A truck accident can turn your life upside down, causing catastrophic injury, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, paralysis, broken bones, amputations, loss of sight or hearing, facial disfiguration, nerve damage, burns, lacerations, crush injuries, and even wrongful death.
Even though truck accidents may seem similar to car crashes, proving liability in a truck accident is significantly more complicated. If you were injured or someone you love was killed in an Ohio or Kentucky trucking accident, the personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at RKPT can help. Our truck accident injury lawyers work hard to help people whose lives have been devastated when a truck accident causes catastrophic injury.
Proving Liability in a Truck Accident Injury Case
“Liability” is a legal term that refers to someone else’s responsibility or obligation. When a truck accident causes injuries, an RKPT catastrophic injury attorney can analyze your situation, identify the responsible parties, and hold them accountable for the harm they caused.
Some truck crashes are caused solely by operator error. But in many truck accident cases, the responsible party could be a business or entity you never encountered. Without help from an experienced truck accident lawyer, you never would have known they existed.
When a truck accident causes catastrophic injuries, one of the first questions a lawyer should ask is, “How did this driver get this load?”
Someone hired this driver to haul the load. At RKPT, our catastrophic injury lawyers will thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to the crash to determine who hired the driver, who loaded the cargo, and the contractual relationships between every entity up and down the supply chain.
Why does this matter to you?
Because some or all of these companies may have legal responsibility for creating the unsafe conditions that led to the crash that caused your injuries.
For example, the trucking company that hired the truck driver may have had policies in place that encourage drivers to violate hours of service regulations. Or maybe a broker hired a shipping company with a poor safety record. In other cases, the shipping company is partially responsible because they failed to check the trucking company’s licensing, registration, insurance coverage, or safety record, or improperly loaded or secured the cargo the truck driver was hauling.
Our catastrophic injury attorneys will gather the evidence and carefully analyze it to determine who was at fault and hold them accountable for the harm they caused.
Truck Accident Attorneys for Catastrophic Injury Victims
An accident involving a fully loaded semi-truck almost always disproportionately affects the driver and occupants of the smaller vehicle. People hurt in a trucking accident often suffer catastrophic injuries and may be hospitalized for weeks or even months after the accident, incurring massive medical bills and suffering devastating physical injuries and emotional trauma that can last a lifetime.
Because truck accident injuries are often severe, you need a catastrophic injury lawyer who will thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to the crash and identify all responsible parties. Our lawyers work to identify additional sources of insurance coverage so you are fully compensated for your injuries. In truck accident cases, this means identifying all the entities involved in causing the crash and holding them responsible.
Proving Negligence in Your Truck Accident Injury Case
To recover compensation after a truck accident causes catastrophic injuries, the injured victim must prove the defendants were negligent. To prove negligence, you must show:
- The defendant had a duty to act as a reasonably prudent person would under similar circumstances
- The defendant breached this duty
- The breach caused your injuries
- An amount of money that will fairly compensate you for your injuries
RKPT’s catastrophic injury lawyer will investigate your case to identify all of the potentially responsible parties. We will evaluate:
- The police report
- Witness statements
- Photos and video of the crash scene and the damaged vehicles
- The truck data records and “black box” data
- The driver’s hours of service records
- Driver cell phone records
- The driver’s background, including their training and driving record
- Company and truck-specific maintenance records
In many cases, we will work with an accident reconstruction expert to analyze the cause of the crash and who was at fault.
Contact a Catastrophic Truck Accident Injury Lawyer at RKPT Today
RKPT’s catastrophic injury lawyers understand the devastating effect a serious truck accident can have. Our dedicated team will evaluate your situation, guide you through the legal process, and fight for the compensation you and your family deserve.
If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident, don’t delay. Contact RKPT or call (513) 721-3330 today to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case. We are committed to your well-being and will focus on identifying the responsible parties and holding them accountable for the harm they caused. Let us be your advocates in seeking the compensation you and your family deserve.