Do you have truck accident attorneys for truckers?
We represent anyone who has been injured by a trucking company. That means whether you were driving a car, a van, an SUV – or another truck – we will represent you in a lawsuit against a truck driver and the trucking company who injured you.
We can also represent truck drivers in claims against their employer trucking companies. If you were injured in a crash because your employer made you break federal regulations, failed to give your truck proper maintenance, or failed to tell you you were carrying dangerous cargo, we can help you fight them for your injuries.
What is the average semi truck settlement?
It is hard to give an average, because every case is unique and damages depend on the specific injuries and financial needs of the client. In many cases, awards for injuries sustained in semi truck accidents can be over $1 million.
If you are missing lost wages, experiencing pain and suffering for your injuries, and paying expensive medical bills, you have more that needs to be compensated and can win more money. The loss of a loved one is also something that deserves high damages.Injuries to the brain and spine are debilitating and can last a lifetime. They often get high rewards if you use an experienced truck accident lawyer.
Are there tips for how to prevent a truck accident?
When driving around a truck, it is important to stay out of its blind spots. These are sometimes called “no zones,” where truck drivers cannot see other drivers. Truckers cannot see directly in front of the truck, directly behind the truck, either of the front corners, nor the areas behind and to the side of the cab. If you cannot see the truck driver, they cannot see you either.
Also, since trucks take a long time to slow down, make sure that if you are driving in front of a truck you slow down gradually and give them plenty of room to stop. Avoid sudden stops and slamming on the brakes.
Give trucks plenty of room when passing or following a truck. Truck drivers do not always use their signals or make smart decisions on the road. Give yourself plenty of time and space to avoid their moves.
How many truck accidents happen a year?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration tracks crash data across the country. 2014 is the most recent year with available data. In those reports, the total number of crashes are as follows:
- Crashes with property damage only: 326,000 accidents
- Crashes with personal injury: 82,000 accidents
- Fatal crashes: 3,424 accidents
Additionally, it is clear that the least number of crashes occur on weekends, and a slightly higher number of crashes occur on Wednesdays. Most crashes also occur during the daytime – specifically in the window that includes the morning and evening rush hours. While rain and snow contribute to the number of crashes, the vast majority of crashes occur during clear or cloudy, everyday conditions. Make sure you are always driving safely, regardless of the time of day or road conditions, to keep yourself out of a truck accident.
To sue a trucking company, do I need a truck accident lawyer? Isn’t a personal injury or car accident lawyer enough?
If you are considering suing for injuries, you should always hire a lawyer. If you are suing a trucking company or a truck driver for a truck crash, you should definitely consider hiring a lawyer that specifically handles truck accident cases. We have experience working with trucking companies, trucking regulations, and the dangers associated with trucks, specifically. That experience helps us win cases, where a regular personal injury attorney or a car accident attorney might miss things!
Can I sue the truck driver's trucking company for my injuries?
Usually, a company is responsible for the negligence of its employees who are acting within the scope of their employment. This is a legal theory called “respondeat superior,” and it is used to hold employers responsible for their employees’ bad actions. If a truck driver is on the clock, delivering for a trucking company, as long as he is not a private contractor, the company should be held accountable as well as the driver.
There are also ways to hold the trucking company accountable in its own right. If the company negligently hired a bad driver (or one with previous convictions for drunk driving or vehicular manslaughter), injuries caused by the driver are their fault. Additionally, some aspects of the truck’s safety and maintenance, or improperly loaded freight, may be their fault, not the driver’s. Lastly, if they had any part in pushing the driver to break federal trucking rules, they can be held responsible for their violations.
Joining the trucking company, or maybe even the truck manufacturer, also means you might get higher damages. While a truck driver probably cannot afford to pay for your extensive injuries, the trucking company can. That also means the trucking company will have a stronger, more expensive legal team – but our lawyers have experience fighting against those Big Trucking legal teams.
Why are you more likely to be injured in a tractor trailer accident than a car crash?
Size is one major factor. An average passenger car weighs about 3,000 pounds, while a typical, fully-loaded, large truck can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds (or more if it is over the limit). The laws of physics, and our experience with injured clients, show us that these huge trucks can cause devastating damage and injury when they are involved in crashes. Big trucks take a longer distance to slow down, and hit with much more force than a car.
What are the most common reasons commercial trucks and automobiles collide?
A Department of Transportation study revealed that the three most common reasons for the truck driver’s fault in a crash are:
- Speeding, and
- Failure to yield.
On top of that, trucks have huge blind spots. The joint between the cab and the trailer also makes them difficult and dangerous to drive. Plus, if truckers or trucking companies violate federal rules about weight and maintenance, their trucks could be even more dangerous.
I missed work because of my injuries from a truck accident. Can I get my wages reimbursed?
Yes! Your personal injury lawsuit can win you the wages you are owed from missed work. In addition, you can get compensation for any lost future wages if you are no longer able to handle the same kind of work load. If you decide to file a lawsuit, we will work to get you any damages related to your injuries.
Can I still win a lawsuit if I was partially at fault for the accident?
Your ability to recover when you are partially at fault usually depends on the specific laws of your state. In almost every state, under “comparative negligence” rules, your winnings will be reduced by how much responsibility you had. For instance, if a jury finds you 20% responsible for the crash, and you would have otherwise won $100,000, you will win only 80% of those winnings, or $80,000. 13 states allow you to recover small amounts, even if you are mostly responsible (e.g. 20% recovery of $20,000 if you are 80% responsible).
Most states follow the principle of “modified comparative negligence,” in which you can't recover anything if you were more at-fault than the other parties. That means if you are over 50% responsible (or 51%, depending on the state), you cannot recover.
In Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., the rule is much stricter. This rule is called “contributory negligence,” and stops recovery if you are at fault for the accident at all. This means anything you did to contribute to the crash, e.g. reach to change the radio, fail to fix a broken brake light, or text while driving, can mean you lose your lawsuit.
We are suffering health problems because a truck spilled hazardous chemicals. Can I get compensation?
Usually, the company who ships hazardous materials can be held responsible for injuries caused by the truck's cargo – especially if they never told the driver they had dangerous freight! If the driver did not know that his or her cargo was dangerous, he or she might not take as much care to prevent spills or leaks.
Regardless, the shipping company has special duties for hazardous materials. From placing warning placards on the cargo, to properly packing the cargo, to properly training its employees on how to handle the materials.
Ultimately, if another party is at fault for the accident, you can get compensation for any injuries caused by the accident. Even if an injury is not typical – such as breathing problems or chemical poisoning due to a truck accident – you should still be compensated for your injuries caused by the truck accident.
What is a truck’s "no zone"?
Truck drivers have limited lines of sight from the driver’s seat of a tractor trailer, partly because it is so big, and partly because the trailer blocks their rear-view. That means a driver cannot see directly in front of the truck, directly behind the rear of the trailer, either of the front corners of the truck, nor the area directly behind and to the side of the cab on either side. When driving, always make sure to stay out of a truck driver’s blind spots; if you cannot see the driver, they cannot see you either!
Can I automatically recover against a truck for injuries caused by a “jackknife” truck accident?
Not necessarily. For a truck to “jackknife,” means that the cab folds backwards against the trailer, causing a crash. Sometimes a truck jackknifes due to unavoidable road conditions (like ice or snow) or the failures of other drivers. The fact that a truck jackknifes is not in itself proof that the operator was negligent. Many accident situations are unavoidable, but if the jackknife was caused by the driver’s poor judgment or driving errors – or worse, because he was asleep at the wheel or driving under the influence – then he can be held responsible for your injuries.
What is a "commercial truck?"
“Commercial trucks,” sometimes called "big rigs" or “tractor trailers,” are the huge trucks used to transport large amounts of cargo where ships and trains cannot go. Examples include eighteen-wheeler tractor trailers, tanker trucks, logging trucks, and any other large freight vehicles. While some businesses use standard pickup trucks or panel vans for their day-to-day activities, these commercial trucks are generally much larger, take freight longer distances, and require a special driver's license to operate.