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18-wheeler Accident Attorney in Texas


The Lone Star State is the second largest state in population and area. Unfortunately, Texas is number one in the United States in an infamous statistic — large truck fatalities. In 2014, Texas experienced 553 fatalities in crashes involving large trucks. This grim number is 223 deaths greater than the next state (California – 300). With more than 300,000 miles of open roads and a vast majority of the state’s manufactured products moved by commercial motor vehicles, serious and deadly crashes involving 18-wheelers is an unacceptable reality.

Sadly, many of the crashes that result in severe, debilitating injuries could have been prevented. Commercial truck drivers and trucking companies that do not follow safety guidelines, regulations, and laws are putting you and your loved ones at risk. Trucking accidents, caused by mechanical issues or human factors, are oftentimes avoidable and preventable. Thousands of lives are lost each year due to the negligence of a truck operator or trucking company.

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to bring the largest trucking companies in the world to justice and make Texas a safer place to drive. Since 1988, our attorneys have handled 18-wheeler accidents across the country and have helped our clients receive the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering. Whether the company is small or large, our success is not an accident; it is because we understand how trucking companies operate.

Our attorneys are available to respond to trucking accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.


Thomas J. Henry employs state-of-the-art technologies and experts in every personal injury case. From the first day we meet with a client until the day the case is resolved, experienced trucking accident attorneys will handle the case efficiently and effectively.

  • Technology
    • Our firm conducts business with state-of-the-art technology in an environment where efficiency and effectiveness are paramount. From the first time a new client visits our office (or we visit you), a complete case profile is active in our modern computer system. We understand the importance of technology to your case, so we employ the leading-edge solutions for case management, client interaction, and information security. Our attorneys can access your files with speed and security from anywhere in the world with a click of a mouse. The ability to expedite your case information to clients and legal professionals helps ensure you receive the most up-to-date information possible.
  • Mobility
    • Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. Our attorneys are accessible from any part of the world, and because our firm can access your case files remotely, attorneys can hold meetings, draft and review documents, and store or share files at anytime from anywhere. Our Texas semi-truck accident attorneys have access to jet services, satellite technology, and cutting-edge mobile technologies to provide efficient, dynamic representation for our clients. If you cannot make it to our Corpus Christi, San Antonio, or Houston offices, we can come to you at your home, office, or hospital.
  • Experts
    • Trucking experts serve as witnesses in commercial trucking litigation matters, providing experts reports and testimony for judges, attorneys, lawyers, law firms, insurance companies, and government agencies in Federal and State court trials and arbitration. It is vital to find the right expert and the best expert witnesses for your case. Each expert witness we engage has been thoroughly examined and questioned before ever participating in your case. Our firm has spent a tremendous amount of time selecting only the best experts from across the nation.
    • Expert witnesses in a Texas trucking accident case may include:
      • Accident investigation experts
      • Hazardous materials experts
      • FMCSA compliance consultants
      • Forensic engineers
      • Accident reconstructionists
      • Human factors forensic science experts
      • General equipment technical experts
      • Doctors, surgeons, psychologists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and other medical professionals


As a victim of a trucking accident, you have rights that require protection. Following an incident, there are certain steps you can take to help preserve evidence from your case and make sure you are taken care of physically.

  • Stop immediately after the crash and assess the situation
    • Check yourself and any passengers for injuries. Make sure it is safe to exit your vehicle before doing so.
  • Make the accident visible
    • Use your vehicle hazard lights, set out reflectors, or use road flares to signal to other motorists that they are approaching a crash scene.
  • Notify the police
    • Contact the police or call 911 if there is an emergency. Filing a police report is an important step in filing insurance claims. Also, be sure that paramedics arrive on the scene to care for any injuries sustained in the crash.
  • Record the facts and take pictures
    • Speak with responding officers and be as accurate as possible without speculating about facts surrounding the accident or any injuries you may have incurred. In addition, take pictures of your vehicle, the scene, any injuries you or your passengers suffered, or anything else that may help your case in the future.
  • Gather and exchange information
    • Collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all parties involved in the accident as well as any witnesses to the crash. Obtain the insurance information of all drivers involved in the truck accident.
  • Seek medical attention
    • Sometimes injuries or pain from the accident won’t become apparent until days after the crash. If you are uncertain if you suffered an injury, err on the side of caution and schedule an appointment with a primary care physician.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company
    • Contact your insurance company as soon as you can. As your claim is processed, keep a log of any medical expenses or crash-related expenses as well as any changes in health. Avoid speaking with other insurance companies or trucking company claims adjusters.
  • Contact an experienced Texas truck accident attorney
    • Attorneys are responsible for protecting your rights as an accident victim and for making sure insurance companies are acting in your best interest. At Thomas J. Henry, our injury attorneys will immediately work to obtain and preserve evidence from the accident, give you legal advice, and ensure you receive ample medical attention. Experienced Texas truck accident lawyers will make sure you are comfortable and informed throughout the entire process and pursue every measure available to obtain the compensation you deserve.


In the case of a trucking accident, there are several parties that could potentially be negligent. This makes trucking accident cases more complex than other accidents. Our experienced trucking accident attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to find out who was negligent in your case and who can be sued. Drivers, trucking companies, and commercial vehicle manufacturers could be held liable if they are found to be negligent in an accident.

Understanding how trucking companies operate helps give us an advantage when pursuing actual and punitive damages for our clients. We have consistently demonstrated through expansive discovery, depositions and massive use of experts how trucking companies and drivers have caused not only injuries but deaths that were completely unnecessary.

Thomas J. Henry has helped injured victims throughout the nation stand up against some of the largest trucking companies in the world and obtain real results.


Found on many commercial motor vehicles and Department of Transportation-regulated vehicles, Electronic Control Modules (ECM) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) can prove to be a great asset when pursuing your trucking injury case. These devices are electronic systems designed to track and record the movement of a truck, including the speed it was traveling prior to an impact. This information is crucial in determining negligence and liability in a trucking accident.

ECM and GPS devices also can reveal the habits of the truck driver and determine the routes the driver took prior to the crash. The information found on these devices are crucial, and Thomas J. Henry will immediately file a lawsuit and restraining order to not only obtain these devices but also all of the driver’s Federal Motor Carrier documents. Our experienced Texas truck accident attorneys understand the importance of acquiring this data and how it can affect the achievement of a positive verdict or settlement.


There are many different factors that can cause a trucking accident. Here are some of the most common causes of Texas trucking accidents:

  • Truck driver is fatigued or drowsy
  • Drug or alcohol impairment
  • Driver is distracted
    • Commercial vehicle regulations ban drivers from using mobile devices while driving. Doing so is considered a serious traffic violation and could lead to a CDL suspension.
  • Speeding or driving too fast for road conditions/inclement weather
  • Unsecured loads
    • When large trucks fail to secure their loads properly, motorists are put at an extreme danger. Contents from these trucks, including hazardous materials, could spill onto the roadways, causing serious accidents.
  • Improper turning or lane changing
  • Failure to maintain vehicle

Due to the large size and massive weight differential between 18-wheelers and passenger cars, one small mistake from a commercial vehicle driver can prove to be deadly. This is why it is paramount that trucking companies and their employees strictly adhere to safety regulations.


There are various federal trucking regulations and guidelines in place to help keep other drivers safe on the roadways. Problems occur when drivers and companies fail to comply with these rules, putting Texas drivers at risk. Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations contains all of the rules and regulations pertaining to commercial motor vehicles and the people who operate them.

At Thomas J. Henry, we believe it is important to be informed about the various regulations that are in place to keep us safe. Here are a few of the important federal commercial motor vehicle regulations:

  • Drivers must be 21 years of age or older to drive across state lines or operate a vehicle containing hazardous materials.
    • Texas truck drivers must be at least 18 years old to operate within state lines.
  • To be eligible for a CDL, drivers must have no prior disqualifying criminal offenses.
  • Prior to obtaining a CDL, drivers must test for and obtain a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) and hold it for 14 days.
  • In order to obtain a commercial learner’s permit, drivers must be cleared by a qualified medical examiner that they are physically able to operate a commercial vehicle.
  • For commercial motor vehicle operators, the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is .04, compared to .08 for regular drivers.
  • Truck drivers are banned from using handheld mobile phones while driving. Trucking companies are prohibited from allowing or requiring drivers to use handheld devices while driving.
  • Drivers are prohibited from holding a CDL issued by more than one state or jurisdiction.


One of the most important regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers is the Hours of Service (HOS) regulation. Property-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers,

  • may drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14-hour period.
  • may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.
  • Drivers using the sleeper berth provision must take at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, plus a separate 2 consecutive hours either in the sleeper berth, off duty, or any combination of the two.

According to an AAA Foundation study, driving while drowsy can have similar effects on operating a vehicle as driving drunk. The study says drivers with only four or five hours of sleep had an equivalent increase risk of crash as those with a blood alcohol content (BAC) between .12 and .15 (reminder: .04 is the legal BAC limit for commercial truck drivers).


For decades, Thomas J. Henry has helped injured victims throughout the nation stand up against some of the largest trucking companies in the world and obtain record-breaking results. If you were injured in a trucking accident in Texas, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our Texas trucking accident attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your case.

Disclaimer: Any summary, description, or paraphrase of a regulatory requirement on this site is intended to provide general guidance only.  Please consult the text of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a full account of the applicable requirements.



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