Columbus Truck Accident Attorney
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Were you recently involved in a truck accident in Ohio? Few accidents can
cause the emotional trauma, physical injuries and property damage that
result after a truck accident. Truck accidents are also quite common.
According to statistics, 12% of all
traffic fatalities involve a commercial truck.
If you believe that the truck driver or trucking company might have been
responsible for your accident, you should not hesitate to obtain legal
representation and fight for the compensation you need to move forward.
The most important thing you can do is to act quickly-in Ohio, you only
have up until two years after an accident to file a personal injury claim.
Why Choose Our Truck Accident Lawyers?
- 75+ years’ combined experience
- Over $300 million recovered
- You don’t pay unless we win!
Our truck accident lawyers are also AV Rated®, named
Best Lawyers in America®, and members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®.
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Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck drivers are under a lot of pressure to deliver their loads in a timely
manner, and as a result, it is not uncommon for accidents to happen. These
accidents may occur as a result of simple driver negligence, or there
may other parties to blame. There is a wide range of potential
causes of truck accidents, all of which should be considered as you file a personal injury claim.
Truck accidents are often caused by the following:
Filing a Claim in a Truck Accident
Truck accidents might occur in many the same ways as a
car accident but how they must be handled afterward is altogether different. In a car
accident, you can typically find fault in just one person: the negligent
driver. On some rare occasions, it is revealed that a part manufacturer
is to blame and that their
defective product caused the other driver to lose control of the vehicle. In a truck accident,
there may be a number of people or parties who could be liable for your
injury and damages.
With our help, we can investigate your claim and determine who should have
a lawsuit filed against them:
Driver: Commonplace negligence, such as falling asleep behind the wheel, speeding,
or swerving in and out of adjacent lanes, could be the cause of your accident,
and the driver would be to blame.
Parent company: In some situations, the controlling company of the truck might be liable.
For example, they could schedule a trucker for too many shifts in a week,
or for too many hours in a day, causing their exhaustion.
Maintenance crew: Federal regulations require that a commercial truck receive regular maintenance
after a certain number of days passed or miles driven. If the maintenance
staff does not make certain a truck is fit for the road, they put motorists
Manufacturer: Just as in car accident cases, a truck accident can be directly linked
to a problem part that should have been recalled, or failed catastrophically
The important thing to realize is that you are limited to only attempting
to recover necessary damages through one lawsuit against one party. In
a successful truck accident case, you may actually be able to sue one
or more parties for the single incident. The benefit is that if you only
receive half of what is required from one group, you still have a chance
to receive the rest from the others.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
An accident involving a semi-truck can be a hectic experience and it is
important to have a plan of action ready in the event a wreck occurs.
The time following an accident can be the most important in terms of helping
potential legal and insurance claims, however, it is never too late to
begin supporting your case. Your first priority should always be your
health and the health of those involved in the accident. Once you have
called medical services for anyone who has experienced injuries and moved
to a safe location, following these steps can help to maximize the success
of potential claims and minimize your legal risk.
Call the police: Even if an accident seems relatively minor, it is vital to contact law
enforcement and stay at the scene until they arrive. Police will file
a report that can help to verify the details of an accident for insurance
purposes as well as if a claim goes to court. Be sure to document the
names of police officers as well as the accident report number.
Exchange information: Record the contact and insurance information from the truck driver as well
as anyone else involved in the accident. Be sure to take down names, license
plate numbers, and the information for the trucking company.
Collect evidence: Every piece of data you collect has the potential to help your case. As
such, you should seek to gather as much evidence as possible. Take pictures
of property damage to the vehicles, injuries that occurred, and of the
area surrounding the accent.
Inform your insurance: You will also need to contact your insurance company as soon as possible
and tell them about the accident. While you should always answer questions
honestly, you do not have to accept any offers or settlements without
first consulting with an attorney from our firm. We have years of experience
dealing with insurance companies to ensure our clients receive every penny
When speaking to other drivers, the police, or insurance companies, it
is important to limit what you say about the accident. A phrase as seemingly
innocent as saying that you are sorry can be argued in court as evidence
of guilt. By saying as little as possible, you reduce the chances of self-incrimination.
How Our Team at Rourke and Blumenthal Can Help You
Columbus personal injury lawyers at Rourke and Blumenthal are prepared to examine the details surrounding
your case and determine what amount of compensation you could be entitled
to. After we have identified the liable parties, we will do everything
possible to help you obtain the medical care, continued treatment, loss
of earnings and other damages you deserve.
Our team has a combined 75+ years of legal experience that we can put to work for you.
We work on a no recovery, no fee basis, and we can provide you a
free consultation . Get a firm behind you that has successfully recovered more than $300
million on behalf of personal injury victims.
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