Helping Victims Of Serious Truck Crashes Throughout Southern Ohio
Due to their enormous size and weight, any accident involving a truck usually results in significant, life-altering injuries. There are many reasons truck accidents occur, but most, if not all, can be attributed to negligence. Perhaps the trucking company failed to maintain the vehicle or properly train the driver. Or, the truck driver may have been texting or driving recklessly.
Regardless of what caused your truck accident, you and your family shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistake. We invite you to contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis. We will work tirelessly to hold the trucking company, the driver and anyone else involved responsible for the accident that caused your injuries. And we will fight to get you maximum compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Truck Accidents Often Occur Due To Trucking Company And Driver Negligence
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations impose duties on the truck company, including a duty to ensure its employees obey the regulations:
To operate a fleet of trucks on public roads, trucking companies must enter into a contract with the federal government.
The contract specifies that truck companies have a duty under the law to train, instruct and supervise employees.
There are rules about driving commercial trucks, including hours of service, inspection, hiring, supervising and training.
Federal regulations say that serious caution is required in conditions of snow, ice, rain and fog. In extreme weather conditions, commercial drivers are supposed to stop driving. On wet roads, drivers are supposed to reduce their speed by one-third.
When any of these rules are not followed, accidents happen. If a trucking company needlessly endangered you or a loved one and caused injuries, call The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis. We will protect your rights.
Causes Of Truck Accidents In Ohio
Truck driver negligence: All drivers must follow the rules of the road wherever they drive. This includes not exceeding the speed limit, making proper lane changes and yielding to oncoming traffic. Drunk driving, fatigue, distracted driving and speeding are negligent actions truck drivers take that endanger themselves and everyone else on the road.
Truck company negligence: When a truck company doesn’t properly train its drivers, permits them to operate vehicles beyond the number of hours permitted by law, fails to maintain the fleet or condones overpacking of the trucks to maximize profits, accidents are likely to occur.
It’s not unusual for a trucking company to play the blame game, pointing the finger at a driver when accidents happen. Rest assured, when you hire Mr. Lewis and his experienced legal team, you can be certain we will get to the bottom of what caused your accident, and we will seek to hold the appropriate parties responsible for their negligence.
The Importance Of Swift Action After A Truck Accident
Under Ohio law, you have two years from the date of a vehicle accident to file a claim. However, securing legal representation as soon as possible after an accident can make a tremendous difference in the success of your claim — and the amount of any verdict or settlement you may be entitled to.
Immediately after a crash, many survivors are still securing medical treatment and trying to process what happened. Meanwhile, trucking company representatives — including insurance adjusters, investigators and accident reconstructionists, are already at work trying to avoid legal responsibility and minimize your payout. The right attorney can help you level the playing. The sooner you retain a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer, the sooner they can begin fighting for you and holding the responsible parties accountable.
Contact A Successful Truck Accident Lawyer Today For Free
Some personal injury lawyers are quick to settle truck accident cases for clients. At The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, we conduct a thorough investigation before determining how much we believe your case is worth. Then, we skillfully negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. In fact, for over 30 years, we have successfully negotiated millions of dollars in settlement offers for victims of motor vehicle accidents.
When necessary, Mr. Lewis won’t hesitate to take your case to court if he believes you deserve a more substantial verdict. Additionally, if someone you love has paid the ultimate price for someone else’s negligence, we will work hard to make sure your family is compensated in a wrongful death lawsuit.
The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis accepts personal injury cases, such as car and truck accident cases, on contingency. There are no upfront out-of-pocket legal fees, and if we don’t collect damages for you, you don’t pay us anything. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.