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West Texas Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer

Texas has the largest trucking industry in the U.S., with nearly 200,000 truckers employed across the state. With such a booming industry, there is an increased risk of truck accidents on our highways and roads. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were more than 53,000 truck accidents statewide in 2022. These types of crashes often cause serious or fatal injuries, causing you to miss out on work and daily life.

Truck accident injury claims are challenging and require immediate action. The attorneys at Kemmy Law Firm can help provide clarity, guiding you through the next steps to get the maximum compensation you need for your trucking accident injuries and other damages.

Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer

There is nothing simple about a truck accident claim. You will need to preserve and gather as much evidence as possible and assess police reports, photos, and eyewitness accounts. By retaining an attorney immediately after your truck wreck, you have someone who will collect all relevant information and evidence on your case and begin building a solid claim for you to recover compensation.

On your own, you won’t have access to the truck driver’s logs, the trucking company’s records, or the vehicle’s electronic data. A lawyer can secure this evidence and discovery to establish negligence in your crash, identify who is liable, and ensure the responsible parties pay you fully.

Without the help of an experienced attorney, truck accident victims risk settling for significantly less than they’re owed. Your settlement without a lawyer might fail to cover all the costs of your recovery and make you whole again, leaving you in debt.

Major trucking companies in West Texas usually have an extensive legal team and budget. At Kemmy Law Firm, our attorneys aren’t afraid to go up against even the biggest names in the trucking industry. We will do whatever it takes to bring justice after your accident.

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Why Choose Kemmy Law Firm?

After a commercial truck collision in West Texas, your first thought may be to settle with the insurance company. While this is understandable, know that these companies want you to settle for the least amount out of their pockets possible. You likely deserve far more than they suggest; unfortunately, other law firms might also push you to accept their initial offer. We recommend you do not rely on greedy insurers or attorneys looking out for their own interests.

Instead, work with our experienced trial lawyers, who will quickly jump on your case and bring it to trial if an appropriate settlement is unavailable. Kemmy Law Firm is a family-owned and -operated law firm with over 50 years of combined experience handling trucking accident claims and other personal injury accidents. We have helped countless clients recover compensation in West Texas and the Permian Basin.

Common Types of Truck Accidents We Handle

At Kemmy Law Firm, our attorneys handle a variety of commercial truck accident cases, including:

  • Jackknife truck accidents
  • Runaway truck accidents
  • Accidents due to truck brake failures
  • Rear-end crashes
  • Head-on collisions
  • Tire blowout accidents
  • Distracted truck driver accidents
  • Impaired truck driver crashes
  • Drowsy truck driver accidents
  • Shifting cargo truck accidents
  • Lost load truck accidents
  • Truck rollover accidents
  • Wide-turn truck collisions
  • Blind spot accidents
  • T-Bone/side-impact truck crashes

Any truck accident can have devastating results due to the size and weight of these vehicles. Regardless of the type of accident you experienced, if you’re injured because of a negligent truck driver or company’s actions in West Texas, you deserve a dedicated legal advocate who will fight for you to recover fully.

Will Evaluate Your Injuries After a Truck Accident

You or a loved one are likely suffering significant injuries after a crash involving a negligent truck driver. Common injuries our West Texas attorneys see in accident cases include:

Injured victims deserve to recover compensation that covers medical bills and other damages. Kemmy Law Firm is here to help reduce your stress after a trucking accident in West Texas and bring you the full compensation you need for a smooth and full recovery.

Fatal Truck Accidents

If your loved one was killed due to a trucking accident, you are not without legal options. The compassionate wrongful death attorneys at Kemmy Law Firm can help you recover compensation if you are a spouse, parent, child, or personal representative of the estate in relation to the deceased victim.

We will hold negligent trucking companies and any other parties accountable for the pain they have caused you and your family, and accompany you in the fight to enact change so that no one else has to experience what you’re going through.

Survival claims are also available in Texas. A survival claim intends to recover compensation the decedent had been pursuing through a personal injury claim before their tragic passing. The claim can be continued on behalf of their heir, estate, or legal representative.

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Our Truck Accident Attorneys Will Identify Who Is Liable

Potentially liable parties in your West Texas truck accident might include:

  • A negligent driver
  • Trucking company
  • Trucking manufacturer
  • Cargo owner
  • Cargo loader
  • Maintenance provider

Establishing liability involves collecting and carefully analyzing evidence. A semi-truck accident lawyer at Kemmy Law Firm will track down and review the police report, photos of the crash, video footage from other vehicles, traffic cameras, and businesses’ surveillance cameras, eyewitness accounts, physical evidence, and more. The longer you wait to retain an attorney, the likelier this crucial evidence will be harder to secure.

Damages in West Texas Truck Accident Cases

In order to pursue the maximum compensation after your West Texas trucking accident, the attorneys at Kemmy Law Firm will calculate the extent of your damages. Damages in truck accidents and other personal injuries can be economic or non-economic.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are easily calculated because they directly correlate with a monetary value. You can demand compensation for the financial losses you sustained as a result of your truck accident and injuries, including:

  • Lost wages
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Medical supplies for at home
  • Transportation costs to and from medical appointments
  • Mental health care, such as therapy

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are harder to calculate since they aren’t tied to actual values. However, they are just as important as financial losses, and cover how your life has been impacted due to your truck crash. Non-economic damages include:

Punitive Damages

Unlike non-economic and economic damages, punitive damages are not intended to make you whole again after an accident. Instead, they serve to punish an at-fault party if they behaved recklessly, maliciously, or fraudulently.

Texas law caps punitive damages at the greater of $200,000, or twice the amount of economic damages plus an amount equal to non-economic damages (up to $750,000).

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If you’re looking for a law firm, where you’re not just another client. I can say from personal experience, you have found the right place at The Kemmy Law Firm. Everyone there always treated us amazingly. Not at any time were we in the dark, not knowing what was going on. Either Tom, Nick or Melissa would give us updates often on the case and explain to us the next steps. Which this made us feel like we were the only case they had. They fought for us as if they were fighting for their own family. They were compassionate about making sure we were going to be all right during the case as well as the years after the case. We are so thankful we found the Kemmy Law Firm and you will be too. Thank you Tom, Nick, and Melissa and everyone at The Kemmy Law Firm.

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West Texas Truck Accident Claims Process

The claim process entails an investigation, preservation letter, expert testimony, calculating your damages, and more. It is essential to hire an experienced West Texas truck accident lawyer who can assist you, handling every detail throughout the process so you can secure the compensation you deserve.

Investigating Your Accident

Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation into your West Texas trucking accident, securing crucial and time-sensitive evidence so that we can get started on building your claim for compensation right away.

We’ll gather a copy of the police accident report, video footage, photos, eyewitness testimony, and more. We will also use public records to investigate the truck driver and trucking company’s backgrounds to determine whether negligence or recklessness occurred.

Sending a Preservation Letter

Kemmy Law Firm will send a preservation letter to the truck driver, trucking company, and any other party relevant to the crash. This letter will explain your legal claim and demand that they preserve any potentially relevant evidence.

West Texas truck accident evidence tends to disappear quickly without a preservation letter. The trucking company may destroy records or a semi-truck’s black box data, which recorded what happened before, during, and after your crash.

Hiring Experts

Some cases require expert evaluation or testimony to establish your accident’s root cause and prove the damage’s impact. We will hire experts to review your West Texas truck crash case if needed. Whether they are a medical, vocational, financial, economic, accident reconstruction, or trucking expert, their objective analysis can additionally support your compensation claim.

Documenting and Valuing Damages

Our lawyers will gather evidence from the very beginning and provide support during the Texas personal injury claim process. We know your trucking accident damages and injuries have impacted your life significantly. We vow to calculate the amount you are owed so you don’t get shorted in your recovery.

Filing a Lawsuit

Too often, trucking companies refuse to pay the total amount a victim deserves. Our experienced trial attorneys will fight for you in the courtroom if necessary and convince the jury that you deserve full compensation after your accident—no matter who we have to go up against.

Negotiating an Insurance Settlement

Most truck accident claims resolve before they need to go to trial. This often occurs through an insurance settlement. Our attorneys will aggressively negotiate on your behalf and refuse to settle for less than you’re owed.

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The Kemmy lawyers secured a $2.3 Million settlement.

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The Kemmy firm secured an $8 Million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered a brain injury when basic safety rules were violated.

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Texas Commercial Trucking Regulations

There are many safety protocols that truckers, trucking companies, and manufacturers must follow. Truck drivers or companies that violate these rules put their drivers and other motorists in harm’s way and deserve to be held accountable for their wrongdoing.

FMCSA and TxDOT regulate all aspects of the trucking industry, including:

  • Truck driver licensing and endorsements
  • Truck driver drug testing
  • Vehicle size and weight restrictions
  • Vehicle markings and warnings
  • Vehicle inspections and maintenance
  • Vehicle safety standards
  • Hours of service regulations

Our attorneys can help determine exactly which FMCSA violations occurred leading up to your trucking accident, as well as who is responsible and any other parties that could be held liable.

Commercial Trucking Insurance

Truck drivers and trucking companies must adhere to specific insurance requirements:

  • Trucks weighing less than 10,001 pounds and carrying non-hazardous goods: $300,000
  • Trucks weighing more than 10,001 pounds and carrying non-hazardous goods: $750,000
  • Trucks carrying oil: $1 million
  • Trucks carrying hazardous materials: $5 million

Your commercial trucking accident attorney will thoroughly examine the insurance of the truck driver, trucking company, or third party to see if they have a relevant policy that may cover your injuries. However, we will refuse to back down if an insurance adjuster tries to deny liability or reduce your settlement. We’re prepared to fight for what your case is worth, and we will take it to trial if it means getting you full and fair compensation.

We Take Truck Accident Cases to Trial and Win

Winning the full value of your claim through compensation requires a great deal of work during our trial preparations. Hard work pays off when it comes to West Texas trucking accident cases—and our record of successful results proves it.

Kemmy Law Firm has trialed countless personal injury cases, and will not hesitate to do the same in your commercial trucking accident case. Our legal team will ensure we use every resource available—as well as our time, undivided attention, and money—to bring you the maximum amount you are entitled to. Let our family stand with yours in the aftermath of a Texas semi-truck accident and defend you aggressively at trial so that you can move past the experience without any stress or worries.

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Get a free consultation. We do not charge up-front fees, and you owe nothing unless you recover compensation.

When you work with us at Kemmy Law Firm, you are working with a family run firm with more than 50 years of combined experience. We are dedicated and successful trial attorneys practicing in West TX, Hobbs, NM, Midland-Odessa, and across the Permian Basin. Our team handles everything from catastrophic injury claims to complex business matters. We are here to fight for you. We dedicate our time and attention to your case and use every resource available to maximize your claim and obtain the best possible outcome.