Trucks and tractor-trailers operating unsafely can cause devastating injuries and death.
Truck and tractor-trailer accidents can often be fatal or cause serious physical injury to others on the road. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident involving a truck, you are likely suffering physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. We may be able to help.
Whether you or a family member has been injured by an 18-wheeler or a commercial delivery truck, if the truck driver or trucking company was at fault, you may have a claim. Because trucking companies and insurance companies will do almost anything to avoid responsibility, you will need a serious lawyer for your serious claim.
While we have spent the majority of our careers representing those who have been injured, including in truck accidents, we also have experience representing truckers and trucking companies. This behind-the-scenes knowledge — including knowing how to read driver logs, the ins and outs of federal regulations and the importance of immediately downloading black box data — helps us to hold truckers and trucking companies accountable when they injure someone. If you believe you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident and it was the truck driver or his or her company’s fault, we may be able to help.
Many times, truck accidents are caused by the trucking company’s negligence, when they put profit above safety. Common mistakes by a trucking company include:
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When you or a family member has been injured or killed by the unsafe acts of a truck driver or trucking company, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death claim. While the law cannot undo the injury or bring back your loved one, it may provide compensation for you or your family. While it depends on the state, in general, you or your family may have claims for the following under the law.
PERSONAL INJURY DAMAGES
If you our your loved has suffered physical or emotional injuries because of the unsafe actions of a truck driver or trucking company, the law may permit you to recover past and future medical expenses and lost wages as well as amounts for physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of a body part or use of a body part, permanency, scars and disfigurement. If you or your loved one was married at your time of injury, your or their spouse may be able to recover losses, including their lost services, society, affection, companionship and sexual relations.
WRONGFUL DEATH DAMAGES
If your family member was killed by the unsafe actions or inactions of a truck driver or trucking company, the law may permit recovery for medical expenses, funeral expenses, physical and emotional pain and suffering and the loss of the value of the life. Depending on the state, the value of the life may be measured from the perspective of the person who died or the family that lost the person who died. Lost future wages and support may also be recoverable.
In order to make a successful claim for personal injury resulting from an incident involving a truck or tractor-trailer, you must prove three things: (1) negligence on the part of the truck or tractor-trailer driver or truck or tractor-trailer company, (2) injury and (3) that the negligence caused the injury. In other words, the driver or company must have done something wrong and that something wrong must have caused injury.
In truck accident cases, you need to show that the driver of the truck or trucking company was at fault. Depending on the state, you may also need to show that you did not contribute to the accident or the severity of your injury.
It is important that you contact an attorney immediately if you believe you may have a truck accident claim. There are deadlines within which claims must be filed or the right to file them is lost forever. Evidence can also disappear if you do not have an attorney to help you preserve it. For instance, the vehicles may be fixed or the black box data may not be downloaded, causing evidence necessary to your claim to be unavailable. For these reasons, contacting an attorney today to review your claim is critical. Waiting even one day can be the difference between having a claim that you can pursue and being barred from pursuing that very same claim.
We are who you should call when you or someone you love has been killed or seriously injured because of wrongdoing by a big company, truck driver, law enforcement, hospital or healthcare provider. We can help you get compensated. We can help you get justice.