What Kind of Compensation Can You Recover?
At Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA, our personal injury attorneys are focused on bringing quality representation to victims of all types of motor vehicle accidents. Our team of skilled lawyers pride ourselves on compassionate and experienced advocacy when you are injured or lose a loved one. Over the years, we have helped countless injury victims who have received compensation through settlements and verdicts.
Depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Physical pain and mental anguish
- Physical impairment
- Punitive damages
If you have suffered any of these losses, contact us today at (419) 871-9017 to find out how you can recover compensation.
Commercial Trucks Cause Devastating Accidents
Large trucks are typically driven for commercial purposes. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, commercial motor vehicle crashes account for more than 10% Ohio fatal crashes and 7% of injuries on the road each year.
Due to their size and decreased maneuverability, some locations are more dangerous than others for big trucks. Most large truck accidents occur at intersections and as trucks depart roadways. Additionally, many devastating injuries caused by big rigs are related to seat belts and speed.
The Ohio truck accident lawyers with Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA will focus on the legal issues while you recover from your injuries. Call us today at (419) 871-9017 to find out how we can help.
Fatal Truck Crashes
While there has been a steady decrease in commercial vehicle fatalities and serious injuries since 2000, semi-tractor trailers were involved in a majority of traffic-related deaths and injuries. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), large truck accidents often occurred:
- On rural or urban Interstate highways
- Between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- On weekdays, Monday through Friday
- In construction zones
Families of people who were involved in fatal truck crashes may recover the following for their losses:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Mental anguish
- Loss of support for the reasonably expected earning capacity of the decedent
- Loss of services
- Loss of society, including companionship, consortium, care, and assistance
If your loved one was fatally injured in a truck crash, contact the Ohio wrongful death attorneys at Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA at (419) 871-9017.
Truck Accidents Have Many Potential Causes
Truck accidents can be complex. Safety standards and driving laws interact in a unique way that can identify the cause as numerous factors. Several factors may even contribute to one accident.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Environmental hazards
- Defective truck equipment
- Improper maintenance
- Drowsy/fatigued driving
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failing to properly signal
- Improper loading of cargo
Because truck accidents are so complex and may involve corporations and government entities, it’s important to speak with a qualified and experienced truck accident attorney at Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA as soon as possible.
Common Safety Concerns with Trucks
The immense size and weight of commercial vehicles mean that they handle differently than smaller passenger vehicles. Although truck drivers are trained to drive big rigs, many issues can contribute to accidents, including:
- Increased stopping time – Big trucks need more time to stop. A passenger car driving at 65mph needs less than 200 feet to stop. A semi-truck, however, will need over 400 feet to come to a stop.
- Construction zones – Although speed limits are lower in these areas, other hazards are common, including debris on the roadway and heavy equipment transportation.
- Blind spots – Tractor-trailers have large blind spots to the front, sides, and back of the vehicle. This increases the odds of a sideswipe collision as cars and motorcycles pass.
- Wide turns – Because 18-wheelers are so long, they require more space to turn. When they turn too abruptly, a jackknifing effect may occur.
- Trailer size – The height and weight of attached trailers create a susceptibility to rollover accidents. Trucks can even roll over at low speeds, especially around corners and on steep hills.
There can be many causes of a truck accident. Sometimes an expert is required to show how an accident occurred and who is at fault. The Ohio truck accident lawyers at Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA are familiar with the evidence necessary to obtain the most compensation possible in a personal injury case. Call them today at (419) 871-9017 to find out what they can do for you.
Who May Be Responsible for Your Injuries?
When it comes to truck accidents, multiple parties are often found liable. Drivers, truck owners, trucking companies, and manufacturers may all be named in a lawsuit. It is not uncommon for those parties to assert cross-claims against one another to avoid responsibility.
So many parties are involved in truck accident claims that fault can be unclear. Thus, it is important for you to obtain the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to guide you through the legal process. The attorneys at Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA know how to deal with multiple party claims and can obtain the evidence necessary to prove who is at fault. Call them today at (419) 871-9017.