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Commercial trucks crisscross Ohio daily. You’re used to seeing them on the highway and in town, but you don’t think much about them until you’re hurt in a crash.
After suffering injuries from a truck accident, you need to find out what happened and who was at fault. You might have a claim against a negligent truck driver, trucking company, or other business. Our Cincinnati truck accident lawyers can help. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we have decades of experience investigating semi-truck accidents in Ohio and a track record of recovering compensation.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks and other trucks are large and heavy—18-wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. Given a commercial truck’s size, they need to be well maintained and operated carefully. But, all too often, truckers and trucking companies skimp on training, inspections, and maintenance. They cut corners and put everyone’s safety at risk.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studied the causes of large truck crashes. It looked at large truck crashes across the U.S. and determined:
- 32% of trucks ran out of the travel lane either into another lane or off the road.
- 29% of trucks lost control due to speeding, cargo shift, systems failure, poor road conditions, and others.
- 22% of trucks collided with the rear end of another vehicle.
The FMCSA also listed the top factors for truck accidents were:
- Brake problems
- Traffic issues
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Required to stop before the crash
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
- Driver fatigue
What to Do After a Cincinnati Truck Accident
You or someone at the scene should call the police. The Cincinnati Police Department of the Ohio Highway Safety Patrol will respond depending on where you are. The officers who arrive will review the crash scene, talk to those involved and witnesses, and write up a crash report.
Get Medical Care
After dealing with the immediate crash scene, get medical care. Truck accidents can lead to severe injuries, but you might not realize how badly you’re hurt until you see a doctor. Go to the emergency room or a trusted doctor for an exam.
Cincinnati hospitals include:
- University of Cincinnati Medical Center
- Good Samaritan Hospital
- The Christ Hospital
- Mercy Health
- St. Elizabeth Covington
Immediate medical attention is essential for your health and documents your damages. If you hope to recover compensation, you’ll have to prove you were hurt.
Gather Your Documents
Once you’ve received treatment, start gathering your paperwork. You may have photos, witnesses’ contact information, medical records and bills, a copy of the crash report, and letters from an insurance company. Keep it all in a safe place. Your Cincinnati truck accident lawyer will want to see it all.
Notify Your Insurance
You need to notify your auto insurance right away. Most insurers require prompt notification if you want to take advantage of your policies. Your insurance company can communicate with the at-fault trucker’s insurer, too, which is helpful.
Talk to a Truck Accident Lawyer
We also highly recommend calling a semi-truck accident lawyer right away. Truck accident claims can get complicated. KNR has handled many commercial truck accidents over the years. We know what to look for, how to build a successful case, and how to guide you.
What You Should Not Do After a Truck Accident
For every step you should take, there’s something you should avoid:
- Don’t admit fault: Whether at the scene or after, don’t apologize or admit fault. Whenever you talk with the trucker driver, their employer, or their insurance company, stick to the facts you know. Don’t speculate about fault and liability.
- Don’t give a statement to an insurer: The trucking company’s insurer might reach out to you to answer questions. We highly recommend you politely decline and reach out to a lawyer. You can always tell an insurer that you aren’t comfortable answering questions until you’ve consulted an 18-wheeler accident attorney.
- Don’t ignore your pain or signs of injury: If your pain or other symptoms get worse in the days or weeks after the crash, go back to your doctor. Don’t downplay what you’re going through. To secure compensation, you want your medical records to reflect your experience accurately.
- Don’t post on social media: Many of us post on social media about our lives, but this is one experience you want to keep private for now. Don’t post about the crash, your injuries, or your treatments. The other side can use anything you post against you.
- Don’t accept a settlement offer: In some truck accident cases, the insurance company knows their policyholder is liable and offers a settlement right away. We highly recommend you have an attorney review the offer before you accept. First offers are often lower than you deserve.
Common Injuries in Truck Accidents
A semi-truck can cause serious injuries even at lower speeds. A fender bender with another car at 20 mph feels like a tap. A fender bender with a semi-truck at 20 mph can cause whiplash and other injuries. Worse yet, many commercial truck accidents happen at much higher speeds.
A truck on I-75, I-71, I-74, or other Cincinnati highways could be moving over 60 mph. At that speed, a collision could cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
Call KNR right away if you suffer truck accident injuries. Our Cincinnati truck accident attorneys will fight for you to receive the maximum compensation possible.
Common truck accident injuries are:
- Neck and back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Crush injuries
- Nerve damages
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Should I Get a Lawyer After a Cincinnati Truck Accident?
We highly recommend you call a Cincinnati truck accident lawyer after a crash. This protects your rights and ensures a legal professional is looking out for your best interests.
How KNR Investigates
You’ll need to play catch up with the trucking company and its insurer after a crash. A trucking company will respond to a collision immediately with its own investigators. It also owns some of the most crucial evidence: the truck. By hiring an experienced truck accident attorney with KNR, you have someone to investigate what happened. Don’t rely on the police report.
We gather as much evidence as possible, including:
- The police report,
- The responding officer’s testimony,
- Witness statements,
- Your testimony, and
- Expert testimony.
We’ll File a Truck Accident Lawsuit
We often recommend filing a lawsuit after a truck wreck. Most personal injury claims settle, but that does not mean you should avoid the courtroom. Filing a lawsuit gives us the chance to gather more evidence.
We’ll use discovery to get truck driver and trucking company records. We can depose the truck driver and other people involved. The truck has an electronic data record, a “black box,” and we’ll demand to see that data. All this evidence can be crucial in proving what and who caused your injuries.
We Handle the Insurance Company
We handle the entire insurance claim process, giving you the time and space to focus on healing. Our semi-truck accident lawyers will review and respond to any letters you get from the other insurer. We’ll talk to the adjuster and answer any questions. We’ll provide the insurer with evidence to prove who caused the crash. We’ll also provide your medical records related to the crash to prove your injuries.
We Negotiate an Insurance Settlement
Our goal is to get the insurance company to approve your claim. Once it approves your claim, they might make a settlement offer. Don’t accept an offer or cash a check without first talking to an attorney.
We calculate the value of your claim, compare it to the offer, and tell you if the offer is too low or fair. If the offer is too low, which is expected, we start negotiations. We have years of experience fighting for the maximum for our clients.
Whether we negotiate a settlement or take your case to trial, our goal is to recover the most compensation possible. We can’t guarantee how a case will turn out. But we have a strong record of obtaining fair compensation for our clients. Learn more about our case results.
Ohio Truck Accident Compensation
When you’re hurt in a truck crash, you can demand your past and future:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Physical limitations
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Damage to personal relationships (loss of consortium)
What About a Fatal Truck Accident?
Losing a loved one in a truck wreck is devastating. What do you do now? What if funeral expenses drain your savings? What if your spouse was your family’s sole income? Call KNR for answers.
If you lost a spouse, child, or parent, you and your close relatives might be entitled to compensation. We’ll explain Ohio’s wrongful death law and the legal process.
Our Cincinnati truck accident attorneys will fight for your:
- Lost loved one’s income
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of comfort and society
Why Work with KNR
Your first thought may be to deal with the insurance claim on your own. We suggest you call our truck accident attorneys instead.
We have over 500 years of combined legal experience at our truck accident law firm. We’ve been dealing with truck accident claims for decades, including going head-to-head with major companies and insurers. We know what to expect and prepare for all the potential scenarios, including a wrongful denial of your claim or a lowball offer.
Our high level of preparation means we’re always ready to fight for your compensation before a judge and jury. But we know it rarely comes to that. An insurance company usually wants to avoid fighting us in court. Instead, we show it’s in the insurer’s best interest to settle for a fair amount.
We have a track record of excellent results for our clients because we build custom strategies. No two truck accidents are the same. In every case, we decide how to approach negotiations based on the facts. You receive personal and custom representation, not an ineffective, one-size-fits-all solution.
We know it’s hard to find the right Cincinnati truck accident lawyer for you. We offer free initial consultations, so you can get to know us. Talk with one of our attorneys to learn more about how we can help and why we’re the right firm for you.
Call Our Cincinnati Truck Accident Lawyers Today
Were you hurt in a truck accident in Cincinnati or Hamilton County? You should have help with your insurance claim or possible lawsuit. You can do pursue compensation, and Kisling, Nestico & Redick is here to help.
We want to put our years of experience handling truck crashes, personal injury, and wrongful death claims to work for you. We want to fight for you to receive the maximum.
Truck Accident FAQs
How much is my truck accident claim worth?
Each truck accident claim is unique. The value of your claim depends on several factors, including your property damage, medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It’s always best to talk with a Cincinnati truck accident lawyer about calculating the value of your damages before negotiating a settlement.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
If you plan to seek compensation for truck accident injuries or a relative’s death, you have two years to file a lawsuit. The Ohio statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death claims is two years from the date your legal claim was created.
How do I prove the truck driver was at fault?
You’ll need evidence that the truck driver, trucking company, or another business didn’t do what they were supposed to. You can use the crash report, eyewitness statements, expert testimony, business records, photos, video, and other evidence to show someone carelessly or recklessly caused the truck accident.
Do I have to go to court for a truck accident claim?
You may have to go to court during your claim, but most truck accident cases settle out of court. If you file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, your semi-truck accident lawyer can represent you. Your lawyer will explain when you need to appear at a court hearing or trial.