Truck accident claims can be some of the most complex in all personal injury laws – and can provoke extremely aggressive defense tactics from opposition insurance companies. Walking on this road on your own can be, to say the least, a challenge. No individual can correspond to an insurance company or truck carrier in terms of financial, legal or sophistication in the claims process. We also want you to understand how easy it is to make mistakes on your own. The insurance company will want to interview you, make recorded statements and examine all the evidence. They are likely to spread through your social media and online activities, and may even secretly interview your neighbors, family and friends. They will work hard to discredit you, distort your own words against you and make you speak or act against your own interests. When you hire a personal injury lawyer, you put the experience on your side. Suddenly, you will have a lawyer at your disposal – someone who understands the process and has been through it many times. The right law firm can provide you with tremendous peace of mind. Zehl & Associate’s experienced truck accident attorneys can handle all aspects of your claim, working tirelessly to put you in the best possible position and keep you there.
Common causes of truck accidents
Trailers and large commercial trucks are not like other vehicles. They are built differently, with more complex machines and are also operated differently. Truck drivers must have a special license and follow a strict set of rules and regulations under state and federal laws. If trucks are incorrectly manufactured, operated or maintained, the consequences can be dangerous – and sometimes deadly.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
Truck driver fatigue / drowsy driving
Inadequate maintenance of the truck fleet
Service time violations (see below)
Distracted driving (for example, texting, using CB radio, eating, reading, adjusting controls, etc.)
Failure to assign right of way
Pass red lights and stop signs.
Failed to look before turning or changing lanes
High speed or aggressive driving
Defective truck / improper driving technique / malfunction
Failure to adapt to climate and / or road conditions
Zehl & associate’s truck accident attorneys can help with these or any other causes of collision.
Common injuries in truck accidents
common injuries in truck accidents include:
Head, neck or shoulder injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Cervical and soft tissue injuries
Internal organ damage or bleeding
Severe scratches, cuts, bruises, burns or disfigurement
Vision or hearing loss
Torn arteries (arterial dissection)
Knee or ankle injuries
Broken or fractured bones / limbs
Spinal cord injuries or paralysis
Your injuries may not look like the ones described here. At Zehl & Associates, no injury is too new or complex for our team to handle – we also help victims of truck accidents with more moderate injuries, such as bone fractures or cervical injuries. In the event that a truck accident results in fatality, we are available to assist you in any eligible survivors and / or property itself with a wrongful death claim.