Auto Accidents

Hurt in a Truck Accident? Who’s Liable? The Driver or Company?

Hurt in a truck accident? The resulting legal battle can be quite complex. Learn who might be liable for your injuries in this post.
You’re in a car accident. The other driver ran a red light. It’s pretty clear they have fault.

Now, change that car to a semi-truck. Is the driver responsible?

The answer is still yes but it’s important to remember that his or her employer may also be liable for your injuries.

Let’s get right into the details:

When Does the Company Have Liability?

If the semi-truck driver was an employee of a trucking company and operating the vehicle in the course and scope of his or her employment, the trucking company would also be liable for the injuries you sustained, as long as the driver’s conduct was negligent or reckless.

The employer should be financially responsible if its employee injures someone while in the course and scope of employment. Employers usually […]

By |September 15th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

3 Tactics Used to Prove a Truck Driver’s Negligence in an Accident

Let’s say you experience injuries as a result of a truck driver’s negligence. What do think the trucking company is going to try and do?
They know the injured victim is going to demand compensation – likely significant compensation from them – in damages. Their insurance company is likely going to tell them that they’re going to have to pay much higher premiums as a result.

Trucking companies certainly don’t want to see money disappear from their bottom line. The natural response – obviously – is to figure out how to delay, deny or outright shift liability for the loss.

Of course, this leaves all ethical questions and concerns aside. If their truck driver was negligent, they should have to pay the victim’s damages right?

Unfortunately, companies look at it as a logistical issue more often than one of integrity. That’s just what you’re up against.

So, what do our personal injury lawyers typically do […]

By |September 5th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Attorneys Settle Disc Injury Auto Accident in Dallas, TX for $625,000

$625,000 gross recovery by attorneys for commercial auto accident in Dallas, TX involving a lumbar disc injury.
Our client was traveling northbound on IH-35 in Dallas, TX in the right center lane north of Crown Road. The at-fault driver, operating a commercial vehicle in the course and scope of his employment, attempted to move into the same lane when it was unsafe and hit our client’s car.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Our client was forced to go to the hospital the day after the wreck and had initial complaints of neck and back pain. Low back tenderness was noted on physical examination at the ER. When his pain continued to persist he began therapy and rehabilitation efforts under the direction of a UT Southwestern physician who also documented positive findings on physical examination.

Remember: Physical examination findings can greatly impact cases as objective evidence typically has more probative value than subjective complaints […]

By |August 29th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Attorney Settles Soft Tissue Injury Car Wreck in Mesquite, TX for $21,500

$21,500 gross recovery for soft tissue injury car wreck in Mesquite, TX. Great settlement by attorney for client with sprain/strain injuries.
Our client was operating a motor vehicle traveling westbound on HWY 80 in Mesquite, Texas.  Traffic came to a crawl due to congestion. A negligent motorist rear-ended a vehicle which subsequently rear-ended our client’s automobile. The police were not called to the scene and our client did not have to seek emergency medical treatment.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Our attorneys routinely encounter the situation where a client does not have to go to the hospital right after a car accident but wakes up the next day with significant pain and discomfort. Many times people will try to manage the pain for a few days to see if it resolves as this particular client did. She reached out to our personal injury law firm when her neck and back pain persisted. She […]

By |August 14th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

The Surprising Truth Behind Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash injuries can still be a medical mystery. Find out why and what to do if you’ve experience one in this post.
“Whiplash” is sometimes viewed negatively these days. Some people have the perception that it’s something a car accident injury victim makes up to get money.

But it’s definitely a legitimate injury. So even though some people have a negative perception of whiplash injuries, don’t let that make you feel ashamed or guilty if you’ve truly experienced whiplash from a car accident.
What is “Whiplash” Anyway?
“Whiplash” technically isn’t a medical term. It’s a layperson’s term. Medical and legal literature calls whiplash an “acceleration/deceleration” or “hyper-flexion/hyper-extension” injury. About three million whiplash injuries happen each year, with about 50% of those causing chronic pain issues.

Typically, whiplash involves one or more of these symptoms:

Neck pain
Upper back pain
Shoulder pain
Difficulty thinking clearly
Numbness
Tingling
Weakness in your hands
Dizziness

While car accidents are the […]

By |July 21st, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Attorney Settles Herniated Disc Car Wreck in Arlington, TX for $81,000

$81,000 recovery for herniated disc injury car accident in Arlington, TX. Outstanding settlement for client who was rear-ended.
Our client was traveling northbound in the outside lane of SH 360 in Arlington, Texas. An inattentive motorist failed to control the speed of her vehicle, followed too closely, and failed to timely apply her brakes. The at-fault motorist caused the front of her vehicle to collide with the rear of our client’s vehicle. Our client was forced to seek emergency medical treatment due to the nature of the injuries he sustained.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: We were retained when the client’s significant pain and discomfort continued. He was really concerned that the low back pain he was experiencing was shooting down into his left leg. Numbness, tingling, and shooting pain can often result from a herniated disc. We assisted our client in locating a clinic that agreed to delay billing him until […]

By |July 14th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Attorney Settles Rotator Cuff Tear Car Wreck in Gainesville, TX for $127,500

$127,500 gross recovery for partial rotator cuff tear car wreck in Gainesville, TX. Great settlement by attorney for client injured when at-fault motorist backed out of a parking lot in an unsafe manner.
Our client was traveling west on California Street in Gainesville, TX when an inattentive driver reversed out of a parking lot in front of her. The at-fault motorist crossed into our client’s lane of travel and a major collision occurred.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: The Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (Police Report) arising from the loss also attributed fault to our client for failing to take evasive action. I successfully argued to the adjuster, however, that no reasonable motorist would assume that someone would cross into the opposite lane of travel while reversing out of a parking lot, despite what was indicated in the Police Report. Getting the adjuster to accept 100% liability at the onset of the […]

By |July 5th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

How Do Personal Injury Claims Work If You’re on Public Transportation?

Hurt on public transportation? We’re sorry it happened. And unfortunately, it doesn’t get any easier recovering money for your injuries.
Let’s say you get in an accident while riding on a city owned bus and it was the bus driver’s fault. Now, with most government-operated institutions or services, things get much more complicated. You usually have to file a Notice of Claim with the city, government, or entity within a specified time frame that varies based on the respective city and/or government and/or entity. Sometimes you have as little as 30 days to file a claim!

What happens in the case of public transportation? It turns out something called “common carrier” law may apply.

What is “Common Carrier” Law and What’s it Got to do with Public Transportation?

“Common carrier” is simply an antiquated legal term for a person or business that provides public transportation services. The thing with common carriers is that they […]

By |June 17th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Texas Motorcycle Accident FAQ: Part 2

In a motorcycle accident? You’ll have a number of questions swirling around in your head. Get simple, plain-English answers from Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.
In part 1 of this motorcycle accident FAQ series, you learned the basics. Check out some more answers to common questions motorcycle accident victims often have:
How much money can I get?
It’s a tough question that depends on the specific facts of your case. The final answer depends on the:

Skill and experience of the personal injury lawyer you hire
Severity of your injuries (which impacts damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment)
Amount of your paid vs. incurred medical bills
Whether you had any responsibility for your injuries
Whether you have lost wages or a loss of earning capacity in the future
Whether you will have future medical expenses as a result of your injuries
Punitive damages (in rare cases)

You may be able […]

By |June 7th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Texas Motorcycle Accident FAQ: Part 1

Legally, what could happen if you’re in a motorcycle accident? Find out in this post.
Injured in a motorcycle accident? Tough stuff happens in life. But, we’re here to help you when it does.

Take a look at these plain-English answers to some of the most common (and challenging) questions motorcycle accident victims ask:
Will I have to go to court?
Not usually. Litigation is expensive and time-consuming. In the vast majority of cases a compromise settlement is reached before the necessity of a trial.

A large part of this depends on the skill of the lawyer you hire. More experienced and skilled personal injury lawyers are far more likely to resolve your claim outside of court than inexperienced ones.
What happens if a poorly maintained road caused my injuries?
Yes, sometimes the road, not a person, is responsible for your injuries. For example, you’re driving at the speed limit when you hit a deep pothole.

While it’s […]

By |May 26th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments