Cincinnati Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a tractor-trailer accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be owed compensation for your injuries. Tractor-trailers can cause some of the most devastating accidents simply because they are so much larger and heavier than an average passenger vehicle and can cause significant damage to the vehicle and its occupants. While many cars weigh around 5,000 pounds, a fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
If you have been part of this type of horrific accident, it has likely affected your life drastically. You may be recovering from significant injuries and facing a growing list of medical bills. Even minor injuries can get costly, and the mental and emotional effects of such a traumatic accident may leave you afraid to drive again and susceptible to anxiety and depression.
The Cincinnati truck accident lawyers of Lawrence & Associates Accident and Injury Lawyers, LLC recognize that accidents impact each person differently. There is no cookie-cutter approach to helping clients through a personal injury claim process. Instead, we take the time to get to know you individually and then advocate for the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
Contact us today online or call us at (513) 351-5997 for a free consultation.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Most large trucking companies have access to powerful lawyers. Their attorneys have a great deal of experience protecting the assets of the trucking companies and will do everything in their power to prove that their clients were not at fault for the accident to avoid paying you money, even from their insurance policy.
Since the trucking company has a powerful attorney on its side, you should too. An attorney will be able to help you gather valuable evidence, including utilizing expert witnesses and accident reconstruction techniques to get a better understanding of what happened and how your injuries occurred. Additionally, attorneys have a deep understanding of Ohio law and will help you recognize how these laws apply in your unique situation.
Why Choose Lawrence & Associates Accident and Injury Lawyers, LLC?
Our attorneys utilize modern technology and innovative ideas that give us a competitive advantage over other local attorneys. We take the time to understand how the insurance company’s software works, which helps us maximize claims. Additionally, we provide many electronic options such as virtual appointments and a web interface to send documents. These options take some of the stress out of the legal process and allow you to focus your energy on recovering from your injuries.
We have been serving residents of Cincinnati and surrounding areas since 2005. Many prominent organizations have honored our lawyers, including Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and The National Trial Lawyers. While we are proud of these accomplishments, the most important measure of our success is our satisfied clients.
Common Causes for Tractor-Trailer Accidents
There are many factors that can lead to a tractor-trailer accident. While some things, like weather, are out of a driver’s control, how they respond to such conditions and other hazards of the road can have a huge impact on the safety of those around them. Some common factors in tractor-trailer accidents include:
- Turning or changing lanes abruptly
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Severe weather
- Poor lighting
- Poorly roads
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Vehicle malfunction
There are some situations, such as vehicle malfunction, where the truck driver is unable to do anything to avoid an accident. If this occurs, there might be an additional party at fault aside from the trucking company.
Determining Liability for a Tractor-Trailer Accident
An attorney can investigate the details of your accident from many sources, including witnesses, police reports, medical records, accident reconstruction, and more. This will allow us to understand who may be responsible for your injuries. Common at-fault parties include:
- Trucking company and/or driver – Truck drivers must go through certain training before receiving their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), as well as continuing training throughout their career. Driving mistakes could be due to an individual’s poor decisions, or the company’s failure to provide adequate training.
- Third-party cargo loaders – Some trucking companies contract with cargo loaders to fill their trucks. If an unbalanced or unsecured load leads to an accident, this third-party company may be at fault along with the trucking company.
- Truck manufacturer or maintenance company – When a vehicle malfunction causes the driver to lose control of the vehicle and an accident results, further investigation may determine what caused the problem. An outside maintenance company may be responsible for faulty maintenance. If the vehicle manufacturer sold a defective truck, they may be liable.
- Government agencies – In some circumstances, unmaintained roads or improper signage can cause an accident. If this is the case, the government agency that maintains that road may be liable for the resulting injuries.
There are some instances when multiple parties may be at-fault for the accident. These situations can get quite complicated, but a skilled attorney knows how to work with all these factors and will support you every step of the way. Contact us immediately if you have pressing questions about your case.
Types of Compensation Available
While we cannot guarantee a certain amount of compensation, it is helpful to understand some of the common types of compensation that may be available, including money for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Lower quality of life
- Physical impairment and disfigurement
An attorney can help you understand more specifically what your case may be worth during an initial consultation.
Contact a Cincinnati Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorney Today
In addition to physical pain, you may be feeling a variety of emotions following a tractor-trailer accident. Anger, frustration, sadness, and fear for the future are common. At Lawrence & Associates Accident and Injury Lawyers, LLC, we try to understand the big picture of how the accident has affected you and will continue to affect you in the coming years. This helps us build a compelling argument as we pursue compensation on your behalf.
Our firm has over 15 years of experience advocating for the people of Cincinnati and surrounding areas. We operate on a contingency basis, which means you will not owe us anything until we successfully secure compensation for you. Many people feel overwhelmed by the whole legal process. We will guide you every step of the way so you do not have to stress about the legal details and can focus more of your energy on recovering.
Contact us today online, or call us at (513) 351-5997 for a free consultation.