In the United States, on average, there is a fatal trucking accident approximately every two hours. If that statistic is not alarming enough, consider this: Someone is injured in a commercial trucking accident in the U.S. approximately every six minutes. We have seen a consistent increase in number of truck accidents in recent years, and these accidents account for a severely disproportionate number of accident-related fatalities and traumatic injuries.
Texas has far more commercial truck accidents than any other state in the nation. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 13 percent of all fatal truck accidents occur in Texas. This is the largest percentage of any state by far – California is second with 7.5 percent.
Our lawyers fight for victims and families who are suffering due to commercial truck accidents. With offices in Houston, we handle cases throughout Texas, in Louisiana and nationwide. If you were hurt or your spouse, child or other family member was killed in an accident involving an 18-wheeler or other large truck, we are here to help. We understand what is at stake, and we will not stop fighting until you have been fully and fairly compensated for your losses.
Our firm was founded in 2015 by partners Nick Morrow and John Sheppard. Mr. Morrow and Mr. Sheppard have decades of combined legal experience, and they have successfully handled matters worth in excess of $1 billion. This includes recovering millions of dollars in compensation for accident victims and their families.
Having previously represented large corporations at some of the most-prestigious law firms in the area, Mr. Morrow and Mr. Sheppard know how difficult it is for individuals to protect their legal rights. The insurance companies’ policies and procedures are designed to ensure that victims receive as little compensation as possible, and their defense attorneys are extremely good at what they do. They will find any possible justification to dispute a victim’s claim for financial recovery, and they will not stand down until their clients’ financial interests are secure.
At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we turn the tables in our clients’ favor. Relying on the knowledge and insights gained while working for the insurance companies, Mr. Morrow and Mr. Sheppard have established have proven track records of securing favorable results for accident victims and their families. Our firm is well-known for providing strategic and impassioned legal representation, and we take pride in the fact that our commitment to justice is reflected in the kind words of our clients and peers:
“Morrow & Sheppard LLP is an outstanding law firm. I have known Nick Morrow for many years. He is honest, hardworking, and very attentive to his clients. I could not recommend him enough for your legal needs.”
“Nick Morrow and John Sheppard are extremely knowledgeable, hard-working, and attentive. They go above and beyond to meet the needs of each and every client. I highly recommend this law firm for your next case.”
“Best injury lawyers around. Honest attorneys; tenacious on behalf of their clients.”
“Thoughtful, hardworking, brilliant. These guys are the real deal.”
If you need a lawyer for a truck accident in the greater Houston area, we encourage you to contact us 24/7. We will help you understand what you need to do next, and we will make arrangements for you to meet with one of our attorneys personally in a confidential and completely free consultation as soon as possible.
After a commercial truck accident of any magnitude, the key to protecting your legal rights is to secure the evidence as soon as possible. This includes not only evidence from the scene of the accident, but also evidence of the nature and extent of you or your loved one’s injuries.
As a result, the two most important things you can do after a truck accident are to (i) seek a medical diagnosis, and (ii) hire a law firm to conduct an investigation. During the investigation, your law firm may hire forensics experts, accident reconstructionists and other professionals to determine whether the accident resulted from:
Like other types of auto accident claims, commercial truck accident claims typically involve the at-fault party’s insurance company. But, in truck collision cases, this usually means the trucking company’s insurer – not the driver’s. Under Texas law (and the law of other states), trucking companies can be held legally responsible for both (i) their own negligence (i.e. hiring an unqualified driver) and (ii) the negligence of their employees (i.e. a truck driver speeding or texting behind the wheel).
At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we seek compensation from trucking companies and insurance companies on behalf of individuals and families who have suffered losses in all types of commercial truck accidents. This includes accidents involving:
Soon after the accident, there is a decent chance that you will receive a settlement offer from the trucking company’s insurer. It is critical that you not accept any compensation until you have spoken with an attorney. If the insurance company is offering you money, there is a reason, and it is not because the insurance company wants to make sure you are okay.
The reason insurance companies often offer settlements early in serious accident cases is because they want to settle the case before the victims realize the true extent of their losses. From lost earning capacity to pain and suffering, the effects of a traumatic injury can last a lifetime. If you accept a settlement too soon, you will waive your right to seek compensation for your future losses, and this is a mistake most people cannot afford to make.
While most truck accident cases settle, it is important to prepare yourself for the possibility of your case going to trial. This means, among other things, hiring a trial-ready law firm. Believe it or not, many attorneys do not actually like to argue in court. They prefer their cases to settle, and they may even emphasize settling when there is more money to be won at trial.
We are trial lawyers. While we will seek to settle your case for maximum value (and we have a long record of securing high-value settlements), we will also make sure that we are ready to take your case to court. If the insurance company offers a settlement, we will make sure you know exactly what you will take home and how much more you stand to win in court so that you can make an informed decision about protecting your legal rights.
All of this means one thing: Your choice of legal representation matters. No two law firms are alike, and not all lawyers in the Houston area have the experience, skill, resources and drive to handle truck accident cases with the competency and thoroughness that victims and their families deserve. From the on-scene investigation to negotiating with the insurance company and presenting your case in court, your choice of legal representation will impact your case every step of the way.
Mr. Morrow: In order to know whether you are entitled to compensation, you need to know what caused the accident. This is why it is critical to investigate promptly. The investigation may reveal the cause of the accident directly (for example, if there are skid marks that show the truck was speeding excessively); or, it may reveal that further inquiry is required (for example, if it appears that the driver may have been using his or her phone at the time of the accident).
In any case, it is important not to make assumptions about your case. Do not assume that the trucking company’s insurer will treat you fairly, and do not assume that you or your loved one must have been partially to blame. Commercial truck accident cases can be extraordinarily complicated, and it takes years of legal experience to be able to identify the cause (or causes) and the party (or parties) that are responsible.
Mr. Sheppard: This is where your medical records come into play. As a general rule, truck accident victims are entitled to compensation for all of their accident-related losses. This includes things like past and future medical expenses, past and future loss of income, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. The extent of your injuries – and all of the various ways your injuries impact your life – will determine the amount of compensation you are entitled to recover.
Mr. Morrow: Yes, and in many cases this is critically important. When a truck driver or trucking company violates a mandatory safety regulation, this is what is known as “negligence per se.” This means that the violation is itself evidence of negligence, and victims and their loved ones will not need to prove that they are entitled to compensation on other grounds.
Mr. Sheppard: No. If you or a loved one was involved in a trucking collision, we strongly encourage you to contact us regardless of how long it has been since the accident. Under Texas law, in most cases you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim for personal injuries or wrongful death. But, even if it has been more than two years, it is worth speaking to an attorney to find out if you still have options available.
Importantly, even though you have two years (in most cases) to file your claim, you do not want to delay any longer than is absolutely necessary. Taking action promptly will give you the best chance to maximize your recovery, and at Morrow & Sheppard LLP we can guide you through the steps you need to take to protect your legal rights.
We understand that you have questions, and we appreciate that you are facing an extremely difficult situation. When you contact us, you can expect to receive free and honest legal advice tailored to your individual circumstances. We believe in helping our clients make informed decisions; and, regardless of whether you ultimately choose our firm to represent you, we want to make sure you feel confident as you begin to move on. Keep in mind, if you do choose us to represent you, we do not expect our clients to pay anything out of pocket. You only pay if we win, whether that means negotiating an insurance settlement or winning a hard-fought verdict at trial.
To get started with a free, no-obligation consultation, please call (800) 489-2216 or tell us about the accident online. You can contact us 24/7, and if we are not available immediately we will respond within 24 hours.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.