We know that choosing an attorney to represent you when you have been injured is a major decision. At The Schmidt Firm we strive to obtain the best settlement or verdict possible for your case.
C.L. Mike Schmidt is a Texas Board Certified Trial Attorney in both personal injury trial law and civil litigation. Although there are many attorneys in the United States, only a percentage of those are actually certified as trial lawyers. He is also licensed in the State of New Mexico where he resides full time. Mr. Schmidt has offices in both, Dallas, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Schmidt Firm PLLC has the staff and resources to provide individual personal attention to all of its clients.
Mr. Schmidt has been practicing law for over 50 years. He started his law career working on the defense side of litigation. Some years into his career, Mr. Schmidt decided he wanted to practice law on behalf of individual Plaintiffs and to represent those who suffered personal injuries as the result of the negligence or behavior of a company or individual. Mr. Schmidt’s experience on both the defense and plaintiff side of litigation give him a unique perspective into each individual case.
Attorney Awards & Recognition
Dallas Bar Association names C.L. Mike Schmidt a
"Legend in Trial Law” for his 50+ years of legal service.
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Members of this group must meet strict qualifications including being primary or lead counsel in a trial resulting in a final verdict of $1,000,000.00 or more for the Plaintiff(s).
Best Lawyers in America
C.L. Mike Schmidt was selected by his peers to be included in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for work in the practice areas of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action for Plaintiffs, and Personal Injury Litigation for Plaintiffs. He earned this recognition for being named a Best Lawyer in America for at least 25 years in 2013.
Voted Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine
Texas Monthly Magazine
Named as Texas Super Lawyer. Of the over 95,000 members of the Texas Bar Association, only five percent are named “Texas Super Laywers.”
AV rated by Martindale Hubbell for over 30 years, receiving the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards by the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers.
The National Trial Lawyer
Named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2014.
Commerical Trucking Accident Facts
Commercial Truck related accidents account for 2% of all accidents in New Mexico but 8% of fatal accidents. One out of every 8 accident related deaths in America and 4% of all accident related injuries involve semi-truck vehicles. Commercial truck related accidents, even if not fatal, result in catastrophic injury to the victims altering their lives forever. In 2012, large trucks were more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash as opposed to a fatal single-vehicle crash than were passenger vehicles.
One out of every 8 accident related deaths in America and 4% of all accident related injuries involve semi-truck vehicles.
- One person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes.
- Nearly 5,000 people are killed in truck accidents every year, with nearly 98% of those people being the drivers of the other vehicle involved in the truck accident.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic fatalities in New Mexico have increased from 311 fatalities in 2013 to 383 fatalities in 2014. The highest average of these fatalities was in 2005 at 488. Although there was a slight decrease after 2005, by 2009, the numbers of fatalities began to gradually increase.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, New Mexico fatalities involving large trucks has increased from 54 to 2013 to 71 in 2014.
- 81% of fatal crashes involving large trucks are multiple-vehicle crashes compared to 58% for fatal crashes involving passenger vehicles.
SourcesNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Top Ten Ranking by Number of Crash Related Fatalities
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Common Causes of Commercial Trucking Accidents
- Truck Maintenance
- Trucking Regulations
- Cell Phone, Texting, and Driving
- Intoxicated Commercial Drivers
- Distracted Drivers
- Company Hiring Practices