Ohio Truck Accident Lawyer
Ohio saw over 19,000 crashes and 153 deaths involving trucks in 2019. In a survey of long-haul truck drivers, 35% reported at least one crash while on the job.
It’s not easy taking on a large trucking company after being injured in a semi/trucking accident. These companies have experienced defense attorneys on their payrolls and their insurance carriers shell out big bucks to their lawyers to ensure they pay as little as possible to people injured in accidents with their trucks.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck wreck, contact our Ohio truck accident lawyers at Elk & Elk today.
Our top priority is helping average Americans protect their rights and get their lives back on track. Our Ohio truck accident attorneys spare no expense to find the facts and get our clients the compensation they deserve.
Why Choose Our Ohio Truck Accident Lawyers?
- We have recovered more than $1 billion in personal injury settlements and jury verdicts for our clients. Our law firm has won some of the largest results in Ohio and the surrounding states
- Our attorneys will put you and your needs first. You aren’t just another client to us – we will treat you like family.
- Our Ohio truck accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. You won’t have to pay any legal fees unless your lawyer obtains financial compensation on your behalf.
Who Is Liable for a Truck Accident in Ohio?
According to Ohio’s fault law, liability for an auto collision in Ohio will go to the party at fault for causing the crash. In Ohio, truck accident victims will file claims with the at-fault party’s insurance provider. This party could be the truck driver if he or she is an owner/operator and caused the crash through an act of carelessness, such as:
- Driving distracted
- Texting and driving
- Driving under the influence
- Driving recklessly
- Weaving through traffic
- Making an unsafe lane change
If a truck driver causes your crash but is an employee of a trucking company, the company is vicariously liable for the accident. Other possibilities for liable parties are a cargo company, auto shop, truck manufacturer, third-party driver, or the government for an unsafe roadway. A lawyer can investigate your truck accident to determine liability.
Additional Truck Accident Cases We Handle
What Makes Truck Accidents Unique?
In addition to the vicarious liability law, your truck accident case could involve other matters that differentiate it from a standard car accident case. For example, the evidence available in a truck accident case is often different from a typical auto collision. Your lawyer could use the following evidence to support your claim:
- The driver’s employment record and logs
- The driver’s driving record and qualifications
- The driver’s medical history
- Truck maintenance records and inspection reports
- The truck’s black box and electronic data recorder
- The trucking company’s compliance history
- Cell phone records
Truck drivers also have to comply with laws and regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. They must obey hours-of-service rules, licensing requirements and more. A truck accident lawyer in Ohio can help you work through all the unique elements of your claim.
Damages Available in Truck Accident Claims
No amount of money can make up for the serious injuries you or a loved one suffered in a truck accident. Holding the at-fault party accountable, however, could help you move forward with greater financial peace of mind. The defendant may be financially responsible for many past and future damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Disability expenses
- Lost wages
- Property repairs
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Attorney’s fees
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional injuries
- Wrongful death damages
- Punitive damages
Ohio law allows you to seek financial compensation for both economic and noneconomic losses. You may also be eligible for punitive damages if the defendant was grossly negligent or malicious in causing the truck accident. Our attorneys can properly evaluate the monetary value of your truck accident case.
Why Do I Need an Ohio Truck Accident Lawyer?
It is critical to understand that a truck company’s insurance carrier is not on your side. The insurance company has one goal: to convince you to settle for as little money as possible. When going up against a truck driver or trucking company in pursuit of financial compensation, be careful not to accept or sign anything until you’ve brought the settlement offer to an attorney for review.
A truck accident attorney is someone you can trust during the injury claims process. Your lawyer will help you recover full compensation for your injury. Your lawyer can take care of complicated tasks on your behalf, such as negotiating with a trucking company’s aggressive legal team. Your lawyer can investigate the crash, search for evidence and handle your claim for you while you focus on healing.
Handling the Most Complex Trucking Cases in Ohio
Operating commercial vehicles safely takes training, practice, skill, patience, and attention. These big rigs are a necessary part of our nation’s transportation system, which most often runs safely.
But even the slightest slip-up behind the wheel of a big rig or large truck – or by a motorist on the road around it – can quickly balloon to monstrous proportions and seriously injure anyone who’s in the wrong place at the wrong time.
That’s why, when you’ve been involved in a commercial vehicle mishap, you need an experienced Ohio law firm with the resources and the knowledge to dissect even the most complicated chain of events leading to a car accident or commercial vehicle wreck.
Our team of truck accident attorneys, paralegals, accident reconstruction specialists, doctors, nurses, accountants, economists and other experts has the kind of experience you want on your side when navigating the rough roads of commercial vehicle accident litigation.
Seasoned Professionals Search for the Truth
With our seasoned truck accident reconstruction staff at the ready, we study every aspect of the scene:
- The vehicles involved
- The insurance companies involved
- Driver qualifications
- Whether the driver had adequate training
- The environmental conditions at the time of the wreck
- Maintenance records, company licenses and even computer re-enactments of the actual events
- These can help eliminate any gray areas and get to the truth, which, in turn, gets you the compensation you deserve to help you put your life back on track.
We can help you recover from truck accident cases that are caused by:
- Swinging turns
- Inability to brake
- Tire blowouts
- Inadequate truck driver training
- Overloaded trucks
- Many other factors
Commercial Vehicle and Semi-Truck Accident attorneys in Ohio
Semi, tractor-trailer, stake bed, box truck, hauler, panel truck, bobtail, plow or 18-wheeler: Whatever the names, they’re large trucks and they can be tough to share the road with at times. These commercial vehicles, especially those that pull trailers, are harder to maneuver, require increased stopping distance and take longer to pull out than most every other type of motor vehicle on the road. If you have been injured, contact our experienced Ohio truck accident lawyers at Elk & Elk today.
At Elk & Elk, our dedicated team of lawyers, paralegals, doctor, nurses, economists, accountants, analysts, accident reconstruction specialists and other experts has become well known for fighting hard to get to the truth and prove the merit of our clients’ cases.
Do You Offer a Free Consultation?
Yes, our truck accident lawyers can evaluate your situation and help determine if you have a claim. It’s as easy as picking up the phone and calling 1-800-ELK-OHIO or taking a few minutes to complete our free, no-obligation online contact form.
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