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Commercial Vehicle Crashes

Crashes between large commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles can cause fatalities or injuries with life-long repercussions.

Ownership and operation of the vehicles, property damage, and other factors add to the complexity of commercial vehicle crashes.

The Law Firm of Roger 'Rocky' Walton, P.C., in Arlington, TX, serving Fort Worth and Grand Prairie, can help victims collect compensation.

How Does Texas Define a Commercial Vehicle?

  • According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a commercial vehicle is a self-propelled or towed vehicle used to transport passengers or cargo on a public highway. These can be larger cars, a small truck, a large truck, or even a pizza delivery vehicle.
  • As attorney Rocky Walton points out to his Texas clients, if the vehicle and its driver, whether a van driver, bus driver, truck driver, or the driver of a regular-sized motor vehicle, are covered by a commercial policy, it is considered a commercial vehicle.

A Texas Attorney Protecting the Rights of Fellow Texans

When a commercial vehicle accident causes an injury or fatality, many victims and survivors make the mistake of not hiring a lawyer. A collision with a commercial vehicle is completely different than when two passenger vehicles are in a crash. The stakes are much higher when dealing with a commercial company.

Crashes between a commercial motor vehicle and a passenger vehicle can have more contributing factors that will affect the outcome of a settlement. It is important to hire a legal advocate who understands the complexities involved in tackling these cases. There are also other important benefits of having Arlington attorney Rocky Walton on your side: 

Keep Bill Collectors at Bay

As your commercial vehicle accident attorney, Texas lawyer Rocky Walton can help you by issuing a letter of protection (LOP) so you do not have to worry about medical bills and other associated costs until after you settle your case. This document promises medical professionals that they will be paid after a settlement or jury award is collected.

Protect the Facts of Your Case

You also will not have to worry about dealing with insurance company investigators and adjusters. These people are taking great care to discredit your claim. With Rocky Walton's Arlington firm on your side, you can defer all communication to your attorneys to ensure that the integrity of your claim is protected.

Focus on Recovery

Rocky will handle all the details of your case, meaning the only thing you have to focus on is your recovery. Do not make the mistake of thinking you can save money by not hiring a lawyer. In nearly all instances, failing to hire an attorney will always cost you more in the end. We work on contingency, meaning you pay nothing unless we collect on your behalf.

High Praise for Rocky and His Arlington, TX, Law Firm "Amazing Staff."


Christina G.


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This is my second car accident, unfortunately I used someone else for the first. Amazing staff at this law firm, will use again if I ever have another issue! They handled EVERYTHING and I received constant updates. They also sent flowers to hospital when I had surgery, greatest people ever!! I recommend to anyone who is need of a lawyer to look no further than this office!

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Charles D.


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I highly recommend the Law Firm of Roger Rocky Walton. Rocky and his entire staff worked very hard for my family during a very difficult situation. They're very professional and  corresponded with us very well. They were always timely and leave no stone unturned.

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Fighting for Clients Since 1987

Roger "Rocky" Walton is one of fewer than three percent of personal injury trial law specialists in the great state of Texas. But Rocky Walton is more than just another personal injury attorney. He is a deeply involved member of the Arlington community. Rocky served two terms on the Arlington City Council. He is also a Cub Scout Cubmaster and a baseball coach. His concern for his clients and his community is second to none.

When our fellow Texans in Grand Prairie, Fort Worth, Arlington, and throughout Greater DFW suffer due to the careless acts of others, we want to be the ones to help.

For over 30 years, the Law Firm of Roger 'Rocky' Walton, P.C., has represented clients in all aspects of personal injury law, including commercial vehicle accidents. Rocky Walton offers free consultations and works on a contingency basis, meaning you do not pay unless we win.

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Contact us online or call (817) 727-4079 today for a free consultation. 

5-Star Reviews From Rocky's Satisfied Clients


Niki McDaniel


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I was referred to this firm by 1 of my clients for my car wreck and I must say everyone was professional from start to finish. I was kept informed on the entire process and in case I was confused about anything, Kati would call and give me an overview of exactly where they were in the process. And the speedy turnaround was phenomenal. Although this is my 1st time EVER having to experience this, I believe I chose to go with the best law firm. They shot for the best settlement possible. Thank you Mr. Rocky, Ms. Kati, Ms. Michelle, Ms. Maggie, and Ms. Sharon for all of your help and support and may God continue to bless all of you and what you do. Thanks again!

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John L. Rothra


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Integrity. Honesty. Respect. That's how I'd summarize the Roger Walton Law Firm. Our experience with them was beyond excellent. Regardless of the size of the settlement, the team of Michelle, Katie, Tim, and Roger treated us with the utmost respect and never made us feel like a mere number or dollar sign. We were humans, individuals, people. We felt like we mattered. They maintained a high level of communication, answered all questions we asked (even if they weren't directly about the case), and guided us through the legal process. Lawyers often are mocked and hated. Rocky Walton's team, however, bring honor and nobility to the practice of law. I highly recommend this firm!

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Commercial Vehicles Versus Passenger Vehicles

An accident involving a commercial vehicle in Texas can be catastrophic, especially compared to a car crash with another passenger vehicle. Many larger vehicles, such as semi-trucks, garbage trucks, and dump trucks, can easily weigh 25 times more than a typical passenger car when fully loaded. You do not need a degree in physics to understand how a collision between a commercial truck and any other vehicle can have disastrous results.

Large truck accidents are often caused by road hazards, complicating how liability is assigned in these crashes. Commercial truck accidents may have worse consequences than just the collision depending on the load on board the truck. If the cargo is flammable or hazardous materials, secondary injuries can compound an already catastrophic accident. Our Arlington firm is here to help victims who have suffered any extent of losses in these serious accidents.

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How else do commercial vehicle accidents differ from other types of accidents?

Special Considerations In Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Hazardous Materials

On occasion, the manufacturer or shipper of hazardous materials carried by the commercial truck may also be held responsible for injuries that are either caused or aggravated by the truck's cargo. This generally relates to the manufacturer or shipper's obligation to inform the trucker or trucking company of the material and its potential dangers. 


Vehicles, such as 18-wheelers, can jackknife under certain conditions, especially during emergency braking or sudden turning. The truck driver may not be held negligent if the jackknifing was due to an unforeseeable road condition or an abrupt maneuver to avoid a stalled vehicle or another motorist. Depending on the circumstances, the jackknifing may be attributed to one of many other parties' negligence.

Turning Accidents

Large trucks are difficult to turn and often require two lanes to complete a right turn. If an accident occurs while a larger vehicle such as a semi-truck trailer is executing a right turn, it is not always a clear case of negligence on the driver's part. Contact us if you have been involved in such an accident for a free case evaluation. Rocky Walton will note the details of the truck accident and can advise you of your legal options moving forward.

Determining Liability 

If you have been involved in a commercial vehicle accident in Texas, our team in Arlington will identify any negligent parties and work to hold them responsible. While the driver of the truck may have caused the accident, the operator of the vehicle is just one piece of the bigger picture. Trucking companies, insurance companies, contractors, and employers may be obligated to compensate someone injured in a commercial vehicle accident. Depend on us to determine exactly who is at fault for your losses.

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Please Do Not Represent Yourself Retain Our Commercial Vehicle Crash Attorney

Life can be changed forever due to a bus, van, or truck accident or crashes involving other kinds of commercial vehicles. Rocky Walton can investigate the facts, deal with cheap insurance companies who will pressure you to accept a low settlement, and let you concentrate on what's most important — healing. 

And should a fatality occur from a truck accident or other commercial vehicle collision that takes the life of a loved one, Rocky Walton also handles complex wrongful death lawsuits. The bottom line is this — if you or a loved one were driving a passenger vehicle and an injury or fatality occurred due to a collision with a commercial vehicle like a large truck, the truck driver, along with other parties, could be liable due to negligence. 

Contact Rocky Walton today using our online form or by calling us. Rocky will fight aggressively to win you the compensation you deserve for someone else's negligence if you live in the Grand Prairie, Arlington, or Fort Worth areas.

Call or Text: (817) 429-4299

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The Driver's Employment Status Makes a Difference



In a truck accident, if it is established that an employment relationship exists between the driver of the truck and a trucking or shipping company, that company may be held legally liable for the driver's negligence. In this kind of case, we will show that the company exercised a degree of control over the truck driver.

Independent Contractor


Things get more complicated in an accident with a truck driven by an independent contractor of a larger company. In these cases, the liability of trucking companies, employers, and contractors are all key factors in assessing recovery through insurance coverage. In most cases, these entities will carry separate insurance policies. 

Two of Our Thousands of 5-Star Reviews "An Awesome Bunch of People."


Teresa V.


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Mr. Walton and all his staff are great. My granddaughter and I were in a terrible car accident a little over a year ago and we needed someone to help us deal with the insurance company. We could not have picked anyone better. I did my own research and picked this law firm based on reviews I read online. They got us the maximum amount from the insurance company. One of the really great things they do is keep you updated on everything that is happening every step of the way. This is just an awesome bunch of people to have working for you. Great job guys!

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Ron U.


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I am immensely impressed with the professionalism, integrity and legal expertise of the Walton firm and support team. They could not have achieved a better result. Their aggressive handling of the adverse issues and opposing parties was really quite remarkable, as were their thorough and timely communication with their client. Thank you, Rocky and Tim, and the whole team!

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The personal injury information offered and contained herein regarding personal injury statutes and claimants' rights is general in scope. No attorney-client relationship with our attorneys is hereby formed, nor is the information herein intended as formal legal advice.

Roger 'Rocky' Walton

The Law Firm of Roger "Rocky" Walton, P.C.

The Law Firm of Roger "Rocky" Walton, P.C., has been exclusively representing personal injury clients since 1987. He is proud to be affiliated with top legal organizations, including:

  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Tarrant County Bar Association 

If you are looking for legal representation from a top-rated lawyer in Arlington, call or text our law firm at (817) 429-4299 today! We serve clients in Grand Prairie, Fort Worth, and surrounding areas.

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