Truck Accident Attorney in Eastpointe and Clinton Township, MI
Firm assists victims of commercial vehicle crashes in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties
The size and weight of commercial trucks pose a threat to others on the road if something goes wrong. A passenger vehicle might not stand a chance in a collision with a tractor-trailer or industrial vehicle. Accordingly, victims of truck crashes may face longer and harder physical recoveries than people involved in other accidents. From offices in Eastpointe and Clinton Township, the Law Offices of Kevin R. Lynch P.L.C. makes this process easier by pursuing the financial recovery that injured parties deserve. Kevin R. Lynch is an experienced personal injury attorney who has successfully represented injured Michigan clients in claims against truck drivers, insurers and trucking companies. Whatever your personal injury claim entails, we have the skill and experience to build a strong case on your behalf.
Special considerations in trucking accident claims
A vehicle collision involving a large truck can be much more serious than another type of auto accident. The larger size of a commercial vehicle means there is a much greater chance for catastrophic harm. Moreover, big rigs often are not owned by the person driving them, so litigating a personal injury case could be much more complicated. This is why it is so important to hire a Michigan attorney with experience handling these matters.
Accidents caused by poor maintenance
Trucks are highly complex machines that require frequent maintenance. If the owner of a commercial vehicle falls behind on necessary work, potential consequences could include engine failure, a disconnected trailer or jackknife due to brake problems. Drivers are supposed to inspect their truck before starting a job and other liable parties could include the trucking company or the business contracted to perform upkeep on the vehicle.
Driver fatigue among commercial vehicle operators
Drowsy driving is a pervasive problem, but the pressures faced by long-haul truckers make fatigue even more of a concern. Specific rules exist to prevent this danger. Commercial vehicle operators can only work 14 hours in a day, with the hours behind the wheel capped at 11. In between work days, they must have at least 10 hours of rest and have to take full days off at regular intervals. In some cases, a driver could be fatigued even if they are in compliance with the regulations governing rest. Along with witness testimony, physical evidence such as brake marks and information from the truck’s event data recorder could show a delayed or non-existent reaction indicating driver fatigue.
When a mechanical defect triggers a collision
Faulty brakes, a tractor-trailer hitch that does not work properly or another mechanical defect on a truck might cause a serious, or even fatal, accident. When this occurs, the manufacturer could be liable for the harm that results. Other parties who were aware of the problem and failed to remedy might also be required to pay damages. Should you know or suspect that a defective part contributed to your accident, our firm will gather the necessary evidence and obtain an expert consultation to determine who is at fault.
Unlicensed or untrained drivers
Obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Michigan requires significant training and testing. Accordingly, CDL holders can command higher wages because they are authorized to operate semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles. However, some companies look to cut costs by putting unqualified drivers behind the wheel of a big rig. If you were hurt in a crash because the vehicle operator lacked the proper credentials or training, we will take action against the business who created a danger on the road by putting an unprepared person behind the wheel.
Types of compensation available
People who have been hurt in a Michigan truck accident can collect various types of personal injury damages, including compensation for the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Wages lost as a result of the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and other types of permanent disfigurement
- Out-of-pocket costs stemming from the crash, such as vehicle repairs and transportation to medical appointments
Attorney Kevin R. Lynch will take the time to explain what type of payment you should demand based on the circumstances of your case. From there, our firm will vigorously pursue full compensation through a judgment or settlement.
Contact a Michigan truck accident lawyer to schedule a free consultation
The Law Offices of Kevin R. Lynch P.L.C. seeks appropriate compensation for Michigan clients who have been injured in truck accidents. Please call 586-400-5531 or contact us online for a free consultation regarding your case. We have offices in Eastpointe and Clinton Township and serve residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.