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We will help you seek the compensation you deserve after a truck accident

We will help you seek the compensation you deserve after a truck accident

Truck Accident Attorney in Medford

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While large trucks are a common sight on roads in Medford and all throughout Boston as well and are absolutely critical for the economy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there were over 4,200 fatal collisions reported involving large trucks in our country in just a single recent year – a number that should give rise to concern.

When a truck accident occurs, the outcome can be absolutely devastating, leaving those involved with serious long-term injuries. At Brooks Law, our truck accident lawyers understand the catastrophic nature of these accidents and are here by your side to give you the support and legal guidance that you need.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, or if a family member has been seriously injured or killed in any motor vehicle collision, do not hesitate to call our lawyers today for a free consultation.

Why Are Truck Accident Cases More Complicated?

Truck accidents can be more complicated for several reasons including

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  • More severe damages. The value of damages in these claims tends to be very high because injuries are often very severe. People involved may have suffered major medical expenses, lost income, property damage and other losses. Fortunately, higher insurance limits are often available in truck accident cases. However, with so much money at stake, you can count on insurance companies to put up a strong fight.
  • More difficult to determine fault. Car accidents typically occur because of the negligence of one of the driver’s involved. Truck accidents tend to be a little bit more complicated. While there is no doubt that driver negligence can be, and often is, the cause of a crash, there are numerous other potential causes that must be fully investigated and explored, including:
    • Improper loading
    • Defectively secured cargo
    • Trucking company negligence
    • Defective vehicle part
    • Insufficient vehicle maintenance
  • More potentially liable parties. Just as it may be more difficult to determine fault in a truck accident claim, there are also more parties involved in a truck accident whose role must be considered. Examples of potentially liable parties include:
    • The truck driver
    • Drivers of other vehicles
    • The trucking company
    • The owner of the truck and trailer
    • Leasing companies
    • The shipper or loader of the cargo
    • The owner of the cargo
    • The manufacturer of the truck or truck part
    • Those responsible for road maintenance, such as a government entity
  • Dealing with a trucking company. Another reason that truck accident claims tend to be more complex than claims involving two smaller vehicles is that a large trucking company has plenty of resources to fight a claim. This can make it more difficult for an individual to recover the compensation they truly deserve.

Fortunately, even if you have a very complex truck accident case, you do not have to go through the process alone. Our experienced lawyers are prepared to stand by your side throughout the entire process.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Truck Crash?

There may be multiple people that could be held liable in a truck accident claim. This could include:

  • The truck driver
  • Another driver
  • The trucking company
  • The shipper or loader of cargo
  • The manufacturer of the truck or truck part
  • A government entity                                    

Damages in a Truck Accident Claim

In the event that the accident is not fatal, the damages that a person suffers might include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

Tips for Protecting Your Rights After a Truck Crash

If you are involved in a truck accident and you are seriously injured, the most important thing that you can do after the crash is to seek medical care. Doing so may be life-saving. When you seek medical care, follow your doctor’s orders, keep thorough documentation of all treatments received, and keep track of medical expenses.

In addition to seeking medical care, there are a handful of other things that you can do – or have a loved one or lawyer do on your behalf – to protect your rights after a crash. These include:

  • Collect evidence. You may be too severely injured to collect evidence at the scene of the accident and in the days following the crash. However, evidence can be critical for your personal injury claim. Photos of the crash, witness statements, truck black box data, and more could all be used to build your claim and prove negligence and causation.
  • Take notes. Keeping a journal that details everything from how the accident happened to your experience living with your injuries can be important. Not only may this be beneficial for your own psychological health, but a journal may also be used to help prove the extent of pain and suffering damages you have suffered.
  • Be careful. After a crash, there may be a number of different things that you are tempted to do, ranging from giving a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster to posting about your crash on social media and more. Note that anything you do after an accident will not only be watched by an insurance company, but could be potentially used against you, too. Our lawyers strongly advise consulting with an attorney immediately following an accident for more information about what to do and not to do after a crash.

Time Limit for Filing a Truck Accident Lawsuit in Massachusetts

The time limit for filing a truck accident lawsuit is three years from the date of the crash. Failing to bring your claim within three years’ time will almost certainly bar your claim. We advise filing your insurance claim as soon as possible to get the ball rolling.

What Are Some Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver negligence
  • Shifting cargo
  • Defective vehicle parts
  • Trucking company negligence
  • Dangerous road conditions

While these may be the most common causes of truck accidents, the list is not all-inclusive.

Catastrophic Injuries Caused By Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can cause catastrophic, life-changing, and permanently disabling injuries. Some of the most catastrophic of injuries that a person can suffer include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Burns
  • Amputation
  • Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
  • Internal injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Joint damage
  • Broken bones

Our Lawyers Can Help You Every Step of the Way

At Brooks Law, our truck accident lawyers are passionate about representing clients who have been injured and truly need justice. We will build your claim, handle the investigative process, consult experts, and manage all legal elements of your case, including negotiating a settlement or filing a lawsuit in court if necessary.

We work on a contingency fee basis, and never charge you for our services if you don’t recover a settlement. To schedule your free consultation, please call our Medford location today or send us an online message requesting more information.

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