Providing Exceptional Legal Representation For Truck Accident Victims

Large trucks play a vital role in transporting goods across the United States for consumers as well as providing livelihoods for truckers, truck owners, and trucking company managers and operators. However, trucks can present many dangers to other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Because of the serious damage that commercial vehicles like trucks, tractor-trailers, semi trucks and big rigs can potentially cause due to their large size and weight, there are strict and specific rules and regulations for their operation and maintenance.

Nevertheless, these rules and regulations are often broken by truck drivers who are pushed to the limits by their employers and the demands of the trade. At Lipton Law, our auto accident lawyers understand how important it is to act quickly and efficiently when gathering the appropriate evidence and information after a truck accident. Truckers and trucking companies will work on building their defense right away, and you must be prepared to fight back with an effective legal plan.

Truck Accident Statistics And Causes

The statistics are staggering: According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 500,000 truck accidents occur every year. Nearly 5,000 people are killed in truck accidents every year. And in 98 percent of these situations, the driver of the passenger vehicle involved in the accident is the one who is killed.

With these significant numbers in mind, many people are left wondering what causes a truck accident. The most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Poor truck maintenance or repair
  • Aged or improperly inflated tires
  • Trucker distracted driving
  • Trucker cellphone use while driving
  • Trucking company oversight or negligence
  • Failure to test truckers for drug or alcohol use
  • Failure to conduct trucker background checks
  • Hours of service violations
  • Speeding
  • Overloaded trucks

Effective Legal Skills That Protect Your Rights

Truck crashes can happen in a matter of moments, but the injuries they cause can last months, if not years. While some truck accident injuries are minor, such as burns and lacerations, others are serious and life-altering. A person involved in a tractor-trailer accident may suffer broken bones, a head injury, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, paralysis or even death.

Individuals who have been injured and family members of those who have been killed due to others' negligence in truck accidents face devastating challenges. A truck crash not only causes significant physical obstacles, but also emotional and financial ones as well. To find out how our attorneys can help you hold negligent parties liable and obtain the compensation you deserve, contact us online or call our Southfield, Michigan, office today at 248-557-1688 for a free consultation.