Everyone agrees: when a driver causes a traffic accident, it is only fair that they pay for the damage they cause. But problems arise when the cause of the wreck is under dispute, multiple parties are involved, and/or the accident causes serious injuries. Drivers of passenger vehicles involved in these wrecks should secure representation from a truck accident attorney to help them navigate the claims process.
Consider the following:
- Truck accidents often involve complex trucking industry regulations: In addition to the basic rules of the road we all follow, trucking companies and drivers must abide by a complex set of trucking regulations set by state and federal government agencies. Knowledge of these regulations (and when a driver or company has violated them) can make or break your case.
- Multiple victims: Accidents involving semi-trucks, such as jackknife or rollover accidents, can involve multiple vehicles and innocent drivers.
- More than one person could be at fault: The driver of the truck is often an employee of a trucking company. But some companies try to claim the driver is actually an independent contractor in an attempt to avoid liability. Then there are other parties involved, such as maintenance or repair companies, truck manufacturers, and more.
- Serious injuries: Injuries resulting from semi-truck collisions are more serious due to the sheer size and weight of the truck. Potential injuries include cuts and bruises, broken bones, whiplash and other spinal injuries, head and brain trauma, internal bleeding, or even death.
Considering these and other complexities common with these collisions, it is helpful to hire a truck accident lawyer to represent you. Not only will hiring a truck accident attorney take stress off of you and your family, but your lawyer will have the knowledge and experience to file your claim and prove your entitlement to fair compensation.
The truck accident attorneys at Gallon Law are here to help you manage your truck accident case and will fight so that you get the compensation you deserve. Call us at 419-843-6663.
A Truck Accident Attorney at Gallon Law Can Help You Determine Fault
Depending on the cause of the accident, one or more parties could be liable for your crash. Consider the following potential causes of truck accidents:
- An employed truck driver gets behind the wheel while intoxicated and causes an accident.
- The trucking company requires its employee to drive for 24 hours straight to meet a deadline, which leads to an accident when the driver falls asleep behind the wheel.
- The trucking company fails to complete inspections on the truck and, as a result, does not learn that the trailer hitch is in need of repair. While on the road, the hitch breaks, causing an accident.
- A mechanic fails to properly repair or maintain the semi-truck, which leads to brake failure and causes an accident.
- A tire manufacturer sells a defective tire to the trucking company, which leads to a tire blowout and a resulting accident.
- A third-party company improperly loads its goods onto the truck and these goods fall off during transit, causing an accident.
In each of these hypothetical scenarios, one or more different defendants might be liable. Liability will depend on several factors including whether the truck driver is an employee or an independent contractor and whether a third-party such as a mechanic or manufacturer contributed to the accident. Our truck accident lawyers at Gallon Law can help you identify all of the liable parties.
Gallon Law Will Uncover Any Trucking Regulation Violations
We can evaluate your case, sort through the complicated laws surrounding trucks, and discover any trucking violations that may have caused or contributed to the wreck.
Trucking companies are required under both state and federal laws to properly maintain and repair their vehicles, maintain safety records, and maintain driver logbooks. Furthermore, drivers are only allowed to drive for a limited amount of time each day.
If we can establish that the defendant violated a trucking regulation, it can help you prove liability for the accident so you can recover compensation.
Gallon Law Can Stop the Trucking Company from Destroying Evidence
After your accident, your lawyer can send a letter of spoliation (also known as a preservation letter) to the defendant truck company. This letter will preserve pieces of evidence that may be vital to your case. Without such a letter, the truck company may be able to legally destroy certain pieces of evidence. Relevant evidence for your case could include:
- Truck driver’s logbooks showing hours and miles driven
- The driver’s personnel files including background checks and any drug test results
- Vehicle repair and maintenance records
- Vehicle inspection reports
- Photographs or traffic camera surveillance footage of the accident
- Employee handbooks containing rules and procedures for drivers
You must act quickly after an accident to send a letter of spoliation before valuable evidence is destroyed.
Let Gallon Law Help You Recover Fair Compensation
If you were the victim in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation. That compensation should cover all of your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and future medical expenses.
The truck accident attorneys at Gallon Law will work with you to value your claim, including your long-term injuries and damages. Just paying for your current medical bills is not enough. The party at fault should be held accountable for all of your damages they cause now and in the future.
Call a truck accident attorney at Gallon Law today to start working on your case: 419-843-6663.