Strong Advocacy For Victims Of Commercial Truck Accidents
Commercial transportation is the lifeblood of our economy. Transported goods supply our shelves with the necessities and luxuries of life. All too often, though, commercial trucks wreak havoc on Ohio's federal, state and local roads.
The pressure to meet deadlines, driver fatigue, improper inspections and other negligent actions cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle. In turn, this causes catastrophic injuries and even death.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our team of experienced injury lawyers have decades of combined legal experience. Our attorneys are often asked to handle some of the most complex auto accidents cases.
We represented a woman who suffered a serious brain injury after her car was broad sided by an 18-wheeler. We reached a $5.5 million settlement on her behalf. You can read about some of our other personal injury case results here.
Why Are Commercial Truck Accidents So Dangerous?
Commercial trucks, on average, cause much more serious injuries than passenger vehicle accidents because of their size, weight and dimensions. The sheer physics of truck collisions means anyone in a car, motorcycle or on the sidewalk is likely to be killed or suffer permanent harm.
Because of these dangers, commercial trucks are highly regulated. Drivers of semi-rigs, 18-wheelers and other large trucks are required to have a commercial driver's license. Truck operators and owners must comply with the rules and regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) along with other federal and state transportation laws. Trucks are also routinely inspected.
Common Causes Of Truck Crashes
Truck accidents happen for many reasons, and they are often a result of driver error. Some of the more common causes are:
- Violating federal regulations for driving including driving more hours than allowed
- Driving while distracted
- Impaired driving while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescription medications
- Driving a truck that is overloaded or with an unsecured load
- Failing to inspect/maintain the vehicle or respond appropriately to weather or road debris
- Using faulty or defective truck equipment
Our attorneys investigate police reports, conduct independent investigations and use traffic reconstruction experts when needed to prove fault in truck accident cases. We fight to get vehicle accident victims lost wages, payment for each and every medical bill, pain and suffering compensation, and compensation for disfigurement and other damages.
The First Step On The Road To Recovery
Do not delay in talking with an attorney about your concerns — waiting too long could mean you lose your right to sue completely. Our lawyers will compassionately guide you through each phase of litigation while aggressively fighting to protect your rights.