Trucking Accidents

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Truck accidents refer to collisions involving large commercial vehicles such as tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, and big rigs. These accidents often result in devastating consequences due to the sheer size and weight of trucks, which can cause severe damage to other vehicles and catastrophic injuries to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

The significance of truck accidents lies in their potential to inflict life-altering injuries, financial burdens, and emotional trauma on victims and their families. Unlike typical car accidents, truck accidents involve complex factors such as federal regulations, corporate liability, and multiple parties potentially at fault. As a result, pursuing compensation and navigating the legal aftermath of a truck accident can be daunting without experienced legal guidance.

Michigan, with its extensive network of highways and interstates, serves as a crucial transportation hub for commercial trucks transporting goods across the Midwest and beyond. While trucks play a vital role in the state's economy, their presence also contributes to the heightened risk of accidents on Michigan's roadways.

Truck Accidents: Understanding the Various Types

When it comes to truck accidents, the stakes are often higher than in typical car crashes due to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks. With vehicles like big-rigs, 18-wheelers, and tractor-trailers weighing over 80,000 pounds, collisions can result in severe injuries and even fatalities.

In Michigan, truck accidents can take various forms, including:

  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Broadside collisions
  • Right-hand squeeze collisions, where a truck turns widely while a driver attempts to pass on the right
  • Center line crossover collisions
  • Bump collisions
  • Lane change collisions
  • Jack-knifed tractor-trailers
  • Truck underride crashes, where vehicles slide underneath trailers
  • Loss of vehicle control
  • Loss of truck control
  • Hit-and-run accidents involving trucks
  • Fatal truck accidents

Different Types of Trucks Involved:

  • Tractor trailers
  • Semi trucks
  • Dump Trucks
  • Construction Trucks
  • Commercial Trucks
  • Garbage Trucks
  • Flatbed Trucks
  • Tanker Trucks
  • Box Trucks
  • Cement Trucks
  • Delivery Trucks
  • Tow Trucks
  • 18 Wheeler Trucks
  • Log Trucks

Companies Often Involved:

  • Amazon
  • Swift
  • FedEx

Injured in a Truck Accident? Contact Koussan Law Today

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident in Michigan, don't hesitate to reach out to the experienced truck accident attorneys at Koussan Law for immediate assistance. Call 313-444-8348 Today!

Understanding Truck Accident Laws in Michigan

State and Federal Regulations Governing Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are subject to both state and federal regulations aimed at ensuring the safety of commercial vehicles and preventing accidents. Federal regulations, established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), govern various aspects of trucking operations, including driver qualifications, hours of service, vehicle maintenance, and cargo securement. In Michigan, these federal regulations are supplemented by state laws and regulations governing commercial vehicles and trucking companies operating within the state's borders.

Liability and Negligence Laws Applicable to Truck Accident Claims

Liability and negligence laws play a critical role in determining fault and responsibility for truck accidents. In Michigan, truck drivers, trucking companies, and other parties may be held liable for accidents resulting from their negligence or misconduct. Common factors contributing to truck accidents include driver fatigue, speeding, distracted driving, improper maintenance, and violations of traffic laws. Establishing liability in truck accident cases often requires thorough investigation, evidence gathering, and legal analysis to demonstrate the negligent actions or omissions that led to the accident and resulting injuries.

Statute of Limitations+ and Procedural Requirements Truck Accident Claims

Like all personal injury claims, truck accident claims in Michigan are subject to statutes of limitations, which establish the deadline for filing a lawsuit after an accident occurs. In Michigan, the statute of limitations+ for most personal injury claims, including truck accidents, is generally three years from the date of the accident. However, it's crucial to consult with an experienced attorney to understand the specific deadlines and procedural requirements applicable to your case. Failure to comply with these requirements could result in the forfeiture of your right to seek compensation. Additionally, navigating the legal process for filing a truck accident claim in Michigan involves adhering to procedural requirements, such as properly serving notice on the responsible parties, complying with court filing deadlines, and presenting evidence in support of your claim.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Driver Negligence

   - Fatigue: Truck drivers often face demanding schedules and long hours on the road, leading to driver fatigue, which impairs reaction times and decision-making abilities.

   - Distraction: Inattentiveness caused by distractions such as cell phone use, eating, adjusting the radio, or using navigation systems can divert a driver's attention from the road.

   - Speeding: Excessive speed increases the likelihood of truck accidents, as it reduces the driver's ability to stop or maneuver safely, especially in emergency situations.

Mechanical Failures

   - Brake Failure: Malfunctioning brakes or brake system failures can lead to loss of control and rear-end collisions, especially when traveling downhill or on steep gradients.

   - Tire Blowouts: Tire blowouts, often caused by improper maintenance, overloading, or defective tires, can result in sudden loss of control and rollover accidents.

Improper Loading or Cargo Securement

   - Incorrectly loaded or improperly secured cargo can shift during transit, leading to loss of control, tipping, or spilling of the truck's load, potentially causing accidents and hazards for other road users.

Poor Road Conditions or Weather

   - Adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow, ice, or fog can reduce visibility and traction, making it challenging for truck drivers to safely operate their vehicles.

   - Poorly maintained roads, construction zones, potholes, or debris on the roadway can also contribute to truck accidents by causing vehicles to lose control or become unstable.

Violations of Trucking Regulations

   - Non-compliance with federal and state trucking regulations, including hours-of-service limits, weight restrictions, and equipment standards, can increase the risk of accidents and jeopardize road safety for everyone.

Injuries and Damages in Truck Accidents

Common Injuries Sustained in Truck Accidents

   - Whiplash: Whiplash injuries, caused by the sudden back-and-forth motion of the head and neck, are common in rear-end collisions and can result in neck pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.

   - Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): TBIs, including concussions and contusions, occur when the head suffers a sudden impact or violent shaking, leading to cognitive impairments, memory loss, headaches, and mood changes.

   - Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries can cause partial or complete paralysis, loss of sensation, and impaired bodily functions, depending on the severity and location of the injury. These injuries often result in lifelong disabilities and require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Economic and Non-Economic Damages Recoverable in Truck Accident Claims

   - Medical Expenses: Victims of truck accidents may incur substantial medical expenses for emergency care, hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, medication, and ongoing treatment for their injuries.

   - Lost Income: Serious injuries sustained in truck accidents can prevent victims from working temporarily or permanently, resulting in lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and financial hardship for themselves and their families.

   - Pain and Suffering: Non-economic damages, such as physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life, are compensable in truck accident claims to address the intangible harms suffered by victims.

Wrongful Death Damages in Fatal Truck Accidents

In cases where truck accidents result in fatalities, surviving family members may pursue wrongful death claims to recover damages for their losses. Wrongful death damages may include funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and emotional suffering caused by the untimely death of a loved one.

Services Offered by Koussan Law

Initial Consultation and Case Evaluation for Truck Accident Victims

We offer a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your truck accident case and evaluate your legal options. During the consultation, we will listen to your story, assess the circumstances surrounding the accident, and provide personalized legal advice tailored to your unique situation.

Investigation and Evidence Gathering to Determine Liability

Our legal team conducts a thorough investigation into the truck accident to gather evidence and determine liability. We review police reports, witness statements, accident reconstruction reports, electronic logging device data, and other relevant evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.

Negotiation with Insurance Companies on Behalf of Clients

We handle all communications and negotiations with insurance companies on behalf of our clients. Our goal is to pursue maximum compensation for your injuries and damages, including coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.

Litigation and Court Representation for Truck Accident Claims

If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, we are prepared to take your case to court and advocate for your rights in litigation. Our experienced trial attorneys have a proven track record of success in the courtroom and will fight tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome for you.

Contact Koussan Law

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, don't wait to seek legal guidance. Schedule a free consultation with our experienced attorneys today to discuss your case and explore your legal options.

At Koussan Law, we are committed to providing compassionate support, personalized attention, and aggressive representation to truck accident victims throughout Michigan. Don't face the aftermath of a truck accident alone. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and take the first step towards seeking justice and recovering the compensation you deserve.

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