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Truck Accident Attorney CLEVELAND

It is common for people to be nervous or fearful when they are driving behind or beside a large truck on the roadway.

Larger trucks are not more prone to crashes, it is just that the crashes they are involved in tend to be more serious. Most large truck crashes are preventable and caused by the negligence of a driver or the truck company. If you or a loved one have been injured and need a Cleveland truck accident attorney, call us today, so Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers can get to work on securing the compensation you deserve.

What Are The Dangers?

Think about how many large commercial trucks you see on the roadway each day:

  • Eighteen-wheelers
  • Delivery trucks
  • Construction trucks

For the latest reporting year in Ohio, there were 173 commercial vehicles involved in fatal crashes and many more involved in injury crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 145,000 injuries involving large trucks during the latest reporting year. It is not uncommon to see the following injuries as a result of these crashes:

These vehicles are key to our economy, ensuring that all of our goods are where they need to be and that our infrastructure gets built. However, there are two things that are a cause for concern – possible driver errors and vehicle failure.

Driver Negligence

All truck drivers should obtain their commercial driver’s license and be trained to operate each vehicle they navigate. They should follow all state and federal laws regarding how many hours they can drive at a time, as well as capacity limits.

Under no circumstances should a driver be impaired by drugs or alcohol. They should also never drive while distracted by their phones or other devices.

Vehicle Issues

It is the responsibility of truck companies and owners to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles. An overwhelming number of crashes happen due to failures in one or more of the following systems:

  • Tires/wheels
  • Steering
  • Braking
  • Suspension
  • Lighting
  • Powertrain

Preventative maintenance and routine checks go a long way towards roadway safety.

Moving Forward From Here

Dealing with any crash is difficult and emotionally taxing. The last thing you should have to worry about is not getting compensated when another person was at fault. Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers is ready to step in and get you through this. If a truck driver or company is responsible for a crash and your injuries, we will hold them accountable. We will take on the insurance companies and other parties to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. This can include:

  • Your medical expenses related to the incident
  • Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
  • Pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Punitive damages against those responsible

When you need a Cleveland truck accident attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 888-710-0040.

A tire flew off a truck and caused me to crash, but the truck kept going. What can I do now?

One of the main causes of truck crashes is vehicle failure. When a truck is not properly inspected and maintained, the following systems can pose a danger to others on the roadway:

  • Tires and wheels
  • Suspension
  • Lighting
  • Brakes
  • Powertrain
  • Steering
  • Connections and hitch

If a tire flies off a truck and causes a crash, the truck company could be held liable for damages and injuries. In many cases, a truck driver does not realize a tire blew until they stop, so they could be unaware they caused a crash. Always report these incidents to police and secure help from a Cleveland truck accident lawyer immediately.

Are commercial truckers regulated more than regular drivers?

Yes, commercial truck drivers and truck companies have much more responsibility than regular passenger vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations apply to all commercial trucks that cross state lines (which is nearly every truck on the road). These rules limit how many hours drivers can stay on duty before rest breaks, and they have specific requirements for truck maintenance, record keeping, and training for drivers. All commercial truck drivers must obtain their commercial driver’s licenses.

What happens if I am in a crash with a self-driving truck?

Technology is changing, and  self-driving vehicles are part of the progression. What many people do not realize is that there have been self-driving commercial trucks on the road for years now, even here in Ohio. Although accidents with self-driving vehicles are uncommon, it is still a possibility.

The same basic rules of liability apply in these situations. Someone owns and operates the truck, and someone created the artificial intelligence being used to drive it. While there may not be a driver to hold accountable, your Cleveland truck accident lawyer is going to pursue the responsible parties for the damages you have suffered.

Will I have to deal with a truck company or their insurance?

It is vital that you let your Cleveland truck accident lawyer handle all negotiations for you. Truck companies have deep pockets and skilled insurance companies. They are going to do everything they can to avoid liability when a crash happens. Do not speak to the truck company or their insurance providers other than to say, “I have secured an attorney in this case.”

What kind of compensation can I expect to recover from a truck crash?

If you or someone you care about has been injured due to the negligent actions of a truck driver or company, please seek assistance from a Cleveland truck accident attorney today. These cases can become complex, and your lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident in order to secure the following:

  • Your medical expenses related to the incident
  • Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the driver or truck owner
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