Determined Representation For Truck Accident Victims
Collisions involving semitrucks are some of the most damaging types, easily resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. Built to transport loads of cargo, hauling trucks can cause devastation due to their sheer size and weight. Also known as tractor-trailers, big rigs and 18-wheelers, “semis” greatly outweigh other vehicles on the roads. Sadly, the effects of injuries from a truck wreck can last a lifetime. Because of these factors, experienced counsel from The Stuckey Firm, is essential.
Call our Springfield office at 937-471-3837 to arrange a free consultation with our team. We can help you understand whether or not you have a case, what your options are and how we can help. Call us for yourself, a family member or someone you care about who was injured in a truck-related accident.
3 Ways Trucking Accidents Are Unique
- Because of their size and weight, trucks can cause much more damage in a crash than a regular car.
- Semi trucks have strict state and federal regulations imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which regulates the trucking industry. If these rules are neglected, specifics need to be presented at trial.
- Trucking companies may have large legal teams. Our accomplished litigator knows the law, and will settle your case or take it to court for a resolution that’s in your best interest.
Causes Of Large Truck Crashes
Poor training, faulty equipment and driver negligence due to speeding, overlimit weights, driver fatigue and substance abuse are all common causes of truck wrecks. Truck drivers are held to stricter standards, and many do not obey the imposed state and federal regulations. Our aim is to uncover the negligent party, whether it be the truck driver, truck owner, dispatcher or truck manufacturer. We will then seek the maximum compensation possible to cover your current and future medical needs and lost wages due to time away from work or disability. We’ll take the stress away while you heal.
Advocacy When You Need It Most
Over a decade of legal experience has prepared us to vigorously represent the injured in serious truck accidents. We possess a deep understanding of state and federal trucking guidelines, and will thoroughly evaluate your accident. Accident reconstruction helps us understand where fault lies and what was the cause. Our first priority is ensuring the evidence is preserved to build a strong case. You’ll need formidable counsel who can present strong legal arguments against the insurance company in settlement conferences, in arbitration or at trial. Let us serve your ongoing needs and take the stress away.
Answers To The Most Commonly Asked Truck Accident Questions
After an accident with a truck you, or your family member or a loved one, likely have questions. We are here to help. Here are the questions we get asked most often.
How soon do I need to file a truck accident lawsuit?
The statute of limitations for a truck accident in Ohio is two years from the accident date. However, there are many significant advantages to filing a claim as soon as possible. The most crucial piece of evidence may be the “black box” (data recorder device). This box has information about the truck’s status, including the speed at which the truck was traveling when the accident happened.
Because these boxes are not required by law, the owner of the truck or the truck company is not required to keep it or to share it with an accident victim. They will have to share the black box data if they are legally compelled to do so in a potential lawsuit. By waiting to file, the opportunity for the black box data to be lost or destroyed increases tremendously.
Who is the target of a truck accident claim?
The answer to this question depends on the details of the accident that you were involved in. There could be one negligent party, such as the trucking company, or there could be more than one party that contributed to your accident and injury. Potential liable parties include the truck driver, the owner/operator of the trucking company or even the manufacturer of a faulty part. For example, if a semi’s brakes malfunction because of a design flaw, and this causes a serious accident and injuries, the manufacturer of the faulty part may be the liable and negligent party. This is why it’s important to work with a proven truck accident attorney so that you understand what happened, who caused it and who can be held responsible.
Will my truck crash case go to court?
Very few of these cases ever go to court. What may happen is the trucking company or the attorneys for the insurer may stall as long as possible only to offer a reasonable settlement in the days or hours before a court case is scheduled.
Do I need an attorney who handles truck accident claims?
You are never required to have legal counsel, but it is strongly advised. The trucking company and its insurer have savvy attorneys working for them so that they pay out nothing or as little as possible. This keeps their profit margin at its highest. When you partner with an attorney who understands the regulations and laws that apply to trucking companies, they will understand what your injury and your case are truly worth. This means the payout to you is going to be much higher than if you did not have an attorney, in most, if not all, cases.
Speak To A Lawyer About Your Truck Crash Injuries At No Cost
Discussing your 18-wheeler accident with an experienced personal injury attorney is important for obtaining the best results. We protect clients’ rights in and around Springfield, throughout Ohio and offer an initial free consultation to evaluate the specific situation. Please call 937-471-3837 or contact us online for a timely response.