienced legal help after a crash.

Examining Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Pasadena

While each collision is unique, some frequent factors include:

  • Speeding– Trucks take much farther to stop than passenger cars. Excess speed dramatically increases crash risk.
  • Fatigued Driving – Pressured schedules may lead some truckers to skip rest breaks. Drowsy driving can have deadly consequences.
  • Distraction – Actions like texting take a trucker’s eyes off the road, often resulting in a crash.
  • Impairment – Drunk or drugged truck driving puts everyone on the road in grave danger.
  • Poor Maintenance – Brake failure, bald tires, etc. from lack of maintenance can cause a truck to lose control.

Identifying the root cause is crucial to proving liability and recovering full damages.

Understanding Hours-of-Service Rules for Truckers

To improve roadway safety, federal Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations restrict when and how long truckers may drive without rest. However, violations still frequently occur. Key limitations include:

  • 11 hour maximum daily driving limit
  • 14 hour daily on-duty limit
  • 10 hour mandatory rest between shifts
  • Weekly caps of 60/70 hours driving

HOS violations help establish liability if a fatigued, over-scheduled driver caused the crash.

Do You Qualify to File a Truck Accident Injury Claim?

If you or a loved one suffered harm in a truck collision caused by someone else’s negligence, you likely have grounds to pursue compensation. Potential plaintiffs can include:

  • Those directly injured in the truck accident
  • Surviving family members of someone killed
  • Passengers of the truck or other involved vehicles
  • Nearby pedestrians or motorists hurt by the crash

An attorney can advise you regarding your right to file a truck accident lawsuit in Texas.

Vital Evidence Types for Truck Accident Lawsuits

Building a strong claim requires collecting key evidence like:

  • Police reports – Provide official details on factors contributing to the collision.
  • Truck driver logbooks – Can reveal hours-of-service violations.
  • Electronic truck data – ECM/ELD records offer insight into speed, braking, stability, etc.
  • Videos – From dash-cams, security cameras, etc.
  • Photos – Documenting vehicle damage, skid marks, injuries sustained.
  • Witness statements – From passengers, bystanders, responding officers.
  • Maintenance records – Revealing any equipment defects or failures.

Skilled truck accident lawyers have resources to gather all relevant evidence to prove liability.

Maximize Your Recovery with an Accomplished Pasadena Truck Accident Attorney

Don’t accept an insufficient offer from insurers after a catastrophic truck crash. The accomplished legal team at Thompson Law aggressively fights for maximum compensation, including:

  • Medical expenses – Both current treatment and ongoing/future care.
  • Lost income – From missing work to recover.
  • Property damage – Repair or replacement costs.
  • Pain and suffering – For physical trauma and emotional distress.
  • Loss of companionship – For family members of someone killed.

With an experienced Pasadena truck accident lawyer on your side, you can focus on healing while we build your strongest claim.

How a Truck Accident Lawyer Can Boost Your Claim

Our dedicated truck accident attorneys offer invaluable assistance, such as:

  • Pinpointing all liable parties – Beyond just the truck driver.
  • Gathering convincing evidence – To definitively prove negligence occurred.
  • Assessing full damages – Considering current and future financial impacts.
  • Negotiating tenaciously – To obtain the maximum possible settlement or verdict.
  • Navigating complex laws – Leveraging the best legal strategies for your unique case.
  • Reducing stress – We handle all aspects of your claim so you can recover.

Truck accident cases demand highly skilled legal advocates. LET OUR TEAM FIGHT FOR YOU

Choosing a Pasadena Truck Accident Lawyer for Your Case

When researching attorneys, look for these important qualifications:

  • Extensive background in trucking industry litigation – Both plaintiff and defense experience.
  • Proven record of success – A lawyer who has secured major verdicts and settlements for clients.
  • Resources to thoroughly investigate – Ability to analyze crash factors from all angles.
  • Willingness to take cases to trial – Comfortable arguing before a jury if needed.
  • Stellar client reviews – A trusted advocate focused on your best interests.

The accomplished Texas truck accident attorneys at Thompson Law check all these boxes.

Contact Thompson Law for a Free Consultation

Act now to protect your rights after a truck crash in Pasadena or anywhere in Texas. To schedule a free case evaluation with our dedicated truck accident lawyers, CALL (844) 308-8180 or reach out online. We are AVAILABLE 24/7 to start fighting for you.


Frequently Asked Questions About Pasadena Truck Accidents

What steps should I take following a truck accident?

  • Get medical care right away, even for seemingly minor injuries.
  • Document the scene through photos/video if possible.
  • Exchange information with the truck driver.
  • File a police report.
  • Call an experienced Texas truck accident lawyer.

What is the statute of limitations for truck accident claims in Texas?

You typically have two years from the date of the crash to file a truck accident lawsuit. An attorney can provide guidance based on your specific circumstances.

What does it cost to hire a truck accident attorney?

Top truck accident law firms like Thompson Law provide free initial consultations and represent clients on a contingency fee basis. This means no fees unless we obtain compensation for you.

How much can I expect to recover after a truck accident?

Every truck crash is unique. But with major injuries, permanent disability, or fatalities, compensation often exceeds $1 million. An accomplished lawyer will pursue maximum damages.

Will my case go to court?

Many truck accident claims settle before trial. However, our attorneys are fully prepared to take your case to court if necessary to secure fair compensation.

Please reach out if you have any other questions. We’re here to help you recover damages after a truck crash in Pasadena or anywhere in Texas. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

Truck Accident FAQs

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If you are injured in any type of accident, your first priority should be to seek immediate medical attention, even if you are not certain that you are injured. Seeking immediate medical treatment does two things: 1) it ensures injuries you sustained are diagnosed and treated; and, 2) it helps eliminate any doubt by the insurance company that your injuries were caused by the accident.

Often, the shock and adrenaline of an accident can mask symptoms of injuries, so making the mistake of skipping a medical examination can have profound consequences. By seeking prompt medical treatment, you protect both your health and your ability to seek compensation for your injuries with the help of your attorney.

If you were in a motor vehicle accident we have also detailed here what to do after a car accident.

A skilled personal injury lawyer is necessary to get full and fair compensation for injuries you sustained in an accident. Most defendants, whether individual drivers or commercial vehicle operators, are covered by liability insurance. Those insurance companies are not obligated to protect or take care of you. Insurance companies exist to protect the defendant (their customer) who caused the wreck. 

A personal injury attorney can help you obtain compensation for every category of damages to which you are legally entitled. These damages can include things like: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain & suffering, punitive damages, loss of limb, diminished mental function, physical impairment, scarring or disfigurement, emotional or mental trauma, and loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims). Further, you may be entitled to future medical bills, future lost income, future pain and suffering, and other damages in severe injury cases.

The largest factor affecting your claim’s value is the severity or magnitude of your injuries. More severe injuries typically require more medical treatment. So it is essential to have all your injuries documented properly by seeking immediate treatment with doctors or hospitals, and continuing under the care and direction of your doctors as long as necessary to heal. Without prompt and consistent medical treatment and documentation, an injury claim becomes very difficult to pursue, let alone win. 

Of course, other factors an also have an impact, and each and every case is different. Were you injured in a commercial vehicle wreck or truck wreck that totaled your car, or was it a fender bender that did very little damage? Was the other driver intoxicated or drunk, or speeding? A multitude of factors may play into your claim’s overall likely value. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to visit with you and talk to you more specifically about factors which may affect your particular claim.  

In Texas, you usually have two (2) years from the date of incident to file a personal injury claim before it is barred by the statute of limitations. There are exceptions to this 2-year time limit in Texas, for minors and others. Further, other states have different time limits, and the limit that applies is typically for the state in which the accident occurred.

The safest course of action for someone injured in a car wreck, truck wreck, slip and fall, or any other type of accident is to consult with a personal injury attorney. This will help ensure that you do not miss the applicable limitations period. Moreover, it will ensure the right investigations are conducted, and the proper steps are taken to preserve the evidence, photos, witness statements, and records needed to successfully pursue your claim. 

If you are injured in a hit-and-run wreck (and are unable to locate the driver) or are hurt in a collision where the other driver does not have insurance, you are not necessarily out of options in terms of financial recovery. You may still be able to recover for your personal injuries if your own policy has Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage or Personal Injury Protection (PIP). It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company to confirm what types of coverage you have on your policy before an accident, but if you have been hit be sure to ask these questions before finalizing your claim request. Even if you do not have UM or PIP, the attorneys and investigators at Thompson Law can work to track down the other driver in a hit-and-run accident. To do this, we rely on witnesses who may have captured a photo of the car or license plate and/or available surveillance camera footage that might have captured the wreck.  

Typical damages you can recover in a personal injury claim include: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and in some cases even punitive damages. In severe injury cases, other damages may be recoverable, such as: future medical bills, future lost income, future pain and suffering, loss of body member or mental function, physical impairment, disfigurement, emotional or mental trauma, and loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims).

Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage can help save the day if you are hit by an uninsured driver or if you are the victim in a hit-and-run collision. In short, UM coverage is an add-on coverage that drivers can add to their auto insurance policies that will protect them in the event that they are in an auto accident with a driver who either does not have insurance or cannot be located. You can contact your insurance provider to confirm whether your policy includes UM. If you do not have this coverage, the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law recommend that you consider adding UM to your auto insurance policy today. 

Knowing how comparative negligence works is vital if you live in a state that uses it. In simple terms, comparative negligence implies both drivers can share fault for an accident, but one driver can be more at fault than the other. For example, you are texting while driving when another driver runs a stop sign and hits your car.

A jury finds that the driver who ran the stop sign is 80 percent at fault, but they believe you would have had a better chance of avoiding the accident if you were not texting at the time. They find you 20 percent at fault. You can only collect enough compensation to cover the other driver’s fault. In this case, you would get $8,000 if the jury thinks your case is worth $10,000.

Having the police respond to the accident scene is of paramount importance. Make sure that YOU call them and insist that they come and investigate the accident. When the police arrive, they will separate the drivers and witnesses from one another and take statements from everyone involved. Be cooperative, detailed, and firm in describing the accident. The investigating officer will usually determine fault based upon these statements, and it is essential that your version of the events is heard and believed. If you think that you may be injured, make that clear to the officer. If an ambulance or other medical professionals arrive on scene, get checked out. If not, make plans to visit an emergency room or doctor soon after you leave the scene. Before you do leave for this care, the officer will provide you with a report number and their contact information. Make sure this information is safely saved, as it will be very important in any auto accident injury claim you may have.  

Call an attorney. Your first instinct might be to call your insurance company, but it’s best to seek legal council first so you don’t accidentally admit guilt or take responsibility for the accident. In many cases your attorney will call the insurance company for you to prevent that from happening.

Absolutely not. It’s important to leave the investigation to the professionals. They know exactly how to work a case to determine all of the facts and details.

Typically, yes. If a family member is seriously injured or killed in an accident, or if the injured party is a minor child, then it may be appropriate under the law for a parent, spouse, relative, or legal guardian to file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of the injured or deceased party.  These types of claims are complex, and usually depend on the type of relationship involved, as well as the individual facts and circumstances of the injury. Calling the experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law is step one to explore filing a legal claim on behalf of your loved one. 

Even if you are partially to blame for a car accident, you may be able to recover some of your damages from the other party. Under Texas’s proportionate responsibility system (also known as comparative negligence), unless you as the claimant/plaintiff are determined more than 51% at fault, you may recover legal damages that are reduced by the percentage you are determined at fault. For example, if you are determined to be 30% at fault, you can recover 70% of your damages from the other responsible party (you can’t recover the other 30% because that was the amount of liability that was determined to lie with you). The personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law can help you navigate this proportionate responsibility system – so reach out online or call anytime for a free consultation.     

If the other vehicle involved in your crash was an 18 wheeler or another commercial vehicle, call an attorney immediately. Companies who own commercial vehicles and 18 wheelers often have their own team of investigators who will arrive on the scene immediately working on the driver’s defense case. The sooner you involve an attorney of your own, the better your chances are of receiving compensation for your injuries and damages.

Drivers of 18 wheelers and other commercial vehicles are held to a higher standard of driving. If they neglect to turn on their flashing lights when they’re on the side of the road, don’t move over far enough onto the shoulder, don’t properly secure their cargo, or don’t leave enough clearance when making a left turn, and in many other cases, the driver could be considered negligent. If you want to know if the driver of the 18 wheeler involved in your case was negligent, contact a personal injury attorney.

No. They aren’t trying to help you. They’re trying to protect their drivers and reduce their costs. That’s why they have a team of lawyers ready to flock to the scene of any accident. Don’t accept any form of compensation until you talk to your attorney. Most victims of 18 wheeler crashes sustain more injuries than victims of normal crashes, and can receive higher compensation as a result. Don’t let them fool you into accepting a smaller payout for your injuries and damages. Your injuries could require years of medications and surgeries, and the company will try everything to avoid making huge payouts. Call your attorney and let them do the negotiating on your behalf.

Many times it can be the fault of both the driver and the 18 wheeler company. Truck drivers can be at fault just like any other motorist for failing to follow the rules of the road. However, 18 wheeler companies and their employees have federal laws they are required to follow that govern things like how many consecutive hours of driving are allowable, minimum numbers of resting hours between jobs, when and how to do inspections, and so on. Also, the 18 wheeler companies have specific duties and responsibilities regarding training their drivers and supervising their work. When trucking companies refuse to follow standard rules, regulations, and practices regarding the commercial and transportation industry, people can get hurt and companies can be found at fault for contributing to or causing the collision through their irresponsible decisions. An experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer will know what violations to look for and how to hold both the driver and the company responsible for endangering the motoring public on the roads we all share.  

If you or a family member are injured in an automobile accident, you cannot afford NOT to hire the very best attorney available. Thompson Law works on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you only pay legal fees IF we win for you and AFTER your case is settled. We understand that legal fees upfront are simply too much to deal with after a serious accident where you are dealing with property damage repairs, medical bills, missed work and lost wages. The fact that you owe $0 upfront is an added bonus when you hire great legal representation at Thompson Law.  

If you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, there is a good chance we can help you out. We will look at the facts of your accident, whether a car wreck, truck wreck, motorcycle accident, or on-the-job-injury and examine whatever reports or records are available. If we believe that you were injured and it was someone else’s fault, it is likely to be a case we can take. The more information and documentation you can give us about your accident and your injuries, the quicker we can evaluate your case and let you know. Give us a call or reach out online anytime! 

The best personal injury attorney has three major characteristics: Excellent customer service, cutting edge technology, and a willingness to take cases and win at trial. Ask your potential attorney about the client experience they offer, what kind of technology they use to make your life easier, and when was the last time they took a case to jury trial. Asking these types of questions will give you guidance on what kind of experience you can expect as a client and what kind of results you can expect at the end of your case.

Thompson Law has high ratings from clients for its emphasis on customer service, and its attorneys have achieved significant results on small, large, and complex cases alike. No matter if you have been involved in a minor car wreck or are dealing with catastrophic injuries from a rarer and more devastating event like a terrible workplace accident, dog bite, or an 18 wheeler wreck, Thompson Law can assist you.  

Yes! Thompson Law is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free consultations. If you have been injured in a truck wreck or car accident, hurt in a slip and fall incident, or otherwise injured from the negligence of another person or party, give us a call any time at 1-800-LION-LAW. We can speak to you over the phone, chat online through our website or social media outlets, or arrange an in-person meeting at your convenience. Our team is ready to help! 

Thompson Law is available 24/7 to provide free consultations and to sign up new clients. We can sign you up over the phone or we can send one of our experienced licensed investigators to meet you at the hospital or at your home if you prefer. Whether you live in Arlington, Ft. Worth, El Paso, McAllen, or even outside of the state of Texas, we are always here to assist you and provide the resources you need at a difficult time. We do the hard work for you so that you can focus on healing from your injuries.  

Let’s be honest: this isn’t a legal show on TV and your case will not settle in the next hour – or even tomorrow.  The true answer is: it depends.  We find that most cases settle within 7-10 months from date of incident; but the timeframe in your case could be shorter or longer depending on: the facts and circumstances of the accident; the length of time it takes you to complete medical treatment; and the character of the insurance company, or companies, involved in your case.  In the event that your case cannot settle pre-litigation and it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit, the litigation process alone can take 1 to 2 years due to the court system and legal process necessary to prepare for trial.  But because so much of the timeline depends on the facts and circumstances of your unique case, call Thompson Law today to discuss the personal injury claims process

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Thompson Law receives an attorney fee and you pay no legal fees as our client unless we pay you. Thompson Law has 350 years of combined experience in legal representation and has won over $1.8 billion dollars in cash settlements for our clients. We master the art of managing client cases with empathy, compassion, respect and, of course, prodigious skill. Contact us today for a free, risk-free consultation to discuss your accident and your options.

State law limits the time you have to file a claim after an auto accident. If you have been injured in an accident, call now to get the help you need.