Texas Truck Accident Lawyers

Commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers and semi-trucks are the biggest automobiles on our nation’s roads. They play a vital role, transporting large and bulky loads, including construction equipment, building materials, and everyday products across the United States.

Even without a trailer, the average semi-truck can weigh between 10,000 and 25,000 pounds. When they’re fully loaded, they can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Such a heavy weight means that the impact of a semi-truck crash can be horrific — no crash does as much damage as a truck accident. They can, and often do, result in life-changing injuries, disabilities, and wrongful deaths.

Auto accidents happen all over the United States, but Texas is particularly accident-prone. Texas took the unenviable top position in a recent compilation of the country’s most dangerous roads, with 3,305 fatal motor vehicle crashes reported in 2018. With some roads allowing speed limits of up to 85 miles per hour and fully loaded semi-trucks taking 525 feet — or almost two football fields — to stop when driving just 65 miles per hour, it’s easy to see how quickly a semi-truck accident can happen — and to imagine how devastating the fallout can be.

Truck drivers, truck manufacturers, and cargo companies are responsible for avoiding truck accidents. If they fail to do so, and it results in a motorist, cyclist, or pedestrian sustaining injuries in an accident, they can and should be held accountable for their negligence.

If you were in an accident, you could be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills and lost earnings in addition to damages to help you adapt to life after your injury.

Our truck accident lawyers in Texas can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

Why Hire Our Texas Truck Accident Lawyers?

Choosing a Texas personal injury lawyer is not a decision you should make lightly. It’s vital to work with a lawyer you trust to fight for justice and negotiate a fair settlement or make the best case in court.

Our Texas truck accident lawyers understand how difficult it can be to find the right law firm for you.

That’s why, at Patino Law Firm, we do things a little differently.

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  • We’re a veteran-owned personal injury firm. Founder Dr. Louis Patino has decades of experience in an impressive career path that has taken him through the medical and legal fields. Before embarking on a career in law, Dr. Patino served as a U.S. Army Combat Medic for the 10th Mountain Division during the Gulf War era and practiced as a licensed chiropractor. Today, he uses his educational and personal experience in both fields to offer a unique perspective on personal injury law and empathize with victims of accidents with severe injuries.
  • We offer a personal approach. Right from the moment you book a no-obligation case review through to negotiating your settlement or taking your case to trial, you’ll meet directly with your dedicated commercial truck accident lawyer. They will be your point of contact and will always be there to update you on your case and answer any questions you might have.
  • We’ve secured millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. We’ve secured six-figure-plus settlements for our clients for a range of accidents, including semi-truck accidents.
  • We can help you get access to the best medical care. Evidence is the cornerstone of any successful truck accident claim, and the burden is on you to provide it. That’s why our expert truck accident lawyers in Texas make sure our clients get the best medical care for their injuries. We will discuss your case with your doctor and, if necessary, can refer you to a specialist for expert treatment. We can also help you delay payment for medical treatment until after you receive a settlement, meaning you’ll never be left with expenses you can’t afford.
  • You don’t pay unless we win. Our Texas truck accident lawyers work on a contingency basis, so you won’t pay a cent until we win your case.

What Are the Most Common Truck Accident Injuries?

Because of the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, the injuries sustained in an accident tend to range from moderate to severe.

These can include:

  • Fractured bones
  • Bruises and sprains
  • Severe lacerations
  • Burn injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Internal organ damage
  • Scarring or disfigurement

If you have suffered an injury or your loved one has tragically died in a semi-truck accident, our truck accident and injury lawyers in Texas can help you receive compensation so that you can begin to move forward.

What Are the Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents?

Semi-truck accidents can occur for numerous reasons. However, in almost all cases, semi-truck accidents are entirely preventable. Some of the most common causes of these accidents include:


Truck drivers are often under tight deadlines to reach their destinations, and it can lead to drivers going faster than is appropriate — or even legal.

Distracted Driving and Fatigue

Speeding isn’t the only danger of semi-truck drivers being under pressure to meet their deadlines. Despite regulations in place to prevent truck drivers from driving to the point of exhaustion, many drivers are on the road longer than they should be.

Distractions are also a leading cause of trucking accidents. It only takes a moment for a driver to take their eyes off the road to read a text, grab a drink, or turn on the radio for an accident to happen.

Improperly Loaded Cargo

In Texas, commercial truck drivers must meet state regulations on truck weight, height, and speed. If cargo is loaded incorrectly, it could tip the truck or compromise a driver’s control of the vehicle.

Driving under the Influence

Driving under the influence is more common in truck drivers than you might think. Studies show that amphetamine consumption is particularly prevalent in truck drivers to help them stay awake and alert during long drives. Prescription and over-the-counter medication also pose a risk, reducing reaction times and causing drowsiness.

Inadequate Inspections and Maintenance

Trucking companies are required to inspect and maintain vehicles to ensure they’re safe on the road. But for truck companies, maintaining a fleet can get expensive and lead to delivery delays if a truck isn’t road-worthy. If a trucking company cuts corners and a defect causes a crash, they can be liable.

Lack of Training and Safety Programs

Truck drivers must go through a rigorous qualification process to operate commercial trucks. If an individual is driving a truck they aren’t licensed to, evades critical training, or doesn’t adhere to safety regulations, their employer can be held liable after a truck accident.

Bad Weather Conditions

There’s little a truck driver can do about high winds, snowstorms, and heavy rain impacting visibility and making roads tricky to navigate. However, experienced truck drivers should take precautions when driving in inclement weather, such as going slower to prevent skidding and hydroplaning. If they don’t, and their reckless behavior causes a crash, they might be responsible.

Truck Defects

Trucking companies aren’t the only party responsible for ensuring their fleets don’t pose a danger to drivers and pedestrians. Parts manufacturers also have a duty of care. Unfortunately, many drivers won’t know they have a defective truck part until it’s too late. Any number of truck parts could be faulty, including:

  • Parking brakes
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Lighting devices and reflectors
  • Tires
  • Horns
  • Windshield wipers
  • Rear vision mirrors
  • Coupling devices
  • Wheels and rims
  • Emergency equipment.
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What Compensation Can a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer Help You Get?

A semi-truck accident can leave you with injuries that require significant time off work or a lengthy, painful recovery, but you don’t have to struggle alone. A personal injury claim can allow you to receive a monetary award to cover your medical expenses and lost earnings and compensate you for pain and suffering.

Our Texas truck accident lawyers can help you file for compensation if you’ve been injured in an accident.

Want to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to? Try our quick and easy personal injury calculator.

Who Is Liable for a Semi-Truck Accident?

In most motor vehicle accidents, the driver who caused the accident is typically liable. However, in semi-truck accidents, multiple parties might be responsible for the accident.

The Semi-Truck Driver

If a truck driver was negligent and caused the crash, you can claim compensation for your injuries. Driver error is the most common cause of truck accidents, and negligence or recklessness can comprise many different behaviors, from driving while intoxicated or distracted to falling asleep at the wheel.

The Trucking Company

A trucking company may also be responsible if they fail to conduct proper checks on their trucks before allowing them out on the road or if they hire unqualified drivers or drivers with a history of driving problems. They can also be held liable if they encourage drivers to be on the road longer than is permitted by law.

The Manufacturer

If a defective tire blows, a poorly designed brake malfunctions, or any other truck part doesn’t work as intended due to a manufacturing flaw; the manufacturer can be held liable for any resulting crash.

The Cargo Company

In the United States, loaded semi-trucks must not exceed a weight of 80,000 pounds. If too much cargo is loaded onto a truck — or if the cargo isn’t properly secured — and it causes a vehicle to tip or a driver to lose control, they can be held liable in a compensation claim.

Filing a Semi-Truck Accident Lawsuit in Texas

If you were in a truck accident, you could be entitled to compensation.

Whether you believe a truck failure or negligent driving caused your accident, or you’re not sure who might be responsible for your injuries, do not hesitate to contact a truck accident attorney.

We can help you:

  • Determine liability
  • Collect critical evidence such as black box data and driver logs (before it goes missing)
  • Collect witness testimony
  • Negotiate with tedious, greedy insurance companies so that you don’t have to
  • Get the justice and compensation you deserve.

It’s important to act fast, as the statute of limitations for personal injury in Texas is two years from the date of your accident. There are exceptions to this law, so if you’re not sure how long you have to make a claim, contact our personal injury lawyers in McAllen and San Antonio today.

Semi-truck accident laws in Texas are particularly detailed and complex, but our commercial truck accident lawyers have extensive knowledge and experience and can help get you justice and financial support for your injury. Get in touch with the Law Ninja at Patino Law Firm by calling 855-LAW-NINJA or filling in our contact form to see if you can make a claim after your accident.

Contact Our Texas Truck Accident Lawyers Today

For a free case evaluation with one of our compassionate Texas Truck Accident lawyers, call us today at 855-LAW-NINJA or send us a confidential message through our contact page.

We’ll do our best to help you and your family through this difficult time.

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