Truck Accidents


A commercial truck accident can be much more devastating than an accident between two cars or pickup trucks. A typical, fully loaded commercial truck can weigh upwards of 20 times that of a typical car. Due to this significant weight disparity, most commercial truck accidents involving cars typically result in serious, even fatal, injuries.


If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you should meet with an Amarillo personal injury lawyer that specializes in personal injury cases of this nature with the qualifications and years of experience necessary to guide you through the difficult maze of bringing a legal claim against the responsible parties and recovering compensation for your injuries.  You need Bill Cornett.


Secondary Dangers of Commercial Truck Accidents


It’s not just the commercial truck that makes commercial truck accidents so devastating.  Often the freight the truck is carrying contributes to the severity of the accident. For example, if hazardous or flammable materials (such as gasoline or industrial waste) are on board a big rig involved in an commercial truck accident, secondary injuries from that dangerous cargo can result.


Proving Your Case


If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident and you believe the driver of the truck was negligent, in order to prove you case you must be prepared to show the following:


  1. Defendant (driver, trucking company, etc.) should have exercised a reasonable degree of care to avoid injury, under the circumstances ;
  2. Defendant failed to exercise such reasonable care; and
  3. Defendant's failure to exercise reasonable care was the cause of injury suffered by you or your loved one.


Potential Defendants


In order to collect for injuries suffered in a truck accident, it is important to identify as many potential defendants as possible, which may not be limited to the driver. These additional defendants may include trucking companies, contractors, employers, manufacturer or shipper of hazardous materials carried by the truck and insurance companies. The potential liability of trucking companies, employers, and contractors is a key factor in assessing recovery through insurance coverage, as all these entities likely will carry separate policies.


Special Considerations


The operation of large commercial trucks that must be considered in the event of a truck accident:


  • Jackknifing -- Large vehicles such as eighteen-wheelers are prone to jackknifing under certain conditions, especially during sudden braking and turning. The driver of a truck that has jackknifed may be not be held negligent where the jackknifing was due to unforeseeable slipperiness of the road, or an abrupt turn to avoid a motorist or stalled truck.
  • Turning Accidents -- Commercial trucks can be difficult to turn, often requiring the use of two lanes to make a right turn. It is not always a clear case of negligence, but some courts have held that driving a big rig in this manner is sufficient to establish the truck driver's fault.


Call your Amarillo personal injury lawyer right away


When the unexpected happens and you need an experienced professional Amarillo personal injury lawyer you know you can count on Bill Cornett.  For well over 45 years, Amarillo attorney William (Bill) Cornett has been there to help in an uncertain time.  If you need him, Bill is there. Accidents involving large commercial trucks often result in serious physical injury and property damage. If you are involved in a truck accident where the truck driver was at fault, you may be entitled to damages -- financial compensation for physical, emotional, and/or financial losses resulting from the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a truck accident, you should consider having an attorney evaluate your claim. There is no obligation, and the consultation could make all the difference in whether you collect on your claim.


Your most important action may end up being the phone call that you make to your Amarillo personal injury lawyer.  In the Texas Panhandle that call should be to Amarillo personal injury lawyer Bill Cornett.  Bill has dealt with nearly every type of car accident during his 40+ years in practice.  Be safe and be smart…remember these phone numbers (806) 374-9498 or (800) 658-6618.


Put Cornett Law Firm’s 45+ years of experience to work for you


Bill Cornett, Amarillo Attorney, with Cornett Law Firm offers affordable, qualified services as an experienced personal injury lawyer, probate attorney, family law attorney, criminal law attorney, DWI attorney, family law attorney and divorce attorney. attorney. Bill also has experience in estate planning and agriculture law. Sit down with Bill at his office located at 612 S. Van Buren St. in Amarillo TX by calling (806) 374-9498 or (800) 658-6618 TODAY to schedule a free consultation.


Bill Cornett recently handled a commercial truck accident case where a rear wheel came off a moving trailer which resulted in a $1,400,000 recovery for his clients.  The case was settled when an expert witness was produced that proved the lug nuts on the rear wheel became loose after not being properly tightened by the shop that last serviced the trailer.  This was a tragic case that resulted in a large settlement which was deserved by the clients. Let Bill Cornett go to work for you to make sure you get the settlement you deserve.


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Bill Cornett grew up on a farm in Knox City, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law School. Bill was licensed to practice law in the State of Texas in 1973.

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