How Common Are Truck Accidents?
An average of half a million truck accidents occur annually, deaths from large commercial truck crashes reached their highest level in 29 years in 2017. Fatalities from big truck collisions rose, even though the overall traffic fatality rate declined during the same year. In fact, large truck fatalities rose 9 percent, to 4,761—an increase of 392 lives lost over the prior year. In most cases, the driver and passengers in the much smaller passenger vehicle will be hurt much more severely than the truck driver, and sometimes even killed.
When an 80,000-pound truck collides with a 3,000-pound passenger vehicle, it simply stands to reason the injuries will be much more catastrophic for those in the passenger vehicle. If you are a victim of a Michigan truck accident, know that those at The Lobb Law Firm take truck accident very seriously, understanding that the injuries resulting from a truck accident are likely to be traumatic. Following a Michigan truck accident, you need professional guidance from a legal expert—neglecting to obtain such advice can prevent you from receiving the compensation you need to recover from the damages. The experienced Southfield injury lawyers from The Lobb Law Firm will fight for your rights following your truck accident.
Typical Causes of Truck Accidents
Every Michigan truck accident has its own set of circumstances, however, there are a number of factors which may be associated with a truck accident, including:
- Inexperienced drivers—Despite the fact that commercial truck drivers must attend training programs, far too many truck drivers take to the roadways without the necessary training and experience. Further, while trucking companies are required to perform comprehensive background checks on new hires, corners are often cut, resulting in truck drivers who should not be sharing the roads with others.
- Poorly secured cargo—Trucks often carry top-heavy loads, meaning they can turn over when going around a curve or coming to an abrupt stop. When a driver makes a fast, unexpected stop while driving a tanker-trailer carrying liquids, the liquids can “slosh” forward with such force, the truck can jackknife. Other times, the straps which secure cargo may not be properly checked, resulting in cargo spread across a busy highway.
- Distracted truck drivers—Like most drivers, truck drivers are more likely to be distracted than they might have been in the past. Distraction comes in many forms—changing radio stations or fiddling with other controls, trying to read a map or enter an address in a GPS while driving, eating an entire meal while driving, texting or talking on the phone, or simply not paying attention to the road and other drivers.
- Lack of vehicle maintenance—The companies who own and operate large commercial trucks are responsible for ensuring their fleets are well-maintained. Truck drivers also bear some responsibility for truck maintenance, particularly for inspecting tires and brakes on a regular basis. Unfortunately, truck maintenance is often lax, resulting in an accident.
- Reckless driving behaviors—In an effort to deliver loads quickly, some truck drivers may exceed the speed limit, drive too closely to other vehicles, weave in and out of traffic, fail to yield, and just generally put other drivers at risk.
- Fatigue—Truck drivers routinely drive up to eleven hours at a stretch. If you have ever driven for eleven hours straight, you know how exhausting it can be. Because truck drivers are pushed to deliver loads quickly, and because their paycheck depends on how quickly loads are delivered, many truck drivers routinely operate under a cloud of fatigue. Fatigued drivers have slower reaction times, therefore are more likely to cause an accident.
Regardless of the cause of your Michigan truck accident, our knowledgeable Southfield injury lawyers can help. We understand that injuries resulting from a truck accident are often catastrophic, leaving you injured, unable to work, and unable to even pay your normal monthly expenses, let alone your medical expenses.
You are probably frustrated with your situation and the fact that your entire life has changed through no fault of your own. Dealing with insurance companies and trucking companies can quickly turn into yet another nightmare. This does not have to be your reality. At The Lobb Law Firm, we want you to be able to focus on nothing more than healing from your injuries, returning to some sense of normalcy, while we focus on aggressively defending your rights.
Who is Responsible for Your Michigan Truck Accident?
The question of liability is nearly always much more complex in a Michigan trucking accident than in an accident which only involves passenger vehicles. Aside from the number of those who may be held responsible for the accident, it can be difficult for the person injured in the accident to obtain the necessary information which will prove liability.
Perhaps the truck driver is at fault. Perhaps the company who hired the truck driver failed to perform a thorough background check, or failed to ensure the driver was sufficiently trained. The trucking company may also have been aware the driver was exceeding the allowable hours, but “looked the other way.” The maintenance company could be at fault if a lack of normal maintenance was responsible for the accident.
The loading company could be at fault if the truck was improperly loaded, and an accident resulted. Finally, the manufacturer of the truck or truck part could be held liable if a defective part resulted in the accident. In many cases, there is more than one defendant when a truck accident lawsuit is filed. At The Lobb Law Firm, we will exhaustively investigate your truck accident to determine who should be held responsible.
We fully understand that the best outcome for you following a truck accident requires immediate action, and we are prepared to immediately go to work on your behalf. Truck accidents have statutes of limitations which limited the amount of time you have in which to file a lawsuit. When you come to The Lobb Law Firm, we will immediately begin gathering evidence and witness testimony to build a solid case on your behalf before your time to do so expires.
Experienced Southfield Injury Lawyers Can Help You Through the Complexities of a Michigan Truck Accident
If you have been the victim of a distracted, reckless or fatigued truck driver on Michigan roadways, you need immediate, highly skilled legal representation. An experienced truck accident lawyer from The Lobb Law Firm who has an extensive background in Michigan trucking accidents can be your very best advocate, ensuring you receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and pain and suffering. Too many times, victims of trucking accidents wait weeks, or even months before calling a truck accident attorney, hoping in vain the insurance company will do the right thing. You need aggressive representation, beginning in the immediate aftermath of your truck accident—and your future could truly depend on it.
In short, you need professional guidance from a legal expert. Even if the truck accident was partially your fault, The Lobb Law Firm can guide you through the process, beginning with a free initial consultation. Because we understand the intense stress you are under, our job is to make your truck accident claim as hassle-free as possible, by quickly determining who is responsible for your injuries and damages. The dependable advice you receive from The Lobb Law Firm will assist you in working through the complex issues associated with your Michigan truck accident.
At The Lobb Law Firm, we are also aware that every case is different, which is why our legal team personalizes the strategies we employ to be the very best for your unique situation. Whatever information or advice we offer, it is important that you know we always have your best interests and your future at the forefront. Our legal team consistently fights for the underdog, because we understand what it feels like to be denied a voice. We will be that strong, assertive voice on your behalf, working to understand the depth of your struggles every step of the way. We handle many cases out of Detroit, Southfield, Sterling Heights, and Dearborn Heights, however if you or a loved one are anywhere in Wayne County, Macomb County, or Oakland County, and have suffered injury from a truck accident, contact The Lobb Law Firm today for a free consultation.