Large trucks, big rigs, and 18-wheelers are all over Milwaukee roads. They deliver supplies to stores and online orders to people’s homes. These are usually extremely large vehicles with which many other drivers are nervous to share the road.
Most drivers fear getting into an accident with one of these large trucks. Big rigs are about twenty times heavier than the average car. When these trucks smash into another vehicle, it usually causes severe damage. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in an accident with a commercial truck, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Groth Law Firm, S.C. has experienced personal injury attorneys that are here to help.
Truck Accident Causes
Truck accidents are generally more severe than car accidents. In 2016, 7,461 large truck crashes took place in Wisconsin, which resulted in 2,342 injuries and 79 deaths. This represents about 7 percent of Wisconsin road accident injuries, but 15 percent of the total deaths, which shows the tragic and destructive nature of truck accidents.
Truck accidents are often caused by:
- Extended driving without a break
- Driving beyond time limits
- Distracted driving
- Sleep disorders
- Driver fatigue
- Weather conditions
- Driver error
When any of these conditions are present in a truck driver, it creates a potentially dangerous situation for not only the truck driver, but also other motorist and pedestrians. When the truck driver does not take action and pull over to rest, he or she may cause a serious accident.
Types of Truck Accidents
The types of truck accidents vary and depend on many factors, but most truck accidents involve preventable driver error. Truck drivers often log long hours behind the wheel without breaks. Some even drive for longer periods of time than permitted by law and falsify their logbooks.
The most common types of truck accidents include:
- Tire blowout
- Rear-end collision
- Head-on collision
- Load spillage
These types of accidents are mostly preventable. With proper training and self-awareness, drivers can avoid truck accidents on Wisconsin roads. But with tight deadlines and demanding consumers, truck drivers often face high pressure to deliver their loads on time. As a result, you may find yourself in a collision with a large commercial truck, regardless of taking all the right precautions while out on the road.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Being involved in a car accident is bad enough. Following such an accident, you likely have a damaged vehicle, and you may have mild to severe bodily injuries. When you’re involved in an accident with a large commercial truck, you may sustain catastrophic injuries and total your car.
Some of the most common types of truck accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
Truck accidents cause serious injuries. If you’ve been involved in such an accident, you likely face a long road to recovery, and you may even face a life that is altered forever. What’s even worse is when all of this is caused by someone else’s negligent driving. By working with a law firm whose sole focus is helping clients like you, you can focus on recovering from your injuries while your lawyers handle the legal details of your personal injury claim.
A large part of your recovery will include your medical costs. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a large commercial truck, you likely have lots of injuries that will require constant and ongoing medical attention; this does not come cheap. However, the negligent truck driver who caused your accident should pay for these costs. When you work with our skilled personal injury team, we will fight hard to help you collect compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Loss of companionship
- Rehabilitation costs
- Home modification costs
- Past, present, and future medical bills
After your truck accident, the truck driver’s insurance company will likely contact you to discuss your claim. They may even offer you an immediate settlement, and you may want to accept the offer because you already have bills piling up. Especially if you’re not working, and you’re faced with exorbitant medical bills along with your regular bills.
However, don’t accept any settlement without first speaking with an attorney. Accepting the insurance company’s initial settlement offer is likely not in your best interest, as it likely does not cover the full cost of your injuries and ongoing treatment. The insurance company representative’s job is to settle your case for as little as possible. Your attorney’s job is to make sure you secure compensation for the full cost of your injuries.
Usually, the initial settlement offer won’t include the full cost of your medical needs. You’re probably not even focused on the costs ahead, and rightfully so; you’re focused on getting better. At the Groth Law Firm, S.C., we can help you create an accurate estimate of your future medical needs and ensure that the insurance company is aware of all of your costs. If you didn’t cause your accident, why should you bear any of the costs associated with it?
We can also help you determine who to include in your settlement negotiations and potential lawsuit. In addition to the truck driver, commercial truck accidents may involve the following parties:
- Trucking company
- Truck manufacturer
- Truck parts manufacturers
- Parties responsible for truck maintenance
Adding these additional parties to any lawsuit will help increase your chances of recovering the full value of your claim. At Groth Law Firm S.C., we focus on making sure that you make a full and complete recovery and secure compensation for your injuries. You have enough stress worrying about your recovery, so let us deal with all the legal details of your claim. Whether we can settle your case for a fair amount outside of court or we need to take your case all the way to trial, our team of experienced personal injury lawyers is here to help.
Contact Groth Law Firm, S.C., Today if a Milwaukee Truck Crash Hurt You
When you contact us for an initial consultation, there is no obligation to retain us. In fact, you don’t owe us a dime until and unless we recover compensation for you, as we accept our cases on a contingent fee basis. We understand the difficulties injured individuals face in their recovery and figuring out how to make ends meet financially in the aftermath of a serious accident. When you retain us, we fully investigate the circumstances surrounding your truck accident, deal with the insurance companies in an attempt to settle for a fair amount, and focus on strengthening your case throughout the process.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a commercial truck in Milwaukee, you deserve to have a skilled and trusted legal representative at your side fighting to protect your rights. Our practice is dedicated solely to personal injury. Call Groth Law Firm, S.C. today at (414) 240-0707, or contact us online, to schedule your free consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.