Michigan Truck Accident Attorney
Representation for the Injured Since 1986
The size, structure, and weight of commercial vehicles create enough accident risk without adding in truck driver negligence caused by long hours, competitive pay structures, and, in some cases, downright bad driving. When trucking accidents happen, they often result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities — injuries and fatalities that could have been prevented. Injury claims for trucking accidents are often complex because there are multiple parties involved. Truck drivers, trucking companies, and their insurers work hard to protect their interests. It is important to have a skilled advocate to protect yours. At Adler Firm, PLLC, our Michigan truck accident attorney has helped many people across the state get answers, benefits, and compensation since 1986. We’re not afraid to go up against powerful insurance companies and large trucking companies to achieve your legal goals.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can be caused by the same factors that cause car accidents, like speeding and drunk driving, though because they’re typically commercial vehicles regulated by the federal government, they can also be caused by factors unique to the trucking industry.
Causes of trucking accidents often fall under one of the following scenarios:
- Unbalanced or improperly secured loads, which can fall off the truck and create road hazards or hit other vehicles or cause trucks to tip over while making turns.
- Fatigued driving, which can cause drivers to drift over lanes or even fail to stop at stop signs and red lights. Fatigued driving is common among truck drivers who have to transport cargo overnight and for long periods of time and can be as dangerous as driving under the influence.
- Weather conditions or traffic congestion that makes the safe operation of large vehicles challenging.
- When truck brakes or transmissions fail, causing a truck driver to lose control. In these cases, a truck manufacturer can be held responsible for defects or faulty brakes, or the trucking company can be held responsible if it’s revealed that they failed to inspect their truck before use.
After an accident involving any commercial vehicle, whether it is a delivery truck or an 18-wheeler, a detailed investigation into the cause of the accident is fundamental to a successful case on behalf of the injured. A review of the truck’s “black box” and the driver’s log may reveal negligence pointing to driver error. Inspection of the truck may uncover defective truck components that should have been monitored and repaired.
Securing Compensation Under Michigan’s No-Fault Law
Semi-truck accidents fall under Michigan’s no-fault law, meaning anyone injured in a truck collision can claim benefits from their no-fault insurance like lost wages for up to three years, replacement services for three years, and unlimited lifetime benefits for allowable expenses.
Because truck accidents require a thorough knowledge of not only the trucking industry, but of state no-fault laws, too, you need to hire a personal injury attorney who has demonstrated experience and success in these areas. Our attorney has handled complex cases involving Michigan laws as well as trucking accident cases and knows what evidence is needed to support your claim.
With over three decades of experience, we have the knowledge and resources needed to investigate your accident and collect truck driver information and logs, crash reports, medical records, witness statements, and more.
Through our advocacy, we can determine whether liability falls on the truck company, the truck driver, manufacturers, or some other party. We can then recover the following damages:
- Medical bills and aftercare
- At-home nursing care, if the injuries are catastrophic
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Property damage, including costs of car repairs or replacements
- Pain and suffering
Truck accidents often result in serious injuries, like spinal cord and neck injuries, head and brain trauma, loss of limbs, paralysis, and burns. You may require extensive surgeries as a result, and if you lose the loss of a limb completely, you’ll need nursing care like medical equipment like wheelchairs, lifts, and more. Our attorney considers all of these needs when calculating how much compensation you require. With us on your side, you don’t need to worry about your future.
Our Michigan truck accident attorney can handle complex claims, including those involving commercial trucking companies. Call us at (888) 966-9524 if you need dedicated legal representation.