Semi Truck Accident Lawyers Columbus, Ohio
Have you been seriously injured in a semi truck accident? We’ve helped others like you.
With their limitations on maneuverability and blind spots, semi-trucks pose unique dangers to the driving public and a higher risk of serious accidents on the roadways.
Semi truck accidents in Columbus, Ohio can be very complicated. Our experienced semi truck accident lawyers help injured people like you get the compensation you deserve.
Semi-Truck accidents are complicated because there are many factors that could have played a role in the cause of the accident. Is it the employer’s fault because the driver has worked more hours than they were supposed to? Did the driver not have enough experience before being scheduled to drive in traffic? Was the semi-truck deliberately overloaded? Was there a failure in the mechanics of the semi-truck caused my manufacturer negligence? These are all questions experienced semi-truck accident lawyers in Columbus, Ohio would want answers to. Erney Law can help walk you through this complicated process.
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Who is liable for a semi-truck accident in Columbus, Ohio?
The truck driver could be held responsible, however there are various other possible parties that could be to blame. There are laws dictating the operation guidelines trucking companies must follow, when those guidelines aren’t upheld, the trucking company can be held liable for a commercial vehicle accident if:
- The driver has been forced to work more hours than regulations specify
- The driver has been given deadlines causing them to rush
- The driver was hired without proper training or experience to handle the vehicle safely
- The vehicle’s safety equipment, parts, and computers have not been maintained to ensure safe operations
- There was not an adequate background check of the driver before hiring them
- The vehicle was deliberately overloaded
In some cases the semi-truck accident has been caused by manufacturer negligence by failing to inform the trucking companies that their vehicles had recalls involving parts that critically impacted their safety equipment. Experienced semi-truck accident lawyers in Columbus, Ohio can help you determine liability.
Common semi-truck accident injuries in Columbus, Ohio.
No matter how safe your vehicle has been rated by their respective manufacturers, they are absolutely no match for an impact involving a semi-truck. You and your passengers are at risk for serious injury or worse when a collision occurs with a semi-truck. Some of these major injuries include:
- Neck and back injuries
- Ligament and disc injuries
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Partial / complete paralysis
- Spinal cord injury
- Organ damage
- Severe bruising
Other injuries stemming from an accident of this magnitude may be mental and emotional including PTSD, depression or anxiety.
What can I receive compensation for in a semi-truck accident in Columbus, Ohio?
After you have been involved in a semi-truck accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries sustained by faulty party for things such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning ability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Physical injuries
- Medical expenses and equipment
- Emotional trauma
- Wrongful death
At Erney Law, our experienced semi-truck accident lawyers in Columbus, Ohio will be determine the proper compenstion you deserve.
Why semi-truck accidents cases are difficult in Columbus, Ohio.
The most difficult aspect of winning a semi-truck accident case is due to the fact that trucking companies are supported by huge corporations with deep pockets and teams of experienced semi-truck accident lawyers dedicated to this exact situation as well as their insurance adjustors. These people will make it their mission to silence you, deny their fault, and try to provide you with as little to no compensation as possible.
In just days after your semi-truck accident, the trucking company will have a representative or insurance adjustor contact you with a settlement offer. Do not accept anything they’re offering without contacting our experienced semi-truck accident lawyers at Erney Law in Columbus, Ohio.
What's the process?
Personal injury cases can be complicated and not always guaranteed. Our process ensures that every client we represent will receive the best possible financial outcome, and start the healing process.
Free Case Evaluation
We will first review your case carefully, get to know you, and gain an understanding of your injuries.
Monitor Your Care
If injured, we make absolutely sure you are receiving the proper medical treatment during this difficult time.
We Handle Everything
We will relieve the worry and burden of dealing with the insurance companies to ensure the best possible outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if the at-fault driver was a semi-tractor trailer?
If you were involved in an accident with a semi-tractor trailer, it is critical that you hire an attorney with experience in handling these types of claims. A claim against a semi, or any other commercial vehicle is handled much differently than a typical automobile claim. A semi-tractor trailer involves a driver with a commercial driver’s license, and a company who is responsible for that driver.
A semi-truck hit me and the truck is from another state. Does that matter?
Often times, semi-truck drivers will travel throughout the country. Many accidents involving semi-trucks involve a truck and/or a driver from a different state. The most important factor is where the accident occurred. Our firm has experience litigating and resolving complex trucking accidents, no matter where the company or truck driver resides.
I was hurt in an accident involving a semi-truck driver and am having a difficult time communicating with the insurance company for the truck. What do I do?
Some insurance companies will not take your claim seriously if you have not hired a lawyer to represent you. This can be a particularly problem when dealing with a commercial insurance policy that covers semi-trucks. If you are having this problem, contact our firm for a consultation about your trucking accident.
If I am hurt by a semi-truck, how long should I wait before hiring a lawyer?
With trucking accident cases, the insurance company for the trucking company has their lawyers and investigators meet at the scene within minutes of the accident. They document all of the facts and gather all of the evidence immediately. It is crucial that you hire an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as you possibly can following an accident. This is the only way to put you on a level playing field.
What is the minimum amount of insurance a trucking company is required to have?
Per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act, or FMCSA, trucking companies are required to carry a minimum of $750,000.00 in liability insurance.
Can a regular car accident attorney handle my truck accident case?
Probably not. Trucking litigation today requires highly specialized practitioners. A trucking accident case is simply not handled the same way as a car accident case.
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We're eager to meet with you, see how we can help and give you and your family the personal attention you deserve.
Your case matters to us, just as much as it matters to you. We want to help you every step of the way, but in order to do so, we need to meet with you, get all the facts, and work out the details in order to build your case. We will meet with you for absolutely free, and explain to you in full detail the inner workings of how these situations usually end up, how likely you are to win your case, and how compensation works for you and for us.
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