Massachusetts Trucking Negligence Lawyer
The sheer size of large commercial trucks and the force they have when driving at even low speeds requires trucking companies and drivers to exercise considerable care in the operation and maintenance of these vehicles in order to prevent unnecessary risks to public safety. Unfortunately, it is all too common for trucking companies and truck drivers to ignore this responsibility, potentially placing others at risk of suffering serious physical trauma, including spine and brain injuries, or even death.
At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, we know that many people in Massachusetts are victimized by the negligence of truck drivers and trucking companies, and believe that these victims of trucking negligence shouldn’t have to pay for the consequences of someone else’s irresponsible behavior. Fortunately, compensation may be available to those in this position. By filing a legal claim against the trucking company or truck driver responsible for the accident, many victims are able to get the financial compensation and justice they deserve. Contact our Massachusetts truck accident lawyers at (617) 426-4488 for a free consultation.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Unlike accidents involving typical passenger vehicles, large truck accidents almost always result in much heavier damage because of the sheer size of the truck. According to the latest statistics available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was a 17% increase in the number of crashes involving large trucks in just one year. That number is likely to continue to increase as more and more trucks are on the road, thanks in large part to the online purchasing trends. Consumers are choosing to have goods delivered to them rather than driving themselves to buy goods at brick and mortar stores. This trend is driving up the demand for trucks to deliver goods across the country. The more trucks that are on the road, the more likely you are to be involved in a truck-related accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to trucking negligence, you should seek legal representation to help you navigate the complicated legal issues surrounding the trucking industry. The initial question of who to hold liable is an example of the complexity involved with trucking accidents. Is it the truck driver, the truck owner, the truck driver’s company, or the truck manufacturer that is at fault? Having an attorney who is knowledgeable about the industry is extremely helpful in sorting out these important questions. Calculating the damages you have experienced and deciding on how much to ask for in compensation are other decisions that benefit from legal representation. Having an experienced attorney on your side can free you to focus on the healing process that needs to occur so you can live a full life again.
Why Choose Us?
There are many Massachusetts personal injury attorneys to choose from, but at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, we set ourselves apart from the others with our determination to satisfy our clients. We take pride in the numerous testimonials clients have given us over the years that attest to our goal of putting the client first. We have over a century of experience we bring to the table on your behalf. When you enlist the help of a trucking negligence attorney at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, you are drawing on expertise and a reputation for helping clients achieve results that surpass their expectations. We have a whole team that is dedicated to the needs of each client we represent. With our resources and experience, you can rest assured that you will be able to successfully receive compensation for your losses and not be deterred by the thought of going against a powerful adversary.
Examples of Trucking Negligence
Trucking negligence can encompass a range of different dangerous behaviors, including:
- Drunk Driving
- Mechanical Defect / Malfunction
- Employer Negligence / Liability
- Truck Driver Error / Negligence
- Wrongful Death
These and other forms of trucking negligence cannot and should not be tolerated. Any trucking company or truck driver that causes harm to others should be held accountable for the consequences of their negligence.
Frequently Asked Questions
When the unthinkable happens, and you are dealing with the aftermath of a terrible truck accident, you may not even know what questions to ask. At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, we offer end results, but we also help with the first steps toward a successful outcome. To assist you with knowing where to start, we have created a list of questions our clients commonly ask when considering a claim. If you have other questions or would like additional information, please call us today at (617) 426-4488. We are happy to provide you with any information that you need in the wake of your accident.
What do I need to know about trucking negligence?
According to the most recent statistics that are available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over three-fourths of the deaths that occur in large-truck accidents are of the people in the car, not the truck. This grim statistic speaks to the fact that large trucks tend to cause the most harm to those around, and not inside, them. Though most truck drivers are conscientious and careful, some may be lulled into complacency or invincibility, because if an accident happens, they are encased in massive vehicles that offer much more protection than the average car. The great harm that can potentially be done by large trucks is a sober reminder that trucking negligence should be taken very seriously.
Who is liable in a trucking negligence accident: the truck driver, the truck owner, the truck company, or the truck manufacturer?
Liability in a trucking negligence matter can be very complicated, mostly due to the diverse ways trucks are owned and operated. Working with an experienced trucking negligence attorney can help you sort through the complications of trucking matters. For example, sometimes the truck driver and the truck owner are the same person, and other times, the truck company is the owner of the truck. Besides ownership of the truck, other considerations include whether the truck driver was intoxicated or otherwise in violation of company policies and whether the truck malfunctioned. To successfully sort through these factors, you should enlist the help of an experienced trucking negligence attorney who can look out for your interests.
How much should I ask for in damages?
Deciding how much to ask for in damages is a difficult question that is best determined with the help of an experienced attorney. Victims of accidents involving trucks certainly deserve compensation for their injuries. Hospital costs, doctor fees, and lost wages are easier to determine than the nonmonetary cost of the pain that often results from accidents involving trucks. Victims who ask for too much may be dismissed by the court as being frivolous and have their claims thrown out entirely. But those who ask for too little in compensation are often left with expenses that their settlement cannot cover. Therefore, careful consideration should be made before deciding on how much to ask for in damages.
What if I am contacted by the truck driver’s insurance company?
It is helpful to anticipate the possibility that the truck driver’s insurance company may contact you. If this happens, do not sign anything or verbally agree to anything. Instead, it is best to let the insurance company know that you have legal representation and let your attorney speak on your behalf with the insurance company. Anything you say beyond telling them that you have an attorney may be used against you when seeking compensation.
What is a no-zone accident?
Due to the sheer size of 18-wheelers, the mirrors on the sides of these vehicles do not allow for comprehensive visual coverage. Because of this, it is possible for cars driving in the “no-zone” next to commercial trucks to remain unseen by the truck driver, thereby increasing the chance of an accident. The no-zone areas around an 18-wheeler are dangerous blind spots where you may be at risk of an accident if a truck driver does not see you. These areas include:
- Directly in front of an 18-wheeler
- Directly behind an 18-wheeler
- Directly next to either passenger or driver doors
Drivers are at a greater risk of danger when hovering in these spots because of the limited scope of truck mirrors. However, in Massachusetts, it is still the responsibility of the truck driver to make sure that there are no cars in the no-zone areas before changing lanes or any other action. Failure to do so may be considered to be negligent truck driving.
Talk to a Trucking Negligence Attorney in Massachusetts
As the victim of an accident caused by trucking negligence, we at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP believe you should not be the one to shoulder all the burdens and consequences of the accident. Speak with a lawyer from our skilled team about your options for holding the trucking company or driver accountable for their negligence today by calling (617) 426-4488. With our help, you may be able to obtain much-needed compensation for your losses.