Truck Accident Lawyers in Southern Ohio
Compassionate Chillicothe Personal Injury Attorneys Fight for Substantial Damages for Victims of Serious Truck Accidents
Following a truck accident, there are usually far more questions than answers. Was the truck driver negligent? For example, did drunk driving or distracted driving cause the driver to take his eyes off the road? Was the truck properly maintained? In addition to all the questions, it’s likely you are suffering from significant personal injuries. We can help by getting the answers to those questions and by fighting for justice for you and your family.
Contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis as soon as possible after your truck accident. We have collected millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for good people, like you, who were injured due to the negligence of truck drivers and trucking companies. Call today for a free consultation about your accident.
Common Truck Accidents in Ohio Can Result in Catastrophic Injuries Throughout Jackson, Chillicothe and Surrounding Areas of Ross County, Scioto County, Pike County and Beyond
Richard Lewis is an experienced truck accident injury lawyer and he knows that there are potentially many entities who can be held responsible for causing the accident that resulted in your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one. While you focus on recovery, we will get to the bottom of what happened. Rest assured, once we identify the negligent parties, we will fight for justice for your family.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that due to the size and weight of trucks, including semis, 18-wheelers, tractor trailers, big rigs and all commercial trucks, the drivers and passengers of cars and motorcycles are far more likely to be injured in a truck accident. In fact, the Federal Highway Safety Administration reports 3,906 people lost their lives in fatal truck crashes in the US in 2013 (according to the most recent data available.)
Some of the deadliest trucking accidents that happen in Ohio are caused by:
Mechanical Failure: The federal government requires trucking companies to maintain the fleet of trucks. This means not allowing any vehicle on the road unless it is in excellent working condition. Mechanical failure is often the cause of truck accidents.
Trucking Company Negligence: Failure to maintain trucks and equipment, forcing employees to work illegally long shifts, failing to properly secure cargo and ignoring load weight regulations can result in deadly crashes.
It’s not unusual for the trucking company to blame the drivers for accidents. This is true even though, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, the companies are responsible for training truck drivers and holding them accountable for failing to follow the rules of the road.
These are some common mistakes made by truck drivers that result in tractor trailer accidents:
DWI/DUI: Drunk or Drugged Driving is a serious crime. Further, the accidents caused by truck drivers who operate machinery while intoxicated are often fatal.
Falling Asleep at the Wheel: Driver fatigue is a huge problem. Even if the driver doesn’t actually fall asleep, drowsiness causes serious crashes.
Distracted Driving: Using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle is illegal and dangerous. When a tractor trailer driver texts or talks on the phone, the result can be disastrous. Further, eating, adjusting the radio and smoking are potentially deadly truck driver distractions.
Reckless Driving: All drivers must follow the rules of the road. Any truck driver who speeds, changes lanes inappropriately, fails to yield to other vehicles, etc., can be cited for reckless driving.
Skilled Truck Accident Attorney Offers Free Consultations
When you or someone you love is hurt in a truck crash, it’s completely understandable that you want justice. There are bills to pay and potentially a long road of recovery ahead. You need to hire a personal injury lawyer who will fight for the justice you need, want and deserve following a truck accident.
Contact the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis right away about your truck accident. We will fully investigate your crash and work tirelessly to hold the negligent parties responsible for your injuries. The consultation is free and there are no upfront legal fees. Further, we take all personal injury cases on contingency. You won’t pay anything unless we win money for you at settlement or in court.