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Cincinnati & Covington Truck Accident Attorneys
When a semi-truck or 18-wheeler goes out of control on I-75 or I-71, the damage that ensues can be extraordinary. Due to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles, a collision between a truck driver and the average vehicle driver or passenger can lead to serious injuries or even death. Both the injuries that result as well as the circumstances surrounding the accident are unusually complex in a personal injury case, requiring careful investigation and accident reconstruction. That is why, if you or a loved one have been injured in a Covington or Cincinnati truck accident, you require the assistance of a skilled truck accident lawyer.
At The Lawrence Firm, PSC, our Ohio and Kentucky personal injury lawyers have years of experience handling complex accident claims, including those involving large trucking companies. Contact an experienced truck accident attorney at The Lawrence Firm as soon as possible so we can start investigating the accident and pursuing your claim immediately.
Why are Commercial Truck Accident Cases Different from Other Auto Accidents?
Though semi-trucks and 18-wheelers occupy only a small percentage of automobiles on the road at any given time, they account for nearly 10% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. This is because truck accidents often cause significantly greater damage than car accidents between smaller passenger vehicles due to their size and weight. In comparison to a passenger vehicle, which normally weighs less than 3,000 pounds, a semi-truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. In addition, large trucks sit far higher off the road than the average vehicle. With such a significant advantage in weight, height, and size, a large commercial truck can seemingly demolish any vehicle it collides with, often leading to severe injury or death for the occupants of the other vehicle. Meanwhile, the truck driver typically walks away without a scratch.
In addition to the extent of the injuries and damage that trucking accidents cause, these cases are also different from the typical Ohio motor vehicle accident claim because they raise different issues of liability. When it comes to a personal injury lawsuit involving two privately-owned vehicles, the injured party may hold the negligent driver accountable for their losses. While the injured party may still hold the truck driver legally liable in a trucking accident, they may also include other liable parties in their claim, as well.
For example, when a truck driver acts negligently and causes an accident, the injured party may bring a lawsuit against both the truck driver and the trucking company that employed the driver. Increasing the number of liable parties increases the amount of compensation that may be recoverable for things like medical costs, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and all other damages sustained as a consequence of the accident.
What are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
At the end of the day, trucks are driven by people who are not immune to human error, and many of the same factors that cause typical motor vehicle accidents also cause trucking accidents. As such, some of the most common causes of truck accidents include things like speeding and distracted driving.
Because truck drivers typically drive for hours on end, it is also common for them to become tired, bored, and fatigued. This alone can lead to a devastating accident, but can also invoke truck drivers to find ways to combat this driver fatigue, including the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol while driving.
In addition to human error and negligence, there are plenty of other factors that can contribute to a truck accident. Commercial vehicles must meet certain safety standards before hitting the road, but unfortunately, poorly maintained vehicles and overloaded trucks are still very prevalent causes of trucking accidents.
What are the Most Common Truck Accident Injuries?
Truck accident victims are often prone to very serious injuries. In many cases, a truck crash can cause life-altering injuries, permanent disability, or even wrongful death.
Some of the more common injuries that result from a truck accident include:
Why You Need an Attorney After a Truck Accident
When you’ve been involved in a Cincinnati truck accident, it is crucial that you obtain the help of a team of aggressive truck accident lawyers. These types of claims can be extremely complex, and they require the experience and knowledge of a skilled attorney to successfully navigate.
At The Lawrence Firm, PSC, our Covington and Cincinnati truck accident attorneys know how to handle all of the complex factors that make up truck accident lawsuits. We bring a wide range of abilities to each case we take on, including:
- The ability to investigate and reconstruct complicated commercial truck accidents;
- Understanding of federal trucking regulations including driver safety training, truck maintenance logs, driver logs, and more;
- The ability to determine and explore third-party liabilities in commercial truck accidents;
- Advanced knowledge of medical conditions plus a network of medical specialists who serve as consultants and expert witnesses;
- A registered nurse including a nurse/attorney on staff (while also consulting other medical professionals and experts, if necessary);
- The resources necessary to investigate, develop, and try a major truck accident case;
- Technical ability to use video re-enactments, simulation, and animation technologies to show accident causes or medical consequences.
Who Can Be Held Responsible in Truck Accident Cases?
In addition to the truck driver and the trucking company that employed them, there are several other parties that may be held legally responsible for the truck crash. These parties may include:
- The truck’s manufacturer;
- Maintenance or mechanic workers who serviced the truck;
- Vendors providing services to the trucking company;
- The owner of the cargo on the truck;
- Local government or contractors responsible for dangerous road conditions or highway design;
- Other drivers on the road.
When you hire the Cincinnati truck accident lawyers from The Lawrence Firm, we can guarantee that we’ll exhaust every possible avenue when it comes to determining fault and holding ALL of the responsible parties accountable.
What Can I Recover From my Truck Accident Claim?
In cases of truck accidents, the amount a plaintiff is able to recover in damages varies from case to case, as it is entirely dependent on the facts surrounding the case. Perhaps the biggest contributing factor is the severity of the injuries sustained from the truck accident. Another crucial aspect in regards to the amount of compensation one may receive is the skill and experience of the truck accident lawyer working their case. Working with an experienced Covington or Cincinnati truck accident lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of your case, as your attorney’s ability to litigate and prove your losses in court is a pertinent element in obtaining maximum compensation.
There are also various types of damages that factor into your compensation amount. These damages are meant to cover any losses or expenses that occurred as a result of the accident and may include things like:
- Medical expenses (both past and future);
- Lost wages;
- Lost earning capacity;
- Property damage;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental anguish;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- And more.
Truck Accident Law Firm in Covington & Cincinnati
The Lawrence Firm, PSC, is dedicated to representing those who have been seriously injured due to the fault of another as well as the families of wrongful death victims. As such, our truck accident attorneys have handled hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death cases in Kentucky and Ohio. Our experienced attorneys and dedicated paralegal and support staff have a commitment to each client to obtain the best possible outcome for their specific case. We will go to great lengths to thoroughly investigate your case, present a full report of your losses, and obtain a proper settlement from the responsible trucking industry insurance company. We are also prepared to take your case to trial, if necessary.
If you have been in an accident involving a large truck in Ohio or Kentucky, we invite you to talk with a truck accident lawyer from our firm today. We can discuss your case, your rights, and your legal options while determining the best way to proceed. To schedule your free initial consultation, you can reach our Kentucky law office by calling 859-578-9130, our Ohio law office at 513-651-4130, or toll-free at 800-698-4054. You can also contact us by submitting an online today.
You Pay No Fees Unless We Win!
We are happy to offer a free consultation to evaluate your case. If you hire us as your legal counsel, we will represent you on a contingency-fee basis. You will pay no attorneys’ fees unless we recover financial damages.