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Truck Accident Injury
Truck accidents typically result in catastrophic personal injury or tragic loss of life. In a matter of seconds, someone’s life can be turned upside down from the occurrence of a serious truck accident. Many times, truck accidents are caused by a truck driver’s negligent operation or improper maintenance of the truck. As truck accident attorneys, we represent injured persons or their loved ones to ensure they receive fair and just compensation from the insurance for the trucking company.
Truck Accident Deaths
Due to the difference in size between semi-trucks verses cars and trucks, and motorcycles, trucking accidents can tragically cause the death of other drivers. There are approximately 5,000 people each year nationwide that are killed in truck accidents. Columbus, and central Ohio have several major highways that experience high semi-truck traffic, including, “The Outerbelt” I-270; I-70; I-71; US 23; US 33; US 62; SR 161; SR 315; and, SR 3. Unfortunately, in the last few years there has been an increase in fatal truck accidents in and around Columbus. In many cases, these truck accidents could have been prevented with safer truck driving or safer policies of the trucking companies.
Some truck companies may overwork their drivers that can lead to the truck driver becoming sleepy or a negligent in operation of their truck. The pressure of a trucking company on the truck driver to complete their runs in as little time possible can cause the truck driver to cut corners and ignore the rules for trucking. There have been cases of truck drivers falling asleep at the wheel due to fatigue and being overworked. The situation becomes aggravated when truckers drives become drunk drivers and the truck driver who is intoxicated causes serious injuries or death of other drivers.
Under Federal and State laws, truck drivers must follow rules and regulations, including: how many hours they can operate at one time; required breaks; medical testing for fitness to drive; drug testing and alcohol testing; driver’s logs; the weight of their loads; and a host of other rules and regulations under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Ohio law. If a truck driver fails to follow the rules, or is negligent, and their conduct causes the death of another person, the family of the victim may bring an action for wrongful death damages under Chapter 2125 of the Ohio Revised Code. We recognize the enormous impact to the family when there has been a death as a result of a truck accident. No amount of financial payment can ever compensate for the loss of a loved one, but the Wrongful Death Statue in Ohio helps to provide for the financial security of surviving family members for their future. Legally resolving wrongful death claims for truck accidents can bring the family comfort, knowing that the responsible parties were brought to justice and provide a sense of closure and security to the survivors.
Truck Drivers Injured in Truck Accidents
While the mere size of trucks give them an advantage in an accident, truck drivers can also be the victims of injury as a result of negligence of other drivers, including automobiles or other trucks. Truck drivers can benefit from the same rights as any other injured person and can recover for past and future medical bills; wage loss, pain and suffering that are caused by the negligence or misconduct of other drivers. If a professional truck driver has been injured as a result of negligent operation of a vehicle, they will have to balance the interest of their employer, the demands of the other driver’s insurance company, and their own medical and health needs. Our attorneys will help protect your interest so you can concentrate on recovering.
Hire an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney to Preserve the Evidence
It is important to hire an experienced truck accident attorney soon after the accident to fully investigate and obtain evidence early before it is destroyed or lost. We understand the devastating consequences of serious injuries or death as a result of a commercial trucking accident. Our compassionate and dedicated legal team will thoroughly investigates the circumstances surrounding the accident, handle all negotiations with insurance companies and attorneys, and passionately represent your best interest in court. Our job is to help you obtain the financial compensation that you need to recover, rebuild your life, and move past this tragic accident.
If you have been a victim of a truck accident or lost a loved one in a truck accident, we can help. We provide free truck accident consultations for cases in Ohio. You can call us or meet in person with one of our law firm truck accident lawyers. We charge you nothing unless you win a recovery. Please call us anytime at (614)-523-7575 or fill out our free consult form on this website.