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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.

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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 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 in danger.
  4. 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 without warning.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 a Columbus truck accident attorney from our firm. We have years of experience dealing with insurance companies to ensure our clients receive every penny they deserve.

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

The Columbus truck accident 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 with a free consultation. Get a firm behind you that has successfully recovered more than $300 million on behalf of injury victims. Call our office now!

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