Due to their size and weight, trucks can cause catastrophic accidents. This high potential for destruction and injury is one reason why the trucking industry is heavily regulated. When truck drivers, trucking companies, and related entities do not ensure the proper maintenance and operation of these vehicles, accident victims can hold them responsible for their damages.
If you were involved in a truck accident in Cincinnati, you may be able to recover a payout from the responsible party for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. A truck accident lawyer from our team at the Fitch Law Firm LLC may be able to help you pursue this compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. All callers receive a free consultation with a member of our team.
Reasons to Hire Our Team After a Truck Accident
Dealing with devastating injuries, the loss of a loved one, reduced household income, and similar factors can interfere with your ability to build a strong claim or lawsuit. Our team is here to take the legal weight off your shoulders and handle tasks like:
- Investigating the collision to determine the cause and responsible party
- Requesting the accident report from law enforcement
- Sending a spoliation letter to the trucking company
- Compiling evidence into a solid case against the liable party or parties
- Identifying and estimating the value of your damages
- Offering advice to help you make decisions in your case
- Filing documentation with the insurance company and court
- Negotiating with insurers and legal teams for a fair settlement
- Representing you in and out of the courtroom
When our firm represents you, we will be by your side every step of the way.
Our Law Firm Can Navigate the Nuances of a Truck Accident Case
Seeking compensation after a traffic collision can be difficult, but cases involving commercial truck drivers and their employers are often even more challenging. There are a few key differences between truck accidents and passenger car accidents that you should note when seeking compensation:
- Even if the truck driver’s negligence caused your accident, your claim or lawsuit may go against their employer due to the principle of vicarious liability.
- Special rules established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for commercial vehicles may be relevant to your case.
Multiple parties could be partially liable for your injuries, and critical evidence is likely in the hands of the trucking company. Moreover, you may need to rely on both federal and state regulations to prove your case. Our team regularly faces these circumstances, and we are not afraid to hold a negligent trucking company and its employees accountable.
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Liability for Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can happen for various reasons, including:
- Poor maintenance
- Defective parts
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Disregard of safety protocols
- Improper loading
- Road damage
- Poor lighting
- Lack of proper road signage
- Improper training
- Poor hiring practices
Every one of these factors can cause or contribute to an accident. Depending on how your truck accident occurred and which factors came into play, many different parties may shoulder some of the blame for your injuries. These parties may include:
- The truck driver or owner
- The trucking company
- A maintenance, service, or safety inspection team
- A loading or shipping team
- The manufacturer of the truck or certain truck parts
- A government body if road damage or poor signage contributed to the accident
Depending on whose negligence caused your accident and under what circumstances, our firm may be able to hold any of these parties liable for your injuries in Cincinnati.
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Proving Truck Accident Negligence
When we build your truck accident case, we will need to prove each of the following elements to show your right to compensation:
- The truck driver or another party owed you a duty of care, whether it was to drive safely, keep up with vehicle maintenance, or follow other safety protocols.
- The liable party breached their duty of care through some action or inaction, such as speeding or neglecting truck maintenance.
- The breach of the duty of care caused the accident.
- The accident caused you to suffer damages of some sort—whether physical, financial, mental, or a combination of these.
Damages You Could Recover From the Liable Party
Truck accident victims can face mounting medical bills, lost income, substantial property damage, and serious injuries. If our team can establish the elements outlined above, you may be able to recover compensation from the responsible party in settlement negotiations or a personal lawsuit. Your financial recovery could include:
- Medical bills and treatments
- Estimated future costs of medical care
- Lost income or inability to work
- Vehicle or property damage
- Pain and suffering
Our team at the Fitch Law Firm LLC will ensure no recoverable damages are left out of your case when we seek compensation.
Time Restrictions on Filing Truck Accident Lawsuits in Ohio
It’s important to understand the statute of limitations for taking legal action after a truck accident. Per Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10, victims generally have a two-year window for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Cincinnati or elsewhere in the state.
However, specific circumstances could alter this timeline. Failing to take legal action by the deadline that pertains to your case could mean your lawsuit gets dismissed without being heard. With enough advance notice, our team will help you file on time.
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Types of Truck Accident Cases Our Team Handles
Common types of truck accidents that we help our clients build cases for include:
- Rollover accidents: A truck can roll over if it strikes an object, tips over on the curb, or approaches a turn, an incline, or a decline too fast.
- Jackknifing: This occurs when the axle of the tractor (the front or cab part of the truck) locks, causing the tractor to skid and swing toward the trailer (the rear part of the truck used for carrying cargo). When this happens, the driver may lose control of the vehicle.
- Rear-end and underride accidents: A rear-end accident occurs when one vehicle strikes another from behind. Meanwhile, an underride accident happens when a smaller vehicle hits a truck and becomes lodged under it.
- Brake failures: Trucks are heavy, and if a truck is traveling at high speed, worn or damaged brakes may not stop the truck in time to avoid an accident.
- Blindspot and no-zone accidents: Due to their size, trucks have larger blind spots than other vehicles. A “no-zone” is anywhere a truck driver cannot see you on the road. In general, if you are behind a truck and cannot see its rearview mirrors, you are in a no-zone.
- Wide-angle turn accidents: These occur when a truck takes a turn at a wide angle and hits another vehicle in the process.
These accidents can happen with trucks of every kind, from tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers to delivery trucks and other large construction vehicles. If a truck driver’s negligence caused your injuries, they may be liable for your damages.
Let Us Represent You in a Cincinnati Truck Accident Case
A lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC may be able to manage your truck accident case while you focus on recovering.
You can reach our team for a complimentary case assessment at (513) 407-4521. Call us for a free consultation today to discuss your right to seek recovery for the damages and losses you suffered in a truck accident.