Our roads are full of trucks, delivery vans, you name it. Everywhere we look, there is a commercial vehicle driving as though you don't exist or matter. And it is only getting worse.
We are a group of attorneys with a passion for helping those harmed or killed by eighteen wheelers, trucks and other heavy equipment on our Texas roadways. To those who have come here searching for answers, we hope you find our resources helpful. Remember, serious personal injury cases require serious representation.
As trial lawyers, we know that the best – if not only — way to achieve the goal of community safety is to get dangerous drivers and profit first companies to think about themselves and how their conduct is going to harm them if they don’t change their behavior before it’s too late. The civil justice system is the mechanism by which the goal of community safety can be accomplished. With full justice and full compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a negligent truck driver, you need to contact our firm right away so that we can begin collecting evidence on your behalf before the trucking company begins hunkering down and protecting themselves. Their lawyers and investigators have already begun working on their defense, you should have someone in your corner fighting to preserve the truth.
When you work with Will Adams Law Firm, you work with dedicated and highly experienced legal professionals who thoroughly investigate your case and help determine who is at fault in order to bring the wrongful party to justice. You deserve compensation after an accident, and the Katy truck accident lawyers at Will Adams Law Firm can help you obtain it. Call (800) 559-0593 today.
It is truly incredible how much havoc big trucks wreak on our State's roadways. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were 35,635 total crashes involving commercial motor vehicles that included 512 fatal crashes, 1,221 suspected serious crashes, 3,444 non-incapacitating crashes, 4,959 possible injury crashes, 25,234 non-injury crashes, and 265 unknown severity crashes in 2017. These caused 601 fatalities, 1,529 suspected serious injuries, 4,845 non-incapacitating injuries, 8,244 possible injuries, 91,443 non-injuries, and 3,131 unknown injuries. That is beyond comprehension and unacceptable.
Many trucking companies or their insurers will quickly dispatch agents to crash scenes or attempt to contact you by phone. They do not have your best interests in mind even though they claim otherwise. If you are approached by anybody other than a police officer acting in his or her official capacity, do not sign any paperwork or provide any recorded statements until you have legal representation.
If you or someone with you is able, you should also try to collect as much evidence as you can in the form of photographs. Do not jeopardize your safety or delay medical treatment, but evidence at the scene often changes or fades over time, and this may be your only opportunity to preserve what really happened. Calling us immediately will enable our firm and investigators to complete this very important task, so once you and your family are stable, someone should reach out to us immediately.
Again, if any only if you are able, look for people who may have seen your accident, and get contact information from these parties. If you cannot take these measures yourself, ask a friend, family member, neighbor, or anybody else you know to do it for you. You should also avoid sharing your experience on social media, and refuse to speak to any insurance agents until you’ve contacted a lawyer.
If you are considering making a claim after a truck accident in Katy, you may have many questions. We have posted the answers to some frequently asked questions below, but do not hesitate to contact us for answers to any specific questions about your case.
Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003(a), you have two years from the date of a truck accident to file a lawsuit. State law does recognize certain exceptions to the statute of limitations. For example, a minor will have their limitations period tolled (delayed) such that they have two years to file from the date that they turn 18 years of age. Parent’s claims for reimbursement of medical expenses, however, are not delayed and must be filed within two years. Members of the United States Armed Forces can also have their limitations periods tolled if they are serving overseas.
Absolutely. Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 33.001, a person can recover damages so long as their percentage of responsibility is not more than 50 percent. You can seek damages so long as the defendant was more responsible for your injuries than yourself. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 33.012 further provides that a court must reduce damages by a victim’s percentage of negligence. This means that a person who is awarded $100,000 but found to have been 45 percent at fault would have their damages reduced by $45,000 and ultimately recover $55,000.
One reason truck accident cases are so complicated is because of the volume and variety of evidence that may be relevant. Just like a regular vehicle accident, evidence from the scene of the accident will be required. This can include photographs, witness statements, and police reports. Evidence to prove damages, such as medical records and bills, will also be necessary. Truck accident claims will also require trucking industry-specific evidence and expert testimony. This can include black box data, driver logs, employment documents, training manuals, maintenance records, company policies, and more. Finding all of this evidence and identifying what is relevant to your case can be difficult, so contact a lawyer with experience in truck accidents for help.
Truck drivers are generally contracted through companies to freight cargo to and from specified destinations. There are numerous laws and federal organizations, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, that regulate drivers and their rigs, but finding who is at fault for an accident may still be difficult. When you work with our firm, we investigate every aspect of the accident and apply a dedicated approach to your case to ensure that your rights are protected and that you obtain the compensation that you deserve. Depending on the situation of the collision, one or more of the following factors may come into play when determining who is at fault:
A lawyer will be able to investigate your claim to identify all the liable parties and help you hold them to justice.
Truck drivers and their employers should be held accountable if their negligence causes you harm. If you need help after being involved in a truck accident, the attorneys at Will Adams Law Firm can guide your case through the legal process. Contact us to speak with us about your specific circumstances.