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When a car or other passenger vehicle collides with a large commercial truck like a semi, the results are often catastrophic.
Accidents involving tractor-trailers or other large trucks and passenger vehicles result in higher rates of severe injuries and fatalities than car crashes, and the injury victims are most often passenger vehicle occupants. Unfortunately, it can also be more difficult for those hurt in truck accidents to recover the compensation they need because multiple parties may share liability, including trucking companies whose insurance providers will fight to limit what they pay to injury victims.
If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a crash with a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle in Wisconsin, the Madison truck accident lawyers at Boller & Vaughan may be able to help you recover the financial security you need to cope with medical expenses and other damages. Our lawyers have extensive experience navigating the complexities of truck accident claims and helping injury victims get their lives back on track.
Large truck accidents are inherently different than other types of motor vehicle crashes. There are obvious physical differences, but complicated liability issues also exist.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) considers a “large truck” any truck—with the exception of buses and motor homes—that has a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 10,000 pounds. This includes many types of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), which are defined as such by their uses: transporting goods or passengers for the profit of an individual or business.
Examples of large commercial vehicles include:
While many traffic accidents involve multiple parties, some of whom may share liability, large-truck crashes sometimes stem from the negligence of third parties who were not directly involved in the collision. This can force victims to fight for the money they need on multiple fronts.
If you were hurt in a crash with a semi or other large truck that was not your fault, getting compensation is not as simple as accepting an insurance company settlement offer. Determining liability and recovering damages for a truck or CMV accident is often a challenging process that involves thorough evidence gathering and tough negotiations with multiple insurance companies.
Responsible parties in a large-truck crash may include:
Common factors in truck accidents include:
The Madison truck accident attorneys at Boller & Vaughan have the experience and resources to rigorously investigate your claim and aggressively pursue the financial peace of mind you need to fully recover.
Your initial consultation with our lawyers is FREE. During your consultation we will evaluate the merits of your case and give you our honest opinion of whether or not it is worth pursuing.
Large-truck accidents often result in severe injuries that may necessitate extensive emergency medical treatment, long-term rehabilitation and lifestyle modifications. In many cases, these injuries are disabling.
At Boller & Vaughan, our lawyers understand the costs associated with catastrophic injuries, and we also know that initial insurance company settlement offers are rarely adequate to address these expenses. That’s why we work hard to maximize the compensation injury victims need.
Damages in large-truck accident cases may include money for:
In the event that a loved one was killed in a truck crash that was caused by another’s negligence, our attorneys may be able to help eligible survivors seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
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.
In the aftermath of a truck accident, taking legal action may be one of the last things on your mind. But time is of the essence to preserve evidence and protect your right to take legal action for compensation.
With a few exceptions, the statute of limitations—or deadline—for filing a personal injury case in Wisconsin is three years from the date of the injury. Claims involving a vehicle-related death, however, must be filed within two years from the date of death.
The Madison truck accident lawyers at Boller & Vaughan offer FREE, no-obligation consultations to help you determine whether you have a case and to understand your legal options. Our attorneys also work on a contingent-fee basis, which means we don’t charge for our services unless we achieve a successful settlement or verdict on your behalf.
If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a large-truck crash, please call us today at 608-268-0268 to arrange your complimentary consultation or contact us online to get started now.