WHO WAS AT FAULT FOR YOUR SEMI-CRASH?
Commercial vehicles such as tractor-trailers and delivery trucks travel the roads in greater Columbus every day. When they are involved in a serious accident, the results can be devastating. A truck accident can change your life in an instant. Victims are often left with very serious injuries. These injuries can prevent them from working, as the medical bills continue to pile up.
WHAT DO I DO IF I’VE BEEN IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT?
Michael D. Christensen Law Offices has been helping the victims of truck accidents for many years. Cases involving 18-wheelers and other big rigs can be complex. But Mike knows how to deal with insurance companies and trucking companies. He’s investigated many types of truck accidents and knows how to prove negligence on the part of a driver or company.
In 2014, more than 22,000 medium and heavy trucks were involved in crashes in Ohio. If you’ve been injured after being in a collision with a truck, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us to learn more.
Is a truck accident different from a car accident?
Yes, in many ways. Trucks are larger and heavier than cars and can cause more serious injuries and greater damage. A big rig truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Traveling down a highway at 65 miles per hour, it can cause a lot of destruction if it crashes into a car. Even a collision with a smaller delivery truck can leave you seriously hurt.
Truck accidents are also different because of the parties involved. A car accident typically involves drivers and their insurance companies. But a truck accident adds a third party-the trucking company. While the trucking company may be responsible, there may be multiple parties at fault. Another company may be responsible for the contents. And other companies may be involved in the loading or unloading of the truck. And each of those companies has their own insurance companies and lawyers.
This creates a complex situation that can be difficult to sort out. Each party is acting in its own best interests. They don’t care about you. If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you need somebody to fight for your best interests.
Should I act now or wait?
As with any injury case involving negligence, it’s critical to seek legal advice sooner than later. The statute of limitations in Ohio applies in all negligence cases. What this means is you only have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim. If you wait too long, you give up your right to file a lawsuit.
With truck accidents, there is another factor that comes into play. The trucking companies and their insurance carriers often send people to the scene of the accident within hours. They investigate and look for any evidence that might show the truck driver or trucking company was not at fault. They might even hide or destroy evidence while you or a loved one is being treated in a hospital.
If you contact our law firm right after the accident, we can begin an immediate investigation. We can send experts to the scene who will investigate on your behalf. That way, we can gather evidence, including any witness statements, and build a compelling case. See how we investigate truck accidents for more information.
Our job is to get victims the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. We hold negligent trucking companies accountable. We also let clients know their case is bigger than the settlement they receive. They are helping send a message that careless or reckless behavior by trucking companies will not be tolerated in Ohio.
How can a lawyer help me after a truck accident in Portage County?
Our attorneys have extensive experience in dealing with truck accidents. We’ve helped victims of these accidents throughout greater Columbus. We will be aggressive in protecting your rights and fight to get fair compensation for the losses you’ve suffered. We have a depth of knowledge about state laws and federal regulations for trucking companies and their drivers. If a trucker or his or her employer violated Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, we will find out and use that to support your injury or wrongful death claim.
We’ll conduct a complete and thorough investigation of the crash. Truck accidents are often due to negligence, and we know how to prove it. We’ll push back against any attempts by insurance or trucking companies to put any blame for the crash on you.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, it’s important to get legal advice right away before you talk to the insurance companies or their lawyers. Contact us to learn how we can fight for you.