You can sue a truck driver’s company for your injuries if the driver is responsible for the accident. Trucking companies generally have insurance companies and lawyers protecting their best interests in personal injury cases. To protect yours, it is important to secure legal representation without delay.
A trucking accident can leave you with life-changing injuries. Depending upon the outcome of your case, possible financial compensation may include your medical costs, missed time from work, and pain and suffering.
If you experienced serious injuries due to a negligent truck driver or trucking company, do not try to handle your case alone. You can sue, and a personal injury lawyer can help you. The civil process is often complex and takes time. With patience and a personal injury lawyer by your side, the process may be less stressful for you and your family.
Trucking Company Negligence and Your Accident Injuries
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that large trucks traveled an estimated 297.6 billion miles throughout the country in 2017. The drivers of these trucks have commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and represent the more than 500,000 interstate motor carriers in the United States.
The carriers or trucking companies, that employ the drivers have a responsibility to adequately train drivers, to conduct background checks, and to properly maintain their fleet of trucks. Drivers must follow federal requirements regarding hours of service and obey all traffic laws.
While both the trucking company and the driver must inspect the truck, you can sue a truck driver’s company for your injuries. The FMCSA lists the following violations as among the leading causes of failed safety inspections involving large trucks:
- Issues that affect turn signals, brake lights, and other lighting
- Brakes that are out of adjustment or a malfunctioning anti-lock braking system
- Tires with worn tread
- Damaged or discolored windshields
Ensuring that all trucks are road-ready and safe protects both the employee—the driver—and other drivers with whom they share the road. No trucking company should place profits over people by allowing trucks with known mechanical issues on the highway.
In addition to poorly maintained trucks, a 2011 FMCSA report cites the following dangerous behaviors by truck drivers as leading causes of fatal crashes:
- Speeding: speeding is the top cause of fatal truck crashes.
- Distracted driving: driver inattention due to daydreaming or cell phones is the second-leading cause of fatal truck crashes.
- Impairment: driving drowsy, drunk, or otherwise impaired is the third-leading cause of fatal truck crashes.
If you lost a loved one due to a trucking accident caused by a negligent trucking company or driver, Ohio Revised Code 2125 generally allows two years to file your case. This time can pass very quickly as you grieve your loss. Do not miss your opportunity for justice and possible compensation.
For a free legal consultation, call (614) 538-1116
Contact Bressman Law Now for Your Truck Accident Injuries
An insurance company may offer you a settlement soon after your accident. Should you accept their offer, it may prevent you from pursuing compensation later if your medical condition worsens. To protect your best interests, do not speak with insurance companies without legal representation.
We are aware of the high-pressure tactics insurance companies use with accident victims. At Bressman Law, we are ready to take on aggressive insurance companies that try to underpay or deny claims. If necessary, we are willing to go to court. We work hard to secure the best outcome possible for our clients.
Your truck accident injuries can turn your world upside down, but you can sue a truck driver’s company for your injuries, and a personal injury lawyer from our team may be able to help you. In order to do so, we must review all evidence associated with your accident as soon as possible. Police and medical reports, along with the contact information for witnesses and accident scene photos, may help us prepare your case.
The trucking industry performs an important service in transporting goods and materials. It only takes one poorly maintained truck and one reckless driver to cause you serious injuries. If this happened to you, contact Bressman Law for a free case evaluation. We have a no -ee guarantee, meaning you owe us nothing unless and until we win your case.
Time is of the essence. If you miss the deadline for filing your case, you may be barred from ever pursuing compensation.
Let us handle the details of your case so you can concentrate on your medical care and your family during this difficult time. Call Bressman Law now: (614) 538-1116.