Tractor trailers, large trucks, and 18-wheelers are not a strange sight in Toledo- with tens of thousands of commercial trucks and vehicles passing through each year. Unfortunately, that only increases the chances of being involved in trucking accidents. Truck crashes often end in disaster- leaving victims seriously injured- or worse. Anyone who finds themselves or one of their family members involved in a truck accident should speak to a specialist legal professional as soon as possible. Shuerger Shunnarah Trial Attorneys are Toledo victims' first port of call for personal injury, car accidents, and truck accidents- going to war for clients to recover fair compensation and win them and their loved ones the justice they deserve.
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Truck Accidents in the USA and Ohio
There were 415,000 automobile accident reports involving trucks in the US in 2020. Around 4500 of those resulted in a fatality.
The average number of accidents in Ohio involving trucks has increased in the last few years.
More than 120 truck accidents happen (on average) in Ohio annually.
A Few Things to Know
Federal regulations only require a trucking company to maintain drivers' logs for six months- even if they are involved in- or responsible for- a trucking accident. If no immediate action is taken (such as obtaining a court order) before then, they are legally entitled to destroy the log- thus deleting a crucial piece of evidence.
It is also worth knowing that trucking companies usually have top-end insurance and legal teams- who begin putting together their case and defense immediately. Going up against an insurance company is tough at the best of times- but if they have a significant head-start, it only makes the hill to climb that bit steeper.
In some cases, they may reach out and try to secure a legally binding statement from victims prohibiting them from pursuing a legal claim. Having a truck accident lawyer from the beginning can help avoid these situations.
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How Do Truck Accident Claims Work?
A truck accident lawsuit works similarly to a car accident case. It also involves a personal injury claim, pain and suffering, and a potential criminal case depending on the situation (this is handled separately).
Evidence is crucial in a truck accident claim- as the trucking industry tends to have strong legal defense teams that work hard on behalf of the insurance company to avoid pay-outs. The police report, information provided by any medical professional involved in the care, witness statements, camera footage, and vehicle logs all contribute to a case.
First, fault must be established. A trucking company is liable if its driver is found to have breached their duty of care to other drivers and road users in some way. Whether it was driver errors, faulty vehicle parts, reckless driving, or illegal actions that caused the collisions, an experienced attorney can pinpoint the blame and ensure they are held accountable.
Negotiate a Settlement
From there, truck accident lawyers look for where they can recover compensation for their clients. This includes medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering. If the crash was fatal, they can also pursue wrongful death compensation and coverage for funeral costs.
A settlement offer is then negotiated with the insurance company. This can be a trying process- but professional truck accident attorneys know how to handle the process to achieve full and fair compensation for victims.
They were polite and really cared throughout the entire process and made me feel like my case was important. I would highly recommend them to anyone that didn’t get a fair offer from the insurance company like me!
- Brian D.
What Injuries are Caused by Truck Accidents?
Sadly, it is common for trucking accidents to cause catastrophic injuries and even death. Because of the size and weight of commercial vehicles, collisions are harder to contain, and the impact can be worse than other motor crashes.
Some of the types of injuries sustained in Ohio truck accidents are:
Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
Loss of limbs
Head and neck injuries
Internal organ damage
Even more minor injuries such as whiplash, cuts, and bruises can leave victims in a lot of pain- and the responsible parties must be held liable regardless of the level of personal injuries sustained.
When to Hire Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck accident victims should contact a trusted Toledo truck accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure the correct legal steps are taken. Although Ohio's statute of limitations on truck accident claims in Toledo is two years, a truck driver could have their log destroyed after six months- making it harder to collect evidence and secure compensation.
Regardless of how severe the victim's truck accident injuries are, they should make hiring an attorney a priority- or their family should do it for them if they are incapable due to severe injury or death.
Why Choose Shuerger Shunnarah Toledo Truck Accident Attorneys?
At Shuerger Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, every legal mind on the team is highly trained and exceptionally dedicated- going to war for clients to win them the compensation they deserve. Years of training a first-hand experience handling truck accident cases qualify this team as the top choice for Toledo victims who want an aggressive and detail-oriented legal team that leaves no stone unturned.
Hold At-Fault Truck Drivers Accountable, and Seek Justice for Victims
A truck collision can be a devastating accident. Injury victims and their families can quickly get lost in medical expenses and the emotional trauma following an accident- but Toledo truck accident attorneys are here to take legal action and seek maximum compensation for clients.
Anyone who has a truck accident case in Toledo should contact the team at Shuerger Shunnarah Trial Attorneys today to arrange a free consultation and begin the road to recovery by reclaiming the power taken from them after an accident. Financial compensation and justice for victims are essential- and these Toledo truck crash attorneys will go to war for you to get them.