Law Practice Areas:Truck Accidents
Truck Accident Attorneys
Garcia, Artigliere & Medby is a national law firm serving seriously injured people, victims of wrongful death and disenfranchised consumers in trucking, big rigs, commercial trucks and semi-trucking accidents. Since 2003, our successful team of trucking accident lawyers has been committed to assisting victims of negligence, reckless and wrongful acts to get you positive results quickly and efficiently. We offer convenient locations throughout the U.S. with offices in California, Florida, Arizona, Washington and Kentucky.
Causes of Major Trucking Accidents
There are approximately half a million trucking and semi-truck accidents every year in the U.S. Challenges often arise for truckers who travel long distances with heavy loads for a lengthy period of time. Some of the major factors contributing to trucking accidents include physical conditions, environmental conditions and human factors. It is important to know that each factor can interlay with the other and cause further complications.
Physical Conditions – Physical conditions can form an unpredictable element to trucking accidents and may include:
o Truck weight and size – federal law regulates truck weight based on TS&W standards
o Shifting cargo – trucking loads and hazardous materials have cargo securement rule
o Vehicle design and performance – manufacture design and performance are mandated by federal government regulations
Environmental Factors – About 23 percent of all auto accidents are weather related. Other environmental factors can create dangerous situations on the roadway for trucks, semi-trucks, commercial trucks and big rig trucks including:
o Hazardous road conditions
o Poor road maintenance
o Unpredictable weather conditions
o Dangerous road debris
Human Factors – According to the Department of Transportation (DOT) over 78 percent of rollovers are due to driver errors that may include:
o Driver fatigue
o Drug and alcohol use
o Distractions that lead to lane drifting or going over the edge of the road
o Poor training on how to handle difficult driving conditions
o Speeding and other unsafe driving
Truck Accidents and Semi-Truck Accidents
The truck accident attorneys of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby have the experience and professionalism to handle the complexities that a truck accident presents. Trucks are subject to various local, state and federal laws that need careful review by trucking accident lawyers. More than one entity could be partially responsible for the truck, semi-truck or big rig accident including the loading company, truck driver, manufacturer, or the government entity. The court will determine which percentage of the incident each party is responsible for. Our trucking accident lawyers can help you gather evidence with proficiency before it is lost or disappears.
Depending on the situation, different type of truck accidents may occur:
- Jackknife trucks
- Wide turns
- Rollover trucks
- Runaway trucks
- Falling debris/overloaded
- Bus accidents
- Emergency vehicle accidents
- Logging truck accidents
- Truck and bicycle accidents
Types of Compensation Recovery
When you or a loved one is involved in a semi-truck or truck accident there is a statute of limitations to when you can file your case. It is important to start the process immediately in order to adhere to the appropriate guidelines. Trucking accidents victims can expect to receive compensation once it is established that the accident was caused by negligence or recklessness. Depending on the type of evidence presented in the case and the ability to link it to serious or fatal injuries suffered by the filing party, the compensation can vary greatly. In most cases, insurance companies and jurors use a formula to determine the award amount. The amount of compensation will correlate with the accident-related expenses which can include insurance medical claims, lost and future income, property damage to your vehicle and the contents, change in lifestyle, and loss of consortium. The more issues that can be resolved before going to trial the better since the process of litigation in a semi-truck, commercial truck and big rig truck accident can take months or years. Contact a truck accident lawyer today if you or your loved one has been involved in trucking accident.
Frequently Asked Questions about Trucking Accidents
Q: What should I do if I have been involved in a trucking accident?
A: If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident or crash it is important to know your legal rights. There are certain steps you can take to ensure that you are able to get the most compensation for you or your loved one’s injuries, pain and suffering. Obtain a copy of the police report, contact your insurance company right away and gather any other documentations or photos that may help your case. Then it is best if you seek the professional advice of an attorney who has substantial experience in trucking accidents.
Q: What laws apply to trucking accidents?
A: Trucking accidents can prove challenging due to the many different entities that may take a portion of the responsibility that causes the truck accident to occur including the truck driver, the trucking company, the loading company, the manufacturer and many other factors including government entities. Depending on where that accident occurred and which state the plaintiff files in can determine the state and federal laws of the rucking accident. Due to the complex nature of a commercial, semi-truck or trucking accident it is important to gather all the information you can about the incident.
Q: How do I recover medical expenses for a trucking accident?
A: If you incur medical bills as a result of treatment for trucking accident related injuries, you can seek compensation for past and future medical bills. It is important to seek medical help right away if you or someone you love is involved in a trucking accident and keep all a record of all your medical receipts.
Q: How do I file a truck accident claim?
A: When you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed due to a trucking accident you can file a claim to try and receive compensation for your injuries and other damages. Truck accidents are more complex than typical motor vehicle accidents. It can be overwhelming to try and go through the process of filing a claim and you may miss important details. It is best to seek a trucking accident attorney who can help you through this difficult process.
Q: What type of compensation can I expect to receive if I have been involved in a trucking accident?
A: Compensation for an individual involved in a trucking accident can vary since each situation is unique. In most instances, a person who is seriously injured can submit a claim to be compensated for the accident related injuries and any ongoing treatment they may require. A victim can also submit a claim for damage to their vehicle and other accident related damages to their personal belongings. Due to the complexities of a trucking accident it is best if you contact a trucking accident attorney. They can help you determine how to get the most compensation for you pain and suffering.
About our Firm
When negligent, reckless, and wrongful acts lead to serious injuries or a wrongful death, we hit back for you fast and hard. The semi-truck, truck and big rig truck accidents lawyers of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby have been serving our clients since 2003. Our attorneys have been involved with litigating matters generating more than $900 million dollars in award for our clients and their families. It is not about the money, but rather the tenacity to go after large insurance groups and corporations to see that everyone has the opportunity for equal justice. A truck accident is not like a typical car accident, the truck accident attorneys of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby have particular knowledge in reviewing complicated documents related to the incident to ensure meeting the local, state and federal guidelines.
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Truck Accident Attorney Contact Information
Since 2003, the truck accident lawyers of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby have been offering our clients professionalism, compassion and the knowledge to review the truck accident documents and get you and your family the best compensation. We know that when an accident occurs it can lead to serious harm, life threatening injuries and even death. For more information on how we can help you and a loved one get the care you need contact us today at 800.281.8515 or lawgarcia.com or a free, no obligation and confidential consultation. At Garcia, Artigliere & Medby there is no fee – not even court costs – unless we win your case.