Truck Accident Lawyer Cleveland, OH
As a Cleveland, Ohio truck accident lawyer, I have witnessed the catastrophic injuries and fatalities associated with commercial truck crashes. A fully loaded semi-tractor trailer can weigh 80,000 pounds. An average passenger car or SUV weighs 3,000 to 6,000 pounds. You do not have to be a mathematician to understand that a big rig can do a massive amount of damage to smaller vehicles when a collision occurs. Recovering full compensation for victims of car crashes caused by commercial trucks often requires skilled analysis of insurance coverage, vehicle and trailer ownership, and other circumstances like drunk driving or violations of state and federal trucking regulations. Not only do truck crashes result in serious personal injuries, like spinal cord injuries, brain damage, amputation, disfigurement and permanent disability, more often than with routine car crashes, the unique nature of these accidents require the services of an experienced attorney who can go toe-to-toe with the big resources of insurance companies and trucking company lawyers.
As an experienced Cleveland, Ohio truck accident lawyer, I have investigated a number of injuries and deaths caused by negligent drivers of semi-tractor trailers, big-box trucks, and commercial vans. The trucking companies and businesses that hire these negligent drivers have a duty to investigate training, license, work history and driving history before employing a new driver. Once a new employee is hired to drive commercially, ongoing vigilance is necessary to ensure that the employee is complying with state and federal law and accepted truck industry practices. Both hiring and retention of safe drivers is the company’s responsibility.
But trucking companies’ responsibilities do not end with hiring safe drivers. State and federal regulations set forth requirements on vehicle maintenance, including brakes and lights, work hours, drug testing, and related safety standards. As a qualified truck accident lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio, I make it my business to thoroughly investigate all of the circumstances surrounding a commercial truck crash. Even though a business employing a truck driver is responsible for injuries caused by the truck driver’s negligence, the specific acts of negligence must be proven and, if egregious, may entitle personal injury victims to recovery of both compensatory and punitive damages. Every investigation must include a review of the police report, witness statements, the driving log, maintenance records, hiring records, satellite data, “black box” data, sunrise/sunset time tables, meteorological data, toxicology results, drug and alcohol testing, and related information.
In looking for a Cleveland, Ohio truck accident lawyer, it is important to hire a personal injury and wrongful death attorney who is experienced in investigating truck accidents. We keep current on the latest trucking industry trends, rules, and regulations through membership in the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA). But that is not enough. You need a law firm that has the know-how to review medical records in order to determine the full nature and extent of truck-related injuries, and one with the resources to fully evaluate the harms and losses caused by a negligent truck driver. These harms and losses, called “damages” by personal injury attorneys, may include economic projections of future loss of wages, benefits and earning potential as well as future costs of medical care and disability-related expenses. Our law firm routinely hires economists, life care planners, case managers, and rehabilitation experts to prove these complex economic losses.
To learn more about how a truck accident lawyer can help you, contact Mishkind Kulwicki Law Co., L.P.A. today.