Any motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause harm, but injuries resulting from a crash with a truck can be catastrophic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 4,700 truck accident fatalities took place in 2017 alone. The number of both injuries and fatalities has risen each year since 2011, making the roads riskier than ever before.
In Wisconsin, an average of 6,751 truck accidents injure 2,032 and kill 71 a year.
Since truck accidents can have lasting and significant consequences, you should understand the risks you face every time you head out on the road.
If you have been injured in a truck accident or a collision with a motor coach or bus, we can help. Get in touch right away to talk about your specific situation.
Milwaukee Truck Accident Settlements
A Milwaukee personal injury attorney can prevent some of the most common difficulties accident victims experience after a collision. From high medical bills to missed days of work and even irreversible injury, a truck accident can cause lasting, irreparable harm. While results vary and each case is unique, legal advice is essential for anyone who has been in a motor vehicle collision. A Milwaukee truck accident attorney can help ensure you are treated fairly and that you are compensated for your losses and injuries. While every case is different, working with an attorney ensures you are protected from further harm and that you get the best possible results from your case. Learn more about what you can expect from the Groth Law Firm team and how we help accident victims here.
Types of Truck Accidents
A large, heavy vehicle moving at speed can swiftly get out of control and collide with other vehicles; different types of truck accidents cause different types and degrees of injury. The most common truck accident types are detailed below:
- Rollovers: Rollovers are one of the most dangerous types of truck accidents in Milwaukee; this type of collision features a sideways roll. The truck may end up on its side and is completely out of control. Since the vehicle has actually rolled onto its side or even its top, there is no way to steer, break or control the truck. This puts anyone in the truck’s path in danger. Other cars, trucks and even pedestrians and cyclists.
- Cargo spills: In addition to the danger posed by the truck itself, any cargo on board can break out and further endanger other vehicles. Rollover incidents can be caused when the driver shifts lanes, on-ramps and anytime that the vehicle makes changes at a high rate of speed.
- Shifting cargo: Improperly loaded trailers and cargo holds can cause accidents; unsecured loads pose a hazard to everyone on the road. When an unevenly, poorly loaded trailer shifts lanes at speed, the weight of the cargo could cause the driver to lose control of the truck, putting every vehicle on the roadway at risk.
- Jackknifes: A jackknife accident occurs when a truck brakes suddenly to go around a corner but gets stuck at a 90-degree angle. This happens quickly and can block the roadway or exit ramp. Other cars can collide with the truck or even run off the road while trying to avoid the jackknifed vehicle.
- Tire blowouts: A truck that is poorly maintained or that has improperly installed tires is a hazard to everyone on the roadway. From getting hit by flying rubber from a blown tire to swerving out of control when the tire blows, tire blowouts cause accidents and injuries every day.
- Blind spots: Gaps in the driver’s ability to see the road with their onboard mirrors can cause accidents when the driver switches lanes and collides with an adjacent car. This type of accident can also be called a sideswipe.
- T-bone accidents: A truck that hits another vehicle at a 90-degree angle can cause catastrophic damage to the smaller car; the accident looks like a “T,” and gives this collision its name.
- Underride accidents: When one car rear-ends another, there is bumper damage and mild to moderate injury. When a truck is involved, though, the smaller vehicle can slide underneath the truck, often resulting in catastrophic damage to the vehicle and/or driver.
- Head on collision: The most dangerous type of truck accident of all, the head on collision occurs when one vehicle swerves into the lane of other; the larger vehicle causes significant damage to the smaller one and its occupants.
Who Is Liable for Damages?
If you have been injured in a truck accident, there are several parties that could be to blame. The driver himself could be at fault; owner-operators not only drive but maintain their own vehicles. For fleet and delivery trucks, the driver may be the one who caused the accident, but the business that owns the vehicle could also be at fault. Improperly loaded cargo, poorly maintained vehicles and even inadequate driver training and certification can all lead to accidents with the carrier at fault.
Truck Accidents Cause Significant Injuries and Damage
While every case is different, most truck collisions have the same types of damage to deal with. Since tractor trailers, buses and motor coaches are so large, they can cause significant property damage and often destroy any property they hit. More concerning is the amount of injuries and even fatalities caused by truck accidents. From head and back injuries to crushed extremities and even brain trauma, a truck accident often results in significant injury or even death.
Fatalities are also a possibility when a truck collides in any way with another vehicle; while nothing will bring your loved one back, wrongful death suits can help you get closure after a tragic accident. The actual amount you can receive in a settlement or judgment varies and depends on a number of factors. The injuries caused, how much negligence was present on the part of the driver or the business, and the outlook for the victims are used to place a monetary value on the damages. Each case is unique, and the best way to determine what you can expect in terms of a settlement is to consult with an experienced Milwaukee truck accident attorney.
Don’t Get Taken Advantage of After a Truck Accident—Call the Groth Law Firm Today
Insurance companies are swift to offer settlements after truck accidents with injuries; accepting a settlement before speaking with an attorney could prevent you from getting the full compensation you are entitled to. Truck accidents have lasting, lingering consequences, and an important way to fully protect yourself and your loved ones is to seek out an attorney to guide you through the process. Contact Groth Law Firm online today or call at (414) 240-0707 for a confidential and free consultation about your case. We’re here to help you through this difficult time and to ensure you are treated fairly after an accident.