Beaumont Truck Accident Lawyers
Were you hurt in an accident with an 18-wheeler or another large commercial vehicle in Beaumont? You could be owed significant compensation from the trucking company or other responsible entity. The Beaumont truck accident lawyers of Portner Bond, PLLC are standing by to help you get the full and fair compensation you are owed, along with the justice that you deserve.
Commercial motor vehicles routinely traverse roads and highways all over the nation, and Texas is no exception. Commercial trucks are usually the largest vehicles on the road, and the people who operate these vehicles must be specially licensed. Furthermore, trucks are subject to strict state and federal regulations.
Any motor vehicle accident is likely to become much more severe when it involves a commercial vehicle. The sheer size of a commercial truck increases the likelihood of catastrophic or possibly even fatal injuries.
Portner Bond, PLLC has decades of experience investigating truck accidents and helping people obtain sizable settlements or verdicts at trial. Our attorneys will review your case when you call (409) 838-4444 or fill out a contact request form to schedule a free initial consultation.
Do I Need A Truck Accident Lawyer?
As soon as you are involved in a truck accident, the trucking company and possibly numerous insurance companies will begin working to limit the amount of compensation you receive. Some trucking companies may dispatch agents to the crash scene with forms for you to sign. Do not sign anything until you have had it reviewed by an attorney.
When an insurance company does not approach a victim at the scene of an accident, the next step will usually be to try to speak with them over the phone. You should again avoid saying anything to an insurance company until you have legal representation.
Insurers may make it sound like they are just trying to get your side of the story as part of an investigation, but this is usually a trick. Representatives are trained to ask victims questions that ultimately get them to make damaging admissions about their own negligence unknowingly.
In other cases, an insurance company may propose a lump sum settlement. Virtually all settlement offers fall woefully short of what most victims will need, and a lawyer will be able to work towards a fair and equitable settlement.
Why Choose Portner Bond, PLLC To Handle My Case?
Portner Bond, PLLC serves clients in Beaumont and such surrounding communities as Port Arthur, Orange, Crystal Beach, Groves, Baytown, Nederland, Bronson, Vidor, Galveston, Jasper, Sugar Land, Pasadena, Texas City, Humble, Conroe, Friendswood, Houston, The Woodlands, and Port Neches. We also help people in a number of other areas in Jefferson County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Liberty County, Orange County, Hardin County, Tyler County, Jasper County, and Chambers County.
Trent Bond is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction earned by only about 10% of lawyers in Texas. He is the vice president of the Jefferson County Bar Association, a former director of the Jefferson County Bar Association, and was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service).
Chris Portner was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2007 and 2008 as a rising star by Texas Super Lawyers. He has is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, to which fewer than 1% of attorneys in the United States are members, as well as a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association, and American Association for Justice.
Portner Bond, PLLC will work towards a settlement that provides for all of your needs, but we will also file a lawsuit when no acceptable settlement offer is extended. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing up front and our legal fees will come from your final award.
Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle
Portner Bond, PLLC has extensive experience handling many types of truck accident claims. Some common types of commercial vehicle crashes include:
- Intersection Accidents
- Jackknife Accidents
- Wide-Turning Accidents
- Rear-End Collisions
- Head-On Collisions
- Overloaded Vehicles
- T-Bone Collisions
- Override Accidents
- Underride Accidents
- Blocking Accidents
- Rollover Accidents
- Lost Loads
The actual causes of these types of accidents can be somewhat challenging to determine. Fortunately, commercial vehicles typically involve mechanical records and information about vehicle performance which can make determining the cause more practicable.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Inclement weather
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Inadequate driver training
- Unsecured loads
- Distracted driving
- Mechanical defects
- Brake failure
- Failure to maintain vehicle
One of the primary reasons that a commercial truck accident is so different from a car crash is the potential liability. Commercial vehicles often have several parties that are responsible for the inspection, maintenance, loading and balancing, and operation of the vehicles. There could be more than one negligent party in connection to a truck accident.
Possible liable parties, in addition to the truck driver, could include:
- Truck owners
- Freight owners
- Maintenance companies
- Governmental entities
- Truck part manufacturers
- Shipping agencies
- Cargo loading companies
- Other drivers
Contact an attorney as soon as possible after your truck accident so you can identify the cause of the crash and know exactly who can be held responsible.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Truck Accidents
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you likely have questions. The following questions and answers should give you a better idea of what to do if you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck crash.
What should I do after a truck accident?
Always make medical attention your first concern after a truck accident. Even if you do not think that you were harmed, you should still go to a hospital and see a doctor. If you have injuries with delayed symptoms, you want to get proper treatment right away.
If possible, take photos of everything involved at the scene of your crash. Get as many pictures as you can, and be sure to get a variety from different angles and distances. Also, look for potential witnesses and ask them for their names and phone numbers or some other contact information. Contact a lawyer before you speak to anybody else about your accident.
How long do I have to file a truck accident lawsuit in Texas?
In Texas, a person has two years from the date of a truck accident to file a lawsuit. A person who is younger than 18 years of age or of unsound mind is considered to be “under a legal disability.” Texas law establishes that the time of the disability is not included in a limitations period, meaning that the two-year statute of limitations applies after a victim turns 18 years of age or their disability is cured. Members of the United States Armed Forces can also have their limitations period tolled, or paused if they are serving overseas.
Can I still recover damages if I was partially at fault for my truck accident?
Texas law states a person can recover damages when their percentage of responsibility is not more than 50%. In other words, a defendant must be more responsible for your injuries than yourself. In Texas, a court is required to reduce damages by a victim’s percentage of negligence. This means that a person who is awarded $100,000 but found to have been 10% at fault would have their damages reduced by $10,000 and receive $90,000.
Truck Accidents in Texas: By the Numbers
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were 422 total crashes involving commercial motor vehicles in Jefferson County in 2017. This total included five fatal crashes, 14 suspected serious injury crashes, 34 non-incapacitating crashes, 59 possible injury crashes, 309 non-injury crashes, and one unknown severity crash causing six fatalities, 15 suspected serious injuries, 47 non-incapacitating injuries, 103 possible injuries, 1,158 non-injuries, and 23 unknown injuries.
TxDOT reported statewide fatal crashes in Texas in 2017 included 126 trucks, 433 truck-tractors or semi-trailers, five fire trucks, 17 buses, and eight school buses. Fatal crashes in rural areas included 62 trucks, 294 truck-tractors or semi-trailers, one fire truck, seven buses, and six school buses, while fatal crashes in urban areas included 64 trucks, 149 truck-tractors or semi-trailers, four fire trucks, ten buses, and two school buses.
According to TxDOT, statewide suspected serious injury crashes in Texas in 2017 included 585 trucks, 879 truck-tractors or semi-trailers, five fire trucks, 60 buses, and 29 school buses. Suspected serious injury crashes in rural areas included 205 trucks, 570 truck-tractors or semi-trailers, one fire truck, 10 buses, and 13 school buses, while suspected serious injury crashes in urban areas included 380 trucks, 309 truck-tractors or semi-trailers, four fire trucks, 50 buses, and 16 school buses.
TxDOT reported statewide non-incapacitating injury crashes in Texas in 2017 included 2,303 trucks, 2,446 truck-tractors or semi-trailers, 29 fire trucks, 260 buses, and 90 school buses. Non-incapacitating injury crashes in rural areas included 531 trucks, 1,210 truck-tractors or semi-trailers, seven fire trucks, 36 buses, and 43 school buses, while non-incapacitating injury crashes in urban areas included 1,772 trucks, 1,236 truck-tractors or semi-trailers, 22 fire trucks, 224 buses, and 47 school buses.
According to TxDOT, possible injury crashes in Texas in 2017 included 4,525 trucks, 3,118 truck-tractors or semi-trailers, 43 fire trucks, 575 buses, and 173 school buses. Possible injury crashes in rural areas included 690 trucks, 1,019 truck-tractors or semi-trailers, eight fire trucks, 59 buses, and 45 school buses, while possible injury crashes in urban areas included 3,835 trucks, 2,099 truck-tractors or semi-trailers, 35 fire trucks, 516 buses, and 128 school buses.
The Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts (LTBCF) annual report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) stated that there were 649 fatalities in Texas crashes involving large trucks in 2017. This was the highest total of the 10-year period dating back to 2007, and the 453 multiple-vehicle crashes involving large trucks in Texas in 2017 were also the most of any state in the country.
Contact a Beaumont Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you have suffered serious injuries or a loved one was killed in a commercial truck accident in the Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan area, you do not have to face a long and difficult road to recovery on your own. Get the help of an experienced Texas truck accident lawyer so you can make sure every negligent party is held accountable.
Portner Bond, PLLC serves the victims of truck accidents and their families, always working to achieve the most favorable possible outcome. Call (409) 838-4444 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.