It is fairly uncommon for motorists in Ohio to travel on major roadways and not encounter a large commercial truck. Whether it is a semi-truck or tractor-trailer truck, these large vehicles pose risks on the roads. Not only is there a size differential to passenger vehicles, but there are also differences in operation, maneuvers and size of blind spots. As such, extra care and attention is required to safely operate a commercial truck. Failure to do so could result in a serious and even fatal truck accident.
Determining cause and liability
While it may be apparent that negligence was the cause of a truck crash, it is not always clear what negligent conduct resulted in the crash. This is where the Law Offices of Gary L. Himmel can be of service. With years of experience and extensive knowledge, our attorneys take the time to assess the details of the collision. Our goal is to uncover the cause and assess the damages that resulted in order to recover compensation to address the losses suffered.
Truck accidents have various causes. A truck driver may be fatigued due to being overworked. Federal trucking regulations outline the hours-of-service for truck drivers. This means that the hours driven by a truck driver should be logged to ensure a truck driver is taking breaks when required and not driving for the set period of time outlined by these regulations.
In some cases, trucking companies set timelines for drivers. As a result, this could cause a truck driver to work beyond the hours permitted and travel at unsafe speeds. Thus, our law firm considers whether fatigue or unsafe driving were the cause and the role the trucking company may have played in the crash.
Acting following a truck crash
A civil action is possible following a truck accident. For some, this may look like negotiating a settlement and avoiding court. In other matters, this could mean filing a personal injury claim or wrongful death action and taking the matter to court. Our attorneys not only consider the matter at hand but also the best interests of our clients. Our goal is to protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
The aftermath of a truck collision can be life altering, and our attorneys understand that. Furthermore, we know that it can be difficult to think about anything other than the harms, damages and losses caused by the crash, which is why we help ensure that you are aware of your rights and options when it comes to filing a civil action and recovering compensation for losses suffered. We take the time to account for all losses, helping you get the compensation you deserve.