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If you were injured in a trucking crash, you can seek compensation for your injuries and losses from those responsible. Find out how by working with a Detroit truck accident lawyer.

Being involved in any car accident is a scary experience. An accident with an 18-wheeler is especially terrifying. The average commercial truck weighs up to 80,000 pounds and is seventy to eighty feet in length. Due to their immense size, a truck colliding with an average-size vehicle can cause serious damage—and debilitating injuries for the occupants.

After a semi-truck accident, you may not know what to do. You may be facing significant costs, from car repairs to high medical bills. You might now be faced with physical challenges that can affect your life for weeks, months, or even years. The accident may have left you so emotionally scarred that it’s difficult to get behind the wheel to run even short errands.

Trucking companies have legal departments whose job is to protect the company after a wreck. When you’re in an extreme emotional state after your collision, the trucking company may try to take advantage of you by having you sign forms that absolve the trucking company of financial responsibility.

At David Christensen Law, we believe that if a truck driver or trucking company was to blame for your crash, you shouldn’t bear the financial burden of your recovery. A Detroit truck accident lawyer with our firm will fight to get you the full and fair compensation you’re owed.

DETERMINING FAULT IN COMMERCIAL TRUCKING WRECKS

Trucking companies are large operations that employ many people. This means that there could be one or more entities who bear fault for your accident. When you contact a Detroit truck accident lawyer, the first thing you will do is review the details of your case to determine fault.

For example, if the brakes of the truck went out, a parts manufacturer or servicing company could be liable. If a truck was improperly loaded, it is more likely to cause an accident, and the person who loaded the truck may bear responsibility. In the most obvious scenario, the truck driver may have engaged in dangerous behaviors preceding the wreck.

Various negligent driving behaviors include the following:

  • Drowsy Driving – Often, trucking companies will have compensation systems that reward drivers for traveling many miles in a short span of time. This means that driver fatigue is a common, serious problem. One study has found that 13 percent of large truck accidents were caused by a drowsy driver.
  • Speeding – An 18-wheeler needs 40 percent more time to stop than a passenger vehicle does. If a trucker is speeding and needs to react to a sudden road hazard, the semi-truck is now a serious hazard to all other vehicles sharing the road.
  • Jackknifing – “Jackknifing” occurs when the cab of a commercial truck travels in one direction while the trailer travels in the opposite direction. The truck then forms a V shape. This often occurs when a driver is speeding and needs to make a sudden stop, and it can cause a major hazard to all cars across the road—not just cars in the truck’s lane.
  • Drunk Driving – Any drunk driver poses a serious danger to all other motorists. This danger is compounded when the driver is behind the wheel of a forty-ton vehicle.
  • Distracted Driving – A distraction for a driver can take many forms, from cell phones to other passengers. A distracted driver is any driver whose mind is not fully on the road.

After a trucking accident, you have three years to file a claim according to Michigan’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims. It’s important to contact a Detroit truck accident lawyer as soon as possible so that the events of the accident are still fresh in your mind and the evidence is readily available.

THE TRUCKING COMPANY’S INSURANCE AND YOUR CLAIM

After an accident with an 18-wheeler or semi-truck, your life may be completely up-ended. You may have been seriously injured and be unable to work. You may have medical bills that seemingly have no end in sight. Your car may be ruined, or you may be too emotionally shaken to drive or even ride in a vehicle. It can be extremely difficult to know what to do.

The trucking company’s lawyers will often try to take advantage of this tumultuous time. Trucking companies have legal departments who have one goal: protect the company in the event of accidents.

These lawyers will often come to the scene of a crash to gather evidence that will protect the trucking company and minimize the settlement you will receive. When you’re in no condition to make legal decisions, you may be asked to sign a waiver that serves the interests of the trucking company—and could leave you ineligible to collect your due compensation.

Your Detroit truck accident lawyer will understand the trucking company’s and insurer’s tactics. Our firm knows how to stand up to the trucking company and fight for your rights, and we will work to get you every penny you’re owed.

COLLECTING COMPENSATION FOR SEMI-TRUCK CRASH INJURIES

The trucking company may offer you a lowball settlement after an accident. Such a settlement is designed to benefit the company—not your best interests. It may only cover your immediate and most readily apparent costs.

Your Detroit truck accident lawyer will understand that the negative effects of an accident can be financially devastating and far-reaching. We will work to get you a settlement that accounts for all the financial and emotional hardships you may be facing:

  • Car repairs or replacement
  • Current and future medical bills
  • Lost wages and income-earning ability
  • Physical and emotional therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Decreased quality of life

DETROIT TRUCK ACCIDENT FAQ

We know how devastating a commercial truck crash can be, and there’s little doubt that you’ll have a number of questions and concerns that need to be addressed. Your Detroit truck accident lawyer is here to help you at every step of the process. Toward that end, we’ve provided a few brief answers to some common questions below:

I was injured by dangerous cargo in a semi-truck crash; is the cargo owner responsible?

The answer depends on the circumstances of the crash, but it’s possible for the cargo owner to be at fault if the freight was hazardous and they failed to inform the carrier of the dangers. This could cause the carrier to not take precautions they otherwise would have.

Can I seek compensation if I was injured in an 18-wheeler accident caused by a tire blowout?

You’ll only have grounds for a case beyond the no-fault system if the tire blowout was caused by some type of negligence. For example, a truck might have been loaded beyond its weight capacity, causing too much pressure on the tire. It’s also possible that dangerous road conditions, such as potholes, caused the blowout, potentially making a government entity at fault.

The trucking company’s insurer wants a statement from me; should I talk to them?

No! Always remember that the insurer is looking out for their interests and not yours. Any statement you provide will only be used to their advantage—even if they have to use it out of context. Instead, refer them to us so that we can make sure they only receive the information they absolutely need.

CONTACT A DETROIT SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER

After a truck wreck, it can be incredibly difficult to know where to turn. Your entire world may have changed as the result of a trucker’s or trucking company’s negligence. If you find yourself fighting with the trucking company, which is primarily interested in its bottom line rather than your quality of life, you may feel like you’re totally alone.

However, there is hope. Contact a Detroit truck accident lawyer with David Christensen Law today at 248-440-7331 or use our online contact form below to schedule a free, no-pressure consultation.

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