Some of the most devastating road and highway collisions involve large vehicles like 18 wheeler trucks. Over a half-million trucking accidents happen in the United States every year, killing nearly 5,000 people and leaving thousands more suffering for the rest of their lives from horrific injuries. About one out of every eight traffic deaths in America involves some sort of big truck like an 18 wheeler, a tractor-trailer, a semi-truck, or other large truck.
If you been injured in an accident involving a big truck, we urge you to contact Junell & Associates, PLLC today for a FREE, no-obligation case consultation. Fill out the form on this page or call us at 800-375-0109.
The Importance Of Getting in Touch With a Truck Accident Lawyer
Victims of these terrible crashes with big commercial trucks must act as soon as their health allows to counter the methods and measures that the trucking companies often employ within hours or less of the crash involving their trucks. These companies have professional insurance defense investigators who are working for the trucking company and against you. They will often send an investigator to the crash scene to work to find ways to blame you for the accident even as you lie in a hospital bed, injured and unable to defend yourself.
As a result of these tactics, the most important stage in any trucking accident case is right at the very beginning, as soon as you can contact a lawyer who knows how these trucking companies operate, how these accidents need to be investigated, and can work FOR you even when you are hurt and fighting for your life and health. This is when your lawyer can gather evidence that proves what caused your accident and who is responsible for your injuries or the death of a family member. Your lawyer can work hard to collect and sort the information from the accident scene and from the truck itself, including reading the truck’s logbooks and trucking company records and accessing the data from electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) that are now commonly used in the trucking industry.
Establishing the Cause of a Truck Accident
If you act fast and hire an experienced truck accident lawyer, you may be able to prove any or all of these caused your crash and injuries:
Failing to conduct proper inspections, driving too fast for conditions, making illegal or unsafe turns, failing to brake, driving drowsy, leaving loads unsecured, texting, using a cell phone behind the wheel, or driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs are all common examples of reckless and negligent driving by big rig drivers.
These companies are governed by numerous laws and codes designed to keep their trucks from exposing their truckers, other motorists, and pedestrians to the risk of injury from failing to adopt and execute adequate safety plans, encouraging drivers to engage in dangerous driving, or hiring drivers without conducting proper background checks that would reveal the driver’s safety, criminal, and health history as well as their possible problems with drunk or drug impaired driving. Trucking companies may also be liable for emergency equipment. A good number of truck accidents are even caused by improper loading, such as unbalanced or improperly secured cargo.
Even the safest trucker or trucking company may be involved in a collision if the truck and its components are defective, including tires, brakes, gears, hydraulics, and lights. Thus, the truck manufacturer and the truck parts manufacturers may ultimately be responsible for the crash.
Contact Junell & Associates, PLLC Now
From the time a big truck is involved in a crash, things happen very fast. As a result, your right to recover for your injuries in a truck crash may be lost forever if you wait too long to call an experienced lawyer. That’s why it’s important to hire the highly qualified lawyers at Junell & Associate today. If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury, you should not wait any longer to consult with a team that’s on your side to go up against the trucking company and their team of agents and investigators. Truck accident investigation is complicated. Don’t try to fight these big companies alone, call or contact Junell & Associates now.
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