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Texas Wrongful Death 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer

Finding the right lawyer after a fatal big rig truck accident is the first step toward protecting your family’s financial future.

There is nothing more painful than the loss of a family member. The pain is even worse when a loved one dies because someone else was negligent. When it is a truck driver who violated the safety regulations or a trucking company choosing profits over safety, the pain can quickly turn to anger. Look for help from a top-rated Houston 18-wheeler wreck attorney. Not all truck accident lawyers have the expertise truck accident victims need.

Dealing with the truck driver’s insurance company and proving a strong case takes knowledge and experience. A lot of law firms claim to be ‘truck accident attorneys, yet few have the qualifications and track record to back it up.

Attorney Greg Baumgartner has been fighting for Texas families in truck accident wrongful death cases for over three decades and has a track record of winning second to none. Please view our results page for some of our recent truck wreck wins.

Truck Accident Wrongful Death Statistics in Texas

In the most recent statistics available, the Texas Department of Transportation indicates that 822 people were killed and commercial vehicle crashes last year within the state.

Additionally, thousands of other Texas families have been devastated due to serious injuries from an 18-wheeler accident.

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What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

Texas provides a remedy for the loss of a loved one called a wrongful death claim. The wrongful death statute allows surviving family members to bring a lawsuit for their damages in the loss of the family member.
Each family member owns their wrongful death claim.

Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Texas?

Texas law provides that a spouse, children, and parents of a deceased can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Brothers and sisters are precluded from bringing a wrongful death case in Texas.

The law in Texas also provides a remedy for the deceased’s estate to recover medical expenses, funeral expenses, and the pain and suffering of the decedent before his or her death. A survivorship claim is a separate claim from a wrongful death claim. If the victim lived for a period after the accident, a wrongful death attorney would bring both a wrongful death lawsuit and a survival claim in the same case.

Who Can Be Liable in a Trucking Accident for Wrongful Death

If a truck driver was at fault and caused the accident, the truck driver and the trucking company, known as a “motor carrier,” are usually named in a wrongful death lawsuit. Others might be responsible in whole or part if their actions participated in causing the accident or the wrongful death. Get the best wrongful death lawyer in Houston to help investigate your accident ASAP.

Examples of potential defendants:

  • The truck driver
  • The motor carrier
  • The maintenance company for the big rig
  • Other motorists involved in the accident
  • A company that loaded the truck

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Insurance Coverage for Wrongful Death Truck Accidents

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require trucking companies to carry a minimum commercial policy of $750,000. Generally, the motor carrier carries a minimum of one million dollars of coverage and, often, multiple layers of excess coverage above the primary policy.

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Put our Truck Accident Law Team On Your Side

We have fought for a family’s financial future after a commercial vehicle crash for over three decades. Our track record of results in trucking cases speaks for itself.

In addition to being nationally recognized in truck accident litigation, attorney Greg Baumgartner limits the number of cases he handles to provide the best available service to our clients.

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