Providence Truck Accident Lawyer
Trucks are essential to the economy. They transport goods to and from and throughout New England, providing access to products from all corners of the country. Sadly though, this convenience comes with a cost because dangerous trucks may be involved in devastating accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2012, Massachusetts and Connecticut had 14 fatal truck crashes each, and there were three in Rhode Island. Many more truck accidents caused injuries.
Because the injuries sustained in a truck accident can be severe, recovering from the wreck can be a strenuous process, resulting in significant medical bills and long-term disabilities. If you have been involved in a crash with a truck, consider the following information and contact a Providence truck accident lawyer from our firm to help.
Determining Liability In Your 18 Wheeler Accident
One of the main obstacles in the attempt to recover compensation is determining who was at fault for the crash. The truth is many parties may be at fault for your accident. On the surface it may seem obvious that the truck driver was responsible, but details of the accident may point to a variety of factors.
- In some cases, driver fatigue may have contributed to the wreck, in which case the driver could be liable. The truck may also contain a defective product, which could place liability on the truck’s manufacturer or even maintenance technicians who repaired the vehicle and created the defect or failed to correct it.
- Often times, liability can be placed on the driver’s employer, who could have hired an unqualified trucker or who could have incentivized the truck driver to break federal regulations and drive more hours than is legally permissible – such as encouraging driving more hours than required to meet strict and tight deadlines. Motor carriers can be held liable for their employees’ negligent actions, so even if the motor carrier company did not directly cause the accident, it still may be liable.
- Finally, a truck accident can occur as a result of unsecured equipment falling onto the road, in which case, the shipping company may be at fault.
Our Attorneys Recover All Damages
In the aftermath of a truck accident, the most obvious damages that result are the injuries you suffered, which can lead to significant medical bills. While it may be your goal to secure compensation for medical treatment, it is important not to overlook other damages.
For example, if you missed time at work due to injuries you sustained in the crash, you could be awarded compensation. If you expect any long-term disabilities or scarring, you may recover applicable damages. Additionally, you could be compensated for pain and suffering related to the crash, future medical bills, or any other out-of-pocket costs you incurred because of your injuries, such as those needed for wheelchairs or crutches, additional pain medication, or other similar services.
A Providence Truck Accident Lawyer Can Manage Your Claim
No matter the specifics of the case, a truck crash is a traumatic event. Even if it only leads to minor injuries, it can still leave a victim shaken and unready to pursue legal action.
At Rob Levine & Associates, our truck accident attorneys in Providence understand the pain you are experiencing, which is why we are committed to helping secure compensation for your injuries as you rest and recover. We are familiar with the time limits available to victims in Providence, and will file a claim and take care of other specifics in a timely fashion so you can get on with your life.