Legal Help in Ohio if Injured in Semi-Truck Accident
Merely driving next to a semi-truck on a highway can be nerve-wracking. They’re big, heavy vehicles with the potential to cause tremendous amounts of damage and very serious — or fatal — injuries if a truck driver loses control. If you’ve been involved in a semi-truck accident, call Kisling, Nestico & Redick today.
People who are the victims of collisions involving large commercial trucks often suffer major injuries that can require lengthy recovery periods, hospitalization, surgeries, or physical therapy.
Common injuries sustained in commercial truck accidents can include:
- Broken bones
- Amputated limbs
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries or whiplash
- Back or spinal cord injuries
- Torn ligaments or muscle injuries
- Disfiguring lacerations
If this has happened to you, you’re likely in significant pain and may be unable to work while you recover. The combination of numerous medical bills and loss of income because of your accident may leave you feeling hopeless and overwhelmed.
However, there is help available. Through a personal injury claim and with the help of a team of talented Ohio truck accident lawyers, such as the attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, you may be able to recover compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
The law firm of Kisling, Nestico & Redick has a long history of representing truck accident victims in Ohio. Our goal is to collect and preserve the evidence we need to hold truck drivers and their employers accountable for the damage they cause.
One call does it all — call 1-800-HURT-NOW today to schedule a free appointment to discuss your case. We have law offices in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown.
Driver Errors in Commercial Truck Accidents
Because of the large dimensions of big rigs and the considerable speeds they can reach quickly, these types of commercial vehicles are very dangerous in a collision. Big commercial trucks are far more difficult to stop than a traditional passenger car. The mechanical elements needed to drive them forward, maneuver them, and stop them are complicated and require much training in order to operate them safely. Big trucks also need a lot more maintenance than passenger vehicles. In addition, semi-trucks have vast blind spots, making them more likely to collide with adjacent vehicles.
Some common driver errors that cause commercial truck crashes include:
- Driving while fatigued
- Using stimulants to stay awake
- Driving while distracted by a cell phone or even a DVD player in the truck’s cab
- Failing to check blind spots
- Failing to make sure lanes are clear before making a wide turn
- Driving in a way that is unreasonable for road or weather conditions
Trucking Company Negligence
Beyond the obvious ways that a driver might cause an accident, a trucking company might also be negligent in ways that contributed to causing your injuries. Because of the amount of money involved in commercial trucking, some unethical employers put undue pressure on their drivers to drive more than is safe, violate federal or state regulations, or otherwise create an unhealthy working environment for truck drivers, which can lead to truck collisions and even fatal accidents.
Some commercial trucking firms also cut corners when it comes to the safety of their vehicles on our roads here in Ohio. Whether a commercial trucking company owns or leases their tractor trailers, they are required by law not only to provide regular inspections and maintenance of their trucks, but also to maintain records of these inspections as well as any repairs made to the truck.
If the trucking firm delays these kinds of crucial inspections or falls down when it comes time to repair those vehicles so they can operate safely, they have opened themselves up to a lawsuit based on their negligent practices. Putting an unsafe big rig on the road is wrong and those unethical firms that indulge in these practices for profit deserve to be held accountable for the injuries, damages, suffering, and even deaths that may result from their actions.
Some common ways that a trucking company might be negligent include:
- Failing to provide adequate training for drivers
- Failing to properly maintain or inspect trucks
- Failing to maintain and enforce safety policies
- Hiring drivers who aren’t qualified or who have bad driving records
- Pressuring drivers to work longer hours than federal or state rules allow
- Overloading trucks or failing to secure loads
Contact an Ohio Truck Accident Lawyer Today For a Free Consultation
If you were injured in an accident with a large commercial truck, it’s best to engage an experienced Ohio personal injury attorney with a track record of success. Truck accidents cases can be complex both in terms of the evidence and the overlapping state and federal laws that may apply. A skilled truck accident lawyer can help you navigate the overwhelming legal process and fight to obtain the maximum possible compensation for your injuries.
Our truck accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have more than 500 years of combined experience that gives them the knowledge and resources to handle complex truck accident cases. As one of the largest personal injury firms in Ohio, we’re prepared to stand up to large trucking or insurance companies on your behalf and fight to obtain justice for you.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle or any other incident involving an 18-wheeler, big rig or another large commercial truck, the lawyers of Kisling, Nestico & Redick can pursue the compensation you need and deserve.
Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW or fill out our online contact form to arrange a free initial consultation with our Ohio semi-truck accident attorneys. We offer no recovery, no fees — you will never be asked to pay an attorney fee unless you successfully obtain compensation for your case.