Ohio Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck accidents can be devastating for victims and their loved ones. When a large commercial truck collides with a passenger vehicle it often results in fatalities and severe injuries. The costs to truck accident victims are multi-faceted, as are the lawsuits necessary to recover compensation. An Ohio truck accident lawyer of the Thompson Law Firm can help.
Responsible Parties in Truck Accidents
Although your accident may appear to be a straightforward case of truck driver negligence, that is rarely the case in a truck accident. The underlying causes and contributing factors in truck accidents often point to other parties, such as the truck driver’s employer or the truck manufacturer.
State and federal trucking regulations play a large role in determining who can be held responsible and why, as well as helping provide the evidence due to the requirements for keeping extensive and detailed records.
Responsible parties in truck accidents can include:
- Trucking company
- Truck driver
- Freight shipper
- Freight broker
- Third party logistics provider (3PL)
- Truck, parts, or equipment manufacturer or seller
- Weigh station
- Government entity responsible for design, construction, and maintenance of defective roadway
- Other negligent driver
Understanding Truck Accidents
All aspects of the trucking industry are strictly regulated, for good reason. Safe trucking requires a delicate balance of a truck that functions properly, proper loading so that the truck is not overweight and that the weight is evenly distributed and secured so that it does not shift, and a truck driver who is skilled and experienced as well as alert and on his toes at all times.
However, maintaining safety can eat into profits for the trucking companies and others that directly or indirectly make money from freight hauling. To increase profits trucking companies may:
- Fail to adequately maintain trucks
- Hire under-skilled or inexperienced drivers, or drivers with a poor record, who will work for less pay
- Push their drivers to meet unrealistic schedules which they can only do by violating trucking laws
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Ohio, please call a truck accident lawyer of The Thompson Law Firm at 1-614-461-9000 or toll free 1-800-461-9013 or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.