Anyone who has spent any time on the roads and highways of Ohio knows that trucks, tractor-trailers, and commercial vehicles make up a good percentage of the traffic. Trucks are an important part of our economy, bringing every conceivable consumer good from iPods to SUVs to retailers across the state. While the trucking industry plays an important part in providing jobs and goods for many of us, it is the profit-based aspect of this industry that can be a danger to the rest of us who share the road.
If you have been harmed in a truck accident, a skilled personal injury attorney is the ally you need now. To discover your options for recovery, reach out and speak with a local Toledo truck accident lawyer today.
Truck Accident Injuries
Tractor-trailers are enormous and cumbersome vehicles, and even with all the safety advances for automobiles implemented in recent years, an accident with a truck can cause serious damage to both cars and their drivers. Some people who are involved in truck accidents are fortunately able to emerge from these wrecks either unscathed or with minor injuries, but others aren’t so lucky. The harm that can be delivered from a 90,000-pound vehicle can be considerable.
Truck injuries can result in permanent injuries to the spinal cord or the brain, and there is no real way to “recover” from that sort of damage. It should also be mentioned that these injuries require long-term or lifelong care, which can cost millions of dollars, making it important to swiftly contact a Toledo truck accident attorney. To learn more or begin your road to recovery following an accident schedule a consultation with us today.
Most people don’t know how to get their lives back on track after suffering an injury due to an accident involving a large or commercial truck. Our mission is to create individualized plans to get our clients back to health quicker, get the bills paid, and live the lives they want to live.
Prevalence of Truck Accidents
The trucking industry is, for the most part, based on rewarding its drivers for quick delivery. Drivers have a financial incentive to get their freight to its destination either on or ahead of schedule. With some freight being delivered thousands of miles away, some drivers engage in risky behavior like going without adequate rest in order to make or beat their deadline. As the alarming statistics below demonstrate, the results of this behavior are being felt all across the nation.
- The National Safety Council reported that in just one recent year, 5,700 large trucks were involved in a fatal crash
- 117,300 large trucks were involved in crashes resulting in injury
- The majority of deaths in large-truck crashes are occupants of other vehicles, followed by truck occupants, pedestrians, and cyclists
- 63% of the crashes happened during the day
- 6% of the crashes happened in construction zones
- Top Five Counties for Truck Fatalities in Ohio: Cuyahoga (8), Hamilton (8), Franklin (6), Lucas (6), Montgomery (6), and Seneca (6)
- The rate of fatalities caused by commercial vehicles nationwide is one in eight; in Ohio, that rate is one in seven
These numbers are hardly surprising. Trucks are certainly not agile and maneuverable vehicles. It takes a truck moving 50 miles an hour at least a quarter of a mile to come to a complete stop, and even with their array of mirrors they still have enormous blind spots. When this scenario is combined with a lack of sleep on the part of the truck driver or poor maintenance by the freight company mechanics, death could be the result.
Furthermore, it is not surprising that most Americans are unaware of what their rights are and what they are entitled to in compensation when they get injured. Getting into an accident is a frightening and emotionally draining experience, and the primary concerns of the average accident victim are basic: Will I live? Will I be able to walk again? Am I going to be okay? Worrying about whether or not your injury will bankrupt you should be the least of your concerns.
A Toledo truck crash attorney has a complete understanding of your rights as a truck accident victim. Their aggressive advocacy is crucial to secure the compensation that you deserve and will need in order to pay for your lost property, medical bills, and loss of income. There is also the possibility of emotional distress, limitation of lifestyle, and pain and suffering, each of which can not only affect the victim but also their families and loved ones.
Contact a Toledo Truck Accident Attorney for Help
You would think that a truck accident where the driver of the truck was at fault would be an obvious matter in terms of liability. Unfortunately, insurance companies do their best to lower costs, cut corners, and offer low settlements in order to maximize their profits. One of the standard tactics of truck insurers is to offer injured parties a settlement quickly, before the victim has a full understanding of what the injury is going to cost.
Charles Boyk has a history of aggressively representing the victims of truck accidents in Ohio, and is widely respected as an expert on trucking industry litigation. Should you or a loved one be involved in an accident involving a truck or other commercial vehicle, having Charles Boyk on your side could be the difference between waiting for years for an inadequate settlement and waiting for months for a fair one. Contact our offices for a free case assessment with a Toledo truck accident lawyer today. Our attorneys also operate in a number of other locations including Perrysburg and Oregon.