Bailey & Galyen Attorneys at Law

Overview

An accident involving a tractor trailer, 18-wheeler, semi truck or other commercial truck can result in serious physical injury and property damage. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to contact an experienced truck accident attorney to discuss your case as soon as possible.

Truck drivers in Texas are required to possess a Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) and limit the number of hours they drive during a given day. This law is intended to prevent Texas truck drivers from becoming fatigued or sleepy from long drives without adequate breaks or rest. Truckers must also avoid aggressive driving behavior, follow posted speed limits, properly maintain and inspect their truck, and yield to other vehicles on the road. If the truck driver decides to take shortcuts and avoid safety precautions, then it is likely that a major truck accident will transpire, in which the truck driver will be found negligent. If you find yourself a victim of a Texas truck accident, you should contact a qualified Texas truck accident lawyer at Bailey & Galyen immediately.

Texas Truck Accident Claims
When a commercial truck accident occurs, if an employment relationship is established between the truck driver and a trucking or shipping company, then that company can be held liable for the driver’s negligence under a legal theory known as “respondeat superior.” Under this doctrine, a trucking company or other employer can be held liable for the wrongful acts of its drivers. Trucking companies may try to fight liability under this theory by arguing that the wrongful act did not occur while within the scope of employment. Motor carriers also try to limit their liability by hiring drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.

In some cases, the manufacturer of the truck may also be held liable if the accident was caused by some defect in the truck. A shipper of hazardous materials carried by the truck may also be legally responsible for any injuries that were caused or made worse by the type of cargo on board. For example, if a shipper fails to advise a truck driver or trucking company of hazardous material contained in a load of freight, the shipper may be liable for injuries that result if that material catches fire or is released.

If a third party logistics company, which is a company that specializes in brokering transportation services but is not a motor carrier, is involved, it may be difficult to recover from that company. It has generally been held that the respondeat superior doctrine cannot be used against logistics companies because they generally engage in independent contractor relationships with motor carriers so they are exempt from liability. In addition, section 14704 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration often limits the liability of third party logistics companies in personal injury cases.

Contact us for a Free Initial Consultation
We will evaluate your case at no cost or obligation to you. To schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced Texas commercial truck accident attorney, contact us online or call our offices at one of the numbers listed below. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We take all cases on contingency, meaning there is never a fee until we recover a settlement in your favor.

Bailey & Galyen provides skilled legal representation to individuals across the State of Texas including the Dallas-Fort Worth communities of Arlington, Bedford, Dallas, Fort Worth, Carrollton, Grand Prairie, Mesquite and other cities in Texas including Houston Clear Lake / NASA, Texas.

Contact Us

Address

1901 Airport Fwy.,
Bedford, TX 76021

Phone

844-402-3900

Fax

817-545-3677

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Other Offices

Bailey & Galyen Attorneys at Law
6575 West Loop South
Suite 500
Bellaire, TX 77401
281-612-5210

Bailey & Galyen Attorneys at Law
25 Taylor Street
#617-A
San Francisco, CA 94102

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
660 N. Central Expy.
Ste. 290
Plano, TX 75074
972-737-9650

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
5460 Babcock Road
Suite #120C
San Antonio, TX 78240
210-775-0549

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
2229 N. Main Street
Ft. Worth, TX 76164
817-752-3310

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
1000 Belt Line Rd.
Ste. 210
Carrollton, TX 75006
972-395-5450

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
206 Houston Ave.
Weatherford, TX 76086
817-241-2670

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
3930 Galleria Oaks Dr.
Ste. 142
Texarkana, TX 75503
903-306-1981

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
4500 W. Illinois
Midland, TX 79703
432-279-1073

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
1515 N. Town East Blvd.
Ste. 228
Mesquite, TX 75150
972-564-8842

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
1300 Summit Ave.
Ste. 650
Ft. Worth, TX 76102
817-438-2141

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
4747 S. Hulen St.
Ste. 100
Ft. Worth, TX 76132
817-345-0655

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
2216 / 2220 S. Cooper St.
Arlington, TX 76013
817-533-8718

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
4131 N. Central Expy.
Ste. 860
Dallas, TX 75204
972-362-5532

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
3824 S. Carrier Pwy
#450
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
972-992-1615

Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law
18333 Egret Bay Blvd.
Ste. 333
Houston, TX 77058
281-771-1805


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