If you were injured in a trucking accident, you need the immediate help of an experienced Michigan truck accident lawyer.
The size and weight of trucks, semi tractor-trailers, and 18-wheeler means that a crash often results in devastating or even fatal injuries. These cases require a law firm that specializes in large trucking accident litigation because the law is complex and the stakes are very high. Choosing a lawyer without experience in trucking cases can cost you millions of dollars in a settlement.
The best thing you can do is hire an award winning attorney with the knowledge and skill to fight for you. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means there are no legal fees or expenses unless you receive a settlement. We pay all of the case expenses and never ask you for any money out of your pocket. We only get paid at the end of the case.
Our skilled and compassionate attorneys will gather evidence surrounding your accident and work tirelessly to build your claim for compensation.
We will work hard to get you every penny that you deserve for you pain and suffering. We will also deal directly with your insurance company to get all of you medical bills, lost wages, and other no-fault insurance benefits paid. You can focus on your recovery and we will take care of everything from start to finish.
- Do I need to hire a truck lawyer?
- What are the main causes of truck accidents?
- What steps should I take after an accident?
- When should I hire a truck accident lawyer?
- What types of injuries can I sue for after an accident?
- Who can I sue after a truck accident?
Get the Best Michigan Truck Accident Lawyer
The truck accident lawyers at Buckfire Law specialize in large truck accident cases and have received the top awards in the legal profession, including:
- The Best Lawyers in America
- National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Reports
- 10 Best Michigan Law Firms
- Super Lawyers
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
We have earned these awards for our achievements on behalf of our clients since 1969. We will put the same hard work into your case that we have done for injury victims for the past 50 years.
How Can We Help You after a Michigan Truck Accident?
Our motor vehicle negligence team will begin our work immediately. We will hire the top investigators and accident reconstruction experts, interview witnesses, and preserve all-important evidence.
We will also help you with your claims for no-fault insurance benefits. Our paralegals will assist you in preparing the required forms, submit them for you, and deal directly with the insurance adjuster to make sure that your medical bills and lost wages are promptly paid.
We take care of everything from start to finish so you can focus on your road to recovery.
If the crash involved a fatality, we will open the probate estate for you and have the necessary paperwork filed at the courthouse.
We will also help you get all bills paid, including funeral and medical expenses, and file a claim for survivors’ loss benefits on your behalf with the insurance company.
Most Common Truck Types Involved in Crashes
When referring to truck accidents, lawyers generally refer to crashes caused by large commercial type trucks.
Commercial trucks are vehicles used for the transport of commercial goods or property and are driven by professional truck drivers for compensation.
While pickups and large SUVs may be considered trucks by the general public, cases referred to as “truck accidents” are for larger vehicles.
The most common types of trucks driven on Michigan roads and interstate highways are:
- Tow trucks
- Garbage & dump trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Concrete mixers
- Construction equipment
- Delivery vehicles
- Log carriers
- Flatbed trailers
- Postal trucks, U-Hauls, Fed Ex & UPS trucks
What is the Definition of a Commercial Vehicle?
A commercial vehicle is a motor vehicle that is used to transport passengers for hire, a truck constructed or used to transport goods and merchandise, or one used to pull other vehicles.
The vehicle must have a weight of more than 10,001 pounds of combined weight, which includes the vehicle weight and any cargo or passengers.
If transporting passengers, it must be used for more than eight passengers, including the driver if used for compensation or more than 15 passengers if there is no compensation. Many buses are classified as commercial vehicles.
What Causes Most Truck Accidents?
While mistakes are common on the roadways, the cause of a truck crash is often due to the careless, reckless, or malicious behavior of a trucker or other driver.
For truckers, poor training, fatigue, improper turns, blind spots, and equipment failures — such as faulty reflectors, lights, and malfunctioning brakes — are common reasons for wrecks. Serious injuries are often caused by tires and other parts falling or flying off the truck while traveling at a high speed.
In other cases, however, a wreck may be the result of improper loading or overloading.
If a semi or tractor-trailer is not properly loaded, the extra weight may cause it to lose balance. Similarly, the weight might affect the truck driver’s ability to stop and control the truck, especially during braking and turns. Because of this, overloaded trucks are at a greater risk for rollovers.
Drivers are not allowed to use a handheld cell phone while driving a commercial vehicle but can use hands-free phones. However, distracted driving is a major problem with drivers of large trucks.
No matter the cause, the resulting damages inflicted on an accident victim are severe. Many victims suffer catastrophic injuries, like spinal cord and brain injuries. Other crashes cause deaths.
What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?
It is frightening to be in any type of motor vehicle accident, but crashes involving a large truck are even more terrifying.
It is important to remain at the scene after the crash. Leaving the scene, even if there was only property damage, without filing a report can be a criminal offense.
You should stay for the police to arrive so you can give your version of how the accident happened and to exchange information with the other driver.
Many times, the police officer only speaks to the truck driver and your explanation of the facts does not become part of the official report.
If you were injured, getting prompt medical attention is the most important thing.
It is best to wait for EMS to arrive so you can be treated at the scene before being taken to a hospital. Make sure to describe all of your injuries and pains to emergency medical personnel and the police officers.
If your vehicle has significant damage, you should remove personal property before it is towed away.
You should get the names and phone numbers of any eyewitnesses and take photographs of all of the involved vehicles.
You can even take photos of the driver’s license and insurance card of the other driver to prevent any mistakes if you were to just write down the information.
When Should I Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?
It is smart to hire a truck accident lawyer immediately after the crash.
The trucking company will have its team of investigators on the scene gather evidence within hours. You need your own team of experts at the location to interview witnesses, take photographs, and measure any skid marks or other road markings that were caused by the accident.
In addition, it is very important to have all vehicles inspected as soon as possible.
We hire the top accident reconstruction experts, engineers, and metallurgists to take measurements, photograph property damage, and to preserve any evidence that may prove fault for the crash.
We also will have our investigators download the black box, or event data recorder from all vehicles. This data provides excellent evidence of driver speeds, braking, and actions before and at the time of the crash. This data is often the best evidence to prove and win your case.
While you may be able to settle a small car accident case without an attorney, you definitely need one for a big truck accident case.
The trucking lawyers and insurance adjusters are very sophisticated and begin denying fault and defending the case within a short time after the crash. You do not stand a chance against their team unless you have an experienced truck accident lawyer in your corner.
Serious Injuries Caused in a Truck Accident
While the injuries sustained in any motor vehicle collision can be severe, accidents involving trucks tend to lead to serious injuries. While some damages may be minor — such as scrapes, bruises, and sprains — others may may be catastrophic and life-changing. The most serious injuries suffered in a Michigan truck accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries, closed head injuries, and concussions
- Spinal cord injures, including quadriplegia and paraplegia
- Back and neck injuries, like herniated discs and bulging discs
- Broken bones and fractures
- Knee and shoulder injuries, such as a torn meniscus or a rotator cuff tear
- Nerve damage in the arms, legs, and hands
- Burns to the face and body
- Permanent scars and disfigurements
Along with the physical suffered by a collision with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, an injured person will likely have significant psychological and emotional trauma. This occurs from the physical pain associated with the injuries and the effects on a person due to life-altering injuries. These emotional injuries affect the victim, spouses, partners, and children.
The pie chart below shows the injury severity frequency of people involved in large truck accidents in Michigan in 2018. Approximately 25% of all truck accidents end in minor injuries, while more than 10% of injuries are deemed as serious. However, minor injuries do not mean no harm was done but rather the level did not require surgery or lengthy hospitalization.
- Killed: 3.06%
- Possible Injuries: 60.7%
- Suspected Minor Injuries: 25.6%
- Suspected Serious Injuries: 10.6%
Who Can I Sue if I was Hit by a Truck?
You can sue the truck driver if you were hit by a truck.
To win your case against the driver, the evidence must prove the truck driver drove negligently, carelessly, or violated the rules of the road and caused the accident. Essentially, you must show the trucker was at fault. You can also sue the trucking company for the crash.
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