Types Of Trucking Accidents: Ohio & Kentucky Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, it’s important to put your case in the hands of an attorney who handles these cases on a regular basis. Accidents involving tractor-trailers are very different from accidents involving other types of vehicles.

At the law firm of Gregory S. Young Co., LPA, in Cincinnati, our lawyers understand the issues involved in truck accident cases. For more than 50 years, we have represented victims of truck driver and trucking company negligence in Ohio and Northern Kentucky. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

There are many different types of trucking accidents, including:

  • Rear-end collisions: Rear-end accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, from driver fatigue or inattention, to defective brakes, to driving an overweight truck.
  • Sideswipes: It’s important to be aware of a truck’s blind spots when passing or driving alongside trucks. Our lawyers are experienced in establishing liability in these cases.
  • Jackknife accidents: Jackknife accidents can be caused by defective brakes, driving too fast on slippery roads, or by unsafe driving maneuvers.
  • Intersection accidents: Trucks trying to beat a yellow light can collide with other vehicle in an intersection. When a truck does not have enough room to turn, the trailer can strike other vehicles.
  • Unsecured load accidents: Unsecured items on a trailer can became dangerous missiles that fly loose and strike unsuspecting motorists.
  • Truck rollovers: Truck rollover accidents can be caused by improper loading or unsafe lane changes.

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Truck Rollovers

Rollover accidents involving tractor-trailers can be especially dangerous. In many cases, these accidents involve multiple vehicles across two or more traffic lanes.

Most semi rollovers are caused by driver error. Tractor-trailers are top-heavy vehicles that are prone to jackknife and rollover accidents. Examples of driver negligence that can lead to these types of accidents include:

  • Turning at an unsafe speed
  • Driving too fast for slippery conditions
  • Making a sudden lane change
  • Overcorrecting when a truck wanders onto the road shoulder
  • Driving with an unbalanced load

Defective brakes and tire blowouts can be contributing factors. Our lawyers will investigate all liable parties to maximize your recovery. Trucks and trailers may be insured separately, and you may have negligence claims against both policies.

Holding Big Rig Operators And Trucking Companies Accountable

Big rig accidents may involve violations of Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations that apply to interstate trucking. Our law firm has the knowledge and tenacity to uncover DOT safety violations that may be important evidence in your case.

Examples of truck driver and trucking company negligence in big rig accidents include:

  • Driving too long without taking a required rest break
  • Driving an overloaded or improperly loaded truck
  • Failure to maintain safety equipment such as breaks and lights
  • Truck speeding
  • Truck tailgating
  • Hiring unqualified drivers
  • Lack of safety training
  • Drug or alcohol use by the driver

Any type of negligence by a truck driver or trucking company can have devastating consequences. The sooner you contact us after an accident, the sooner our lawyers can go to work collecting and preserving evidence that can be crucial to winning your case.

Contact Our Cincinnati-Based Lawyers

If you would like to schedule a free consultation with our truck accident attorneys, we invite you to call 513-838-4562 in Cincinnati, or 888-469-6437 in Kentucky or Dayton, Ohio. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We offer free parking, evening and weekend consultations, and home and hospital visits.