SKILLED IN TRUCK ACCIDENTS
TRUCKING ACCIDENTS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY AND EVEN DEATH IN SOME CASES.
At Groth & Associates, we help those who are injured in serious accidents. This includes helping anyone who has been hit by a large commercial truck such as a semi-truck or 18-wheeler. These vehicles carry large amounts of goods across the state and outside Ohio.
If you were hurt, call us as soon as possible. Trucking companies aggressively defend themselves in these suits. They even have investigators who arrive on the scene of a wreck within hours to collect evidence that the company can use in its defense. You will be at a serious disadvantage if you do not have a lawyer who has got your back and who fights for the most compensation available under Ohio law.
TRUCKER ERROR CAN LEAD TO INJURY & DEATH
Probably the #1 cause of truck accidents is trucker error. A driver does not drive as carefully as he should have, and innocent people are hurt when the truck collides with other vehicles on the road.
Truck driver error can include:
- Driving the wrong way
- Losing control of the truck
- Rolling over
- Drifting into oncoming traffic
- Colliding head on
- Backing into pedestrians in cities
There are many reasons why truck drivers make these mistakes. For example, they might be impaired by prescription drugs or alcohol. Driving all the time is lonely, and many truckers turn to drugs or alcohol for comfort.
Others are fatigued. The federal government passes laws that regulate how much a person drives, but truckers feel intense pressure to reach their destinations as fast as possible. They can easily fall asleep behind the wheel or make critical errors in judgment.
In other situations, truck drivers are confused or driving in an unfamiliar area. Others are merely careless and fail to check their mirrors before changing lanes or backing up. Whatever the reason, a negligent truck driver is to blame for the wreck.
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THE TRUCKING COMPANY MIGHT ALSO BE NEGLIGENT
Trucking companies can also share some of the blame for an accident. They are supposed to follow detailed guidelines regarding hiring and training. They also must administer drug tests to employees and take appropriate disciplinary action if the test comes back positive.
However, some trucking companies skirt the rules. They don’t ensure that drivers have the necessary licenses, or they do not perform a comprehensive background check. When trucking companies are themselves negligent, they can be liable for the collision.
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HOW TO INCREASE THE COMPENSATION YOU RECEIVE
A truck accident victim should receive full compensatory damages for their losses, including the costs of medical care and lost wages. Their vehicle should be repaired or replaced, and victims should receive a fair sum for their pain, suffering, and distress.
Even if the truck driver is to blame, our clients will sue the trucking company as a practical matter. A concept called “vicarious liability” puts employers on the hook when their employees injure someone while working.
However, obtaining full compensation from a trucking company is difficult. They might claim that you are partially at fault for the accident. In Ohio, a victim can be up to 50% to blame for an accident but not more. If 51% responsible, then he or she can receive nothing per ORC 2315.33.
Investigators often question our clients aggressively, seeking the admission that our client made some tiny error that contributed to the crash. For this reason, it is best to hire a lawyer as soon as possible. At Groth, our Perrysburg truck accident lawyers will deal with the trucking company and its insurer so that you can focus 100% on getting well.
TYPES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Our clients are injured in many types of wrecks, including:
- Head-on collisions. These can absolutely be deadly. A large commercial truck weighs several tons, and the force it generates is too much for those in smaller passenger vehicles to survive.
- Underrides. A smaller car can slide under the trailer at the back or the sides. There are underride guards at the back, but these often fail.
- Override. A truck that can’t stop in time will ride over a smaller vehicle, with deadly consequences. Many trucks have installed guards at the front of the truck to prevent this from happening, but most trucks lack them.
- Rollover. A tractor-trailer can roll over when taking a turn too fast or when the wind is blowing hard. Unbalanced cargo can also contribute to a crash.
- Jackknife. A semi-truck has two parts—the cab in front and the trailer behind. The trailer can swing out at an angle in poor weather or when the driver stops too fast. The trailer then slams into everyone.
- Low-speed accidents. Many pedestrians can die when clipped by a truck that is pulling into or out of a loading dock. Even though the truck is going slow, it is still so heavy that victims suffer serious injuries.
Regardless of the accident, please contact our Perrysburg truck accident lawyer as soon as you can.
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TRUCK ACCIDENT INJURIES
Our clients bravely struggle with some of the worst injuries imaginable following a truck accident. Even a low-speed crash can cause multiple fractures, contusions, soft-tissue injuries, and head injuries. It is not unusual for a person to miss months of work as they struggle to return to normal.
High-speed crashes can cause much more extensive injuries, such as serious traumatic brain injuries, organ damage, and spinal cord injuries. A person could be paralyzed or struggle with speech and memory following a devastating wreck.
And many accidents are fatal. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were more than 4,800 fatal truck accidents in 2018. Surviving family members—spouses, children, and sometimes parents—can bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver and the trucking company when this happens.
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The good news is that when you work with the Bowling Green personal injury lawyers at Groth & Associates, you will not have any upfront costs. That’s right – we handle the costs of filing your claim, investigating your accident, hiring experts, and going to trial on your behalf. Rather than charging you upfront or hourly fees, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that if your claim is successful, we will collect a percentage of your winnings; if your claim is not successful, you will not owe us any fee.