truck accident

Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer
in Austin, Texas

Texas is #1 in the entire United States in fatalities due to trucking accidents.

A truck or 18-wheeler accident is like no other wreck. An 80,000 lbs truck hitting a passenger vehicle will result with the passenger vehicle losing every time.

We believe that these professional drivers who are driving for big truck companies and the trucking companies that put their drivers on our roadways must be held to a higher standard if they are to be sharing our roadways and highways.

This is what we do, and we are good at it.

Scenario: Semi-Truck Losing Control (Video 1) & Accident from GMC Driver Point of View (Video 2)

You Need an Experienced Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer

Insurance companies that represent big truck companies are not in the business to pay out compensation. Indeed, they will try to do anything so that they can avoid paying out the true value of claims. Often times they will hold out offers that look like a lot of money, but due to huge hospital bills and needed treatment in the future for truck accident victims, these seemingly large sums are really quite meager.

When the truck insurance company gives you a take-it-or-leave-it offer, what can you do? You need a trial lawyer experienced in cases related to preventable 18-wheeler accidents and truck accidents. Not just a lawyer that does personal injury, but a lawyer that knows how to try a trucking case.

You need an experienced trial lawyer that has the resources, the ability, and the passion for law to pursue preventable truck accidents like no other.

We Hold Truck Companies Accountable for Fatal Crashes

Nothing is more devastating or senseless than losing a family member due to someone else’s negligence. When a trucking company puts a tired or impaired truck driver behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler or semi-truck and kills someone, a whole family is thrown into grief, uncertainty, and mourning.

At Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C., we represent families who have lost loved ones in fatal semi-truck accidents. In Texas, family members of fatal truck accident victims are entitled to seek compensation for:

  • Wages that your family member could have earned
  • Medical expenses your family member incurred prior to death
  • Burial and funeral expenses
  • Loss of consortium for a spouse
  • Loss of parental guidance for a child
  • Conscious pain and suffering of the deceased
  • Loss of the relationship between family members and the deceased

In Our Clients’ Words

Mr. Gabbay was professional, to the point, extremely honest and on top of that he was very compassionate and truly cared about our situation. These are traits that most lawyers we have met just don’t have. Throughout the entire year long process Mr. Gabbay and his team were always on top of every detail and were always looking out for our best interest. Leonard Gabbay and team, thank you for making what could have been a bad experience a truly pleasurable one. We were blessed to have met you and your staff.

Mr. & Mrs. Persaud (Clients)

Our Process for Prosecuting Preventable Truck Accident Cases

Our legal team pursues many questions and answers that are key to the proper prosecution of your preventable trucking accident case. Some questions we seek answers to include:

  • Is it because of a tread separation of one or more tires?
  • Is it that the truck had faulty brakes or brake lines?
  • Was the truck suffering from driver fatigue and driving over the legal hours of operation?
  • What other Federal and State Safety Law did the truck driver ignore?
  • What Federal and State Safety Law did the trucking company ignore?
  • Was the driver of the 18-wheeler rig qualified to drive?
  • Did the trucking company properly train their driver or did they simply just give him an 80,000 lbs. Tractor trailer and send him off on our roadways?
  • Was it a lack of supervision that caused this 18-wheeler wreck?

We hold truck drivers and the trucking companies that put them on our roadways accountable for the mayhem, carnage, and death that result from their carelessness.

Holding Truck Companies Accountable for Negligent Hiring

Preventable 18-wheeler accidents can also happen as a result of a negligent hiring process by the trucking company who employs them. Trucking companies are responsible for being diligent in the hiring process for their drivers. They must maintain high hiring standards and conduct thorough background checks. However, if they fail to do their due diligence and hire a driver who causes a serious truck wreck, they can be held accountable in a negligent hiring claim.

Examples of negligence on the part of trucking companies include:

  • Failure to review a driver’s Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) report and Motor Vehicle Report (MVR)
  • Hiring a driver with a record of speeding, reckless driving and other traffic violations
  • Hiring a driver with a record of drunk driving, drugged driving, drug possession and other criminal violations
  • Hiring a driver who has been involved in other preventable truck accidents
  • Hiring a driver with a history of drug use
  • Failure to follow up on complaints from the driver’s co-workers or other motorists
  • Failure to provide safety training for truck drivers
  • Failure to conduct drug screening tests of truck drivers

When a driver who should not have been behind the wheel of a semi truck in the first place causes a wreck, the trucking company should be held accountable for the harm that is caused. We are here to see that it is.

About Leonard B. Gabbay

Leonard B. Gabbay’s 25 years of legal experience has been recognized by multiple local and national associations. He has been recognized for 5 consecutive years as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters. He has also won multiple awards from Avvo Inc., including “Clients’ Choice for Trucking Accidents” in 2012, and a “Superb Lawyer 10” from 2012-2018.

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Contact Us for a Consultation for Your Preventable Semi-Truck Accident Case

You need an attorney experienced in trucking cases on your side. Not all personal injury lawyers know how a trucking crash is different from a regular preventable car accident. We do. We handle truck accidents and other commercial vehicle accident claims for people throughout Austin, Texas. If you think you have been injured due to a preventable truck accident, reach out to the law office of Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C.