Accidents involving semi-trucks and tractor-trailers caused 452 deaths in 2019, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The size and weight of commercial trucks make catastrophic injuries inevitable in a collision with a passenger vehicle.
In times of grief, a lawsuit may be the last thought on the family’s mind, but as the weeks and months wear on, bills pile up, and the loss can be felt financially as well as emotionally. Without the decedent’s household services and financial contributions, the road ahead can be exceedingly difficult.
It costs nothing to consult with a truck accident attorney from Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm. With our 98% success rate, we can offer all families free consultations in the aftermath of a fatal truck accident. Beyond our initial advice, we can also provide contingency-based representation at no upfront cost to the family.
Do You Need a Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer?
A Dallas fatal truck accident lawyer can assist your family in a number of ways:
- Support – Lawyers are like the most well-informed friend, providing practical referrals, such as obtaining top medical care for injuries, grief counseling support, funeral services, or emergency financial assistance. Compassionate Reyes Law Firm attorneys can be a shoulder to cry on during this time. Through thousands of consultations, we have found the right words of comfort.
- Resources – Most notably, we have all the resources to bring a successful lawsuit if necessary. We’ll not only file all the paperwork accurately and on-time, but we’ll pay all court fees and cover the upfront cost of pursuing litigation on your behalf. Discovery incurs the largest portion of the expense, with costs starting at $10,000 for a quick settlement and ranging past $100,000 if the case goes to trial. Our legal fee is roughly a third of a successful recovery.
- Liability – Understanding who bears responsibility can take legal prowess. When accidents trace back to negligence, recklessness, or willful malice, it is possible to bring a civil action against a number of parties– the driver, the trucking firm, maintenance personnel, contractors, or the truck manufacturer.
- Experts – Our experienced team of investigators can get to the bottom of what happened through a thorough crash investigation, document subpoenas, eyewitness interviews, expert consultations, black box recorder data, surveillance camera footage, and other means.
- Representation – We aim for a speedy and fair out-of-court settlement, but we’ll also pursue maximum compensation before judge and jury when necessary. Often, families are able to collect damages related to past, present, and future expenses.
Who is Liable for a Fatal Semi-Truck Accident?
Fatal semi-truck accidents involve unique aspects of liability, where:
- Drivers can be sued for failing to obey the rules of the road, maintaining their vehicles, or taking breaks. Fatigue, speeding, operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol, distracted driving, and aggressive driving for the road conditions are all preventable factors in truck crashes.
- Employers can be sued for negligent hiring, training, and retention practices, forcing drivers to work illegal shifts, overloading cargo, making unreasonable schedules, and encouraging drivers to falsify federally-mandated travel logs.
- Maintenance personnel can be sued for improperly passing vehicles that fail inspection or performing shoddy work.
- Truck manufacturers can be sued for defects involving the brakes, tires, steering columns, transmissions, and other components.
- Contractors can be sued for failing to load or couple the tractor-trailer properly.
- Local governments can be sued for failing to clear debris or vision obstructions.
Damages in Fatal Truck Accidents
Depending on the circumstances of the case, surviving family members of a person killed in a semi-truck accident may receive compensation for:
- Unpaid medical bills
- Funeral and burial costs
- Mental anguish
- Loss of financial contribution, household services, and companionship
Texas generally allows families up to two years from the date of death to pursue a wrongful death claim, so it is best to contact a Dallas personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Call Reyes Browne Reilley for a Free Consultation After a Deadly Truck Accident
If you have lost a loved one in a deadly truck accident, your relative deserves justice. For more than 30 years, our firm has distinguished itself as a leading personal injury law firm in Texas. Motor vehicle accidents are where we got our start and is an area we continue to excel in.
You can count on us for unparalleled expertise with our “distinguished” Martindale-Hubbell rating, and Million Dollar Advocates Forum distinction. We provide expert customer service with a 10/10 AVVO and A+ Better Business Bureau rating, not to mention 24/7 availability. If we take your case, so you can rest easy knowing your family is in good hands.