When a semi truck and a passenger vehicle collide, the effects can be devastating. Depending on their speed, it can take semi-trucks up to three times longer to stop than the average motor vehicle.
Semis can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, causing collisions to have more fatal outcomes. The most catastrophic semi-truck accidents occur in rural areas, where speeds often exceed those in urban environments. Nearly 60 percent of fatal large-truck accidents occur near rural areas. Fatigue, driver error, and negligence can all play a significant role in a semi-truck crash.
How to file a lawsuit in a semi-truck accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in crash involving a semi-truck, you have many questions. Siegel Brill’s experienced team of attorneys can help answer your questions, and help you and your family begin the healing process.
Attorneys John Dornik and Elliot Olsen each have nearly 30 years representing people harmed by commercial vehicles. Both have an excellent working knowledge of the types of violations of federal trucking regulations that often directly lead to serious and deadly accidents.
How can an attorney help?
Siegel Brill’s attorneys can help gain access to information such as commercial driver’s license (CDL) paperwork, drug-screening results, logbook information, and other details necessary to obtaining the compensation you need.
What will an attorney do?
Siegel Brill’s attorneys will begin by independently investigating the incident:
- Gather and preserve evidence: Gathering necessary information such as CDL papers, drug and alcohol screen results, logbooks, etc.
- Preserve “black box” evidence: Most trucks have an Electronic Control Module (ECM) that gathers and preserves engine and speed data, which includes: overall average speed; highest speed; time driven; amount of time driving faster than 65 miles per hour; average RPMs; idling time, etc. Siegel Brill’s attorneys will move immediately to see that this data is properly preserved and downloaded
- Determine the type of negligence: Siegel Brill’s attorneys will discover if the responsible party knowingly, willingly, or recklessly violates state or federal law.
- Hire experts: An experienced trucking attorney can hire the right expert for your case. An expert might conduct an accident reconstruction. They also will be able to provide valuable insights about your specific case.
What kind of compensation can be recovered?
You may be eligible to receive compensation for the following:
- medical expenses
- pain and suffering
- lost wages
- lost earning capacity
- loss of companionship
- special damages.
What can a motorist do to avoid an accident?
- Avoid semi-truck blind spots.
- Give semi-trucks space.
- Pass with caution.
- Call 911 if you see unsafe driving.