Burg Simpson: Cincinnati Truck Accident Lawyers
The Cincinnati truck accident attorneys at Burg Simpson are dedicated to representing those who have been injured in collisions with semi-trucks and large commercial vehicles. We handle the details of our clients’ legal matters so that they can concentrate on getting healthy and back to their families and their lives.
Like any vehicle accident, a crash involving a big rig can dramatically change your life. But unlike an incident involving another passenger vehicle, the legal aspects of large truck accident cases are more complicated because often there is more than one negligent party involved. In addition to the driver, additional parties can include the driver’s employer, the trucking company, and even the truck manufacturer. There may also be multiple lines of insurance coverage if the truck and the trailer are owned by separate companies or are insured by separate carriers. Additionally, commercial trucks operate under a myriad of state and federal regulations. Because of these complications, it is critical that those injured in a trucking collision hire an experienced truck accident lawyer.
Working with an Experienced Semi-Truck Attorney at Burg Simpson
At Burg Simpson, we have more than 40 years of experience in personal injury law. We know that proving negligence in truck accident lawsuits requires specialized skills and our accident attorneys have significant knowledge regarding state and federal trucking laws.
For example, your case may involve a possible claim regarding the improper maintenance of the truck or there could be a negligence action in regard to the trucking company’s hiring practices. There could even be an issue associated with regulations regarding the truck’s loading requirements or inspections. Your Cincinnati personal injury lawyer is familiar with specific trucking laws and will protect your best interests by assessing all possible avenues when pursuing financial compensation.
Burg Simpson Will Work to Obtain Compensation for Your Losses
We can file a truck accident claim to pursue compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Surgery and other medical treatment costs
- Rehabilitation fees and procedures
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Truck Accidents Are Complicated
At Burg Simpson, we prepare every personal injury case involving tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, and other large commercial vehicles as if it will go to trial. Litigating these types of cases is complicated because commercial trucks operate under federal regulations, which vary depending on many factors. These include the type of cargo they are carrying and the weight of the load. Our lawyers are familiar with these regulations and how the trucking company’s failure to comply may have contributed to your injuries.
It is important to remember that following an accident, the trucking companies and their insurers will not be on your side and they are not looking out for your best interests. They are concerned with their bottom line and will attempt to minimize your injuries and their liability. Your personal injury lawyers at Burg Simpson have decades of experience dealing with insurance companies and have the skills necessary to handle your case. If you have been injured in a collision, we will fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve.
Don’t Settle for Less
Obtaining appropriate medical care after a collision with a commercial vehicle accident is important to protecting your health and your future, but it can also be very expensive. In order to pay for medical expenses, accident victims often accept ridiculously low settlement offers from insurance companies who are seeking only to close their case as soon as possible. This is why it is imperative to call a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following an accident. Do not allow the insurance company to convince you to settle your case for pennies on the dollar. The trial attorneys at Burg Simpson have over four decades of experience in personal injury law, and we are prepared to get you the compensation you deserve.
Top 5 Factors that Lead to Truck Accidents
- Driver Error
According to a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), driver error is 10 times more likely to be the cause of a crash than any other factor.
- Driver Training
The FMCSA is in the process of examining minimum training requirements, including the length of classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel experience; accreditation versus certification of commercial driver’s license training programs and schools; curricula for passenger, property and hazardous materials carriers, instructor qualifications; and other areas.
- Equipment Failure
Common types of equipment failures include:
- Faulty or poorly maintained brakes
- Improperly inflated or worn tires
- Defective or missing safety equipment such as under-ride rails
- Improperly functioning or defective lights including turn signals
- Overall poor maintenance
- Unbalanced cargo
- Transmission failure
- Part manufacturing defects
Recognizing that equipment failure causes accidents, the FMSCA requires every truck driver and company to perform a pre-trip inspection as well as regular inspections and maintenance of their trucks throughout the year.
- Company Priorities
A trucking company’s commitment to meeting their client’s delivery deadlines can also lead to unrealistic schedules, improper loading, and ultimately driver fatigue and stress. It can also result in a greater likelihood of an accident. Most crashes are largely preventable when trucking companies prioritize safety.
- Substance Abuse
Many insurance companies now recommend substance abuse screening at the time of hire and regular screenings throughout the trucker’s employment to ensure drivers comply with the law and are not driving under the influence of any substance that would affect their safety and the safety of others.
The Top 5 Safety Tips for Drivers of Passenger Vehicles
Commercial motor vehicles have large blind spots, long stopping distances, and limited maneuverability. Simple actions by all passenger vehicle drivers and motorcyclists can help avoid problems on our roadways.
Staying Safe When Sharing the Road with a Big Rig
Stay Out of the No Zones
Large trucks and buses have huge blind spots, or no-zones, on all four sides of the vehicle. If you cannot see the driver in the vehicle side mirror, you must assume that the driver cannot see you. Either slow down or move ahead to stay visible, but don’t drive in the blind spot of a large truck.
When you need to pass a big truck, you should first ensure that you can see the driver in the vehicle mirror. Once they are in your sight, signal clearly, move into the left lane and accelerate so that you can get past the truck safely and quickly without lingering in the truck’s blind spot.
- Make sure the truck or bus is visible in your rear view mirror and there is lots of space between you before pull in front.
- Don’t pass trucks and buses on downgrades where they tend to pick up speed, and never pass from the right lane.
- When a bus or truck is passing you, stay to the right, and slow down. Give them extra space they need to change lanes or merge onto the roadway from the on-ramps.
3. Do Not Cut In Front
Cutting in too closely in front of another vehicle is always dangerous, but it is especially dangerous to cut in front of a bus, truck, or other large commercial vehicle. If you move in quickly from either side, you are likely to be in a blind spot so the driver may not see you in time to avoid a collision. Even if you are visible to the driver, the large vehicle may not be able to slow down quickly enough to avoid a crash because they do not have enough time to stop.
4. Be Aware of Wide Turns
Buses, trucks, and large commercial vehicles need extra turning room. A large vehicle will swing wide or may have to begin a turn from the middle lanes. Be cautious and stay safe by giving them the time they need to turn. Don’t take the risk of trying to squeeze by.
5. Be Patient
Trucks and buses need time to accelerate and sometimes use technology like speed limiters. Honking, driving aggressively, or weaving in and out of traffic can cause dangerous distractions and too often result in collisions.
Burg Simpson: Cincinnati Truck Accident Attorneys
Our Cincinnati truck accident lawyers at Burg Simpson are dedicated to representing those who have been injured in collisions with semi-trucks and large commercial vehicles. Our goal is to handle the details of your legal matter so we can help you concentrate on your recovery and get your life back on track. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash with a commercial vehicle, call us at Burg Simpson now at 513-852-5600.