Truck Accidents

Nationwide Truck Accident Injury Lawyers

Nationwide Truck Accident Injury Attorneys

Truck Accident Attorneys

Have you been injured in a truck accident involving your car, motorcycle, or other vehicle?  If so, you may be able to recover for your injuries by determining if the driver of the truck was negligent. Truck accidents are typically caused by large commercial trucks that can cause significant damage and injuries.  

The three most common types of commercial trucks are semi-trucks, dump trucks, and garbage or trash trucks.  It is important that you contact an attorney who specializes in truck accident injury cases because these complex cases can be difficult to handle alone.

Contact Goldberg & Loren Nationwide Truck Accident Attorneys for a free consultation at +1 (800) 731-4878.

Truck Accidents in the United States

Truck drivers have a responsibility to drive safely under all circumstances. They must follow traffic laws an regulations. For example, they should not drive beyond the maximum number of consecutive hours permitted in their state; otherwise this could be counted under driver fatigue.

Other examples of additional regulations for commercial truck drivers include:

  • Refueling only at truck stops or gas stations that are open and safe to do so (Typically, the truck must be completely off the road)
  • Following a logbook or record of duty status with accurate information about how long they have been driving for and other relevant information

Why Commercial Truck Accidents Are Different from Motorcycle Accidents Commercial truck accidents are usually different from motorcycle accidents because they involve a larger vehicle that can cause significant damage.

A commercial truck can weigh more than 80,000 pounds and be more than 60 feet long.  Most truck accidents involving motorcycles result in the motorcycle driver suffering injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, and death.

How Commercial Truck Accidents Are Different from Car Accidents

Most commercial trucks are designed to carry large loads, which can make it difficult for the truck driver to see around, including smaller vehicles such as cars and motorcycles.  

In addition, many commercial trucks have blind spots that are especially dangerous because they cut off a view of lanes next to them. Other reasons why commercial truck accidents are different from car accidents include:

The best thing you can do is contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in truck accident injury cases if you or someone you know has been involved in an accident involving a commercial truck. This way, your rights can be protected and you might have a good chance of obtaining compensation for your injuries.

Car Crash

What Types of Trucks and Operators Cause Injury

The types of Injuries Common to Truck Accidents

Injuries from a commercial truck accident can be severe because the size of commercial trucks is much greater than those of cars and motorcycles. In addition, commercial trucks are larger and heavier than most other vehicles on the road, which means that they cause more damage to your vehicle and the occupants inside it.

The types of injuries common in truck accidents include:

In fact, motorcycle drivers make up a large percentage of fatalities resulting from truck accidents every year. In addition, when commercial trucks are involved in accidents with cars and other smaller vehicles, fatalities and serious injuries in the other vehicle(s) are also common

Case Studies: Truck Accidents Involving Semi-Trucks and Dump Trucks Drivers

One reason why commercial truck drivers might be fatigued through lack of sleep is because they work long hours without a break. The federal rules for commercial truck drivers are that they are allowed to drive for 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty, but the truck driver might have driven for much longer than this before taking his or her mandated break. It is estimated that fatigue causes over 100,000 automobile accidents every year in the United States.

The most common type of serious injuries involves head injuries because these accidents often cause severe damage to the brain.

Spinal cord injuries are also common due to the fact that they usually involve a traumatic impact, especially in head-on collisions where one of the vehicles is larger than the other.  Spinal cord injuries can be very devastating because it results in paralysis of all four limbs and parts of your body.

The most severe injuries (and most fatalities) result from semi-truck or dump truck accidents where the smaller vehicle is crushed by the weight of the larger vehicle. 

There are also cases where a large commercial truck collides with another large commercial truck, which is known as a jackknife accident because one of the trucks flips over onto its side.

Other types of injuries often result in medical malpractice, since it is difficult for a doctor to diagnose the exact type of injury unless they know all the specifics of the accident.  For example, truck drivers might not remember anything about an accident if they were knocked unconscious or suffered only minimal damage.

Stature of Limitation on Truck Accidents

Every state in the US has a statute of limitations on filing a claim for personal injury, and the time limit is usually two years.  This means that you need to file your claim as soon as possible after your injury.

Some states have more lenient rules than others when it comes to accidents involving commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks or dump trucks. For example, some states might have a more generous statute of limitations or a shorter time limit for filing a claim.

In the event that you cannot file a claim because you missed the cutoff date, there is also a provision in most states about when you can reopen your claim by filing “a late claim,” which means that you have to file within 90 days after missing the original deadline.

Do not wait if you have been injured in an accident to contact an attorney and get the representation you need to recover compensation for your injuries.

Personal Injury Compensation

There are various types of damages that can be recovered in a personal injury claim, such as medical expenses to cover the cost of treatments and rehabilitative care.

Punitive damages: This means that you are asking for compensation because the defendant acted with willful misconduct or gross negligence by acting recklessly without regard for public safety.  These kinds of claims require proof that the defendant acted in a particularly egregious way, or they can be asserted in most cases for commercial truck accidents.  For example, the driver might have been intoxicated by drugs or alcohol when he or she was driving and caused an accident.

Non-economic Damages: This is another type of compensation is known as “non-economic damages,” which includes claims such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium (by the spouse in a divorce case), and in some cases, wrongful death claims.

Economic Damages: The term “economic damages” means that you can recover compensation for your injury that is reasonably certain in amount. This would be the cost to cover medical expenses or lost wages due to missing work because you are recovering from your injuries.

Property Damage: Another type of claim involves loss of or damage to property, such as damage to your vehicle or even the destruction of your home if it is completely destroyed by a collision with a large commercial truck.

Life After an Accident Involving a Commercial Truck

There are some long-term consequences that can result from accidents involving commercial trucks, including damage to the nervous system.

Permanent injuries are not only devastating because it results in paralysis of all four limbs and parts of your body; they can also affect your ability to maintain regular employment or return to work.

Many states have laws that require commercial truck drivers to take regular breaks when driving long distances (and this applies to large commercial trucks as well), so there are safety measures in place to minimize the risk of accidents.

Not all states have these kinds of requirements, which means that truck drivers might take longer routes or drive for extended periods without stopping to rest. This can lead to fatigue, which makes it more likely to cause an accident.

In addition, some states allow drivers of commercial vehicles to drive for longer periods of time or more total miles than drivers of passenger vehicles.  This means that the risk of injury is increased if there is an accident.

Commercial Motor Vehicles

While most commercial vehicles do not need follow the same rules in most states they are subject to federal laws, which can include restrictions on drivers’ hours.

If you are injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle (and depending on the nature of your injuries), it is essential that you contact a lawyer who can help you understand how to proceed with filing claims against the appropriate parties if there was negligence involved.    

What a Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer Can Do For You

The first thing a lawyer will do after you file a claim with your insurance company is to send them a letter on the claim. After this, you might be on the hook for regular updates about your claim during negotiations, which can take some time depending on how difficult it is to settle your case.

Some of these cases are very clear cut, whereas others require more investigation into the accident and the individual truck driver  to ensure they were not at fault.

Some of these cases involve more than one defendant, which means that it might be necessary to negotiate with multiple insurance companies to receive compensation for your injuries and any related damages.  

It’s vital to hire a lawyer that has experience in this area of personal injury law and has a record of success in winning cases for clients.  A lawyer can help you to recover compensation for your injuries and cover the cost of any related damages, such as loss of income.

If you decide to accept an offer from the defendant’s insurance company before talking with an attorney, you might be giving up the opportunity to receive compensation for damages that could result in a larger settlement. Even if you’re offered a “fair” deal, it could be more than what an attorney can negotiate for you because they specialize in this particular area of the law and know how to properly investigate your claim.

These cases involve extensive investigation into the accident and the individual(s) involved so it’s important that you have all the facts before accepting an offer.  The more evidence that can be produced about your accident, the better prepared you are to receive the compensation you deserve.

An experienced lawyer will also know how to avoid cases being settled for “lowball” offers by either making counteroffers or filing a lawsuit.

An experienced lawyer will know what to look for when investigating your accident, such as lack of safety equipment or training, issues with brakes, faulty equipment, and more.  They will also be able to determine if the other party was at fault for the accident or if you played any role in causing it so you can decide the best strategy to take in negotiating your claim.

In some cases, an experienced lawyer might be able to trace a faulty component back to a manufacturer or work with a forensic engineer that specializes in this area of personal injury law so you can receive compensation for damages caused by faulty equipment as well as injuries sustained during the accident.

It’s important to remember that there are time limits when filing a claim for personal injury, so it’s best to proceed quickly.  Some states have statutes of limitations that are as short as one year, so if you think you might be interested in hiring a truck accident attorney, don’t wait!

If the statute of limitations expires before you file your claim, even if it’s valid, you might lose the opportunity to seek compensation for your injuries and damages.

Some states require that you file a claim with your insurance company before the statute of limitations expires and then use their offer as leverage during settlement negotiations to ensure that you receive adequate compensation.  This is why it’s important to hire an experienced lawyer quickly so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to negotiate for your settlement.

Nationwide Truck Accident Law Firm

Our trucking accident attorneys represent individuals who have been injured in truck accidents, including those involving semi-trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks, delivery vehicles and more.  If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident, please contact our experienced legal team today to discuss your legal options.

Goldberg & Loren Nationwide Truck Accident Attorneys are personal injury lawyers who have helped many clients obtain compensation for their truck accident injuries. Our law firm offers free, no obligation consultations at 800-731-4878 and you don’t pay unless we win. Contact Goldberg & Loren today to learn more about how they can help you.

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