Every year, 500,000 large trucks, or “semis,” are involved in accidents on our roads. Â Of these, 5,000 involve fatalities.
In fact, 1 out of every 8 people killed in a traffic accident in the United States is killed in an accident involving a truck.
The size and speed of a truck alone can mean serious consequences if an accident were to occur. Add in perverse incentives that compel truckers to drive while fatigued – often pulling 16-hour days or more! – and you can see how semi trucks are a disaster just waiting to happen.
Many truck accidents end in injury or fatality. If you or a loved one has been injured (or a loved one killed) in an accident involving a tractor-trailer or other large truck, come to us to discuss your legal options. If the driver of the truck made some poor decisions, you might be eligible for compensation; our attorneys here at Brown and Crouppen can help you make the right decisions about your case and help you avoid limiting your possible benefits.
How to Know if You Really Have a Case
Many victims of accidents involving a truck, semi, or 18-wheeler wonder if they truly have a case, and what the next step should be. Is the driver at fault? Or is the trucking company? Just how extensive were the injuries, and where would a judge draw the line in terms of compensation? Is the case something that should be brought to court?
Unfortunately, there are no clear answers that fit all cases. Each case is unique. The best thing to do is to speak with an attorney familiar with this type of accident to get an honest assessment of the compensation you can reasonably expect.
That’s why we offer our first consultation for free. We can even come to you, if that is more convenient. We will assess your case and suggest how to move forward only if we think you can win.
Why Brown & Crouppen Has Specialists in Truck Accident Lawsuits
With trucking accidents, some responsibility for an accident might fall on the driver, but some of it might fall on the trucking company – making them partially or fully liable for the accident. And while many trucking companies are dedicated to safety, many others push drivers to the limit in order to have their goods delivered on time. The greed of these companies has already cost thousands of lives.
The truth is that you cannot always tell the “good” companies from the unscrupulous ones. If you are injured in an accident involving a truck or tractor trailer, you need to seek out an attorney you can trust.
Brown & Crouppen has attorneys who specialize in Truck accidents for just this reason. We have become experts in these types of cases, and know the specific ways to handle them:
- We understand the licensing requirements for truck drivers for various kinds of loads, and we know how to argue for negligence if the driver does not have the proper credentials.
- Injuries involving trucks can be much more severe, and even lead to untimely death. We help juries understand the possible extent of those injuries.
- We know the statistics on, and the signs of, driver fatigue. We also know what evidence to collect in a truck accident lawsuit, and the best ways to go about it. We’ll even contact the appropriate experts, if those are needed.
- Every step of the way, we will advocate for you.
A Case Example Involving a Truck
“High School Runner Struck by Utility Truck Receives Settlement”
A high school student who was struck from behind by a utility truck while running on the side of the road settled his personal injury lawsuit against the utility for $1 million. The student was running so that he could see oncoming traffic; the driver crossed the center line and veered into the northbound lane, striking the student from behind. The student ended up spending two weeks in the hospital with multiple surgeries and procedures. He also was left unable to run competitively, which may limit his ability to secure a college athletic scholarship. Without admitting liability, the insurance company agreed to settle the claim for $1 million.