Holding Commercial Truck Drivers and Companies Accountable for Truck Accidents and Driver Error
Attorneys offer representation for injured victims and families hurt or killed in Ohio truck collisions
Commercial truck driving accidents are an all too common cause of severe, catastrophic, and fatal injuries. Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. FMCSA, for 2011 and 2012 show that the number of annual injuries from heavy truck crashes increased from 63,000 to 77,000 and the number of yearly deaths rose from 3,633 to 3,802. Sadly, many of these injuries and deaths were preventable. All too often our Ohio truck accident lawyers have seen clients whose lives have been shattered when simple respect for the traffic laws, common sense, and driver attention could have avoided the harm.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our team of lawyers, nurses, and paralegals work tirelessly to determine the cause of each accident. We make sure the right parties are sued. In addition to the driver of the vehicle, our firm often sues the company that hired the driver of the truck. We sometimes sue the truck manufacturer or other trucking companies involved in the delivery of the goods. Our aim is to show driver error or company negligence. We have obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of personal injury clients. Our Ohio truck accident lawyers are experienced professionals who fight to get each client the full compensation the law allows.
Types of truck accidents and driver error
Some of the more common reasons truck accidents happen include:
- Driver fatigue. Commercial drivers are on deadlines to deliver their goods across state lines or within Ohio. These deadlines cause many companies to pressure their drivers to deliver their loads sooner than is safely possible. The FMCSA requires that drivers only drive a set number of hours and take mandatory breaks in order to reduce driver fatigue. Drivers who fail to get their proper rest, and companies who pressure drivers to meet unreasonable time frames, need to be held liable when driver fatigue forces the driver to lose control and cause an accident.
- Distracted driving. Truck drivers always have the temptation of listening to a radio, talking on a CB, eating while driving, or speaking with a passenger. With technology, too many truck drivers now talk or text on their cellphones and look at the computer tablets. Distracted driving is a danger because it takes the driver’s eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel.
- Drunk driving. Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of narcotics impairs the driver’s judgment and ability to react to road conditions or emergencies. The statistics are broad and overwhelming that DUIs and DWIs are a major cause of commercial truck accidents. There is no excuse for drinking and driving or using drugs while driving. We hold wrongdoers liable.
- Overloaded trucks. Commercial trucks cost the companies sending the goods and the companies getting the goods large sums of money. These businesses often try to cut corners by pushing the load limit beyond what the truck can bear. Often large loads are not properly secured. Our Ohio truck accident attorneys use the federal and state laws as well as the laws of common sense to hold everyone responsible when these overloads spill and cause fatalities or harm.
- Inadequate maintenance and inspection / poor training. Before each truck is permitted on the road, the company that owns the truck has a duty to inspect it – to make sure it can carry the load, that all parts work and that fluids don’t leak. In a similar manner, these owners also have a duty to make sure their drivers understand all the safety issues necessary to safely operate these large rigs and commercial vehicles. A failure of inspection or education can create devastating harm.
- Roadway debris and poor visibility. Many truck drivers drive on a variety of roads – federal, state and local. They often drive at night, in rain, snow and heat. Wherever they drive and whenever they drive, the operators of these vehicles have to be prepared for all reasonable problems. This includes handling potholes, uneven roads, and poorly paved roads. They must make sure they have the right equipment for the truck to handle emergencies and the right safety guidelines and tools for driving on slick roads or in severe storms. Poor conditions should be anticipated.
Ohio lawyers explain your rights when truck accidents change your life
Commercial truck drivers are held to a high standard of care. The best way to enforce that standard is to hold wrongdoers accountable in court. Our Ohio truck accident lawyers have been helping accident victims in Chagrin Falls, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chesterfield, and Columbus for many years. If you have been hurt in a truck accident or a loved one was killed, our firm is ready to help you get justice. Please call 877-686-8879 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.