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On average, more than 70 people are killed and more than 2,000 are injured each year in large-truck crashes in Wisconsin. Sadly, it is most often the occupants of passenger vehicles who suffer the worst injuries.
The Madison personal injury lawyers at Boller & Vaughan understand the physical, emotional and financial challenges injury victims face in the wake of a semi-truck accident. Our attorneys also know that initial insurance company settlement offers are usually not enough to cover victims’ long-term medical costs and other damages.
If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a collision with a large truck, our attorneys are here to help you pursue the financial security you and your family need to move forward. We offer free consultations to help you understand your options, and we don’t charge for our services unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Call us today at 608-268-0268 or contact us online.
Speed is often a factor in semi-truck crashes that result in injuries and deaths.
Although there may be multiple contributing factors in large-truck accidents, driver error plays a role in most crashes. Examples of operator negligence in semi-truck crashes include:
Following are additional factors that often contribute to large-truck crashes.
Overloaded cargo and imbalanced freight are common causes of large-truck accidents.
Tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles that are overloaded or carry imbalanced loads face an increased risk for accidents.
Cargo loaders occasionally exceed a vehicle’s regulated weight limits or are negligent in how they balance freight. If an overloaded truck or a truck with improperly balanced or unsecured cargo causes a crash, the cargo loading company or shipping agent may be liable for resulting damages.
Tire blowouts and brake-system failures are among the most common vehicle-related factors in large-truck accidents, according to an FMCSA report.
Semi-trucks and their corresponding components have also been recalled due to loose bolts, electrical-system problems, steer-axle defects, faulty transmission systems, and defective emissions-control systems. When a defective vehicle or vehicle part contributes to an accident, the manufacturer may be held accountable for damages.
Large commercial vehicles like semi-trucks are exposed to heavy wear, and they require regular maintenance to ensure their safety.
Vehicles that are inadequately maintained increase the risk for an accident. Trucking companies and maintenance providers may be responsible for damages if a crash is the result of insufficient mechanical care.
There is currently a high demand for semi-truck operators, and trucking companies occasionally put drivers behind the wheel who aren’t prepared for the rigors of the job.
A driver whose training is incomplete may not be equipped to deal with adverse conditions such as sudden changes in traffic flow, hazardous weather, dangerous roads or cargo shifts. If an unqualified driver causes an accident, the driver, the trucking company and/or truck owner may share accountability for damages.
Collisions that involve semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles differ from passenger-vehicle accidents in many ways, including liability for resulting injuries and other damages.
Depending on the circumstances of the crash, fault may be attributed to multiple parties including the driver, trucking company, cargo agent, maintenance provider, and vehicle or vehicle parts manufacturers. The Madison injury lawyers at Boller & Vaughan understand the nuances of commercial-vehicle accident cases as well as the monetary needs of injury victims and their families. Our attorneys have an extensive record of success obtaining the compensation injury victims need to cope with medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
To learn how we can help you, please call 608-268-0268 or contact us online to arrange your complimentary, no-obligation consultation.
We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.