Handling Legal Claims After Truck Accidents
If you have been seriously injured in a tractor-trailer crash or tragically lost a loved one in a commercial trucking accident, understandably, your devastation may feel unmanageable. You may also feel overwhelmed trying to manage the insurance claim in pursuit of a full recovery.
For more than 50 years, the law office of Gregory S. Young Co., LPA, has represented the people of Cincinnati. Attorney Gregory Young’s grandfather and father started this law firm in the late 1950s with a vision of delivering personal service and a willingness to work nonstop for our clients. This has remained our commitment for more than three generations.
Truck accident claims are complex with liability factors often unclear. Our law firm has the resources, skills and tenacity to prove fault and hold negligent parties accountable. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Pursuing Justice For More Than Half A Century
The importance of investigating a truck accident scene immediately can never be exaggerated. Truck companies and their insurers often investigate accident scenes, even before ambulances have left the scene.
Do not risk the chance of critical evidence such as skid marks, glass and debris or witness statements disappearing.
If you have been hurt or tragically lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident, talk to us right away. We offer decades of experience hiring top accident reconstructionists and scientific experts. We are prepared to handle complex claims, including those involving:
- Car accidents caused by tow trucks, garbage trucks and construction trucks
- Big rig accidents involving independent contractors
- Accidents involving U-Haul and moving truck rentals
- Snow plows, salt trucks and snow removal equipment
- Negligent drivers and drunk drivers
- Lack of maintenance on 18-wheelers
- Illegal logbooks and other safety administration violations
- Negligent hiring, training practices and poor supervision of truck drivers
- Highway defects
- Defective equipment, including brakes, horns, steering and tires
Determining Fault In Complex Trucking Accidents
Before your attorney can fight for compensation to help you pay for medical bills and other expenses, however, it must be clear who was responsible for the accident. The answer isn’t always obvious. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, we are here to hold the negligent parties responsible and secure the maximum possible settlement.
Here are some of the possible parties responsible for a truck accident:
Overtired Or Inattentive Drivers: The first place to look for liability in a truck accident is, of course, the driver. Truck drivers are often under pressure to drive long routes. The resulting fatigue can cause inattention that can become dangerous or even deadly on the road. From speeding and distractions to falling asleep at the wheel, driver negligence is often the cause of truck accidents.
Unsafe Or Poorly Maintained Trucks: Poor design or inadequate maintenance can make it more likely that a truck driver could lose control over their vehicle on the road. When an unsafe truck is the cause of an accident on the road, plaintiffs can sue the manufacturer or maintenance professionals whose negligence resulted in injury.
The huge size and weight of the trucks can lead to life-threatening accidents from mistakes on the road. Commercial trucks have black box recorders that provide valuable clues about speed, direction, brake status, impact point and other critical details. Driver logbooks also note hours behind the wheel and delivery deadlines.
Trucking Companies: Trucking companies are businesses whose goal, like any other business, is to be profitable. Sometimes the need to be profitable can push these companies to demand more from their drivers than might be safe. Whether it’s working long hours or driving with overloaded and imbalanced cargo, this profit motive can put the truck drivers themselves—as well as everyone else on the road— at risk.
Our firm’s skills, resources and tenacity help us effectively uncover critical evidence to prove fault. We have what it takes to protect your rights and pursue a full and fair compensation for your injuries or loss.
Truck Accident FAQs
Q: How Are Truck Accidents Different From Car Crashes?
A. Semis weigh many times more than your family car, meaning a collision with a tractor-trailer can be catastrophic. It also means that you and your passengers are at a higher risk for severe injury, which can leave you permanently disabled.
Q: What Are The Most Common Hazards Associated With Commercial Trucks?
A. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck accidents are often caused by the following:
- Fatigue or falling asleep behind the wheel
- Distracted or inattentive driving
- Speeding or following another vehicle too closely
- Brake problems or mechanical failure
- Suffering a heart attack or another medical emergency
- Traffic congestion or encountering a previous collision
Other hazards you may face include a truck driver’s inexperience, improper training or unfamiliarity with the road. A trucker may also be under the influence of alcohol or medication that affects his or her driving ability.
Q: Can Several Parties Be Liable In A Truck Accident?
A. There can be several parties held liable in a truck accident, depending on what caused it. The truck driver may have acted in a negligent manner, the trucking company may have encouraged the driver to ignore federal regulations, or the truck may not have been properly maintained by a company hired to perform the work.
Put Our Legal Experience To Work For You
We invite you to contact us online or call 513-838-4562 in Cincinnati, 888-469-6437 in Dayton or Kentucky to schedule a free initial consultation. When you meet with one of our firm’s Ohio trucking company lawyers, ask about:
- Free parking at our downtown Cincinnati location
- Appointments available at 10 locations, including nine suburban locations
- Evening and weekend appointments
- Home and hospital visits
- No attorney’s fees unless you collect*
- Call us 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Our satellite offices are located in Mason, West Chester, Tri-County, Blue Ash/Kenwood, Northgate, Clermont County, Finneytown, Florence and Western Hills.
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