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Chad BurnettChad Burnett
16:28 30 Oct 23
I hired Mullen & Mullen following a motor vehicle collision. I could not be more pleased with the Dallas personal injury lawyers I selected. They are the real deal! I was always kept in the loop on case developments. My attorneys sent the at-fault liability carrier multiple demands to make them agree to pay the policy limits. My lawyers also sent my own insurance company several demands to get them to offer me nearly the policy limits. A lot of attorneys would have given up and just recommended filing a lawsuit but Mullen & Mullen kept pounding the insurance companies until they did the right thing. This saved me a tremendous amount of money and time. I'm so very grateful that I found ethical, tenacious, and skilled attorneys to represent me. Mullen & Mullen gets my highest recommendation if you need a Dallas car accident attorney.C. Burnett
Diane WallaceDiane Wallace
17:43 26 Oct 23
Mullen and Mullen did an absolutely brilliant job representing me in an injury lawsuit and getting me maximum settlement results. I recommend them highly!
Mari HksMari Hks
17:38 04 Oct 23
Highly recommend this law firm, Josh took care of my case he was very nice and professional along with everyone else.
Zac CanidaZac Canida
17:14 26 Sep 23
I’m only 22 and this was the first case I’ve ever had, I got recommended Mullen and Mullen by a friend who has used them plenty of times and said nothing but good things about them. I have yet to see or hear anything that contradicts her statements! Everyone on the Mullen and Mullen team has been super helpful and kind to me by explaining everything that had and needs to be done to get the case in the right direction. Greg especially has been very helpful by keeping me updated and answering any questions I might have about the situation, he’s been an amazing help and I’m glad I was able to get him assigned to help me get what I deserve from my car accident. Very professional and fast responses, If you are ever injured in a car accident I 100% recommend this team to fight for you, ask for Greg!
sisay Aberasisay Abera
15:50 13 Sep 23
Highly recommend this law firm, filled with very nice and professional people who put their clients first. Josh took care of my case and were able to reduce my medical bills significantly which was awesome! Very pleased and glad I had them to work on my car accident case.Thank you, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm
Terrie RachallTerrie Rachall
20:13 28 Jul 23
Joe Morrison with Mullen and Mullen was fantastic representing me for an injury on someone's property. He kept me updated through the entire 2 year process. If I had any questions, Joe took the time to personally take my call and provide answers. Joe negotiated a settlement very quickly and ensured I received a fair settlement. I highly recommend Mullen and Mullen and would hire them again if I need help in the future. Best experience with any lawyer I have ever had!!
Alex MalcolmAlex Malcolm
22:05 17 May 23
I was injured in a motorcycle accident, and Shane Mullen took on my case with determination and empathy. His attention to detail and commitment to my case led to a favorable outcome. I'm grateful for his hard work and highly recommend Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.
I was involved in a car accident in Dallas texas off mockingbird. I was T bone by someone who had ran a red light. Me being a young female, I felt lost and taken advantage of by the other parties insurance.I chose Mullen Mullen because they were the only law firm who physically wanted to meet me and hear my side. They helped me with all on the medical assistance that I needed . Although it was a lot of therapy, I was really happy with the doctors they sent me to. Josh was very welcoming and I honest in the process. Every time I felt so at ease after speaking with him. I am so happy I had him on my case. Very hands on. Highly recommend!!!
Camry AdamsCamry Adams
16:21 14 Dec 22
Karen Lavigne is my name, and I had a great experience with Mullen & Mullen. Josh and Jessica was very patient and informative. If I had to decide again on which law firm to go with it would be Mullen & Mullen. Very transparent about ALL of my money down to the penny. I definitely recommend.
14:57 01 Oct 22
It Honestly baffles me to see ANY negative or low reviews on this law firm. My case is far from over, however, I have never known a lawyer or law firm to not only give you their personal cell phone number but to also respond within 15 minutes. Never a complaint on the 10 plus text messages asking questions or the 2-3 paragraph e-mails. Never telling you it's to late or they are off the clock. They are NEVER off the clock. This firm has two or three lawyers dealing with numerous clients and STILL manage to do all they can to make you feel you are the only one. Try to remember they are human. They truly do everything to put you and your recovery first. The process is long but not something they have any control over. They don't control the Dr. Appointments or your recovery. They will help you find amazing Dr.s then it's up to you to be proactive in your recovery and keeping your appointments. It's been over a year and a half since my injury and my amazing, patient, and hardworking Attorney Joe has been here with me every step of the way. Hundreds of 5 star reviews. 3 or 4 low ones. You do the math.
Paul SPaul S
21:36 05 Sep 22
Mullen and Mullen are the best personal injury team in DFW. When you hire Mullen and Mullen, you have the best personal injury attorneys in DFW. You are getting the best support staff in the state of Texas.Knowing every case is unique. My case took 3 years to complete. My team was professional in the face of a lot of stalling tactics. Without a bat of an eye, the team turned up the heat on the defense for the best possible outcome for all parties.Without details, this group changed not only my life. Mullen and Mullen helped me change my outlook on life after the accident.The most important lessons I learned: 1) Do not try to navigate an personal injury case no matter the cause 2) Listen and follow the advice of your attorney. Get the best in Texas.Shane and Paul, thank you from me and my family.
Larry JohnsonLarry Johnson
17:00 06 Jul 22
I would like to thank Mullen and Mullen for the great service I received. I was involved in an accident and they really helped me out. I worked with the paralegal named Josh and he really made everything a simple process. Josh did a wonderful job and I couldn't be happier!
yolanda Rodriguezyolanda Rodriguez
23:17 15 Jun 22
I love they way they work and communication is the best, they will reach out to you and see if you need anything. Questions you have them they will answer you. Josh is an excelente person that help me so much he was always there for me and if I called him he would return my call as fast as he could. He explained everything I asked and I was really comfortable with him. Josh you are an awesome person. Thank you for everything. I love their services n I would highly reconmand them. Mullen and Mullen are there for you as soon as you call them.
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In the last 3 years, we’ve made TopVerdict’s annual Texas “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times.

2022 Texas Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements Mullen & Mullen
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Award for Texas Top 20 Personal Injury Settlements 2021 by Top Verdict
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Top Trucking Accident Lawyers Who Settle For More


If you were hurt in a commercial vehicle or big truck accident, our skilled Dallas attorneys fight tenaciously to ensure the maximum available settlement while offering you the lowest contingency fee. We handle your case the way we would want our own case handled.

Mullen & Mullen is consistently recognized by TopVerdict for obtaining some of the largest recoveries in the entire state of Texas. In the last 3 years our firm made the Texas “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times. One of those years we had 19 of the “Top 50” results and all of them were for clients injured in motor vehicle accidents. Our stellar results allow us to offer a below industry standard 29% pre-suit contingency fee which means more money in your pocket.

Our experienced local team has an incredibly strong work ethic and truly cares. We’ve been privileged to serve North Texas for over 40 years. This is our backyard. Call (214) 747-5240 now for a free consultation and some excellent advice.

What Your Attorney Says

“We hold commercial drivers to a higher duty of responsibility – these are supposed to be professional drivers.”

Trucking and other commercial accident cases require you to act with real urgency. Insurance companies often send defense attorneys and “crisis teams” to the scene of these wrecks to minimize the company’s exposure and influence the outcome of investigations. If you were injured in a commercial vehicle collision they are already strategizing to delay, deny, defend or even dismiss your claims.

It’s common for critical evidence to conveniently become misplaced or lost entirely. That’s why as soon as Mullen & Mullen is retained on commercial cases we quickly send thorough spoliation letters and demands to preserve specific evidence.

Many firms don’t utilize experts unless a lawsuit has been filed, but we routinely retain experts such as accident reconstructionists, life care planners, and vocational rehabilitation consultants. We commonly perform inspections and download data from the electronic control modules of involved vehicles. Our pre-suit efforts significantly increase the odds of you obtaining an early insurance policy limits settlement without the stress associated with costly and time-consuming litigation.

Believe it or not, some attorneys truly don’t get involved in a personal injury case until it’s ready to be evaluated and presented. At that point the cake has already been baked and the only thing left to do is serve it. If an ingredient is missing, it’s usually too late to do anything about it. At Mullen & Mullen, clients have access to their attorneys from the get-go and at every stage throughout the case development process. In fact, most of our clients have an attorney’s personal cell phone number.

You also deserve a firm with in-depth medical knowledge. Linking causation of your injuries to your accident may sound simple, but it’s often anything but. Some injuries don’t reveal on any imaging studies. Other times, your MRI may show a significant disc herniation or tendon/ligament tear, but the same imaging also reveals asymptomatic spinal disc protrusions/bulges/herniations, minor tears in joint cartilage, arthritis, etc. Commercial insurance companies will undoubtedly suggest your pain and discomfort is due to those pre-existing conditions instead of your actual injury. If you don’t have acute objective findings demonstrated on imaging studies, they’ll argue you’re not even hurt.

Recently, we had a client whose MRI was completely normal. We successfully advocated that her lack of findings was expected since she was diagnosed with facet joint syndrome – which is a clinical diagnosis not based on imaging. Furthermore, we produced prior medical records demonstrating she never complained of similar symptoms before her accident. She underwent a rhizotomy procedure. We retained a certified lifecare planner expert who calculated her future medical costs since – even though her pain has resolved for now – that might not always be the case.

Ultimately, this client was ecstatic when we recovered the full remaining liability policy limits of $968,844.03 without even having to litigate her case. We are exceedingly confident this was one of the largest recoveries in Texas for facet joint injuries and it was made possible by a deep understanding of our client’s specific injury.

Shane V. Mullen

Our Results Speak For Themselves

Gross Settlements Before Fees & Expenses

We have achieved numerous multimillion-dollar settlements across all practice areas, but we are restricted from displaying some very large results due to settlement confidentiality. Here are a few recent results without confidentiality agreements:

Work Accident

Wrongful Death

Vehicle Accident

Vehicle Accident

Vehicle Accident

Premises Liability

Why Choose Mullen & Mullen to Handle Your Case?

According to, our Dallas attorneys consistently achieve some of the highest recoveries in the state of Texas. As a matter of fact, in the last three years we’ve made their “Texas Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times. For example, in 2021 one of our claims made the Top 10 list, eight made the Top 11-20 list, and ten made the Top 21-50 list. When you factor in our reduced 29% contingency fee, we are confident we will help you recover more. At Mullen & Mullen, we pride ourselves on routinely recovering full policy limits for our clients without the necessity of costly and time-consuming litigation.

We have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic technology through well-established relationships with medical doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors, neurologists, counselors, and other healthcare providers in the entire DFW Metroplex. You receive the quality medical attention you need from local providers near where you live or work. These providers specialize in treating people hurt in accidents of all kinds and they know how to properly document injuries to meet the legal burden of proof in your personal injury case. These providers are also willing to delay billing collections until after your case is resolved so you can focus on recovering without additional stress. Physicians that don’t routinely treat accident victims as part of their practice usually turn away patients over fear of being involved in the legal process or fear of health insurance companies refusing to pay accident-related healthcare bills. Please call us at 214-747-5240 for a free consultation and some advice.

Even if you don’t have health insurance or can’t afford your deductible, Mullen & Mullen will secure you the quality healthcare and state-of-the art diagnostics you deserve with no upfront out of pocket costs.

Shane, Joseph and Regis have almost 100 years of combined experience practicing personal injury law. That doesn’t even include the combined experience of the attorneys that serve as of-counsel to Mullen & Mullen at no additional cost to our clients. Our firm continues to evolve, but we never forget our Core Values. We do the right thing, handle cases the way we would want our own case handled, and we truly listen to clients. We have over 40 years of local knowledge, and that matters!

Some lawyers forget that they represent the client, but we never have. Our legal team will make YOU the priority. You are the boss, and we will respond quickly to your requests for case updates and assistance. We guarantee that when you need to speak to your counsel, you will speak directly to your counsel, not to a paralegal or secretary, because that’s the way it should be.

Most firms hire an investigator to help develop evidence on your case and charge you back for that service. Our firm, however, has 2 full-time accident investigators on staff and we offer their services to you for free. This is another way we will maximize your compensation.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Video footage is worth a lot more. Our in-house videographer allows us to capture the true impact the accident has on your life beyond mere words on a piece of paper.

When necessary, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm uses cutting edge technology like 3D imaging videos to fully demonstrate the extent of our clients’ injuries to the insurance companies. This also helps maximize the value of your claim.

Mullen & Mullen’s attorneys live and work right here in Dallas, and always have. We believe in paying our success forward by helping people in the North Texas community, and are dedicated to supporting these local charities.

About Our Highly Skilled Attorneys

Attorney Shane V. Mullen, Managing Partner
Shane V. Mullen, Attorney at Law

Shane V. Mullen, Managing Partner

Our Managing Partner, Shane V. Mullen, has been handling personal injury cases for 21 years. He is “Top-rated” by Thompson Reuters who named him as a Texas Super Lawyer 3 consecutive years. Shane is also a lifetime member of both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, solidifying his expertise in handling significant cases. He is also an esteemed member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America, further attesting to his exceptional legal prowess. Shane brings hard-won, battle born knowledge to your case.

Attorney Joseph R. Morrison, Senior Associate
Joseph R. Morrison, Attorney at Law

Joseph R. Morrison, Senior Associate

With 18 years of personal injury experience, Attorney Joseph R. Morrison has established himself as a highly skilled legal professional. Notably, he served as counsel of record in a case that garnered recognition from as a top 5 Premises liability (slip and fall) verdict in Texas. The defendant in this case was a Fortune 500 company with an annual revenue exceeding 11 billion. The specific case, Jeffrey Young v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., showcased Joe’s exceptional abilities in achieving favorable outcomes.

Joe is a distinguished member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, solidifying his standing among the nation’s most esteemed legal practitioners. Furthermore, his membership in both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums further attests to his expertise in handling substantial cases.

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum member

Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Both Shane and Joseph are lifetime members of the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, meaning they have each settled cases in excess of two million. This solidifies their expertise in handling significant personal injury cases.

Regis L. Mullen, Founding Attorney
Regis L Mullen, Attorney at Law

Regis L. Mullen, Founder

Our Founder, Attorney Regis L. Mullen, has 56 years of personal injury experience. Regis received his Admission to practice law in 1967. Previously a Litigation Supervisor at Allstate Insurance Company, he knows all the tactics liability carriers use to deny or reduce personal injury settlements. Drawing upon his profound comprehension of the inner workings of the insurance industry, Regis established a law firm dedicated to meeting the legal needs of injured individuals in North Texas.

Testimonials From Dallas Clients Injured by Commercial Truck Drivers

Jennifer Foster’s Review

“I have three children under the ages of 6, the youngest one is disabled. I was unable to care for my children, after I was hit by an 18-wheeler. My financial support was lost. When I hired the Mullen & Mullen Law Firm, they immediately earned my trust. They made it easy for me.”

Josie Gonzales’s Review

“I was hit by a commercial vehicle… They made sure all my medical needs and expenses were taken care of. I have recovered from my injuries. Shane is a great attorney and I was awarded the maximum. I highly recommend this law firm. They were very professional & sincerely cared about me.”

Review from Shonye B.

“I was hit by a commercial truck while stopped at a stop light. Joseph did his absolute best to get me what I deserved. Mullen and Mullen are the best.

Review from Moll M.

“Joseph Morrison did a fabulous job with handling my accident with a commercial vehicle. I was injured and required surgery. Joseph made sure all my bills were covered and handled my case with a caring attitude making sure I received a good settlement. I truly appreciated Joseph and his staff! I would recommend Mullen and Mullen to family and friends.”

Review from Mark M

“My aunt had met with an accident when a truck rammed into her car. She had suffered severe injuries and had to be kept in the hospital for a long time. Needless to say, the expenses added up to quite a bit, so I was determined to fight for adequate compensation from the other party. It was my friend who recommended your firm to me. Mullen & Mullen is certainly different from the other law firms that I have come across so far. They offered me a free consultation and the contingency charges were very lenient. The best part is that they helped me through all the procedures and ensured that we received the money that was due.”

J. Melville’s Review

“Mullen and Mullen was incredible in terms of both how understanding they were to my problems as well as in settling my case quickly and fast. A truck from a local construction company ran into my parked car and pretty much totaled it a few months back. Initially they refused to pay me a dime, and even threatened to bury me in litigation. But as soon as Mullen & Mullen took up my case up, things went so much better. I was compensated for my loss, and I didn’t even have to go to court for it. Those guys do an incredible job.”

Case Studies About Dallas Truck Accident Claims We’ve Settled

You Can Afford The Best Truck Accident Lawyer in Dallas Because You Pay Nothing Until After You Win

Not only will you not pay anything out of pocket until your settlement has been won, you could receive thousands more in your pocket when it’s all said and done because Mullen & Mullen Law Firm charges just a 29% contingency fee versus the industry standard of 33.3% for cases that settled without litigation. This 4.3% savings can really be significant. For example, on a $500,000 truck accident settlement it would mean $21,500 more in your pocket.

Common Types of Injuries Sustained in Trucking Accidents

Truck accidents can have devastating consequences due to the size and weight disparity between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles. These accidents often result in severe injuries that can have a long-term physical, emotional, and financial impact on victims. Understanding the most common types of injuries sustained in commercial truck accidents is essential for both accident victims and their legal representatives in pursuing compensation and justice.

Head Injuries

Truck accidents can lead to traumatic brain injuries, ranging from mild concussions to severe brain damage. The sudden impact or violent jolt can cause the head to hit objects within the vehicle, resulting in cognitive impairments, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, personality changes, and long-term complications. Timely diagnosis and appropriate medical intervention are crucial for managing and treating TBIs.

Spinal Cord Injuries

The forceful impact in truck accident can damage the spinal cord, leading to partial or complete paralysis. Spinal cord injuries can result in loss of sensation, impaired motor function, and a significant impact on an individual’s daily life. Rehabilitation, adaptive equipment, and long-term care are often necessary to support individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Back and Neck Injuries

Whiplash, herniated discs, spinal fractures, facet joint syndrome, and other back and neck injuries are common in truck accidents. The sudden jerking motion during a collision can strain or damage the muscles, ligaments, and vertebrae, leading to chronic pain, limited mobility, and long-term discomfort. Physical therapy, pain management, and sometimes surgical interventions may be required for recovery.

Broken Bones and Fractures

The immense force involved in truck accidents can cause fractures and broken bones throughout the body. Limbs, ribs, pelvis, and skull fractures are particularly common. These injuries often require immediate medical attention, surgical intervention, immobilization through casts or braces, and extensive rehabilitation to restore functionality.

Internal Injuries

Truck accidents can result in significant internal injuries due to the impact of the collision. Organs such as the liver, spleen, kidneys, or lungs may be damaged, leading to internal bleeding, organ failure, and life-threatening conditions. Prompt medical evaluation and treatment are critical to address internal injuries, as they may not be immediately apparent.

Cuts, Lacerations, and Bruises

The shattered glass, debris, and objects inside the vehicle can cause cuts, lacerations, and severe bruising. These injuries can range from minor wounds to deep lacerations requiring stitches or reconstructive surgery. In some cases, scarring or disfigurement may result, leading to both physical and emotional distress.


Truck accidents involving fires or explosions can result in burn injuries. The severity of burns can vary, ranging from first-degree burns to more severe third-degree burns that affect deeper layers of the skin and underlying tissues. Burn injuries often require specialized medical treatment, including wound care, skin grafts, and extensive rehabilitation.

Psychological Trauma

Truck accidents can have a profound psychological impact on the individuals involved. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and phobias are common psychological consequences. Victims may experience flashbacks, nightmares, social withdrawal, and difficulty resuming daily activities. Psychological support and therapy are vital for their recovery.

It is important to note that the severity and type of injuries can vary depending on various factors, including the speed of the collision, the angle of impact, use of safety restraints, and the size of the vehicles involved. Seeking immediate medical attention after a commercial truck accident is crucial, even if injuries may not appear severe at first, as some injuries may have delayed onset symptoms.

About Commercial Truck Accident Claims

stakes are usually very high. Our experienced lawyers have the knowledge, skills, and financial stability necessary to take on the trucking company and their insurance carrier and recover compensation. Mullen & Mullen Law Firm will make sure the at-fault driver and the company they work for are held responsible for your injuries.

A Private Investigator Hired by the Trucking Company Could Try and Secretly Video You

Be mindful of the situations you place yourself in as you recover from your injuries, as insurance companies use anything they can against you. They know they have increased exposure when an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck is involved. Trucking companies typically have minimum liability insurance policies of $1,000,000.00 and most major insurance companies have stand-alone departments just to deal with these accident injury claims.

We Have In-House Private Investigators to Work on Your Case

At Mullen & Mullen Law Firm, we employ two in-house accident investigators who will quickly request a copy of the Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report if available. They routinely take photos and video footage of all vehicles involved and of the accident scene. They also attempt to locate any witnesses if necessary to further establish liability. If no witnesses are identified in the police report, our investigators have been trained to canvas the scene for potential witnesses.

Our Attorneys Will Conduct Witness Interviews and Obtain Affidavits

Our lawyers routinely interview and obtain affidavits from located witnesses and will also run public record database searches and utilize the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) to request various records associated with the wreck, the driver of the semi-truck, and/or the company that employs the driver.

What Organizations May Have Records Related to My Truck Accident?

Depending on the facts and circumstances of your collision, the following agencies may have documents that could assist your personal injury case:

  1. Texas Department of Public Safety
  2. United States Department of Transportation
  3. Federal Highway Administration
  4. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  5. Federal Office of Motor Carrier and Highway Safety
  6. National Driver Register
  7. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  8. National Transportation Safety Board
  9. Texas Department of Transportation
  10. Texas Transportation Commission

Our lawyers routinely request documents from various government entities. If you retain Mullen & Mullen Law Firm, we will quickly and efficiently secure all available documents that could be helpful in your case including police officer body worn camera footage when available.

What Texas Rules and Regulations are Commercial Drivers and Trucking Companies Subjected to?

18-wheeler drivers and the companies they work for are generally subject to a substantial number of rules and regulations. Depending on the circumstances of your case, the following could be applicable:

  1. Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations
  2. State of Texas Hazardous Materials Regulations
  3. State of Texas Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
  4. Texas Transportation Code

Our attorneys are knowledgeable regarding various rules and regulations applicable to commercial truck drivers. We will identify any possible violations by the trucking company and its driver.

Claiming Damages with Insurance Companies After Your Truck Accident

When should you file claims for injuries and damages after an accident with a commercial truck? You should set up various insurance claims as soon as you are able. Do not think that just because the truck driver said he or she was “sorry” at the scene that liability will be accepted by the trucking company or its insurance carrier. Semi-tractor-trailer drivers operate on a point system and can lose their commercial driver’s license if they accumulate too many points. As a result, they will often have a strong motivation to not be truthful.

What Claims Should Be Established with the Trucking Company or Your Insurance Company?

You might have several insurance claims to set-up following an 18-wheeler wreck. Below you will find just a few of the potential claims we can help you establish:

  1. Liability claim against the 18-wheeler driver (property damage as well as injury damages).
  2. Liability claim against the company the truck driver was working for at the time of the accident (property damage as well as injury damages).
  3. PIP monies through your own automobile insurance policy to reimburse you for medical expenses and/or money you have lost if you are unable to work.
  4. MedPay monies through your insurance or the at-fault party’s insurance (Offset allowed if you obtain a settlement)

What Are the Typical Liability Limits of a Commercial Vehicle Policy?

Most policies will have insurance coverage in place of at least $250,000 per person / $500,000 per accident. Often, they will have coverage limits of $1,000,000 per person / $2,000,000 per accident.

Example: If three persons are injured in the same semi accident, and the at-fault driver’s policy limits are $250,000 per person / $500,000 per accident, the most any single person could get under the insurance policy is $250,000, and the most the liability carrier would have to pay out in total is $500,000, even if combined damages were well more than that amount.

It is very important to explore all potential sources of insurance coverage if you have suffered traumatic or life-altering injuries in an 18-wheeler accident. Our Dallas lawyers are adept at verifying whether the semi-tractor-trailer may be covered under separate insurance policies or an umbrella policy, thus maximizing your potential recovery.

Does it Matter if the Driver was an Independent Contractor?

Yes. Employers are generally not liable for the negligent actions of an independent contractor. Texas follows the doctrine of Respondeat Superior, however, and companies are liable for the negligent actions (or omissions) of an employee while said employee is in the course and scope of his or her employment for the company. For example, if you were injured in an 18-wheeler accident with a Swift Transportation truck, the driver and Swift Transportation would both be proper Defendants in a lawsuit.
The amount of available insurance proceeds could depend on whether the semi-tractor-trailer driver was an independent contractor (coverage for the driver only) or employee (coverage for the driver + coverage for the trucking company). Our lawyers are familiar with the factors used to determine the status of the driver and can make legal arguments to establish that the driver was an employee even if the trucking company claims the at-fault driver was an independent contractor.

The company’s policy limits don’t matter if they have significant assets. For example, if you suffered devastating injuries due to a JB Hunt 18-wheeler, you wouldn’t need to be concerned with the insurance limits since JB Hunt has millions and millions of dollars that could be seized in a judgment.

Vehicle Repair or Replacement After a Commercial Truck Accident

Should you take your car to the repair shop the trucking company’s insurance carrier recommends? No way. The body shops recommended by their company’s liability carrier are recommended for an easy to guess reason, i.e., they charge less for repairs. The trucking company and its carrier want your automobile damage to be very low so they can argue you were involved in a “minor” collision. Have an estimate performed by the auto dealership or a body repair shop of your own choosing.

Do You Get a Rental Vehicle if You are Involved in a Commercial Accident?

Yes, but usually only if your automobile can be repaired and isn’t totaled. If your vehicle is fixable and drivable, you can generally get a like and similar rental car for the time it would take to fix your car. If it’s a total loss, then you may likely only recover the fair market value of your automobile and insurance companies do not generally reimburse you for the cost of a rental car once your vehicle has been deemed a “total loss”.

Can You Assist Me with Obtaining a Rental Car?

Yes, our lawyers are happy to help you upon request in securing a rental vehicle while your automobile is being repaired, or while the liability carrier for the trucking company is determining whether your automobile is a “total loss”.

Can I Recover Damages for the Diminished Value of my Automobile?

Yes, generally. Establishing diminished value often requires an expert report. Our law firm is happy to advance the money on your behalf to obtain an expert report if the damage to your car warrants it.

How Much Can I Recover for My Vehicle if it is Considered a “Total Loss”?

If your car is totaled following an 18-wheeler accident, then you can recover only the fair market value of your vehicle. The fair market value is measured by what similar vehicles are being sold for on the open market. Fair market value is not measured by Kelly Blue Book or NADA Book Value.

Securing a Law Loan

Do companies exist that loan money based on securing an interest in your settlement? Yes, but many of these law loan companies charge a ridiculous interest rate. Most law loan companies require you to be represented to qualify for a loan. Our legal team routinely help clients secure loans that charge a flat fee, as opposed to a continuously compounding loan. This sometimes saves our clients thousands of dollars.

Getting Necessary Medical Treatment

Should you go to the hospital if you have pain and discomfort?

Absolutely. If you experience pain and discomfort following an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle accident, you should be safe and get checked out. Large semi-tractor-trailers weigh thousands of pounds. It is best to be cautious and get examined because it’s the safe thing to do and also because the insurance carrier for the trucking company will attempt say you weren’t hurt that bad if you don’t.

What if My Health Insurance Carrier Pays Some of My Medical Bills?

If your health insurance carrier, Medicare, or Medicaid makes payments on your behalf for injuries related to your 18-wheeler or commercial truck accident, the health insurance carrier or agency is generally entitled to be reimbursed out of your settlement proceeds – a right known as subrogation.

The amount the carrier or agency is entitled to be reimbursed can differ, but our Dallas truck accident attorneys are almost always able to secure a reduction of health insurance liens or workers’ compensation liens.

Do Medical Providers Exist Who Have Experience in Treating These Types of Injuries?

Yes. Many doctors refuse to treat patients who have been injured in truck accident cases because they fear getting deposed or otherwise drawn into a legal battle. Some healthcare providers do exist, however, that are willing to provide services for commercial truck accident injury victims.

Our attorneys will assist you in securing all the medical attention you require following the collision. Mullen & Mullen Law Firm has been in business for over 40 years and we have strong relationships with various healthcare providers who primarily assist people hurt in accidents.

Upon your request, we can help you locate a local doctor who will agree to delay billing you for medical services until the conclusion of your truck accident case. Mullen & Mullen’s lawyers work with pain management physicians, surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors, neurologists, hospitals, surgical facilities, imaging facilities, and other providers who are willing to forego payment until the settlement of your claim, even if you require a surgery.

Can You Recover Lost Wages Because of the Accident?

Yes. The trucking company or insurance company, however, will want your loss of earnings to be well documented. In the past our lawyers have helped 18-wheeler accident victims establish a legal right to these damages, by utilizing fact witness affidavits, company correspondence, bank statements, and certified tax and earnings documents.

Example: Our attorneys represented a young female whose job was classified as “Light” according to exertional demands. She underwent a Physical Performance Examination that indicated she did not have the capacity to perform at the “Light” exertion level. She was held out of work until she could perform her job duties without the risk of aggravating her injuries.

Can You Recover Damages for Loss of Earning Capacity?

Yes. Loss of earning capacity is the total amount of wages you will lose over the course of your lifetime due to your injuries adjusted to net present value.

Our truck accident attorneys utilize both Economists and Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants when needed to establish past lost wages or loss of earning capacity in the future.

What Other Monies are Available?

You might be entitled to the following monetary damages in addition to those described above:

  • Past reasonable and necessary medical expenses
  • Future reasonable and necessary medical expenses

Mullen & Mullen Law Firm frequently uses life care planners on 18-wheeler accident and commercial cases. We front the cost of the expert report if you have sustained life-altering injuries and will need life-long accommodation.

  • Automobile repair costs
  • Replacement car cost; and
  • Diminished value.

Pain, Suffering, Mental Anguish & Impairment

If you have been involved in a commercial truck accident you may be entitled to non-economic damages for:

  • Pain and suffering – both past and future
  • Mental anguish – both past and future
  • Physical impairment – both past and future; and
  • Other non-economic damages

Non-economic damages, unlike economic damages, are generally not ascertainable to a fixed degree. For example, if you made $5,000 a month and were injured in a truck accident that caused you to miss four months of work, your loss of earnings damages is clearly $20,000. Your individual pain, suffering, and mental anguish however cannot be quantified, and a jury would have complete discretion in computing these damages.

Mullen & Mullen Law Firm will often oversee preparation of a “day in the life” video. In fact, our firm has an in-house videographer. A video demonstrating a typical day in “your shoes” can often be the difference between a good settlement and a great settlement. Our attorneys have the experience to allow you to answer questions that detail your unique story and illustrate the devastating impact of your accident.

This not an exhaustive list and your attorney should carefully review your case to ascertain all available damages under the facts and circumstances of your case.

Can I Get Punitive Damages?

Punitive damages are designed to punish wrongdoers for reckless or grossly negligent conduct. In Texas these damages are generally difficult to obtain and must be examined on a case-by-case basis.

The potential for punitive damages should be explored in every case involving an 18-wheeler or commercial vehicle. Some situations where a finding of recklessness or gross negligence might be warranted include

  • If the driver was found to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • If the driver was found to be driving while intoxicated
  • If the driver violated his or her requirements to stop and rest for a minimum number of hours
  • If the driver failed to properly secure his or her load; and
  • If the driver was operating his or her vehicle at a reckless speed

What is the Value of your Truck Accident Claim?

Most attorneys will tell you what you want to hear, even though they realize your case value is directly tied to the extent of the injuries you sustained and other factors that could influence a jury, such as if the driver was texting when the collision occurred. Mullen & Mullen Law Firm offers guidance on expected case settlement value, only after we have reviewed all case documents and evaluated the arguments raised by the insurance adjuster. Would you want a surgeon to offer an opinion without reviewing medical records?

What if the Trucking Company is Arguing I Was Also Negligent?

If you are found to be negligent, the percentage of fault assigned to you by the jury is deducted from the total verdict. For example, if the jurors awarded $50,000 in damages but determined you were 20% at fault, the final verdict would be adjusted to $40,000.

If you were partly negligent, are you barred from obtaining a recovery in a commercial truck accident? No, except if the jury determines you are more than 50% at fault for the wreck. Recovery is possible even if the jury determines liability for the 18-wheeler accident should be apportioned 50/50, although the total damages awarded would be reduced by 50%.

What are “Reasonable and Necessary” Medical Bills?

Texas law states you are allowed to seek recovery of the monies you paid or incurred to doctors and other medical professionals. The medical bills must be both reasonable and necessary. Trucking companies almost always argue that at least some of the accident victim’s treatment was unreasonable or unnecessary. They usually retain a medical doctor to perform a “peer review”.

What is a Pre-Existing Condition?

Our firm routinely requests and reviews pre-accident medical records so that the “Eggshell Plaintiff” doctrine can be argued if applicable. In addition, securing past medical records often leads to the best evidence of pain, suffering, mental anguish, and impairment.

What if You Decline the Trucking Company’s Last Settlement Offer?

You have the right to initiate litigation against the driver and the company he or she was working for if you choose to decline their final settlement offer.

Should You Settle or Initiate Litigation?

All injury claims should be evaluated on an individual basis. Sometimes a $50,000 offer before initiating litigation ends up being more money in your pockets than a $70,000 offer made after a lawsuit has been filed.

Consider these factors:

  1. Attorney fees will always increase if litigation is involved.
  2. Case expenses, especially on commercial truck accident claims, usually dramatically increase in litigation.
  3. Litigation is very time-consuming and often lasts 9-12 months.
  4. Your health insurance company or a workers’ compensation company might be more receptive to reducing a lien prior to the commencement of litigation.

It’s Important to Obtain Records Related to the Truck’s Daily Log and Driver Management System

Commercial drivers are only allowed to drive a certain number of consecutive hours before the law requires them to stop and rest. The truck’s daily log will demonstrate how many miles the driver drove that day. The driver management system should indicate geographical position, hours in service, load balance, and stability data, among other things.

Importance of Obtaining the Driver’s Qualification File

Documents generated or maintained pursuant to Title 49 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, parts 382, 383, and 391, constitute the Driver Qualification File. This can be used to determine if he/she was qualified to safely operate the vehicle. These records are especially useful in combination with the driver’s investigative history and personnel files.

Can the Truck’s GPS System be Used to Strengthen Your Claim?

Yes, if GPS data is available it will be discoverable in litigation and can be used to strengthen your claim. GPS data will show where the truck was, at what time, and the route of travel it took. It is critical to quickly retain us as counsel so we can send a spoliation of evidence letter demanding that all relevant evidence – such as GPS data – be preserved.

Truck Accident Statistics in Dallas, TX

Truck accidents bring devastating consequences: injuries, property damage, and loss of life. In Dallas, Texas, with its busy highways, understanding accident statistics is crucial. The data, until 2021, offers insights into the truck accident landscape.

Total Number of Truck Accidents

In recent years, Dallas has experienced a significant number of truck accidents. In 2020, Dallas County had 7,771 truck crashes, causing 60 fatalities and over 1,000 injuries (TxDOT). It’s important to note that these figures include accidents of varying degrees, ranging from minor incidents to severe collisions.

Fatalities and Injuries

Truck accidents tend to have a higher fatality and injury rate due to the sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles. Between 2016 and 2020, the number of fatalities resulting from truck accidents in Dallas County showed a fluctuating trend. In 2016, there were 80 fatalities, which decreased to 59 in 2017, then increased to 83 in 2018, dropped to 68 in 2019, and finally reached 60 in 2020. These figures highlight the need for ongoing efforts to reduce the number of fatalities.

Contributing Factors

Truck accidents in Dallas have various causes: fatigue, distraction, impaired driving, speeding, lane changes, mechanical failures, and weather. Raising awareness, stricter regulations, and better training can reduce these risks.

Time and Location

Analyzing the time and location patterns of truck accidents in Dallas can provide valuable insights for accident prevention initiatives. Certain months have higher rates of such accidents due to factors like holidays or weather. And major highways like I-35E, I-30, and I-635 experience the most volume.

Safety Measures

Dallas, state, and federal agencies implemented safety measures to reduce truck accidents. These include:

  • regular inspections of commercial vehicles to ensure they meet safety standards
  • enforcement of trucking regulations like hours-of-service rules
  • improving road infrastructure
  • implementing stricter penalties for traffic violations
  • promoting public awareness campaigns regarding safe driving practices around trucks

It is crucial to note that these statistics are constantly evolving. Government bodies, law enforcement agencies, and community organizations are always implementing new measures to reduce accidents.

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