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Truck Accident Lawyers
While car accidents are scary in themselves, a truck accident is even more likely to cause severe or fatal injuries. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are more than 5,000 fatal accidents involving large trucks in the United States each year.
There are a host of reasons why truck accidents happen, as well as the type and severity of injuries and damage they can cause. Trucking accidents can result in injuries that range from broken bones to paralysis. If you or a loved one were injured in a trucking accident and the truck was at fault, call The Ferraro Law Firm today for a free legal consultation with one of our catastrophic injury lawyers. You may be eligible for compensation.
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Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?
Many truck or tractor-trailer drivers work long hours on the road in order to meet delivery deadlines. As a result, they are often fatigued. Any time you are driving you should be alert, but particularly so if you are driving a large vehicle that may be transporting hazardous materials. According to a study by Harvard University, 50% of professional truck drivers have reported falling asleep at the wheel.
Other factors that commonly cause trucking or tractor-trailer accidents include:
- Maintenance issues: Including worn brakes or tires that a trucking company failed to address
- Driver error: Reckless driving, including driving too fast for road conditions, may occur if a trucking company fails to properly train drivers or hire qualified employees
- Improperly loaded cargo: If it is not secured, it can tip or spill into the road
- Defective truck parts: If an accident is caused by a defective part on the truck, such as problems with the brakes, the manufacturer may be to blame
Who May Be Responsible for My Truck Accident Injuries?
In trucking or tractor-trailer accidents, there may be multiple responsible parties. It is best to consult with one of our trucking accident attorneys to help you understand your legal options.
Parties that may be held responsible for a truck accident include:
- Truck company or owner
- Company leasing the truck or tractor-trailer
- Manufacturer of the truck or faulty truck parts
- Company shipping the cargo load
How is Liability Proven in a Truck Accident Lawsuit?
In order to be successful in seeking compensation or bringing a truck accident lawsuit, you will need to prove that the truck was at fault for the accident.
Your lawyer will establish the following:
- The truck driver and/or relevant parties (such as the truck company) had a duty of care to other drivers on the road
- The other party failed to provide this standard of care
- The failure to provide adequate care caused the accident and your subsequent injuries.
If a truck driver caused the accident by their reckless behavior, their employer may be held liable. Common examples of truck driver negligence include:
- Texting while driving or being otherwise distracted
- Reckless driving, including speeding, failure to stop at a red light or stop sign, and following too closely
- Falling asleep at the wheel
How Can a Truck Accident Attorney Help Me?
Many trucks and tractor-trailers are owned and operated by large trucking companies. It can be overwhelming to take them and the insurance companies on by yourself.
One of our knowledgeable and skilled truck accident attorneys will know what evidence is crucial to proving the other party’s negligence. This can include:
- Police accident reports
- Witness testimony
- Evidence from the scene of the accident
- Information from the truck’s black box
- The truck drivers personal records and drug test results
- The truck driver’s training history and experience
Established trucking accident law firms like The Ferraro Law Firm are also well connected to expert medical providers and investigators who will help build your case through comprehensive medical exams, thorough investigations, and accident reconstruction.
At The Ferraro Law Firm, our catastrophic injury attorneys have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of injured truck accident victims. They are prepared to fight relentlessly to recover the compensation you may be entitled to.
Call (888) 554-2030 to speak with a skilled truck accident lawyer. We’ve obtained billions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
What Compensation is Available After a Truck Accident?
Truck and tractor-trailer accidents often result in more serious injuries than regular passenger vehicle accidents. Victims often require ongoing medical care, which is why it is important to hire a truck accident attorney who can accurately estimate what a lifetime of care may cost.
Like other personal injury lawsuits, the compensation available for those injured due to another party’s negligence falls under two categories: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to expenses with a specific monetary cost and include:
Medical bills: Past, present, and future medical bills for your injuries and recovery.
Lost wages: Money lost due to time away from work while you recovered. This covers wages lost starting from when the accident happened until the conclusion of the lawsuit.
Loss of earning capacity: Many times truck accident injuries are severe enough to prevent a person from working permanently. When that happens, they may be able to recover compensation for the estimated future salary/pay they will lose as a result of their injuries.
Noneconomic damages refer to intangible losses that are difficult to put a quantitative price on. Noneconomic damages in a personal injury lawsuit include:
Pain and suffering: This is compensation for the pain and suffering a victim endures as a result of the accident and their injuries.
Mental anguish: This refers to the emotional difficulties a victim may experience as a result of their injuries
Loss of consortium: In wrongful death cases, this is awarded to the spouse or family of the deceased for the loss of companionship, assistance, and service.
Why Choose The Ferraro Law Firm?
For more than three decades, The Ferraro Law firm has protected the rights of injured victims and their families. Our law firm has recovered more billions of dollars for our clients who have been injured in a number of different circumstances. If you or a loved one have been injured in a trucking accident, call The Ferraro Law Firm today to discuss your legal options during a free case review with a skilled truck accident lawyer.
Frequently Asked Questions: Truck Accidents
Am I eligible for compensation for my truck accident injuries?
If the truck driver was at fault for the crash, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the company that employed the driver, owned the vehicle, and/or leased the vehicle. This can result in compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Who can I file a lawsuit against for my truck accident injuries?
The tractor-trailer company, the company leasing the truck, or the manufacturer who produced defective truck parts are all examples of common parties who may be held financially accountable for your injuries.
How can a truck accident attorney help me?
A truck accident attorney can investigate what caused your crash to identify the potentially liable parties and gather evidence showing how you were injured and why you are entitled to compensation. They can also prepare and file all legal documentation for you, and negotiate on your behalf for fair compensation.