Unfortunately, without the right legal team behind you, it may be very difficult to secure the justice and fair compensation you are due. For this reason, we encourage you to contact the Cincinnati truck accident lawyers at The Moore Law Firm as soon as possible. Not only do we offer years of experience handling truck accident claims, but we also work on a contingency fee basis—which means we don’t charge legal fees or case expenses unless we win your injury case.
If you have been involved in a truck accident anywhere in Southern Ohio or Northern Kentucky, our attorneys can help you file a personal injury claim against the truck driver and the trucking company. Provided that it can be proven that the trucker is at fault, you are most likely entitled to receive financial compensation for everything from your medical expenses and lost income to the pain and suffering that you have experienced. With more than four decades of legal experience under our belts, we make it a priority to help clients recover the monetary rewards that they deserve when they have suffered injuries due to a truck accident.
Find the answers to common questions and learn more about these types of cases below:
What classifies as a truck accident?
A trucking accident is any type of motor vehicle accident that occurs between a commercial truck such as a semi tractor-trailer and one or more passenger vehicles.
What makes trucking accidents and motor vehicle accidents different?
Truck drivers are required to follow much stricter federal safety rules and regulations. Given the difference in size and weight between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, truck accident injuries tend to be more severe. As most drivers of commercial trucks are engaged in job-related activities when accidents occur, the trucking company or truck owner is likely to be financially responsible for any injuries that result from accidents.
If injuries occur in trucking accidents, who is responsible?
Many different parties can be responsible for injuries sustained in trucking accidents. For instance, a truck driver may be liable for your injuries if he was exceeding the speed limit or violated some other traffic law when the accident occurred. A trucking company or truck owner also may be responsible for the acts of its employee driver. Finally, a trucking company may be liable for your injuries if it failed to properly maintain the truck or failed to make the driver comply with important safety regulations.
What kinds of laws do truck drivers and trucking companies have to follow?
Aside from regular traffic safety laws established by each state, truck drivers and trucking companies must also comply with many federal safety rules and regulations. Truck drivers must maintain logbooks to record the hours they spend behind the wheel, comply with driving time restrictions, perform routine vehicle inspections and comply with load weight limits. Furthermore, trucking companies must maintain their vehicles on a regular schedule in order to ensure the safety of their drivers, as well as other people on the roadway. Both federal and Ohio trucking regulations may apply in your case.
What kind of evidence is used in claims related to trucking accidents?
Trucking accidents that cause personal injuries necessitate extensive accident investigation to discover evidence. Some examples of this evidence include accident reconstruction reports, medical records, records from the National Transportation Safety Board and statements by accident witnesses. Often, evidence in trucking accidents is dependent upon the findings of expert witnesses, including doctors, accident reconstruction specialists and trucking industry experts.
Is there a certain timeframe in which I can file a trucking claim?
Yes. All states have specific deadlines, or statutes of limitation, that apply to different kinds of lawsuits. If you do not file your lawsuit before this deadline, you lose your right to recover any compensation for your injuries. In the state of Ohio, the statute of limitations for a personal injury case is two years from the date of the accident. In Kentucky, the statute of limitations is also two years from the date of the accident, for a motor vehicle accident, but only one year for other types of personal injury cases. Time is of the essence. The sooner you contact an experienced Cincinnati truck accident lawyer at our firm, the more likely we will be able to capture all the evidence.
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How do I choose a lawyer for my trucking accident claim?
First, you should choose a lawyer who is experienced in claims related to personal injuries and trucking accidents in particular. It is important you talk to your lawyer about his background and experience relating to your type of case. Do not be afraid to ask the hard questions. Often, the lawyer's website reveals much about his practice and whether or not the practice focuses on the type of injuries that concern you. Review of the lawyer's ratings by independent rating companies, such as Martindale Hubbell® and Super Lawyers®, will tell you something about his reputation among his peers. Ask yourself whether you are confident about your lawyer's ability. A lawyers' ability to inspire confidence in others often relates directly to their ability to be persuasive with other lawyers, judges, and juries. The attorney you choose can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Follow this link to learn more about us and to find out why you should hire The Moore Law Firm.
After a truck accident, most people will not automatically think about a lawsuit. If victims sustain mild to moderate injuries, they will likely be concerned with medical bills, damage to their vehicles and getting back to work as soon as possible. For catastrophic personal injuries, the major concern will be the person’s access to ongoing medical care and treatment, as well as lost wages and support for dependents. In the event of a fatal truck accident, the grieving family members must deal with financial insecurity and emotional anguish.
If you or your family is facing such obstacles, know that unrepresented victims are at a tremendous disadvantage when up against the trucking industry and their insurance companies. Our Cincinnati truck accident attorneys at The Moore Law Firm solely represent the interests of victims, as they understand the emotional and financial devastation that follows in the wake of an accident with a commercial truck.
Negotiating with a Truck or Car Insurance Company
Insurance companies, whether it is your own policy or the trucking carrier’s policy, work to keep their money and give victims as little as possible. An insurance claims adjuster’s job is to save the company money by refusing to pay a claim or paying the least amount possible. Insurance companies have teams of lawyers and investigators who will attempt to minimize their own liabilities. They will attempt to place the blame on you, whether completely or in part.
Companies know that they can delay the claim, minimize the payment and manipulate conversations to get you to make admissions that will reduce or extinguish your cause of action. Do not make the mistake of trying to negotiate with a trucking industry insurance company alone. You need an experienced legal professional on your side. Your truck accident lawyer is the only person with the background and knowledge to look out for your interests without compromise.
Injured victims simply cannot adequately pursue litigation against powerful corporate defendants on their own. Having competent counsel from the very beginning is essential to level the playing field. As a former insurance adjuster, Cincinnati truck accident attorney Donald C. Moore, Jr. has specific insight into the strategies and tactics that the responsible parties may use against you in the aftermath of an accident. He has gathered and secured evidence to help victims for many years. Using the necessary financial resources, renowned expert witnesses and the latest technological advances, our attorneys can provide you with everything necessary for a successful lawsuit if negotiations fail.
The Statute of Limitations Limits the Time to File Suit
The Statute of Limitations on personal injury lawsuits stemming from truck accidents is only 2 years from the date of injury. If you miss this window, you lose your ability to pursue legal recourse and any attempt to obtain compensation. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a commercial truck accident, our lawyers are ready to provide guidance and a free consultation.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one as a result of another person's negligence, you deserve to be fully compensated for your losses. Whether you were hurt in a truck accident or motor vehicle accident, the simple fact is that you should not be forced to pay the price for another person's careless or reckless actions.
The legal system gives you the right to seek justice for these wrongs — take advantage of your rights. The most effective step you can take to secure your right to fair compensation for your losses is to hire an experienced semi truck crash lawyer to advocate on your behalf and represent your case to the insurance company.
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