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Truck Accidents: Let The Professionals Handle This!

Thursday, November 02, 2017


Protect Yourself From The Dangers Of The Road

Deteriorating road conditions. Road rage. Drivers under the influence. And now self-driving vehicles. What else do you have to be concerned about? Oh, of course. Truck accidents..........

Truck Accidents Are Caused By:

A multitude of things. Perhaps road conditions had deteriorated to the point that traveling them was unsafe. Possibly the truck wasn't maintained properly and was unable to stop in time. Or the truck had a defective part from the manufacturer that caused the collision. Even improperly secured cargo causes truck accidents. 

However, in many truck accidents, the driver is at fault. Maybe the driver was on their cell phone, texting or talking with someone. Or possibly under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Or driving too fast for conditions or in violation of the speed limit. Because of demanding work schedules, some who drive professionally are tired to the point of falling asleep at the wheel!

What A Victim May Suffer

The immediate damage of truck accidents is obvious physical issues: broken bones, lacerations, etc. However, long-lasting unseen damages need to be considered. Among these are psychological trauma that afflicts indefinitely, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And some problems that are physical, such as heart problems brought on by the stress, deserve fair compensation. 

What A Qualified Law Firm Will Do

In a nutshell, they investigate all factors to make sure the innocent victim isn't victimized again by unfair (or no) compensation. The victim of a truck accident is best served by accident scene investigators, if necessary. Top-notch attorney representation provides this. And if a case is accepted but not won, there is no fee. 

If you were involved in a truck accident, before you talk to anyone, contact us for a free consultation!

Does Texting Raise The Punitive Damages in a Truck Accident?

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Getting into an accident with a commercial truck is traumatic enough. Often your little car doesn’t escape with just minor damages. When you discover the accident wasn’t just from a bad call or poor weather, but from texting, it can be almost infuriating. However, the good news is that if the truck driver was texting, it could raise the amount of punitive damages you receive.

The question is, how can the simple act of texting raise punitive damages? The first and primary reason is that texting is now being considered akin to drunk driving. In fact, when a phone is in the hands of a trucker and they are using it to text, it actually becomes 23 times more likely that they will cause a wreck on the road. This statistic is so staggering that it is even now put in CDL manuals to remind truckers how important focusing on the road is. So if they are texting, it is not as if they weren’t warned not to text and drive just like normal drivers.

Furthermore, by not acknowledging the warning in the CDL manual, by their employer, or even from a state law that dictates no cell phone use while driving, this is proving to be direct negligence on the truck driver’s part. All of that combined means that amount of punitive that you can receive from an accident.

If you have been involved in a trucking accident and need representation to make sure you get an amount to cover all your medical and repair needs, contact us today.

Trucking Accidents and Hazardous Chemicals

Friday, August 25, 2017

Commercial trucks haul a lot of cargo, and on occasion, the truck driver might not even know what they are hauling. In many cases, it doesn't matter. However, the cargo can matter if they get into an accident with another driver, particularly when that truck is hauling hazardous chemicals.

Hopefully, a trucking accident is not major enough to bring the cargo into play. While many times the other vehicle sustains significant damage due to the large nature of commercial trucks, typically the commercial trucks don't come out with huge amounts of damage themselves. However, in major accidents, commercial trucks can tip and spill their cargo everywhere. What happens if that cargo was hazardous chemicals?

If you were in a trucking accident and were exposed to hazardous chemicals, that isn't the truck driver's fault, it is the shippers. Particularly if the shipper failed to tell the driver the sensitive nature of the chemicals, they can be held responsible for any adverse effects from exposure. However, if the driver was in full knowledge, then the trucking company is still responsible but drivers can also go after the shipper for chemical-related injuries as well.

In general, truck accidents are extremely dangerous and that fact is compounded by the occasional dangerous nature of their cargo. If you were hurt in a trucking accident, or worse, hurt by the hazardous cargo of a truck, contact us today. The Law Offices of Freeman and Freeman are dedicated to representing the rights of the injured to make sure they get the justice and compensation that they deserve.

Truck Accidents: Jackknifing Is A Major Concern As The Weather Turns And Roads Get Wetter

Thursday, December 29, 2016

With winter weather coming, you can expect the highways to get slicker and harder to navigate. You can also expect to see something else: more jackknifed 18-wheelers leaving injured people in their wake. Learn more about why this specific problem happens and what you should do if you become a victim of someone's carelessness.

What are the dangers of a jackknifed truck?

When an articulated vehicle has a cab attached to a trailer in the back by a jointed hitch, a driver that loses control of the truck can end up with the trailer folded up at a right angle from the cab, like a partially open jackknife. This can end up causing chain reaction accidents among vehicles anywhere in the truck's wake. The truck can even force smaller vehicles off the road or smash into other vehicles in its path.

What causes a truck to jackknife?

Most of the time, jackknifing is caused by nothing more than wet roads and driver error. A driver who isn't prepared to hit a slick spot on the road will put the brakes down on the drive axles too hard and too fast. The drive wheels will lock, stopping the cab, while the back end of the truck continues rolling forward.

A careful driver can prevent jackknifing by staying conscious of the weather as he or she moves through different areas and watching the road ahead. He or she can also prevent the problem through basic safety measures:

  • not tailgating and generally maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles, especially in wet or snowy weather
  • breaking slowly and carefully to avoid locking the drive axles 
  • slowing down in advance of turns, bends, ramps, and curves in the road, all of which require careful deceleration of the vehicle 

In addition, an experienced driver who realizes that his or her vehicle is swinging out of control should know to aim for the burn of the road, away from other vehicles, in order to minimize the potential injuries to others.

Why should you consider talking to an attorney?

Inexperienced drivers and negligence are the primary causes of jackknifing, which means that the truck driver and trucking company failed to take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of others on the road. Other causes can include mechanical failure, which may indicate that the trucking company hasn't been properly caring for its vehicles, and loads that are improperly packed, which shift suddenly or provide too little traction on the back half of the truck.

If you're injured due to a truck that jackknifed, you may be suffering from serious injuries that can take a long time to heal or alter your life forever. In order to receive fair compensation, talk to an attorney who is familiar with the complexities of truck accidents and their causes. You may have to press a lawsuit against more than one person or company in order to be fairly compensated in the end.

Distracted Driving Becomes Even Deadlier When It Happens to a Trucker

Friday, December 16, 2016

Distracted driving has been widely publicized to warn drivers to put their phones down and keep their eyes on the road. However, while distracted driving can be deadly in the worst cases, when it happens to a trucker, there are no distracted driving accidents that aren't devastating.

A truck moving at a good clip while distracted driving doesn't just get into a simple fender bender when they fail to brake, their massive truck will devastate a vehicle. That is exactly what makes this potential crime so terrifying for other drivers.

Distracted driving is a real danger and regular drivers know to keep their devices in their pockets, but what are the rules for truckers? According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truckers are prohibited from not only using phones, but even reaching or holding them while driving. They cannot even use a text-base dispatch device unless they are safely pulled over and stopped. Penalties for distracted truck drivers include being fined up to $2,750, being put out-of-service for up to 120 days, and penalties for the driver’s employer.

While you would think truckers would be less susceptible to distraction when driving an 80 ton powerhouse at highway speed, but unfortunately, they are just as weak to their phones as everyone else. Trucking it a somewhat boring job and many truckers find themselves not thinking clearly after hours of the hypnotic influence of being on the road.

Have you are someone you loved been in a truck accident due to distracted driving or otherwise? Contact us today for a free consultation to see if you have legal action available to you.


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