Semi-Truck vs. Cars Rarely End Well
The average fully loaded semi-truck can weigh 80,000 pounds. When one of them collides with a passenger vehicle, pedestrian, motorcyclist or bicyclist, the impact is often catastrophic, if not fatal. And truck accidents are far more commonplace in the State of Michigan than anyone would like. In 2014, more than 13,000 trucks were involved in accidents on Michigan roadways, according to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. Of the 806 fatal crashes last year, almost 8 percent involved a large truck. The aftermath of such a wreck can be life-changing, and you will want help from an experienced Monroe truck accident attorney at Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault.
What are the Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
There are a variety of reasons why truck accidents occur. The following list provides some of the common causes and contributing factors:
- Drivers riding in a truck’s blind spots;
- Excessive speed, driving too fast for conditions and tailgating;
- Trucker fatigue from driving too many hours;
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Truck part failure, e.g., brakes;
- Improperly secured cargo;
- Passing in an unsafe manner or changing lanes abruptly;
- Talking on the phone, texting or otherwise using a device;
- Poor road and weather conditions;
- Improper merging into traffic;
- Truck driver inexperience or lack of adequate training; and
- Poorly maintained rigs.
What To Do After a Car vs. Truck Accident in Michigan
After you’ve tended to emergency medical needs, you will want to start collecting any and all accident-related information. Anything you can gather may be useful for substantiating your claim or lawsuit. Your Monroe truck accident attorney can advise you of exactly what you might need, but some of the items you’ll want to gather include:
- The police report;
- Photos and/or videos of the accident scene, vehicles and injuries;
- Bills and receipts for all of your damages;
- Doctors’ notes and prognoses;
- Your injury journal; and
- Accident witness information.
You will also want to call your insurer to report the accident within a reasonable amount of time. For serious accidents, it is best to consult with our Monroe Truck Accident Attorneys before giving a formal statement to the insurer. We can ensure that you don’t inadvertently do or say something that can hurt your chances for compensation or that could reduce the settlement to which you are entitled.
Can the Injured Party Sue the Truck Company for Damages?
If you or your loved one were seriously injured or disfigured in a truck accident, you may be able to file suit against the trucking company to recover damages. To have a valid case, you will need to prove the following:
- The truck driver or trucking company was somehow negligent. Examples include breaking federal safety regulations (using a phone, driving too many hours, etc.), hiring incompetent drivers, failing to check cargo at required intervals, speeding, etc.
- The trucker’s or carrier’s negligence caused or primarily contributed to the crash.
- You sustained actual damages as a result.
What are Some Complications of Truck Accident Claims?
Truck accident cases pose unique challenges that many other types of accident claims don’t have. First, truck companies are expected to abide by specific federal regulations. Also, steps must be taken as soon as possible after a truck accident to prevent carriers from destroying important evidence. Carriers generally employ or hire a team of legal experts whose sole aim is to fight victims’ claims and reduce their payouts – which can make the legal process a tough battle.
Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help
You will want to have a lawyer backing you up and helping you navigate the legal system to have a fair shot at full recovery. Among other objectives, the Monroe truck accident attorneys at Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault have the background, skills, and tenacity to take on even the biggest truck carriers. We have a passion for helping victims get the funds they need and deserve. Call us today at 734-430-3012 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.