Not all personal injury lawyers handle truck accident cases. Why? Because these cases aren’t like other personal injury lawsuits. They can be very complex, require extensive resources to pursue, and need a very experienced attorney to handle them.
At Ted B. Lyon & Associates in Mesquite, Texas, we have dedicated our law practice to helping truck accident victims. We’ll be the first ones to tell you that truck wreck cases are different. Here’s how:
Truck Accidents Involve Very Serious Injuries
Fully loaded semi-trucks can weigh as much as 18,000 pounds. So, when they crash into smaller vehicles, they can do a lot of damage. Big trucks usually total smaller vehicles. When they do, they cause drivers and passengers very serious injuries, like:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Lost limbs/amputations
- Severe internal injuries requiring surgery
- Injuries that lead to wrongful death
People don’t usually walk away from truck accidents. These are events that change people, their families and their lives forever. In fact, many of our clients divide their lives into two separate parts: life before the truck accident and life after.
Truck Accidents Involve Multiple Parties
Truck accidents don’t just involve two drivers, like other car accidents. They can involve many different parties. They often involve the injury victim and other people who were in the victim’s vehicle. They involve the truck driver, as well as the trucking company. Sometimes, they can involve the truck manufacturer when dangerous or defective truck parts may be to blame.
Your lawyer must know how to handle cases that involve many different people. For example, the truck driver may blame the trucking company for practices that caused the wreck, like forcing him to drive through the night without a break. In turn, the trucking company may blame the driver for failure to take necessary rest breaks. Both parties might claim that the truck was defective. Your attorney’s law firm will need resources to conduct in-depth investigations into all the facts and uncover the truth.
Truck Accident Lawsuits Span Multiple States
These many parties complicate cases in other ways too. The injury victim may live in Texas, but the truck driver may be from Illinois, and the trucking company may be headquartered in Delaware. The different parties may argue about the right court to use for the lawsuit. For example, should the case be argued in a state court in Texas? Should the case be argued in federal court?
Lawyers who handle truck accident cases must know the complex rules of civil procedure that affect these cases. They must also be prepared to litigate in federal courts. They must be admitted to practice in these courts and have in-depth knowledge of the practices and procedures there.
The Stakes Are High. Get Legal Help.
With stakes this high, it is critical to get immediate legal help after a truck accident. Turn to an experienced attorney who knows how to handle complex truck accident cases. Call the lawyers at Ted B. Lyon & Associates at 214-377-1623 or contact us online. Consultations are free and confidential.