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Washington County Truck Accident Lawyers
If you have been severely hurt in a truck wreck, you are likely looking for Washington County truck accident lawyers who may be able to help you win your injury case. The aftermath of an accident is a difficult time for injured victims, and having a lawyer by your side can make it easier. Please contact our office today to set up a free initial consultation with one of our experienced Washington County truck accident lawyers.
Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents
When someone is driving in a way that violates the rules of the road and poses a threat to the safety of others, that is considered negligence. The most common reasons truck accidents happen are as follow:
Distracted driving — One of the biggest reasons accidents happen on the road. When people are not being cautious on the road, it creates a safety hazard. That might be because they are answering emails, looking at their texts, calling people, or changing a song on their phone. This all qualifies as distracted driving and as negligent behavior that could cause an accident.
Driving under the influence — DUI is something that can get you into a lot of trouble and also qualifies as negligence. If someone is operating a truck while intoxicated or under the influence of a substance, it dramatically impairs their ability to drive and can cause catastrophic or fatal damage to other drivers on the road. Trucks are already hard to handle; add impairment to it and it is deadly.
Reckless driving — This category can inculde going way over the speed limit, weaving in an out of traffic, or zipping around corners. It might even be considered reckless driving for a truck operator to be driving on inadequate sleep. These truck drivers clock in enormous miles and long hours. They may feel pressured to finish a drive with little to no sleep which can be just as dangerous as intoxicated driving.
Jackknife Crashes — In jackknife crashes, semi-trucks can begin to skid in an uncontrolled manner, typically horizontally across the road. The trailer swings to form a 90 degree angle and “locks” in place. When jackknifing occurs, both the semi and its trailer will continue absent operator control and can take out all vehicles in its path.
Operator Negligence — There are many regulations concerning licensing, logging and reporting concerning operators. The primary purpose is to prevent operator negligence and to put safe drivers behind the wheel. Far too often semi operators will intentionally and inaccurately log hourly entries into the company’s logbook to justify faster delivery times. Many drivers today are also taking artificial stimulants to enhance sleep-deprived operation. Locating and preserving these artificial records can prove operator negligence. Proving that the company had knowledge of specific conduct and condoned the conduct can allow for punitive damages.
Inadequate Maintenance — For over-the-road rigs, maintenance involving tire pressure, tire locks and axles are as commonplace as changing one’s oil in a passenger car. A failed tire lock can result in a tire on the roadway or a trailer spinning out of control. At Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, we once investigated a truck’s history, only to learn that the rig had been sitting unattended in a remote farm field 90 days prior to the crash. Many parts had been stripped or damaged. No effort was made by the operator or owner to ensure the rig was safe for the road before placing it back into service. Expert analysis revealed that the tire locks had been damaged and caused the accident.
The First Steps of a Successful Truck Accident Case
To have success when pursuing a truck accident case, you want to ensure that you take three important steps:
- Seek emergency medical care
- Collect evidence
- Hire a lawyer
When you are hurt in a truck accident, it is likely severe. You need to make sure you are seen by a doctor as soon as possible so that you can begin your recovery. You need to prioritize your wellbeing, and getting treatment is the way to do so.
A truck accident case is only as strong as the evidence you have to back it. If you have photos and videos of the crash site, you will have a better argument against the insurance company that represents the liable party.
Lastly, if you want to have success in your case, it is important to hire a lawyer as soon as you possibly can so that they can get started on your case right away. It will help you from making case-ruining mistakes, as well as make sure you are on track for success.
Avoid Talking to the Insurance Company for the Liable Party
Truck insurance companies are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to trying to reduce the compensation that they owe you. They will reach out to you shortly after the accident asking for a recorded statement. It would be the wisest option not to give them one as they can use it against you to get you to say something that would absolve them of responsibility in your case. You should have your lawyer take over this communication to protect you from this.
Washington County Truck Accident Statute of Limitations
The most helpful thing to do after your accident is to get in touch with a lawyer who is experienced in truck accidents. We strongly advise that you do this as soon as you can so that you are on track for a successful case.
In Wisconsin, as per state law, you are allowed three years from the date of your truck accident to bring your claim in civil court in pursuit of compensation. If you do not get your case brought within this amount of time, you will be barred from receiving compensation.
The sooner you get in contact with someone, the better off you will be. Your lawyer should be allotted as much time as you can give them. If you hire a lawyer as soon as you are able to, you will likely have a stronger case with fresh witness testimony and locked-in evidence.
Please Call Our Washington County Truck Accident Lawyers Today
Have you been seriously injured in a truck accident? Please call our office today to set up a free initial consultation with one of our highly skilled Washington County truck accident lawyers.