TRUCK ACCIDENTS CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE AND WHEN THEY DO THE DAMAGES CAN BE SEVERE.
While we depend on trucks and tractor trailers to provide many of the products and household goods we depend on each day, increasing numbers of trucks on the road means an increase in trucking accidents and injuries. Cars are no match for the sheer size and bulk of these big rigs, and the injuries caused by these types of accidents can be severe, disabling, and potentially life threatening. At Groth & Associates, our experienced Toledo truck accident lawyers understands the devastating consequences these
types of accidents can have on victims as well as their loved ones. Our goal is to assist you in getting the compensation you need to recover from your injuries, while making sure responsible parties are held accountable. Whether that means defending your interests against the trucking company and their insurers, or filing a personal injury lawsuit for damages in court, we provide the aggressive legal representation trucking accident victims need to get results.
TOLEDO TRUCKING ACCIDENT FAQ’S
What are the Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
According to Ryder Systems, Incorporated, one of the leaders in the commercial transportation industry, as many as 500,000 trucking accidents occur on roads, highways, and interstates through the United States each year. While commercial trucking companies are required to provide truck drivers with driver training and truck maintenance, Ryder’s crash causation surveys indicate that driver errors continue to be a main contributing factor in trucking accidents and injuries. Among the most common causes of truck accidents listed in these surveys are the following:
- Failing to employ proper braking techniques;
- Inexperience in dealing with vehicle blind spots;
- Driver inattention, excessive fatigue and falling asleep behind the wheel;
- Drivers who operate their trucks under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Speeding and other reckless driving behaviors, such as tailgating other drivers and driving too fast for conditions.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF TRUCK ACCIDENT INJURIES
WHILE PERSONAL INJURIES ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS ACCIDENTS, THEY ARE OFTEN THE RESULT OF ANOTHER PERSON’S RECKLESS OR NEGLIGENT CONDUCT.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that as we increasingly rely on the trucking industry to deliver goods throughout the country, the rate of serious and potentially life threatening accidents involving trucks on U.S. roads has steadily increased as well. As many as 100,000 people are injured each year in trucking accidents, while close to 4,000 people are killed in these accidents, with over 70 percent of victims being either drivers or passengers in other vehicles. Cars are no match for the sheer velocity and size of trucks when involved in these accident, and injuries may include any of the following:
- Head and neck injuries, including traumatic brain injuries;
- Back and spinal cord injuries;
- Crushing injuries and internal bleeding;
- Multiple broken bones and severe cuts and lacerations;
- Muscle and tendon strains, sprains, and tears and dislocated joints;
- Burn injuries, caused by hot surfaces and exposure to burning oil or gas.
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HOW CAN I PREVAIL IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWSUIT?
You will need to prove that another party was at-fault for your accident. At-fault parties can be held liable for the full extent of the damages that were sustained in an accident. In an Ohio truck accident case, proving fault is typically achieved through proving negligence. Essentially, negligence occurs when a person, or entity, fails to exercise the reasonable care that would have been expected in a given situation.
WHO CAN BE HELD LIABLE FOR A TRUCK ACCIDENT IN OHIO?
In Ohio, many different parties could potentially bear responsibility for your truck accident injuries. In many cases, multiple parties might even share the liability. Examples of parties that are often found to be negligent in truck accident cases include:
- The driver of the truck;
- The employer of the truck driver;
- The owner of the truck or the trailer;
- The company that was leasing the truck or trailer; and
- The company the manufactured any part of the truck.
WHAT COMPENSATION COULD BE AVAILABLE FOR TRUCK ACCIDENT VICTIMS?
Truck accident victims are entitled to compensation for the full extent of their losses. The losses associated with a serious truck accident injury can come in many different forms. Though, they generally fit into one of the following three broad categories:
- Economic damages: These type of damages cover both direct and indirect monetary losses. Specifically, your economic damages may include property damage, current medical bills, likely future medical bills, rehabilitation costs, current lost wages and future lost earning capacity. Ultimately, you deserve compensation for any monetary losses that stem from your truck accident injuries. In cases involving very serious injuries, this often includes compensation for future damages. While future medical expenses and future lost income can be very difficult to calculate, it is critical that these losses are fairly accounted for in your settlement offer.
- Noneconomic damages: You are also entitled to compensation for your noneconomic damages. This includes pain and suffering, disfigurement and loss of life enjoyment. Certainly it can be difficult to put a specific dollar figure on your pain and suffering, but that does not make pain and suffering any less real. You deserve full recovery for your pain and suffering and all other noneconomic losses. Insurance companies often try to undervalue these damages. You must protect yourself by having an experienced attorney by your side who can help hold the insurance company accountable.
- Punitive damages: Finally, in some limited trucking accident cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. Put simply, punitive damages are damages that are meant to punish the bad actions of the defendant. They are only awarded in cases where a defendant is deemed to be grossly negligent. This means that the defendant caused the accident intentionally or due to extreme recklessness. For example, this could include an intoxicated truck driver or a company who knowingly put a dangerous or defective vehicle on the road.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION?
Under Ohio law, you have two years to take legal action in a truck accident case. If you fail you act within this time frame, you will almost certainly lose out on your legal rights. This is a very strict rule, and you must take it seriously. That being said, if it is has already been two years since your accident, you might not be out of luck. The two year ‘clock’ starts ticking from the date that you reasonably should have ‘discovered your harm’. This means that it might not necessarily be from the date of the truck accident itself. Regardless of your circumstances, if you have been injured in a truck accident, you need to act now. Do not hesitate to call an experienced Toledo personal injury attorney today.
HOW CAN OUR TOLEDO TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER HELP?
Ohio truck accident lawsuits present many unique legal challenges. Commercial trucking has become big business; the industry is governed by a web of complicated state and federal regulations. These type of claims are notoriously complex. It is critical that you get your case into the hands of an experienced Toledo truck accident lawyer as soon possible. Our lawyers can help you recover the full and fair compensation that you deserve. As soon as you contact our firm, our truck accident injury team will:
- Gather all of the evidence that is potentially relevant to your claim;
- Work with crash analysts to understand the cause of your accident;
- Work with medical experts to understand the extent of your injuries;
- Issue subpoenas in order to obtain all of the necessary information that the trucking company is holding back;
- Work to assemble your claim in a compelling manner; and
- Work with the insurance company to help you obtain a full and fair settlement offer.
CONTACT YOUR TOLEDO TRUCKING ACCIDENT LAWYER TODAY
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a trucking accident, contact Groth & Associates today. Our experienced Toledo personal injury lawyers provide the aggressive legal representation you need when dealing with the trucking companies and their insurers. We can advise you on the types of compensation you may be entitled to, while ensuring your rights and interests are protected. When dealing with injuries that have the impact to dramatically affect your future health and well-being, you need the kind of legal help that gets results.