Truck Accident Lawyer

When a tractor-trailer truck or another large commercial vehicle causes a multi-vehicle accident, the drivers and passengers in the other cars involved are more likely to sustain serious injuries. Injuries can be catastrophic or life-threatening and require extensive medical care. If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, you should focus on your recovery and let an experienced truck accident attorney help you get the compensation you are owed.

Our attorneys understand how a truck accident can disrupt your life and leave you unable to work and facing a lengthy recovery. Our experienced truck accident attorneys can help. At Bubalo Law PLC, our dedicated attorneys represent truck accident victims throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee and we co-counsel with attorneys throughout the United States. When you need compassionate and effective legal guidance after a serious accident, turn to us.

We offer a free consultation to review your accident and discuss your legal options. Call 866-870-2489 or contact us online today.

Accidents involving commercial trucks and cars are more complicated to resolve than crashes only involving passenger cars. An 18-wheeler accident may have multiple potentially liable parties including the truck driver, the trucking company, the owner of the trailer, the company that loaded the trailer and a truck equipment manufacturer. The truck accident may involve multiple insurance companies. When you work with our truck accident law firm Bubalo Law PLC, our experienced attorneys will handle your case from start to finish. Our attorneys will:

  • Investigate the truck crash and gather evidence indicating how the accident occurred and what parties are responsible. A truck accident will draw on many sources of information including police reports, electronic records from the truck, repair logs, and many other sources.

Many newer trucks are equipped with sophisticated data recorders that log important information such as braking data prior to a crash. This data can provide insights about the accident including when the driver activated the brakes and what the truck was doing before the crash.

We will obtain and review maintenance logs of the trucking company to determine if maintenance problems contributed to the crash. Trucking companies must maintain their vehicles in accordance with state and federal standards. When they leave unsafe vehicles on the road, the vehicle may cause serious accidents.

  • Identify all the potential parties and the insurance coverage available to provide compensation. In some cases, faulty truck equipment such as brakes or a defective tire may have caused or contributed to the accident.
  • Review medical records and speak with doctors to understand the nature and extent of your injuries and your future medical needs.
  • Submit demand letters to the insurers and negotiate to get the maximum compensation. Insurers and representatives on the other side will try to offer you the minimum amount possible to settle your case. We will stand up for you and stop insurers from forcing you to accept a low ball offer.
  • Fight for you in court. Most truck accident cases settle before trial. However, there are times when a truck accident case will proceed to trial. Our trucking accident attorneys at Bubalo Law PLC are recognized trial attorneys with a national reach. With years of litigation experience, our attorneys know how to fight for our clients and win.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, the dedicated attorneys at Bubalo Law PLC can help you seek full and fair compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys have years of experience handling all types of truck accidents.

When you are involved in a truck accident, it may seem obvious that the driver of the truck was at fault. A truck driver error may have caused the crash, but other parties also could be at fault too. For example, the truck driver may have tried to stop, but the truck brakes may have failed or been out of adjustment. Truck drivers, trucking companies, equipment manufacturers, and others may have contributed to an accident in ways that are not obvious at the scene of the accident. A knowledgeable commercial truck accident attorney can investigate and determine what caused your accident and who should be held responsible.

The liable parties may include:

  • Truck drivers. Driver error is the most common source of trucking accidents, so any case starts there. Most truck drivers are trying to do their job safely and responsibly. But the trucker may have been speeding or driving without enough rest. The truck driver could have used drugs or alcohol or could be trying to meet an unreasonable delivery deadline and driving too fast. It’s also possible that the driver was distracted or suffered a medical event that contributed to the accident.
  • Trucking and shipping companies. When a company operates a commercial fleet of trucks, they have legal obligations to maintain their equipment in a reasonably safe condition and monitor their employees. If they fail to maintain their trucks, it’s easy for serious accidents to occur. If they fail to monitor their employees or allow drivers with unsafe driving records to stay on the road, the trucking company may be responsible for the accidents they cause.
  • Equipment and truck manufacturers. When key pieces of a truck such as tires, brakes, and hitches fail, a truck parts manufacturer may be at fault. An attorney will work with experts to determine whether faulty equipment contributed to the accident and the manufacturer should be held responsible.
  • Cargo loading companies. Trucks often haul cargo that a shipper loaded into the trailer. When loaders fail to load cargo properly or secure it to prevent it from shifting, it may cause an accident that endangers the truck driver and everyone else on the road. An attorney may investigate how the cargo was placed in the trailer or on the flatbed and whether may it have contributed to the accident.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation including:

  • Medical expenses, now and in the future. The size and weight of a truck may cause serious injuries. Medical treatment may be a one-time event, or it may continue for years as an accident victim deals with chronic pain or a disabling condition. If you are injured in a truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your present and future medical costs.
  • Lost income, now and in the future. When you’re injured, you can be out of work for days, months, or years. If your injuries prevent you from returning to work, you may be able to recover the income that you lost as a result. An attorney can review your case and help you document how the truck accident injuries have reduced your income and affected your earning capacity.
  • Pain and suffering. When you’re injured in a truck accident, you may suffer physical and psychological harm. Because of your physical injuries, you may have depression, difficulty sleeping, post-traumatic stress, and psychological issues for years to come. If you have suffered emotional and psychological pain and suffering because of an accident, an attorney can help you document the problems and obtain compensation.
  • Punitive damages may be available in special situations. Punitive damages are a special type of damages intended to punish an at-fault party whose conduct is outrageous and grossly negligent or willful. An attorney can review your case and help you understand whether punitive damages are appropriate to seek.

 

The time limit for filing a truck accident injury lawsuit varies from state to state. In Kentucky, you have one year from the time of the accident to file personal injury claims. These limits are strictly enforced so it’s important to get started on your claim as soon as you can.

A year or two may seem like a long time, but investigating a complicated tractor trailer accident case and preparing a lawsuit takes time. If you’ve been injured in a commercial truck accident, you should contact a tractor trailer crash lawyer to review the accident as soon as possible.

Truck accidents can be complicated due to the severity of accidents and the many types of equipment involved. Critical pieces of vehicles may be destroyed, thrown from the accident site, or moved by bystanders and emergency responders. Electronic data recorders on trucks can fail and lead to confusion about the events leading up to the accident.

Multiple parties may be liable for the accident. Drivers, trucking companies, cargo loaders, equipment manufacturers, and others may be individually or jointly responsible. None of them will pay unless they’re forced to. The accident investigation will need to be thorough and identify everyone’s liability. Until that is taken care of, the parties involved will usually refuse to compensate you.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, an attorney can help you put the puzzle together and get the compensation you need.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, the following tips can help you protect your legal rights.

When you’re injured in a truck accident:

  • Contact the police and report the truck accident. If anyone was injured, summon an ambulance to get the help they need. The law enforcement agency that handles the accident will prepare a report about the accident that can be used later on.
  • Take photos of the accident scene and its surroundings. The accident scene may contain important evidence to help understand how the accident happened. Take photos of the vehicles, debris, skid marks, and anything else about the accident scene that looks relevant. It’s better to take too many photos than too few. Take photos before the debris is removed or repositioned. If you’re injured and unable to take photos, try and get someone you trust to take photos for you.
  • Photograph your injuries. Photos of your injuries after an accident and in the subsequent days can be an important piece of evidence. If you can, capture them in photos.
  • Provide the police with the facts as you understand them regarding the accident. Don’t blame anyone including yourself. The cause of a truck accident may not be apparent at the scene of the accident. Drivers may be confused about what happened, or they may think they know the causes. Even if you think you know what happened, do not let your opinion guide you. Stick to the facts of what happened and don’t get into assumptions.

There are many reasons a truck accident could happen. According to a crash causation study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the leading causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver errors were involved in 87% of cases. Driver error includes failure to perform the task at hand, failure to recognize problems, poor decisions during the accident, or poor performance such as improper actions like overcompensating during an accident.
  • Vehicle problems were critical factors in 10% of cases. This includes brake problems, equipment failures, and other mechanical issues that interfered with the operation of the truck.
  • Environmental characteristics were responsible for 3% of crashes. This includes roadway problems and other issues external to the truck and driver. Even the best driver with the best equipment may cause an accident if external circumstances intervene.

Driver error is by far the most common factor in crashes, but many times accidents are more complex than they first seem. You may need to have an experienced truck accident attorney conduct an independent investigation to identify the critical factors in a crash. A truck crash lawyer can work with investigators, insurers, and others to help you understand what happened.

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