TRUCKING COMPANIES DON’T PLAY NICE WHEN MONEY IS ON THE LINE. NEITHER DO WE.
Our Houston Truck Accident Attorneys Fight For Justice
When an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer collides with a passenger vehicle, the little guy doesn’t stand a chance. Injuries that result are often catastrophic, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, internal organ damage, and loss of limbs. Survivors may face long, painful recoveries, extreme suffering, expensive rehabilitation and continuing care, or even death.
If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in a Houston truck accident due to another party’s negligence or fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your costs, losses and the damages you received. However, Texas injury laws are complex, and insurance companies and their attorneys will try to deny your claim or get you to settle for the lowest amount possible.
Without strong legal representation, you risk getting hit all over again in the aftermath and end up settling for an amount far lower than your injuries warrant. To get a fair settlement from insurance companies or from a trial if you do go to court, you need an attorney with extensive truck accident experience to build a strong case and go head-to-head with the carrier’s legal team.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or someone has died due to the negligence of a commercial truck driver or company, it’s critical that you waste no time in hiring a top-notch Houston truck accident lawyer to defend your rights. The Houston personal injury attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law know how to deal with the complex laws and multiple parties and insurers involved with truck accidents. We understand the difficulties you face after a traumatic accident, and we have the knowledge and resources to build a strong case with the best chances for winning a favorable verdict or settlement. We can take the burden off you by handling all legal hurdles, negotiations with insurance companies and their attorneys, paperwork, and court appearances involved with proving liability and winning the settlement you deserve, so you can focus on your recovery.
We offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and determine the best way to move forward. There are no fees to you unless we win, so call us today to get started at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.
Reasons to Hire Truck Accident Lawyer Terry Bryant
Why Choose Us
You may think all lawyers are the same, but they are not. Hiring the right attorney can make the difference between whether you recover the bare minimum or receive the full amount you need to compensate for your bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses.
Most trucking companies have a team of lawyers dedicated to saving their client money — at your expense. If you don’t want to be shortchanged, you need a tenacious and skilled Houston truck accident attorney to fight for you, every step of the way. You need Terry Bryant and his associates. Here are some reasons why:
We have 35+ years of experience.
We get results, and have recovered $1 Billion for our clients. Visit our client victories page to read about real cases — and real money — the dedicated attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law have won.
We provide great customer service and are available 24/7 for client emergencies.
We have a 98 % positive group of satisfied clients who give testimonials to our service.
We are recognized in our field — our law firm has received several awards from the Better Business Bureau.
We offer free initial consultations to get you started.
We have the resources of a skilled legal team, investigators, and expert witnesses to go up against a large trucking or insurance company.
We offer a No-Fee Guarantee, which means you pay us nothing unless you get your money.
Here’s what our Houston truck accident lawyers will do to pursue justice for you:
Investigate the truck accident thoroughly, often in conjunction with law enforcement.
Thoroughly assess all your damages, including current and future medical bills, all forms of lost income, damaged property and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
Demand damages from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Negotiate aggressively – and in good faith – for maximum compensation.
If negotiation isn’t possible, we fight to win full and fair compensation for your injuries in court.
Insurance carriers and trucking companies have armies of attorneys, adjusters, paralegals, accident investigators, expert witnesses, and staffers to protect their bottom lines. Our Houston truck accident team has the knowledge, experience, and resources to go toe-to-toe with them every step of the way.
Damage Awards Our Truck Accident Attorneys in Houston May Recover
Commercial trucks are required to carry substantial insurance, enough to cover the costs of accidents. Our Houston truck accident lawyers will fight for compensation that covers both your monetary costs, called “special damages,” and your non-economic damages, called “general damages.”
Economic (Special) Damages are for the cost of:
Medical and rehabilitation bills and continuing care
Lost wages, both current and projected into the future
Property damages from the accident.
Non-economic (General) Damages are to compensate you for losses that do not have a specific dollar value but negatively affect your life, including:
Physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering
Disfigurement and scarring
Loss of companionship and consortium and quality of life.
To qualify for non-economic damages in Texas, you must have had physical injury and costs, as well as pain and suffering.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we will evaluate your case to see what it should be worth and use all our resources to fight for optimum compensation for you and your family.
Amounts of Damage Awards
There are a wide range of damage amounts you may receive in a successful car accident lawsuit, from the thousands to millions of dollars. While no one can give you an exact figure, the amount you receive will depend on the individual circumstances of the case and factors which include:
Actual costs of your losses and expenses
The extent and permanence of your injuries and whether you will need continuing care
Lost earnings and whether you will be able to work in the future
Your age, earning potential, and family situation
Whether death was involved
Availability of insurance coverage and assets of the defendants
The degree of fault of the defendants and the evidence and witnesses available to prove it
The individual jurisdiction, judge, and jury if there is a trial
The skill and negotiating power of your attorney.
In general, the more severe injuries that involve permanent damage and require long-term care or cause death often result in a higher settlement. All key factors will be carefully considered by your Houston truck accident lawyer when determining the compensation you should seek.
Truck Accident Lawyers in Houston Answer Questions
After a traumatic truck accident, you are bound to feel confused and have questions and concerns. While these are best addressed at your free consultation, to get you started here are some answers to questions our clients often ask.
WHAT’S THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL LAWSUIT?
For a lawsuit to be successful, the injured party (the plaintiff) must be able to show that they have suffered injuries related to the accident. Typically, the greater the costs associated with the injury, the stronger the case. If the plaintiff demonstrates that the injury was caused by the opposing parties (the defendants), they will have grounds for a lawsuit.
WHAT EXPENSES WILL THE SETTLEMENT COVER?
The settlement can cover a range of expenses, including past and future medical-related costs and lost wages (including diminished earning capacity). In addition to these financial costs, there are other non-economic damages that might be recoverable in a claim, such as damages related to physical and mental pain and suffering.
HOW MUCH DOES A TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY COST?
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we offer a No-Fee Guarantee to our clients. This means that we work on a contingency fee basis and we earn a fee only if we obtain compensation for your injuries.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THE TRUCKING COMPANY CALLS?
You are under no obligation to speak to representatives from the trucking company or an insurance company. If they attempt to offer you a cash settlement, do not bite. Remember: they are in the business of saving themselves money — not compensating you fairly. Direct these parties to your truck accident attorney.
HOW DO TRUCK ACCIDENTS DIFFER FROM CAR ACCIDENTS?
Legally speaking, an accident involving a truck is not like your typical car wreck. Due to the vehicle’s size, damage and injuries tend to be more serious (and more expensive). Multiple parties (driver, carrier, freight handler) and each of their insurance companies may be involved. Plus, commercial big rigs are governed by laws and regulations not applicable to passenger vehicles, and their insurance policies should have much higher coverage limits.
WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR WHEN INVESTIGATING YOUR CASE?
Truck wrecks can result from a number of factors. As your attorneys, it’s our job to sniff out evidence of negligence so you can file your claim and make a solid case for compensation to pay your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages owed to you by the negligent party — be it the trucker, the employer, or someone else. Often we will find that the carrier and/or the truck driver did not follow the law and placed the public at risk. When evidence shows that a driver or company cut corners to increase profits at the expense of safety, your compensation claim will gain strength.
WILL I HAVE TO GO TO COURT?
When both parties are able to come to an agreement through negotiation, it’s called a settlement and there is no need for a trial. When the two sides aren’t able to settle, the case will go to trial, where a jury will decide who is at fault and whether the plaintiff should be awarded compensation. A case may be negotiated and settled at any point before a verdict is given.
If yours is like 90% of cases, you won’t have to step inside a courtroom at all. It’s in the best interest of all parties to come to a settlement through negotiation.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REACH A SETTLEMENT?
Truck crashes bring more interests to the table than just yours and the truck driver’s — each trying to protect their own turf. The timeline of your case will depend on a variety of factors, including:
Accident investigation, which may require bringing in experts
Determining cost of current and future medical needs
Filling out legal paperwork and creating a demand package to send to defendants
Whether your attorney can settle through negotiations with insurance
Whether your case goes to court.
WHAT IF A LOVED ONE DIED IN THE TRUCK ACCIDENT?
If a close relative — generally a spouse, child, or parent — was killed in a truck crash, our truck accident attorney can represent you in a wrongful death case. According to Texas law (TX CPRC Section 71.001), an action for wrongful death may be brought if the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” of one party causes the death of another. The law allows spouses, children, or parents to file a wrongful death claim.
In a successful case, family members may receive damages that include:
Loss of income and future earning capacity
Loss of expected inheritance
Loss of services typically provided by the deceased: childcare, maintenance of the home, etc.
Loss of companionship, comfort, and love
Punitive damages, in exceptional cases.
And remember, we work for YOU and collect no fees whatsoever unless your case is successful.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A CLAIM?
If the costs associated with your injuries are high and you suspect the truck driver’s negligence contributed to the accident, you should consider the possibility that you have a solid case to seek compensation. Ultimately, the only way to learn about your case’s chance of success is to contact an attorney with experience in truck accident cases.
When you contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, you can have all your questions answered. Call us now at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.
“I braced myself real good and grasped onto the steering wheel and got ready to have a head-on collision… I didn’t seek any medical attention at the scene of the accident because I felt fine, probably because of the adrenaline rush… The insurance company wanted to do only what they had to in order to take care of the car… Seeing Terry Bryant’s commercial, I had a real good gut-feeling that he was the one I needed to call, so I did. It was a great relief. They handled everything… If I had a question, I just called them, and they took care of it… Of course I’d recommend Terry Bryant because he’s done me a great job.” ~ Frank
Truck Accident Attorney Proves Negligence and Liability
Proving Negligence is Vital
To win your case, our truck accident attorneys must be able to show that another party, the defendant in case, was negligent, at fault, and therefore liable for your damages. To prove fault legally, we must show the existence of the following elements:
Duty – The defendant owed you a duty of care not to cause harm.
Breach – The defendant breached that duty by acting or failing to act.
Cause – This breach caused an accident that resulted in your injuries.
Damages – You suffered damages as a result.
It can be difficult to prove liability in any motor vehicle accident, but that is especially true when a commercial vehicle is involved. Our truck accident lawyers will gather evidence from a variety of sources to piece together exactly what happened and who bears legal liability for the crash.
We will study the police accident report, photographs, and other documentation of the scene. Another critical piece of information will be the speed and braking data taken by the vehicle’s recording device.
If the scene was examined by a special investigator sent by the state to determine possible mechanical failure, we will look at that official’s findings.
As the victim, you may be required to face an independent investigator hired by the trucking company. This person will attempt to shift liability onto you. We will help prepare you for this interview.
In order to determine damages, we will take into account your medical expenditures, any missed time from work, pain and emotional suffering, and expenses due to long-term or permanent injuries.
Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?
Truck accidents are particularly complicated because there may be multiple parties who contributed to the accident and who can be found responsible in a lawsuit. This may include the driver, the trucking company, the truck/freight broker, and/or the manufacturer of a defective part.
The victims of any motor vehicle accident may pursue compensation for their injuries and losses from the responsible parties, but when a commercial vehicle is involved, it can affect how the claim is handled. This is because commercial vehicles are regulated at both the state and federal levels and are subject to additional safety regulations.
IN MANY TRUCK ACCIDENTS, MORE THAN ONE PARTY MAY BE AT FAULT
Driver error is the primary cause in most commercial vehicle crashes, but driver error does not absolve the carrier. Truckers are often under pressure to deliver their loads in a certain time frame, leading them to ignore federal guidelines that mandate rest breaks and restrict hours on the road.
If a driver acts with extreme negligence — for example, operates the vehicle outside of its intended scope without the knowledge or consent of the employer, or driving while fatigued — he alone may bear responsibility. But in most cases, even when the driver’s actions caused the crash, the trucking company may share liability due to a principle called respondeat superior.
Some carriers attempt to get around this by claiming their employees are independent contractors, but this is becoming harder to do.
WHO IS LIABLE WHEN A DRUNK TRUCKER CAUSES AN ACCIDENT?
Any person driving while impaired is a danger to himself, his passengers, and every other person unfortunate enough to encounter him on the road. But when the inebriated driver is behind the wheel of a truck, the potential of injury, death, and costly damage is even greater. Commercial trucks require skill, dexterity, and alertness to operate: the smallest error can tip the vehicle or cause it to careen into adjacent lanes. In addition, the size differential between a big rig and a passenger car means that the truck may do extreme damage to the smaller vehicle. This is why about 3,500 people are killed every year in crashes involving large trucks.
Normally, when an employee of a commercial transport company causes a crash, the employer is responsible for damages. This principle of respondeat superior helps ensure victims receive compensation to cover medical costs. However, it is relevant only if the employee causes an accident while in the scope of their employment. In general, there are few cases in which an impaired truck driver will be able to use respondeat superior to deflect responsibility to the carrier. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that truck drivers may not use alcohol within four hours of operating a cargo vehicle. A drunk trucker is in clear violation of this.
In Texas, though, the party who supplied the driver with alcohol — such as a bar or party host —may be found liable due to the state’s Dram Shop Laws. For these to be relevant, it must be shown that the person or business supplied alcohol to the driver when he was “obviously” inebriated and “a clear danger” to other people.
WHAT IF MECHANICAL FAILURE IS TO BLAME?
Mechanical failure can certainly be a culprit in a big rig crash. Who is liable for such a wreck depends on the nature of the breakdown. A trucking company’s lax maintenance can lead to worn tires, bad brakes, inadequate safety systems, and any number of other malfunctions. Carriers are required by law to inspect their vehicles and keep them in good working condition; and if they fail to do so, they can be held accountable.
If it’s determined that a defective part caused or contributed to the crash, the manufacturer of that part may bear at least some liability.
Many accidents with commercial trucks involve more than one defendant. Gathering documentation and witness testimony, researching, and managing all the details of these complex cases require a skilled and experienced Houston truck accident attorney. Terry Bryant will make sure every responsible party is held accountable. Call us now at (713) 973-8888.
If you or a family member has been hurt in a collision with a commercial truck, you are likely in shock and focused on recovery. Calling a lawyer may be the last thing on your mind. But keep in mind that it’s important to take this step as soon as possible. It’s best to launch an investigation immediately after the incident; if the statute of limitations passes, you may not be able to recover the money your injuries warrant. Once you hire us, here’s what to expect:
We will start an investigation into the accident, looking at police reports, witness accounts and photographs; consulting experts; and gathering all possible evidence in order to determine what happened and who was at fault.
Once you finish your medical treatment, we will obtain medical and billing records, and then analyze your claim – including the calculation of your economic and non-economic losses. Our analysis will be used to prepare our demand.
If we and the insurance companies involved cannot come to a satisfactory agreement through negotiation, we will initiate a lawsuit by filing a petition with the court.
Once the defendants have been served and have answered, the discovery phase will begin. This includes deposing witnesses, giving the opposing party requested information, and hiring expert witnesses.
After the discovery process is complete, we will go to trial.
Keep in mind that just because a lawsuit is filed, that does not mean a case will end up in the courtroom. The two sides may come to an agreement at any time, sometimes through mediation with a neutral third party.
The Houston truck accident lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law have a thorough understanding of the specific state and federal laws regulating commercial vehicles. We will make sure every responsible party is held to account and that you get all of the money you need to rebuild your life. Contact us online or call (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.
Truck Accident Attorneys Suggest What To Do After A Truck Accident
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, here’s what to do in the immediate aftermath.
Call 911 to alert the authorities and, if someone is injured, request emergency medical responders
If you are in harm’s way, do whatever is possible to get to safety.
Gather the name and insurance information of the truck driver.
Avoid speaking to the truck driver at length, and never admit fault without knowing the facts of your case.
Cooperate with the police officer that responds to the scene of your crash. They will use the information you provide in their police report.
If possible, take pictures of the scene with your phone and gather contact information of witnesses
If there is even a possibility that you have suffered an injury, play it safe and visit a doctor to be tested and treated.
Keep copies of anything you receive related to the crash – medical bills, vehicle damage repair bills or correspondence from insurance companies.
Contact an experienced Houston truck accident lawyer at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to schedule a free consultation.
Truck Laws and Regulations
Federal regulations for truck drivers and trucking companies were designed to protect all drivers on the road — truck drivers and other motorists. Accidents can take place with any type of commercial vehicle, including:
Delivery trucks, such as Fed-Ex, UPS, or Amazon trucks
Farm trucks or agricultural-related vehicles.
The FMCSA is the government agency that regulates the trucking industry and has laws stipulating who may drive a truck and what qualifications they must possess. Violations of the laws can be used to help prove liability in a truck accident case.
Some requirements are that, while on the road, a truck driver must:
An accident involving a commercial truck is serious business. If you or a loved one has been injured, it’s imperative that you hire a lawyer experienced with truck claims to ensure you aren’t shortchanged by a lowball insurance offer and that you receive every penny you deserve. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, our skilled and compassionate attorneys will fight for you every step of the way — up to and including in the courtroom.
The compassionate personal injury lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law are here to take the burden off you and handle all legal hurdles involved in getting you the compensation you deserve. Call our Houston truck accident lawyers as soon as possible, as it is important to start investigating your accident while evidence is fresh and witnesses can be found. In addition, Texas has a statute of limitations, a deadline for filing a case. According to the law (Texas CPRC Title 2, Chapter 16, Sec. 16.003), you generally have two years after the date of the accident to file a lawsuit in court. If you miss this deadline, the courts are likely to dismiss your case, so do not delay.
Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to schedule a free case evaluation today at (713) 973-8888.
Attorney Terry Bryant
Terry Bryant is Board Certified in personal injury trial law, which means his extensive knowledge of the law has been recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, setting him apart from many other injury attorneys. The 22 years he spent as a Municipal Judge, Spring Valley Village, TX also provides him keen insight into the Texas court system. That experience also helps shape his perspective on personal injury cases and how they might resolve. This unique insight benefits his clients. [ Attorney Bio ]
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