Frequently Asked Questions About Semi-truck Accidents
Explore some of the typical questions and answers we sometimes hear regarding large vehicle crashes.
Q: What types of trucks are involved in cases handled by your law firm?
A: We have handled cases involving:
- Big rigs
- Single-unit trucks
- Cargo vans weighing more than 10,000 pounds
Q: Are truck accidents really a widespread problem?
A: Here’s a statistic that illustrates the high price the U.S. population pays for truck accidents: In 2009, there were a total of 3,380 deaths due to semitruck collisions in the United States. That was just one year’s toll and did not include serious nonfatal injuries.
Q: When and where do truck accidents tend to happen?
A: Fifty-eight percent of these crashes occurred on major roads, 31 percent on interstate highways and freeways, and 11 percent on minor roads. Accidents involving semitrucks are more likely to occur between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Q: What are common truck accident outcomes?
A: Ohio and Kentucky have a great deal of trucking traffic, and we read about semitruck accidents occurring on a frequent basis. Often, those who have been injured in semitruck accidents tend to have serious or devastating injuries that require multiple surgeries, lengthy hospital stays, therapy and rehab. Some accident victims are left with a permanent disability. Others lose their lives.
Q: Where can I get answers to questions about my own truck accident (or my loved one’s)?
A: You may have many questions including: “Who will pay for my treatment?” “Who will pay to replace my car?” “How will I handle my bills and claims adjusters?” A personal injury attorney at The Law Office of Christopher Jackson in Covington, Kentucky, can help you with all aspects of your claim. No question is too small.
Q: Why is it important to get a lawyer on the case right away?
A: Without a proactive investigation and litigation approach, trucking companies may lose or destroy evidence or valuable leads that would prove their liability and negligence. It is important that all aspects of truck and car accidents be considered, including:
- Driver’s log books
- Driver’s background
- Trucking company training procedures
- Hiring and supervision of drivers
- Driver fatigue
- Road conditions
- Load security and capacity
- Truck maintenance
- Other circumstances
Q: How do truck load deficiencies contribute to accidents?
A: Truck drivers earn endorsements to carry loads. This ensures that the driver is trained and certified to pack, load, and move certain types and volumes of cargo. If an accident is caused by improper loading, we will investigate to determine if the driver made an error, or if the company forced the driver to carry the load, knowing that he or she did not have the proper endorsement.
Q: What are the advantages of pursuing an injury or death claim through The Law Office of Christopher Jackson?
A: Our personal injury law firm has the resources and experience to invest into a full-blown investigation of the truck crash. We take all cases on contingency, which means no fee unless you win, allowing you and your family to heal and recover as we carry the legal burden.
Q: How can I talk with a lawyer about my truck accident and injuries or a loved one’s fatality?
A: Call 859-261-1111 or 888-811-3247 toll-free, or send an email inquiry.