Truck Accident Lawyers

TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS

At the Eichholz Law Firm, our team of skilled trucking accident lawyers has vast experience in representing plaintiffs injured in a vast array of trucking accident cases. Our attorneys understand local state law, applicable federal trucking regulations, and the accident investigation tactics that are crucial to resolving a trucking accident case, regardless of the size or magnitude.

When it comes to truck accident litigation, we have experience in both out-of-court mediation and civil trials. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a trucking accident, please reach out to our team of attorneys so that we can discuss a plan of action for your case.

Types of Truck Accidents the Eichholz Firm Investigates

  • Head-on collisions
  • Jackknife truck
  • Lost loads
  • Rear or Side underride
  • Rollover
  • Side collisions (T-bone)
  • Tire blowout
  • Truck rollovers

Types of Trucks Involved in our Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) and Truck Accident Cases

  • Commercial vehicles of any size
  • Tractor Trailers
  • “Big Rigs” or 18-wheelers

If you are unsure about the types of vehicles involved in your accident, especially if more than one car or truck was involved, do not worry. Reach out to us so that we can help you locate any police accident reports generated in response to your accident.

I was involved in a trucking accident – what should I do?

The reality is that most commercial trucking companies are well prepared to handle an accident in its immediate aftermath, while the individuals injured in the accident are focused on recovery. When the company’s trucks are involved in a crash, the trucking company immediately dispatches its own team of internal investigators and insurance adjusters to interview drivers and witnesses and to obtain evidence that it will use in an attempt to avoid liability.

If you or a family member is involved in a truck accident, focus on your recovery first and foremost. The victims (and family members) should not give any statements to insurance companies or private investigators that claim that they are calling or visiting on behalf of the trucking company or its insurance company representatives. Instead, call the experienced truck accident lawyers at the Eichholz Law Firm immediately. We will handle any inquiries from the trucking companies and begin work on establishing your legal claim.

How can we help?

Identifying liable parties: Complex truck accident cases often involve multiple parties, thereby making it difficult to ascertain which party is responsible for the accident and if more than one party is at fault, what percentage of fault belongs to each of the parties. We have significant experience in this kind of complex truck litigation and are able to identify the responsible parties and seek legal recourse against them.

Conducting thorough, independent investigations: Commercial trucking companies routinely employ their own slate of investigators in response to accidents of any magnitude, especially when litigation is likely to follow. Since the accident investigator works for the trucking company, the investigative reports are typically one-sided – against the interests of the injured party. Our team at the Eichholz Firm hires its own team of investigators and experts to conduct a careful, thorough investigation of the accident to ensure that a fair and balanced report is created for your case.

Determining negligence on behalf of the driver or trucking company:  Depending on the specific facts of your trucking accident case, our attorneys may allege that one or more parties involved in your accident engaged in the negligent conduct. Negligent conduct that may give rise to liability include:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs (DUI/DWI)
  • Driving while extremely fatigued due to lack of sleep or extreme working conditions
  • Speeding or driving too aggressively for the road conditions, violating driving restrictions
  • Road rage
  • Distracted driving, including texting or making phone calls while driving

In addition to negligence based on the conduct of the driver, there are several ways in which the trucking company can be negligent (even though the driver himself may not have been negligent):

  • Setting routes and time constraints that lead to unsafe driving behaviors
  • Failure to fix known mechanical or parts-related issues with trucks
  • Inability to perform necessary diagnostic vehicle inspections
  • Requiring truck drivers to log hours that are more than federal limits

It is essential to keep in mind that making determinations of liability is much more difficult in truck accident cases than in less complicated motor vehicle accidents, simply because of the number of parties that may be involved.

Arriving at a damages value for your case: In typical complex motor vehicle accidents, the insurance company representing the negligent or at-fault driver or drivers is contacted to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. Since trucking accident cases are so complex by comparison, there are often multiple parties involved in negotiations and pre-trial discovery that often includes the commercial trucking company itself. As a result, it is crucial that you rely on an experienced team of attorneys who are skilled at handling complex civil litigation and pre-trial settlement negotiations. The attorneys are successful in negotiating settlements with multiple parties involved in a trucking accident, which may include the insurance company, the truck driver, the trucking company that employed the driver, and any parts manufacturers that may be involved in the crash.

Next steps

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed as a result of a truck driver’s reckless or negligent driving, or due to suspected negligent conduct on the part of the trucking company, please call the skilled truck driver accident attorneys at the Eichholz Firm. Our attorneys will discuss a timeline and suggested next steps so that we can pursue the financial outcome you deserve while you can focus on recovery. The attorneys at the Eichholz Firm are available to discuss all aspects of your potential claim and can answer any questions you might have about what to expect when you bring a lawsuit against a negligent truck driver or trucking company. Reach out to our team today for more information.