Metro Detroit Truck Accident Lawyer
Any vehicle collision can be a traumatic, but commercial truck accidents can have catastrophic consequences. These consequences may come from devastating injuries as well as the stress of medical bills from the accident. If you or a family member has experienced an injury as a result of a trucking accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible.
You deserve a future where you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Although money compensation cannot undo the trauma of the accident, a fair settlement can go a long way to help you financially recover so that you can focus on moving forward.
What Should I Do If I am in A Truck Accident?
If you’re in a truck accident, be sure to get medical treatment if you are injured. You should do this even if you believe your injuries are minor. Some injuries may not get better and even worsen as time goes on so be sure to pay attention to your health following the accident. Make sure you report all your injuries to your doctor so they can be documented.
If you are physically able to, you should gather information from the truck driver and their company. If the driver is aggressive or if severe injuries prevent you from doing so at the scene of the accident, we will be able to obtain much of this information later. Next, gather and preserve as much information about your accident as you can. Make sure the police have heard your side of the story. If there are witnesses at the scene, try and get names and phone numbers. At times, the police may not document witnesses who are present at the scene. If you can, take photographs showing the damage and location of the vehicles. Unless your photos are stored on the cloud, it if good to text or email the photographs so they are not just on one phone that could be lost or damaged. Contact us as soon as possible for guidance with respect to your claims.
What Qualifies as A Semi-Truck?
Large trucks are defined as those with a vehicle weight greater than 10,000 pounds. The fatality rate for victims in large truck crashes is 50% greater than the rate for all other vehicles on the roads. This could be from a commercial semi-truck, agricultural hauler, tanker truck, dump truck, garbage truck, a car hauler, tractor-trailer, flatbed truck, or a tow truck.
The Most Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
- Defective vehicle parts / auto product liability
- Careless hiring policies
- Driver fatigue
- Driver distraction / texting behind the wheel
- Drunk or intoxicated driving
- Violated trucking regulations
- Head on collisions
- Rear end collisions
- Improperly secured cargo
Why Truck Accidents are Different
Truck accidents are different from ordinary car crashes. Besides involving a lot more force, truck accidents also raise several insurance issues, and they involve legal standards and regulations specific to the trucking industry. Semi-truck accidents are complicated by legal and insurance issues not seen in car accident cases. Auto accidents will typically involve the at fault and their company; however, semi-truck accidents can involve several different parties, each with some responsibility for the accident. A trucking company must take care in hiring drivers, must train their employees thoroughly, must assure their drivers are driving safely, and must maintain their fleet in a safe working condition.
How We Can Help
If you are a victim injured in a trucking accident and are not represented by an experienced attorney, you are taking a big risk. Corporate insurers will do everything they can to win in court or to avoid paying out a claim. You need experienced representation to go up against companies and insurance carriers with deep pockets and resources.
Here at Macomb Injury Lawyers, our experienced and aggressive attorneys have handled many trucking accident cases and specialize in truck accidents. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. We offer fee consultations and there’s no fee unless we win. Contact us today!
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