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Texas Company Vehicle Accidents Lawyers

Company Vehicle Accident Lawyers Representing Clients Across Texas and Nationwide

Company vehicle accident claims are typically much more complicated than a regular car accident claim. As such, it is essential that you hire an experienced company vehicle accident attorney to handle your case.

Thomas J. Henry Law has been representing victims of company vehicle accidents for more than 25 years. Call us now for your FREE case review.

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Our Attorneys Have the Experience and Resources to Handle Your Company Vehicle Accident Claim

Commercial or company vehicles are cars, vans, trucks, and buses that are owned and operated by a company to be used by employees or agents of that company. Company vehicles are often used to carry work equipment, haul goods, or transport passengers, but may also be used for work-related employee transportation. Unfortunately, when employees drive irresponsibly, dangerously, and negligently, your life is put at risk.

Our company vehicle accident attorneys are dedicated to holding responsible parties accountable for their negligence and helping our clients recover from their injuries. They also have the expertise and resources to ensure that your claim is handled aggressively and effectively, from intake to resolution. Whether the responsibility for your crash rests on the driver, the company the employs them, or both, our attorneys will identify all the negligent parties and will pursue all potential avenues for financial compensation.

Injured in a Company Vehicle Accident? Contact Thomas J. Henry Law

Do not try to handle your company vehicle accident claim on your own. Typically, large companies have teams of attorneys whose only job is to limit the company’s financial liability in the event of a crash. Let our team of more than 200 experienced attorneys work for you.

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Your Company Vehicle Accident Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following a company vehicle accident, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

If an employee is off the clock when a company vehicle accident occurs, the employer may still be liable for the crash in certain situations.

For example, companies and employers are responsible for ensuring any and all company vehicles are properly maintained and are free of dangerous defects. So, if a company vehicle crash involved a vehicle that was improperly maintained, had defective equipment, or was previously subjected to an unaddressed safety recall, the company or employer that owns the vehicle can be held legally liable for any damages.

Even if the vehicle is not defective and the crash was entirely the fault of the off-the-clock employee, Texas law says that companies and employers can be held responsible for providing the employee with a vehicle if the employee’s actions demonstrate that he or she was a reckless, careless, or incompetent driver.

When an employee is on the clock, they are acting as an agent for the company that employees them. As such, companies are generally responsible for the actions of the employee. This relationship-based liability is known as respondeat superior which literally means “let the master answer.”

So, when an accident occurs while an employee is on the job, the employer may be expected answer for the employee’s actions and is subject to liability for the employee’s tort.

When an employee causes a wreck while on the job, the employer is generally responsible. However, there are also situations in which an employer can be held responsible for an employee’s crash even if the employee is not on the clock at the time of the collision.

In order to operate a commercial vehicle in Texas, a driver is required to obtain and maintain proper licensing as well as adhere to strict federal and state guidelines. If the commercial driver that caused your accident is not licensed or has allowed their license to expire, they should not have been on the road and your wreck should have never occurred.

If the driver in you commercial vehicle accident was not licensed or allowed their license to expire, you may also have a case against that driver’s employer. Trucking companies are generally responsible for the actions of their employees when their employees are acting as agents for the company. This includes verifying that their employees have proper licensing and certifications.

Employers may also be held liable for:

  • Negligent supervision
  • Negligent hiring practices
  • Failure to properly train drivers
  • Failure to maintain vehicle

Regardless of who we decide to sue, our experienced team of injury lawyers understands how large companies and corporations operate when an employee is involved in a serious automobile accident.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a commercial vehicle accident, it is essential that you obtain competent legal representation. Choosing the right attorney to handle your commercial vehicle accident claim can make the difference in you and your family getting the financial recovery you deserve.

Here are a few items you should consider when looking for a personal injury attorney to handle your case:

  • Hire an attorney with significant trial experience
  • Hire an attorney who has access to top expert witnesses
  • Hire an attorney with the resources to take on large companies
  • Hire an attorney who operates on a contingency-fee basis

In the United States, a vehicle may be considered a commercial vehicle if:

  • It is titled or registered to a company or a corporation.
  • Is used for business, but is under the name of a sole proprietor for that business.
  • Is a leased vehicle and in the name of the financial institution that owns it.
  • Exceeds a certain weight or class, even if it is not used commercially or company owned. Generally, any vehicle with a weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more is considered a commercial vehicle, regardless of use or ownership.
  • Is used in the transportation of hazardous materials.

Note that a vehicle used for business may remain privately licensed depending on the amount of time it is used for business.

Among the commercial vehicles that most occupy public roadways are:

  • Large trucks
  • Box trucks
  • Delivery trucks
  • Semi trucks
  • Tractor-trailers
  • Travel trailers exceeding 10,000 pounds
  • Large vans (intended to carry more than 15 passengers)
  • Taxicabs
  • Coaches
  • Buses
  • Heavy equipment (backhoes, bulldozers, large farm equipment, etc.)

In the United States, “commercial vehicle” is a pretty broad term. Many times, when a laymen thinks of a commercial vehicle, they thing of a delivery truck or an 18-wheeler; however, in the United States, commercial vehicles can also include fleet vehicles, passenger transports, company cars, and other vehicles used for business.

Depending on the size of the commercial motor vehicle and the severity of the wreck, injuries can widely vary. For example, a crash involving an 80,000 lb. semi-truck and a passenger vehicle could result in catastrophic injuries or death. Common commercial vehicle accident injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Soft tissue injuries (such as whiplash)
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Psychological and mental injuries

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Representing injured victims from across the United States.

No matter the injury or the accident, if you or a loved one were harmed due to the negligence of an individual or company, Thomas J. Henry is here to assist you.

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