Crashes involving large commercial trucks often leave innocent victims catastrophically injured. Wrongful deaths are frequent. Our Columbus truck accident attorneys stand ready to help injured victims and grieving families all across Ohio. Call our Columbus truck accident lawyer now.
Simple physics explains much of how truck accidents differ from car crashes. A loaded 18-wheeler can weigh more than 80,000 pounds. Get a vehicle that size moving at 35 mph on a surface street—or 65 mph on the interstate—and the force with which it hits a smaller vehicle or pedestrian is immense. As Columbus truck accident attorney, we have a unique set of qualifications for Ohio trucking accident cases.
Truck accident victims who survive can require months or years of intense medical treatment and physical and occupational therapy to recover from or learn to live with broken bones, internal injuries, disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries. While the laws of Ohio give people who get injured by truck drivers and the families of people killed in truck accidents the right to file insure claims or pursue lawsuits, actually receiving compensation can be difficult.
The first challenge involves showing that the primary cause of the accident was an error by the truck driver or an oversight by the trucking company. Perhaps the truck driver was speeding or falling asleep at the wheel. The driver might have become distracted by a GPS device or cell phone and failed to stop at a red light or slow down while approaching a traffic jam. Maybe the company that employs the truck driver failed to inspect and replace worn brakes or allowed the driver to work past the maximum number of hours allowed.
Evidence for any of these accident causes can come from police reports, eyewitness accounts, service logs that every federally licensed truck driver is required to keep, and an onboard computer called a truck’s black box. An experienced Columbus truck accident lawyer will know how to access and interpret all this information.
A truck accident victim must also present proof that the crash caused serious injuries that required medical care. Insurance company claims adjusters will dispute the cause and severity of injuries, especially if they can find a reason to argue that the crash victim suffered from a preexisting condition. Countering such arguments requires gathering and organization numerous medical records, therapists’ notes, and prescription orders.
Often, expert testimony from doctors and other specialists will help a truck accident victim. An attorney who has handled many personal injury and wrongful death cases will have access to a network of such experts. Contact the Law Office of Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A., your dedicated Columbus truck accident attorney, today for a free case evaluation.
Still another complication arises from the fact that commercial truck drivers and the vehicles themselves are covered by a number of insurance policies every time they take the road. Determining which policies apply given the facts of a particular case is rarely easy, and seeking compensation from the wrong insurer will, at best, delay the resolution of the case. At worst, pursuing a truck accident claim against an insurance company that has no liability can take a case beyond the statute of limitations. Once the deadline for filing a claim passes, a victim will have no legal options for seeking compensation from the at-fault parties.
With offices in Columbus and Worthington, truck accident lawyers with Brian G. Miller Co. L.P.A. stand ready to help injured victims and grieving families all across Ohio. We offer free consultations to potential clients, and we can travel to you if your health makes visiting us impractical. Call us at (614) 221-4035 to set up an appointment or connecting with us online.