The difference between a truck and a car is about 80,000 pounds. Because of this size difference, these are some of the most devastating accidents a person can encounter. These accidents often involve life changing injuries that can have a life-lasting impact on a person and their family. These accidents require the attention of an experienced Detroit, Michigan area truck accident attorney who knows how to get maximum compensation for a person and their loved ones.
While all car accidents have the chance for serious injuries, truck accidents are unique in their destruction. Some common injuries that people experience when injured in a truck crash can be:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Herniated discs / Spinal injuries
- Catastrophic injuries, including paralysis
- Fractured bones
These serious injuries require a knowledgeable and tenacious attorney who knows how to properly investigate the injuries and properly value the claim. Because there is only one chance to win an injury claim, it is vital that a person gets fully compensated for any harms they have suffered now and into the future. An experienced Detroit, Michigan area truck accident lawyer will use leading experts in their fields including medical doctors and economists who will testify to any future medical treatment and lost wages. They can also testify to non-economic damages such as loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and other important damages that are not easily quantified or measured.
An experienced truck accident lawyer will also know the unique rules that govern interstate truck drivers. These rules are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and they work to ensure the safety of all drivers on the road. For instance, hours of service requirements are there to prevent a trucker from driving too many hours at once because it can cause sleep deprivation and impairment behind the wheel. These truckers are required to keep a log of all hours driven. Unfortunately, many truckers are pushed by their employers to deliver their loads as quickly as possible, even at the expense of the safety of other drivers. An experienced Michigan truck accident attorney understands these complex rules and knows how to read the logs in order to find any irregularities or violations in hours of service requirements.
Another important regulation is the weight of a given truck. Again, because larger loads mean more product can be delivered, some trucking companies push the rules and force their drivers to carry a load which is unsafe. Because a heavier vehicle requires a greater distance to stop, even carrying slightly more weight can be the difference between a serious injury and a close call.
If a trucking company is skirting the rules, they need to be held responsible for your injuries. Flagrant rule violations can greatly increase a person’s change of receiving compensation from the injury and for holding the trucking company responsible for the accident. Any rule violations are kept on a national database and the Michigan truck accident lawyer will be able to find any violations a trucking company may have on their record. If a company has been cited for many flagrant violations or if a trucker has a history of ignoring hours of service requirements, it can greatly bolster an injured person’s case.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact a Michigan truck accident attorney at Davis Law Center. We represent victims with serious injuries who really need our help. Being highly selective also means that we can offer a personalized care that is not found at larger law firms. We seek to understand each client, to communicate openly with them, and learn how the injury has changed his or her life. This can help us tell their story to a jury or insurance adjuster, ensuring that the injured person will have their fair day in court and receive the compensation they deserve.