Collisions with commercial trucks are often serious. We have the drive and discipline to help
Because of their sheer size, commercial trucks (including 18-wheelers, tractor trailers and delivery trucks) often cause devastating damage when they collide with passenger cars. As a result, truckers and trucking companies are held to a high legal standard to make sure they stay safe on the road. When they fail to do so, serious injuries or death often result.
Standing up to trucking companies isn't easy. They have deep pockets, well-paid attorneys that know how the system works and highly-skilled insurance adjusters who know how to reduce or deny claims altogether. Getting the damages (financial compensation) you need can often be a very tough battle. That's why you need a tough competitor on your side. That's why you need Szantho Law Firm.
Attorney Andras Szantho has the experience, discipline and dedication you need to stand up to the trucking companies and their insurance providers. If you were seriously injured by a commercial truck, your case will likely be decided in court. Attorney Szantho has extensive courtroom experience. A former prosecutor, he thrives in the courtroom and knows how to win.
How Did Your Accident Happen?
- Truck Was Speeding
- Out of Control Truck
- Driver Fell Asleep
- Drunk or Drugged Driver
- Driver Distracted
Your accident wasn't your fault. You didn't do anything wrong. You were hurt because a trucker or trucking company was negligent. You shouldn't have to suffer. You deserve justice. We can work with you to build a strong legal case. That way, you can get the compensation you need to move forward with your life. Contact us to find out how we can help you. Call 866-853-2462 and schedule your free case evaluation.
Truck Was Speeding
Speeding is a common cause of truck accidents because trucking companies run fairly tight delivery schedules. Truckers are expected to make their deliveries as quickly as possible. In some cases, trucking companies pressure drivers to drive above the speed limit in order to do so. Individual drivers may also recklessly choose to drive at unsafe speeds. Whatever the circumstances, speeding trucks are harder to turn and stop, resulting in devastating accidents.
If you believe the trucker who hit you was going too fast, our legal team can investigate your crash and search for the facts. We often look at physical evidence from the accident scene along with police reports and any eyewitness accounts. Moreover, we'll check the trucking company's records to see if the truck was behind schedule, which could have created motivation for the trucker to speed.
Out of Control Truck
Trucks fly out of control for several reasons. In an attempt to deliver as much cargo as quickly as possible, some trucking companies illegally overload their trucks, making steering and stopping dangerously difficult. Poorly maintained trucks can also cause accidents, especially if there are issues with the brakes or engine. Other times, cargo is not properly secured and falls off the truck or makes the truck unstable at any speed.
Accidents involving out of control trucks might seem straightforward, but they're often very complicated. Depending on the circumstances, the trucking company might be held liable for overloading the truck. Or perhaps the trucker himself may be at fault for failing to maintain his vehicle. Even the shipper of the cargo could be held liable under certain circumstances.
During our investigation, we'll determine exactly who's to blame for the truck going out of control and pursue damages (financial compensation) accordingly. This can be a very complicated process. But we're prepared to do the work to uncover the truth.
Driver Fell Asleep
Thanks to the strict schedules that trucking companies follow, asleep-at-the-wheel truckers are unfortunately all too common. By law, truck drivers are required to take breaks at regular intervals to rest and make sure they aren't too fatigued to drive. However, some unscrupulous trucking companies pressure drivers to work through those breaks in order to make deliveries sooner. Some truck drivers also choose to ignore the law on their own.
After your asleep-at-the-wheel accident, our team will look for evidence confirming that the trucker was definitely asleep. Common clues we often look for include a lack of skid marks on the road, which indicates that the driver didn't even try to stop. Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel also often have no memory of the accident, which we can demonstrate by examining the trucker's own statements. Finally, we'll look to see whether those mandatory breaks were actually taken and whether the trucker or the trucking company should be held liable.
Drunk or Drugged Driver
Driving while intoxicated is even more dangerous for truck drivers than for motorists. When a large vehicle (a fully-loaded tractor-trailer can weigh more than 80,000 pounds) is being driven by someone under the influence, serious accidents often result.
In most cases, the blame falls on the truck driver himself if he was drunk or under the influence of drugs. Most trucking companies have strict policies in place to make sure their drivers stay sober on the job. However, you might still have a claim against the trucking company for inadequate supervision or improper hiring practices - especially if the trucking company knew the driver had a history of driving under the influence when he or she was hired. Our legal team will investigate all possible sources of liability and make sure you're fairly compensated.
Truckers very commonly drive distracted because they spend their entire working day behind the wheel. Texting while driving is against the law nationwide for all commercial truck drivers. Even so, many truck drivers break the law, which is why it's one of the the most common source of distraction. Many distracted driving accidents also occur while a truck driver is talking to a dispatcher, eating while driving or adjusting the radio.
Distracted truckers often cause devastating rear-end collisions because they don't see the cars right in front of them. As part of our investigation, we'll look for corroborating evidence that the trucker was distracted, including eyewitness reports, phone records and the trucker's own statements. We'll show that your accident was the result of the truck driver's negligence and fight for the damages (financial compensation) you need to move forward with you life.