Category: Truck Accidents

Truck Accident Attorney

Truck Accident Attorney

Have you been injured in a truck accident? If so, you may have suffered a serious or catastrophic injury, which has caused you to miss work, required extensive medical treatment and rehabilitative therapy, and diminished your quality of life. You may find yourself facing mounting medical bills and household debts that you are unable to pay. If this has happened to you, a truck accident lawyer can help.

Because of the sheer size and weight of big rigs, truck accidents result in severe injury and death more often than other motor vehicle accidents. Cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans are designed to withstand impact with vehicles of the same basic size and weight, not with 80,000-pound trucks. Therefore, truck accidents often result in permanent, debilitating injuries and death to occupants of other vehicles involved in the crash. Catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injury or brain damage, can have a devastating impact on truck accident victims and their families. These types of injuries can leave you permanently disabled and unable to return to work or enjoy once-loved activities.

Most truck crashes are the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver or trucking company. Our Firm’s staff of  truck accident attorneys will work hard to ensure that the liable parties are held accountable for causing your injuries. If you have been injured in a truck crash, the truck accident lawyers at Our Law Firm will thoroughly investigate the cause of the crash in order to identify all liable parties. Our team of truck accident lawyers will provide aggressive representation of your case in order to get you full compensation for your injuries.

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Overview of Truck Accidents

Overview of Truck Accidents

Truck crashes result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities more often than other highway accidents. Truck accidents are responsible for nearly 5,000 deaths and over 100,000 injuries in the U.S. every year, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Large trucks are generally defined as commercial vehicles with over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Although some truck accidents are caused by poor weather conditions, poorly maintained roads, or similar factors, a large majority of truck crashes result from the negligence of truck drivers or trucking companies. If you were injured in a truck accident, you have the legal right to seek compensation for your injuries from the negligent truck driver and/or trucking company responsible for causing the crash.
The high incidence of serious injury in truck accidents is primarily due to the disparity in size and weight between large trucks and other motor vehicles involved in the collision. The majority of motor vehicles on U.S. highways are cars, light trucks, and vans, which are designed to withstand impacts with similarly-sized vehicles, not with 80,000-pound trucks. Therefore, truck accidents often produce catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injury and paralysis, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, and loss of limbs. Victims of truck accidents who are left with debilitating injuries that lower their quality of life deserve to receive compensation for those injuries.
Because of the hazards associated with operating large trucks, owners and drivers are held to a higher standard of care in maintaining and operating their vehicles. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) sets forth rules, which work to promote the safe operation of large trucks and ultimately reduce truck crashes. The CFR limits the number of consecutive hours a truck driver may work, prohibits overloading or improper loading of cargo, and sets minimum standards for proper truck maintenance and driver certification. However, truck drivers and trucking companies often fail to observe these rules, thereby placing the lives of innocent motorists and pedestrians in danger.

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Negligence in Truck Accident Cases

Negligence in Truck Accident Cases

The vast majority of personal injury cases stemming from truck accidents are litigated under the legal theory of negligence. Negligence is defined as a the failure to exercise reasonable care in order to avoid a foreseeable harm to another person. If negligence results in financial, emotional, or physical injury to someone who is owed a duty of care, then the negligence gives rise to liability for damages. In truck accident cases, the trucking company, truck driver, or another party may be liable for negligence, and thereby accountable for any injuries sustained as a result of that negligence. In order to prove negligence, the experienced truck accident attorneys at Our Law Firm must undertake an exhaustive review of all factors involved in your accident.

To demonstrate to the judge or jury that a truck driver, trucking company, or other party was negligent in causing your truck accident, the following must be proven:

That the defendant owed you a duty of care. This is generally proven with little difficulty, as all vehicle operators owe a duty of care to the other drivers on the road.

That the defendant breached that duty of care by failing to prevent a foreseeable risk of injury.

That the defendant’s breach of duty caused your injuries.

That you have suffered monetary damages as a result of the defendant’s negligence.

Did you know that if you were in any degree at fault for contributing to the cause of your truck accident, you may be barred from recovering for your injuries? This is because law follows the doctrine of contributory negligence, which bars any recovery by the person bringing the lawsuit if he or she was in any way responsible for the accident. Thus, if the judge or jury in your truck accident case determines that you were even 1% at fault for causing your own injuries, you will be prohibited from recovering damages in your case.

If you were injured as a result of the negligence of a truck driver, trucking company, or other party, it is important to contact an experienced truck accident attorney.

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