Sandusky Truck Accident Attorneys
A Murray Will Take Your Call
When you call Murray & Murray in Sandusky for legal help after a truck accident, you do not need to worry about being bounced around legal interns and assistants. We strive to connect every single caller with a Murray from our team, like Attorney Dennis Murray Jr. or Attorney Margaret Murray. Protecting and upholding the rights of the wrongfully injured runs in the family, and it is why we treat all of our clients like family or close friends. This deliberate and compassionate approach to casework not only helps us better manage our clients’ cases but also helps put their worries at ease as their cases progress.
Discover the difference that our representation can do for your truck accident claim. Call (419) 664-3711.
Different Causes of Truck Accidents
Murray & Murray has been handling difficult personal injury claims for clients in Sandusky since 1931. Throughout the decades, we have seen all sorts of truck accident claims and we have made numerous connections with local accident reconstruction experts. When it comes to figuring out the cause of your truck accident and how that plays into liability, there are few other law firms in Ohio – or even the nation – that can claim to have the same amount of experience that we do.
A truck accident can be caused by various forms of negligence, including:
- Truck driver exhaustion: There are few things more dangerous on the average highway than an exhausted truck driver. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations allow most truckers to be scheduled for 14 hours in one day with only 3 hours on break, meaning many truckers drive 11 hours a day. It is plain to see how exhaustion can set in, spiking the chances of a truck driver causing a crash.
- Truck driver intoxication: Another serious issue that contributes to trucking accidents across the nation is truck driver intoxication. Technically, it is only illegal for a truck driver to operate their vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.04 or more. Yet it is widely accepted that any detectable BAC level worsens a driver’s reaction times and motor controls. Truck drivers need to be completely focused to keep others in smaller vehicles safe, so not even one alcoholic drink on-the-job should be acceptable.
- Incorrectly loaded cargo: The freight that a commercial truck hauls can significantly contribute to or directly cause a truck accident. If a truck is overloaded and exceeds its FMCSA weight limit, then it will take longer for the truck’s brake to bring the vehicle to a complete stop, raising the risk of a rear-end accident. Or a poorly loaded trailer can become top-heavy and prone to tipping over in the wind or when the truck turns. Weakly secured cargo can fall off or out of a trailer, hitting vehicles behind it.
- Poorly maintained trucks: There are many components to a commercial truck that need to be in excellent condition for the truck to be driven safely. Everything from the brakes and the trailer hitch to the engine and steering column should be inspected and maintained frequently. This responsibility usually falls upon whatever party owns the truck, not necessarily the trucker who drives it.
With all of these common causes of truck accidents in mind, it can be seen that there may be multiple parties liable for your injuries. Everyone from the trucker and the parent trucking company to third-party crews placing freight in a tractor-trailer could be partially liable for the accident. Rather than trying to sort through all of those details on your own, allow our Sandusky truck accident attorneys to do that work for you.
Why Do Truck Accidents Cause Such Catastrophic Injuries?
Truck accidents are notorious for causing catastrophic injuries at even low speeds. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and other severe injuries are often reported after a crash. What is it about truck accidents that make them so dangerous?
The answer lies in the physics behind a trucking accident. In a collision between two objects traveling at the same speed, more force will affect the smaller object than the larger. In terms of a truck accident, this equates to big rigs devastating cars, trucks, and SUVs that they hit, even if both vehicles are traveling at low speeds. Underride accidents are another serious type of truck accident that can occur, often resulting in catastrophic injuries.
With this in mind, truck drivers need to always exercise the utmost care and responsibility when behind the wheel. Any sort of negligence, no matter how slight it might seem, could result in a catastrophic crash. It is only fair that they are held financially liable for the harm they cause through their mistakes.
Giving You the Power to Fight Trucking Companies
Although it might seem obvious that a trucking company should cover your damages after a commercial truck or 18-wheeler crashes into you, the insurance companies that represent them will say otherwise. Most trucking companies invest in insurance defense teams that are devoted to contesting claims and preventing insurance payouts.
To take them on without stressing yourself when you should be resting, contact Murray & Murray and our Sandusky truck accident attorneys today. We are proud to give legal strength and opportunities to the wrongfully injured who need to challenge major insurance providers in pursuit of fair compensation.
Call (419) 664-3711 today. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing how we can help.