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Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Truck Accident Attorneys
Personal Injury Attorneys for Victims of Truck Accidents Across Ohio and Northern Kentucky
When a truck driver manning a large semi-truck or 18-wheeler loses control on the road, the damage that ensues can be extraordinary. Due to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles, a collision between a commercial truck and the average passenger vehicle can lead to severe or catastrophic injuries and 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 Northern Kentucky or Cincinnati truck accident, you need the assistance of a skilled truck accident lawyer.
At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, we are much more than just medical malpractice attorneys. Our Ohio and Northern Kentucky personal injury lawyers have years of experience handling complex personal injury cases, including those involving large trucking companies. Contact an experienced truck accident attorney at TLF as soon as possible so we can start investigating the accident and pursuing your claim right away.
Give our Northern Kentucky law office a call at (859) 578-9130, our Ohio law office at (513) 651-4130, or complete our online intake form to request your free consultation today.
Why are Commercial Truck Accident Cases Different from Other Auto Accidents?
Though commercial trucks (i.e. semi truck, tractor trailer, 18-wheeler, tanker truck, etc.) typically only occupy 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 smaller 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 semi-truck accidents cause, these cases are also different from the typical Kentucky or 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. Likewise, if maintenance issues contributed to the accident and your injuries, the company responsible for performing maintenance on the truck can hold liability. Increasing the number of liable parties increases the amount of compensation that may be recoverable for things like medical costs, lost income, 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, just because someone holds a commercial driver’s license doesn’t mean they are immune to human error. As such, many of the same factors that cause typical car wrecks 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 distracted driving and general human error/negligence, there are plenty of other factors that can contribute to a serious accident. Any commercial vehicle must meet certain safety standards before hitting the road, but unfortunately, poorly maintained trucks and overloaded trucks are still very prevalent causes of trucking accidents.
Frequent Sites of Truck Accidents in the Area
Though trucking accidents can happen virtually anywhere, they are more prone to happen in heavily-trafficked areas. For example, I-75, I-71, the Brent Spence Bridge, and a downhill stretch of road in Kentucky leading up to the bridge, the Cut in the Hill, are all full of trucks and are known to be frequent sites of truck accidents.
I-75 runs through both Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati and at one time was rated as one of the most dangerous stretches of interstate in the United States. Cincinnati’s I-71/I-75 intersection is also ranked as the second most congested trucking region in the United States in 2022 for the second year in a row.
The I-71 corridor in Downtown Columbus is one of the busiest sections of highway in the area, serving approximately 150,000 vehicles and 17,000 trucks per day. As it happens, between 11th Avenue to the south and Morse Road to the north of I-71 is the deadliest road in Columbus, according to The Enquirer. 287 fatalities were reported on that stretch alone between 2017 and 2019.
Brent Spence Bridge
A heavily traveled bridge between Kentucky and Ohio, the Brent Spence Bridge is a major artery for the transport of goods from the north to the south, carrying both I-71 and I-75. The OKI Regional Council of Governments reports that the bridge was originally designed (in 1963) to handle an average of 80,000 vehicles and between 3,000 to 4,000 trucks a day. However, today, the bridge sees approximately 160,000 vehicles and at least 30,000 trucks per day. With such an overload of traffic, trucking accidents (and general motor vehicle accidents) are far too common on this bridge.
The Cut in the Hill
Just south of Brent Spence Bridge is a stretch of roadway called “The Cut in the Hill.” As you can imagine, this area sees its fair share of traffic congestion. Due to the high volume of passenger vehicle and commercial truck traffic, as well as the naturally rough terrain and often harsh driving conditions in this area, the Cut in the Hill is notorious for motor vehicle accidents.
What are the Most Common Truck Accident Injuries?
Truck accident victims are often prone to very severe injuries. In many cases, a truck crash can cause catastrophic injuries, permanent disability, or even wrongful death.
Some of the more common personal injuries that result from trucking accidents include:
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
- Permanent brain damage
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs (amputation)
- Burn injuries
- Internal organ damage
Why You Need an Attorney After a Truck Accident
When you’ve been involved in a truck accident, it is crucial that you obtain the help of a team of aggressive truck accident lawyers. Claims involving semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and any other type of commercial vehicle can be extremely complex and require the experience and knowledge of a skilled attorney to successfully navigate.
At The Lawrence Firm, our 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 with experienced accident reconstruction specialists;
- 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;
- And much more.
Large corporations like trucking companies almost always have massive legal teams at their disposal, and you can bet that their insurance adjuster will do everything it takes to avoid paying what you are owed. Our attorneys refuse to let these companies take advantage of our clients, which is why we go to great lengths to gather evidence – including medical records, photos of the accident scene, eye witness and expert testimony, and more – to build a strong claim and ensure a fair settlement. If negotiations fail, we are not afraid to fight for your right to fair financial compensation in front of a judge and jury.
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 a 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 Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati personal injury lawyers from TLF, 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 truck accidents cases, 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 regard to the amount of compensation one may receive is the skill and experience of the truck crash attorney working their case. Working with an experienced Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky commercial vehicle 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 medical bills);
- Lost wages following missing time off work;
- Lost earning capacity;
- Property damage;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental anguish;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- And more.
If a family member was killed in a trucking accident, we can also seek compensation for their loved ones through a wrongful death lawsuit. Lost companionship, lost earnings, and burial expenditures are just a few examples of losses that may be compensable with the help of our experienced Ohio and Northern Kentucky wrongful death lawyers.
Trucking Accident Law Firm in Covington & Cincinnati
TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm 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. Our personal injury attorneys have handled hundreds of cases involving trucking accidents throughout Kentucky and Ohio. Our experienced attorneys and dedicated paralegal and support staff have a commitment to each client to obtain fair compensation and 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 a crash involving a large truck in Ohio or Kentucky, we invite you to talk with a personal injury claims lawyer from our law firm today. We can discuss your case, your rights, and your legal options while determining the best way to proceed. To schedule your free consultation, give us a call toll-free at (800) 698-4054 today.
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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.