Truck Accident Attorney in Toledo
Trusted Advocacy for 100+ Years
Even if you are a safe, defensive driver, there is still a chance that you may be injured in an accident due to a negligent driver who is either not paying attention to the road or driving recklessly. Unfortunately, one of the most devastating accidents that can occur are caused by semi-trucks. If you or someone you love has been injured by an irresponsible or negligent semi-truck driver, you should not hesitate to retain a lawyer from our firm to represent you.
- Why Choose Our Toledo Truck Accident Lawyers?
- A century of trusted legal experience
- Included in Ohio Super Lawyers®
- $500+ million won for our clients
- Selected for U.S. News—Best Lawyers
Our Toledo truck accident lawyers at Williams DeClark Tuschman are ready to hear your case. Allow us to help you file a claim to get you fair and full compensation for your injuries and for any related damages.
Start with a completely FREE, no-obligation consult: (419) 318-0772.
Safety Regulations for Commercial Trucks
There is a reason that commercial truck drivers need to obtain a special commercial license to operate their vehicles: a semi-truck is more difficult to steer than virtually any other type of vehicle. The best of truckers doing their best to drive safely can still manage to cause catastrophic yet preventable truck accidents. Should they choose to violate on of the FMCSA’s federal regulations, the chances of them causing injury to those around them is inexcusably magnified.
FMCSA regulations that truck drivers must adhere to at all times include:
- Vehicle speed: A semi-truck becomes more and more dangerous the faster it travels, due to basic laws of physics regarding weight and velocity. If a trucker pushes his vehicle beyond the posted speed limit for commercial trucks, the safe stopping distance is exponentially increased.
- Trailer weight: A commercial truck’s total weight must not exceed 80,000 pounds and must be distributed a certain way over all of its axles. This is to prevent the vehicle from breaking down and careening, as well as to take extra steps to keep the stopping distance minimal.
- Hours worked: In an attempt to stave off truck driver fatigue, there are regulations in place that mandate a trucker does not work more than 14 hours in a day. Additionally, 3 of those hours cannot be spent behind the wheel.
- Actual route: Getting from point A to point B in a commercial truck is not as simple as finding the best, fastest route. The FMCSA can set particular paths a trucker must follow, with the goal of keeping hazardous materials out of suburban areas and avoid areas of high congestion in mind.
Truck Accident Case Results
- $750,000 verdict for a wrongful death of a semi-truck accident victim.
- Our client was hit from behind by a semi-truck, causing emotional distress and bodily injury. We obtained a $600,000 result on behalf of the injured party.
- Our team achieved a $550,000 settlement for an individual who was run off the road by a semi-truck. The client suffered head and skeletal injuries.
Why You Need an Experienced Lawyer
In semi-truck accident cases, you will be dealing with an insurance company, the trucking company, and their team of powerful defense lawyers who are determined to minimize your liability. As obvious as it may be that your accident was caused by a fatigued driver, insufficient training, defective brakes, a traffic law violation, drugged or drunk driving, or poor vehicle repair, insurance will still fight to avoid paying you a fair settlement.
You need a trusted law firm and an aggressive, experienced attorney on your side who is ready to help. When it comes to our clients, we fight for the best possible outcome, using our cutting-edge trial advocacy and diligent case preparation.
Contact us at (419) 318-0772 to schedule a FREE evaluation.