Lorain Truck Accident Attorneys
Ready to Manage Big Cases with Big Damages
Murray & Murray and our truck accident attorneys in Lorain can help you make the most of your claim after you were hit by a commercial truck or big rig. Your case could be worth a significant amount of money if you were severely injured. Don’t risk leaving even a dollar behind. Team up with us, and we can carefully calculate your damages to maximize the value of your claim before pursuing that amount tenaciously.
On This Page
- Where Do Truck Accidents Happen?
- Were You Seriously Injured in a Trucking Accident?
- What to Do After a Truck Accident
- Who Can Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident?
- How Our Attorneys Can Help
- Truck Accident Compensation
- Statute of Limitations
Loraine is not a particularly large city in Ohio, but it is still integral to some of the state’s most important shipping lanes and transit routes. There is a large railway depot used by US Steel Corporation in the city, which sees thousands of semi-trucks come and go each year. As a result of so many commercial trucks in the area, Lorain can be a hotspot in Ohio for truck accidents.
In Lorain, truck accidents can occur frequently on these routes, highways, and intersections:
- Route 6
- Route 57
- Route 2
- Ohio Turnpike
We can fight for the most compensation possible if you have been seriously injured in your truck accident. For example, treating a broken back or a head injury could cost tens of thousands of dollars, or even more. You should not have to pay those steep costs yourself if your accident was not your fault.
We have helped clients who suffered these serious injuries and more:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Bone fracture
You should try to take certain steps after a truck accident to preserve useful evidence of liability.
Four important steps to take after a truck accident include:
- Call 911 if anyone is seriously injured. First responders can get control of the scene and create useful accident reports that help determine fault.
- Write down contact and insurance information. You should also write down unique information about the truck, like the trucking company name and the trailer ID number.
- Take photographs of the scene and be thorough. Pictures of vehicular damage, injuries, and traffic conditions can all help our attorneys later.
- Go to the doctor if you aren’t taken to the emergency room. A doctor can check for injuries and update your medical record to note that a truck accident caused your injuries.
From our history of personal attorneys, we can tell you that a driver’s own negligence is not often the cause of a truck accident. Instead, the mistakes are often caused by the truck drivers or other parties that work in association with that truck driver.
We might name the liable party in your claim as the:
- Truck driver: If the truck driver who hit you was speeding, exhausted, or impaired, then they could be fully liable for the accident. Sometimes, all three of these issues happen concurrently. For example, a trucker might take a stimulant to try to stay awake, which only masks their exhaustion, and they might break the speed limit to get to their destination sooner.
- Trucking company: A trucking company can be liable for a truck accident if it hires someone unfit for the job, like a trucker without the correct license or who has not been trained. It can also be liable through the legal rule of respondeat superior if the trucker who hit you is classified as an employee, not an independent contractor.
- Load crew: The crew that put cargo on the truck’s trailer can be partially liable for a crash if it did not secure the trailer correctly. Truck drivers usually do not load or unload cargo themselves, so they mostly rely on these third parties to do their jobs well.
- Maintenance crew: Similarly, maintenance performed on commercial trucks is most often done by third-party companies and independently contracted mechanics. If the truck accident was caused by a part defect that should have been fixed by the maintenance crew, then liability could be placed on that company.
To prove who caused your truck accident, our legal team can look through a variety of evidence that might be useful for your claim. Everything from police reports to dashcam from your car could be beneficial.
Taking care of yourself after a truck accident needs to be the top priority. However, you can’t overlook the importance of starting a truck accident claim sooner than later. By teaming up with the Lorain truck accident lawyers of Murray & Murray, you can give yourself the time you need to recuperate while also making sure that your case is respected and progressing.
Our legal team can help you by:
- Investigating the truck accident.
- Calculating your damages.
- Creating and filing a demand letter or claim.
- Negotiating for a settlement.
- Litigating in court.
- Putting your worries at ease.
Your truck accident claim’s value will include:
- Past and future medical costs
- Past and future lost wages
- Physical pain and mental anguish
- Permanent disabilities and hardships
You don’t need to stress about any part of your case when you put us in charge of it. We can represent you as if we were representing ourselves, which means handling everything with professionalism and care.
Most truck accident claims in Ohio are held to a strict two-year statute of limitations that begins on the date of the accident. If you don’t start a claim in those two years, then the court will likely dismiss any case that you try to file after. Two years can go by quickly, so don’t wait nearly that long to start your claim.
Also, some statutes of limitations for truck accident claims can be much shorter. For example, if you were hit by a government-managed truck, then the statute of limitations could be as brief as 30 days in some situations. This is another reason why reaching out to an attorney soon is so important.
We Can Help Start Your Case – Call Now
Do you want to know more about your legal options after being hit by a truck? Our Lorain truck accident lawyers are here to explain them to you. Please call us at (419) 664-3711 at your next opportunity. During an initial consultation, we can discuss what happened, figure out if we are the right fit for your case, and tell you what should be done next if we are.
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