How to Tell if the Trucking Company is Liable for Your Crash

Aug 31, 2020 Truck Accidents

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

Many Ohio drivers are injured or even killed in truck accidents every year. These wrecks can cause catastrophic damage, and while many truck accidents occur on Ohio highways and interstates, they also happen on rural roads and busy city streets.

It’s important to act quickly if you or a family member have been hurt in an accident with a truck. Ohio truck accident responsibility law is very complex, and each case is different. The trucking and insurance companies will have their lawyers working for them to protect your rights. You need an experienced and dedicated truck accident lawyer working for you to recover the compensation you deserve.

Kisling, Nestico & Redick has represented countless truck accident victims over the past 15 years. We know how to investigate truck crashes properly and what it takes to make large trucking companies listen.

Call KNR today at 1-800-HURT-NOW. We offer free, no-risk consults and don’t get paid unless you recover compensation.

How Truck Accident Lawyers Investigate Liability

No two auto wrecks are the same. But, it’s important to know that truck accidents are especially complicated. These large vehicles have many parts that are not present in passenger cars. Additionally, the trucking industry is heavily regulated. These regulations frequently come into play when investigating what went wrong in a truck wreck.

It’s important that your legal team has a strong understanding of how large commercial trucking companies operate. Trucking companies work aggressively to remove any requirement to pay out damages after an accident and many lawyers who represent car accident victims are unfamiliar with the unique aspects of the trucking industry.

Your lawyer should investigate various parties associated with your wreck. This can include reconstructing the accident, interviewing witnesses, and collecting physical evidence because one or more of the following may be at-fault:

  • The truck driver – Drivers are often distracted or intoxicated when behind the wheel. Sometimes accidents happen when truck drivers break hour limit laws and spend too much time on the road.
  • The trucking company – A responsible driver may not be able to avoid a wreck if they are driving a vehicle that their employer failed to <>a href=”/practice-areas/truck-accidents/negligent-maintenance/” title=”Negligent Maintenance in a Truck Accident”>properly maintain. Corporations that hire truckers must follow the laws meant to keep the roads safe.
  • A loading company – Third party loaders often put cargo into a truck. However, accidents can result if the cargo is dangerous or improperly loaded.

Recovering Damages From A Negligent Party

To recover damages, your lawyer must show how the other party was negligent and how that resulted in your harm.

However, the insurance companies involved will work hard to reduce any requirement to pay you. They are known to be especially aggressive in truck accident cases since they don’t want to pay out large sums in damages.

At KNR, we understand how to build a strong case, so you recover the following after a truck accident:

  • Medical bills – Your hospital bills after a serious injury can add up very quickly. You can also recover compensation for future medical needs.
  • Lost wages – Those injured in truck accidents may not be able to return to normal activities for a long time. It’s important to secure lost wages as well as future lost earnings.
  • Pain and suffering – Your daily life may become much more difficult, and you might be in a lot of pain. Your compensation should address this.
  • Punitive damages – Unlike damages for your financial losses, these are meant to punish the negligent party for especially careless or malicious actions.

Do not delay in contacting a lawyer if you or a loved one have been hurt. Ohio has a two year statute of limitations for recovering damages in a personal injury case. Failure to file a claim can result in having your case dismissed. Your case can be very complicated, and the other parties have the resources to fight your claim every step of the way. Our lawyers understand how to investigate truck accidents and negotiate for damages, but the process can take time. Be sure to call a lawyer as soon as possible.

Kisling, Nestico & Redick Can Help You

Dozens of Ohioans are killed every year in truck accidents. Many are also badly injured, and some need medical attention for months or years afterward. It can be difficult to know who holds liability for compensating you for the harm you suffered, but it is important to know your rights and identify who’s accountable.

The truck driver and their employer will have an insurance company aggressively working to reduce any liability that it has to pay. You should have an attorney working hard for you too.

Kisling, Nestico & Redick has been representing Ohio truck accident victims for over 15 years. We know how to investigate trucking companies and what it takes to get results. To speak with one of our attorneys, call 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free, no-obligation consultation.