Advocating for You: Personal Injury & Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck accidents (involving large 18-wheelers, semis, big rigs, etc.) are much different than ordinary collisions that involve regular-sized cars or passenger vehicles. These cases tend to be more complex, as they hinge upon both state and federal laws. In addition, special legislation, rules, and policies from the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) play a huge role in truck accident claims. There are simply a myriad of regulations from multiple parties that must be considered. These parties include federal agencies as well as the trucking company with which the driver is affiliated.
Because these cases are so layered and complex, you want to make sure that you obtain your legal advice from a team with experience and proven results. The Ward Law Group has this in spades, with over 20 years of high-profile cases from every imaginable variation of personal injury claim. Whenever you make an insurance claim due to personal injury or psychological suffering, you can almost guarantee that someone out there is going to try to minimize it. Our team will ensure that you receive the full compensation that you deserve for your pain and suffering.
Don’t speak English? What about Spanish? The Ward Law Group is incredibly passionate about providing legal counsel to members of the Spanish-speaking community. Don’t let language become an obstacle to seeking the legal advice that you so desperately need. If you have recently been involved in a motor vehicle accident of any kind, please contact our team!
Common Types of Truck Accident Claims that We Settle
Big rigs are typically powered by very large engines that are responsible for hauling thousands of pounds of freight in an attached trailer. In fact, large commercial trucks such as these may weigh up to 40 tons! Naturally, this means that many truck accidents involve ludicrous amounts of property damage. On top of that, because of their large size, truck accidents often result in severe injuries. At higher speeds, this only becomes worse.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 500,000 truck accidents occur in the U.S. annually. This translates to roughly 5000 truck-related fatalities a year, or 12% of all lethal automotive-related deaths.
Here are a few common subtypes of truck accident claims that we settle:
- Impaired Driving: There are regulations set in place to prevent truck drivers from being out on the road for long periods of time. Even so, many truck drivers with rigs that carry freight for third-party companies often have to wake up at 4 AM or earlier to complete their delivery cycle. Driver fatigue (as you can imagine) is very common.
- Negligent Supervision: Big rigs behave very differently from normal cars. You need special training to drive these large vehicles over long distances. Unfortunately, some companies do not properly train their truck drivers, which may lead to negligence regarding safety procedures and vital truck maintenance.
- Distracted Driving: Quite frankly, this is more common among truck drivers than it is with regular motor vehicle operators. This is a natural byproduct of the fact that truck drivers often spend several days of the week driving across the state for 8 hours at a time. There are monotonous stretches of highway where handheld entertainment is particularly enticing.
Of course, these are simply the most common subtypes. Many other variants exist. (And yes! our team covers those too!)
Types of Truck Accident Injuries & Compensation
Because these freight carriers are so big, resultant injuries tend to be very serious, especially when smaller cars are involved. Although it is technically possible to walk away unscathed, it is much more likely that victims of these accidents will be hospitalized. In fact, the National Institute of Traffic and Highway Safety reports that 3 out of every 4 truck accident victims suffer a personal injury, or even, death. Common injuries include:
- Neck & Spinal Cord Injuries
- Cranial & Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Internal Organ Damage
- Bruises & Lacerations
- Seat Belt Injuries (Whiplash)
- Broken Bones
- …and more.
Unfortunately, when you’re the victim of a truck accident, you’re probably going to get hurt—and often badly. More likely than not, this translates to a variety of compensation possibilities that you can pursue with your lawyer. These forms of compensation include:
- Medical Charges: Any visit to the hospital is expensive, and if you’re the victim of a truck accident, that is probably where you’ll end up. This also includes other expenses such as conservative treatments, surgeries, or therapies.
- Potential Earnings Loss: This coin has two sides. For one, this category accounts for earnings lost during the injury recovery period. Secondly, if your doctor deems your injury to be permanent, you may receive compensation if it disrupts your ability to work.
- Mental Distress: This category becomes complex really quickly because it delves into PTSD, which can be harder to prove in court. Additionally, other emotional/psychological stressors brought on by the accident will be taken into consideration.
- Property Damage: Considers any materials on your person as well as your vehicle itself. You may be compensated for items such as laptops, smartphones, jewelry, laptops, clothes, and more.
Our Experience With Truck Accidents
Because truck accidents are so complex, you want to make sure that you have a consistent, experienced legal team behind you when you make your claim. The Ward Law Group has that in spades, with over 20 years of experience with what truly matters—results. For example, The Ward Law Group recently settled a truck accident claim where the winnings for the victim amounted to over $900,000 in damages. With such high-profile wins under their belt, it’s clear that the Ward Law Group ranks among the very best personal injury attorneys in the country.
Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After a Truck Accident
If you, members of your party, or a truck driver are involved in an accident, call 911 immediately—even if no one is injured. The emergency responders will remove the damaged vehicles from the road and to a safe place as soon as possible. Seek immediate medical attention if necessary, or at the very least, receive an evaluation later.
These days, just about everyone has a high-quality camera in their front pocket. It is important to document every applicable detail of the accident space. This will greatly increase your chance of receiving the compensation you deserve at a later date. If possible, you should also obtain the contact information of anyone nearby who served as a witness to the crash.
It is also not a bad idea to ask for a copy of the truck driver’s license, a copy of the police report, and any insurance information from the other party. The last one is especially important if you are injured. You will want to give the police every last possible detail you remember about the nature of the accident. Spare no detail, however trivial. This will ensure that the police report will be accurate for later when you really need it.
How The Ward Law Group Can Help
If you have recently been injured in a truck accident, then seek legal counsel with The Ward Law Group immediately. The sooner you establish contact with us, the better your chances of achieving the compensation that you deserve. Remember, for truck accidents, you really want to enlist the best. Our team has an endless resume of high-profile, complex claims and victories. In fact, it is a resume extends over 20 years long. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Don’t speak English? Fortunately, The Ward Law Group employs lawyers who are fluent in both Spanish and English. Whether you are a native English speaker or speak Spanish, you can result assured that your case will be in extremely capable hands.