Truck Accident Attorneys
Fighting to Recover Compensation for Truck Accident Victims
Too many Americans are seriously injured or killed each year as a result of severe truck accidents. Consequences of these crashes tend to be more extreme given the immense size and weight of the vehicles. People traveling in smaller vehicles are especially vulnerable: Trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times as much as passenger cars. Trucks are also taller than other automobiles, leading to situations where smaller cars may even ride under a truck during a collision.
When truck accidents happen, victims find themselves devastated at the loss and overwhelmed by the prospect of taking on a large trucking company when seeking compensation for the wreck. Our team at Potts Law Firm can provide the compassionate representation you need to hold responsible parties accountable and recover just compensation. We have secured over a billion dollars for our clients, and our firm has the resources, agility, and drive needed to win complex cases. Our truck accident lawyers are committed to fighting for you and will stop at nothing to secure the best possible resolution.
If you were injured in a truck accident, contact us online or call (888) 420-1299 to schedule a free initial consultation. Same-day appointments are available, and we offer our services in English and Spanish.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Trucks are huge, unwieldy automobiles that must be operated by trained professionals. Given the size and weight of many of these vehicles, drivers must make every effort to follow traffic rules and other guidelines specific to trucks. When these rules are broken, catastrophic crashes are often the result.
Our truck accident attorneys can represent you if you were involved in a crash caused by:
- Driver Fatigue. Fatigue is a major factor associated with many car accidents. When drivers are fatigued, their reflexes will be delayed, they will have difficulty reacting appropriately to their surroundings, and they will experience an overall decrease in alertness. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) notes that driver fatigue may be due to insufficient sleep, excessive work hours, strenuous work activities (or non-work activities), or a combination of other factors. The trucking industry operates on very tight deadlines, pressuring truckers to reach their destinations as soon as possible. Because of these deadlines, it is not uncommon for truckers to drive longer than what FMCSA regulations allow, resulting in severe fatigue. Federal law requires truck drivers to stop driving and rest after a certain number of hours. Some trucking companies will demand or incentivize truckers to ignore these rules and exceed the permitted number of hours.
- Speeding. Speeding is a primary cause of all types of vehicular accidents, and trucks are no exception. When truckers drive over the legal speed limit or travel too fast for the present road conditions (which may be impacted by weather or visibility issues), they are more likely to cause an accident. A fast-moving truck will have a tougher time stopping or maneuvering. Unfortunately, some truck drivers will be pressured or incentivized to reach their destinations as fast as possible, compelling them to speed to avoid ramifications or earn bonuses.
- Lack of Training or Safety Programs. Trucking companies must ensure the drivers they place on the road have the experience and qualifications for the job, which is typically verified through the training and safety courses they are supposed to facilitate. Some trucking companies may disregard the rules and put inadequate drivers behind the wheels of large semi-trucks. An ill-trained driver may not understand how to safely operate their vehicle and subsequently cause an avoidable accident.
- Distracted Driving. Distraction can be a problem for everyone on the road, but with heavy trucks, the stakes are much, much higher. Distracted driving encompasses everything from eating while driving to texting while driving to reading while driving. When a truck driver’s attention is on anything other than the road ahead of them, they are less likely to notice hazards and traffic in time to safely stop.
- Insufficient Maintenance. Trucking companies are required to perform routine maintenance on their vehicles. Failure to complete regular maintenance can result in mechanical issues that trigger dire outcomes on the road.
Who Is Liable for a Truck Accident?
Liability for a car accident tends to be cut and dry. If the other driver was failing to follow the rules of the road, they will likely be found at-fault and can be sued by the injured victim for damages. Truck accidents are more complicated, as more than one party may be liable.
Depending on the circumstances of the truck accidents (including its cause), one or more of the following parties may be liable:
- The truck driver
- The truck driver’s employer (the trucking company)
- The manufacturer of a defective truck component
- The truck’s maintenance team
- The truck’s cargo loaders
What Damages Can I Recover in a Truck Accident Lawsuit?
To recover compensation for truck accident-related damages, you will need to take legal action before your state’s statute of limitations expires. The precise time limit will depend on your state, but it is in your best interest to speak to an attorney as soon as you can after an accident. Survivors of a person killed in a truck accident will get additional time to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Our truck accident lawyers will work to get you compensation for all losses, including:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses for your injuries
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
You do not have to go through this process alone. Call (888) 420-1299 or contact us online to explore your recovery options with our legal professionals.
Many truck accident cases will require you to sue a trucking company, which will have substantial legal resources at its disposal. As you work to recover from severe to catastrophic injuries, you may also not be in a practical position to handle complex legal proceedings.
Potts Law Firm can provide the dependable advocacy you need to level the playing field and get the damages you are owed. We take most truck accident cases on a contingency basis, meaning you will owe us nothing up front. You only pay legal fees if we win or negotiate an acceptable settlement. Our empathetic team will be by your side from beginning to end and will work to investigate the accident, establish liability, gather evidence, and prepare a compelling case.
We work to resolve these cases quickly so that you can get compensation faster. That means we may attempt to negotiate a settlement to avoid a costly, lengthy trial. However, if a trial is the only path forward, we are more than ready to fight for you in court.
If you are unsure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and fight for you.
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